In the world of maine canoeing, Zip Kellogg is a celebrity. Zip's claim to fame is connected to his paddling style (as well as his fashion sense) in the annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. Zip paddles standing up - the entire race - even over the falls. Some years he wears a suit and tie, some years a tuxedo, always topped with a hat, and always with a drysuit and life jacket underneath. Despite the lighthearted exterior fashion statement, and whimsically flower bedecked canoe, Zip is ever mindful that the frigid, fast-moving early spring water can be deadly.
The On Our Minds Program is pleased to have Zip as our special guest on Wednesday, March 14th. Zip will be here to share with us the colorful history of canoe racing in Maine, and screening a rare film. Here's a snippet from our On Our Minds Event Calendar describing the film:
"Since produced 70 years ago a film of the 1940 National Whitewater Championships (held on the Rapid River in western Maine) was thought lost. This 17 minute silent film provides a treasure trove of images, incidents (yes!) and windows into canoe and kayak racing equipment and techniques of another era. Maine canoeist and author Zip Kellogg had been on the lookout for this film for thirty years, holding out little hope that it had survived. And only by utter chance and a twist of fate did it turn up! Zip will share the story of this nationally significant film with us on Wednesday, March 14th at 11:45."
We hope you will join us in Roberts C23 to meet Zip.