The Rockland Historical Society will bring its June program to everyone at home this year. The program will be the documentary film The Lobster Lady, based on the lifelong career of Virginia Oliver, who started lobstering with her older brother when she was 8 years old. Oliver will turn 100 on June 6.
“She is, no doubt, the oldest licensed lobster fishing person in Maine and probably the world,” said the Historical Society, in a news release.
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 great documentary films; some have been 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, according to the Historical Society.
“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,” said the Society.
The film will be broadcast on Cable Channel 1301, on Virginia’s 100th birthday, Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. It can also be watched on Roku, Maine Coast TV, and www.mainecoast.tv.