“Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey, Book Signing and Talk at Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., David Estey will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport to discuss and sign “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. “A humorous labor of love,” is how Estey describes his new illustrated memoir about colorful family members, friends, and characters he experienced while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast, Maine. The memoir begins in Aroostook, but Estey attended the Rhode Island School of Design, travelled throughout Europe, was in the army, worked for the IRS, and lived in the South, before returning to Maine for a second career as an award-winning artist. Estey’s paintings will be on display for the event.

Left: Author and artist David Estey Right: “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey

Left: Author and artist David Estey
Right: “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey

“In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two,” says art critic Carl Little about “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily News writes, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.” The 144-page memoir includes 41 photos or drawings and paintings David Estey did over the years. It will be available in the Museum store as well as at Left Bank Books in Belfast.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. Its three acre, ten building campus is open through October 19. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday. Admission is free to members and Searsport residents.