Hurdy Gurdy Man Antiques &
Salty Dog Gallery
173 Main St.
Prospect Harbor, ME 04669
Phone - 207.963.7575
Online - Anytime!
Physical shop - Will open May 15th Hours - Wednesday-Sunday 10-4
How about our view!
Who thought they would be an organ grinder when they grew up?
Dean did, and he has lived with that idea since seeing an organ grinder perform with his monkey in Bombay, India back in 1968 when he was 12 years old. The experience was such a joy, he never forgot it. Around that time, Donovon, along with the Beatles, had been in India and Donovan wrote the song "Hurdy Gurdy Man." Dean loved the song but it wasn't until years later that he really paid attention to the words, only to discover that they perfectly described his experience of hearing the organ grinder while peering out over the ocean.
"Thrown like a star in my vast sleep
I opened up my eyes to take a peek
To find that I was by the sea
Gazing with tranquility;
It was there when the hurdy gurdy man
Came singing songs of love."
The profound impact this experience had was due, in part, to the fact that Dean's family had a pet monkey while living in Bangkok, Thailand. Ironically, Diane, his partner to be, had also had a pet monkey in her family home. This coincidence and their love of animals decided the theme of their antique & vintage clothing business in Framingham, MA which opened in 1996.
UPDATE FROM DEAN
My ambition to entertain as an organ grinder with a trained monkey at children's parties was thwarted when, prior to getting the monkey, Diane and I fell in love with a 4 mo. old German Shepherd dog we named Shadow. We came to learn that Shadow was intolerant of other animals and we felt our responsibility to our new pet had to come first. Shadow has since died of cancer but we now have Bandit & Bella, two shepherd/husky mixes rescued from a shelter in Downeast Maine.
Thanks to our loyal customers and their love of all things vintage, I have been able to stay afloat all these years. Diane and I purchased an 1840 sea captains home in 1999 on the coast of Maine with the intention of doing the extensive renovation it required and using it as our vacation home. In the long drawn out process of directing the project and doing a good deal of the work myself, I had gotten to know the area and local residents. Before long, I realized I wanted to make Maine my permanent home (Diane has a busy practice in Massachusetts as a psychotherapist so we now commute back and forth to see each other).
Dean at the old shop in Framingham, MA
In 2010 I was able to find a buyer for the majority of my inventory since I wanted to start fresh here in Maine. That August, we broke ground for the new building which now houses Hurdy Gurdy Man Antiques & Salty Dog Gallery. We are not only selling antiques/collectibles, but have added gift items to our inventory. The second floor houses the Salty Dog Gallery which specializes in contemporary fine art photography.
As an accomplished 30+ year veteran photographer, I am exhibiting and selling my work as well as the work of other photographers; both emerging and nationally known artists.
The new shop opened in June 2011.
For those of you who have been to our Framingham shop, you will recognize our greeters in the new shop: mechanical organ grinders from the 1930s & '40s. We also brought our 10 ft. high Hawaiian hula dancer (she dictated the new ceiling height) who was originally exhibited at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The tropical atmosphere is a welcome touch during those cold wintry days here in Maine.
You loved our shop in Massachusetts. We promise you'll love the new shop even more!
It is well worth the trip up here. This area caters to a lot of tourists. We're overlooking a working waterfront with lobster boats, trawlers and even a lighthouse! We're on the Schoodic Peninsula and 10 minutes from the quiet, equally breathtaking, section of Acadia National Park. Feel free to contact me about places to stay.
Dean can be reached via phone at 207.963.7575. Email him at email@example.com.