Wednesday, March 19, 2008

No Rainy Days At Umbrella Cover Museum

PEAK’S ISLAND, Maine (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There are no rainy days for one museum curator in Peak’s Island, Maine.

Nancy “3” Hoffman operates the World’s Only Umbrella Cover Museum, which showcases approximately 526 umbrella covers from all over the world.

Among the covers – which hail from 36 different countries including Guatemala, Japan, and Greece – is a hard, square, plastic cover with rounded edges that Hoffman acquired from a visit to the Great Wall of China.

The museum also boasts original artist-created covers like one made entirely out of gum wrappers and another made of wooden rods, twine, and rope.

There’s also a “Mad For Plaid” exhibit where patrons try to guess what country different plaid covers come from, since plaid is the most popular and universal umbrella cover pattern.

While visitors browse, they can even enjoy a mini-concert put on by Hoffman, who sings the museum’s cheery theme song “Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella.”

Hoffman plays the accordion while singing lyrics like: Whenever skies are gray/ Don’t you worry or fret/ A smile will bring the sunshine/ And you’ll never get wet!

Guests can pick up Hoffman’s CD, Rainy Daze, filled with rain-themed ditties in the museum gift shop.

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