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Celebrate the Lobster Lady's 100th birthday on TV

May 22, 2020
Source: Ann Morris

Rockland — The Rockland Historical Society will bring its June program to everyone at home this year.  The program will be a documentary film, "The Lobster Lady," based on the lifelong career of Virginia Oliver who started lobstering with her older brother when she was eight years old.

Oliver will turn 100 June 6. She is, no doubt, the oldest licensed lobster fishing person in Maine and probably the World.

With 92 years of experience, Oliver is looking forward to starting a new season. She lobsters with her son, 77-year-old Max Oliver. Weather permitting, they go out three times a week. Both have their own traps. Oliver has 200 traps of her own.

In addition to piloting the boat, she fills the bait bags and measures the lobsters to make sure they're legal. The documentary film was produced by Historical Society Board Member Wayne Gray and filmmaker Dale Schierholt.

Schierholt has produced a number of documentary films; some shown on PBS. Thanks to retired lobsterman Dick Carver, also a Historical Society Board Member, the filmmakers were able to follow the Olivers on the water and film them in action.

The production was done at the urging of Historical Society Board Member John Ware. Curator Ann Morris is disappointed the film can't be shown at the library with birthday cake, but she is looking forward to seeing it on TV and hopes it will help Virginia Oliver and her family and friends celebrate her 100th Birthday.

The film will broadcast on Cable Channel 1301, on Oliver's 100th birthday, Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m.  It can also be watched on Roku, Maine Coast TV and mainecoast.tv.

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