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Nancy 3. Hoffman put down her Serenelli accordion. “I’ve been trying hard to learn when people are smiling,” she said. As the curator of the world’s only umbrella cover museum, she ends each tour with a song about the beauty of the mundane.

“I could tell you were smiling, thank you,” she told us.

Past the flurry of travelers arriving from the ferry, Nancy’s museum is an unassuming white building; a blandness Nancy counteracts by enthusiastically playing her accordion while wearing a vibrant umbrella-shaped hat to entice wandering mainlanders inside.


Vincent Aliquo

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