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Maine Boatbuilding Forum Launches in March

Searsport, Maine, February 11, 2014 – Boat building is an important part of Maine’s cultural and economic life, bringing millions of dollars into the state and providing thousands of jobs. This March Penobscot Marine Museum launches the Maine Boatbuilding Forum, a monthly conversation with boat builders about the “how” and “why” of the boats they build, and to look at ideas, trends and controversies in the boating world. Maine Coastal News publisher Jon Johansen will serve as moderator.

Schooner HERITTAGE Captains Doug and Linda Lee will speak at the March 8th Maine Boatbuilding Forum

Schooner HERITTAGE Captains Doug and Linda Lee will speak at the March 8th Maine Boatbuilding Forum

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2pm
Schooners: with Captains Doug and Linda Lee, Captain John Foss, Captain Havilah Hawkins, Captain Bill Brown, Captain Steven Pagels, Captain Dan Miller, Captains Kate Kana and Zander Parker, and Captain John Worth. Join schooner builders and the captains who sail them as they debate which type of schooner is best for the windjammer trade and who is going to win this year’s Schooner Race.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7pm
Small Wooden Boats: with boat builders Dale Cottrell, Greg Rossel, Richard Stanley, Chris Stickney and others. Join the small boat builders of Penobscot Bay who create the craft that allow us enjoy a day of rowing and sailing, and trailer it home at the end of the day. Expect a lively discussion of updated designs versus staying true to tradition, power tools versus hand tools and how to walk away with the boat of your dreams.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7pm
Boat Builders of Mount Desert Island: with boat builders Richard Helmke, and Richard and Ralph Stanley and others. Mount Desert Island is home to high-end yacht builders, lobster boat builders, and traditional sloop builders. Join us for a discussion of how a 108 mile square island’s boat designers can cater to the summer residents, the lobstermen and commercial fishermen still plying the waters just offshore, and everyone in between.

The talks will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Wayne and Loraine Hamilton Donate Building to PMM

Searsport, Maine, February 10, 2014 – Wayne and Loraine Hamilton have donated the former Hamilton Marine Seine Loft on Route One in Searsport to the Penobscot Marine Museum as a home for the museum’s new education center. Contractors have renovated the front of the building to create a boat building workshop, and last week, the newly-named Hamilton Learning Center opened its doors to host an intensive eighteen-week boat building class for Searsport District High School students, taught by master builder Greg Rossel.

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“We are so thrilled to see this building used to promote education, Searsport and the Penobscot Marine Museum, three causes that we strongly believe in,” said Wayne Hamilton, after the gift was finalized last December. “Loraine and I hope this boat-building class is the first of many programming collaborations between the school and the museum.”

The museum is currently engaged in raising funds to renovate the remainder of the 7,000 square foot building, and working with Searsport District High School and other organizations to develop further educational programming. “Loraine and I hope other donors will take up our challenge to contribute to this project and help promote education and building skills for the future by learning about our rich maritime heritage,” Wayne said.

Wayne grew up in Searsport and fished in Penobscot Bay. He has served as Searsport harbor master for many years and also helps deliver and pick up Penobscot Bay pilots from ships transiting the bay. The Hamiltons bought the Seine Loft in 1982 as a base for their marine supplies business, Hamilton Marine. Eventually the company outgrew the space and moved to its current location in 1990. Hamilton Marine, which now has five stores throughout Maine, has used the Seine Loft as storage since then.

This is the fourth year that Penobscot Marine Museum has partnered with the Searsport District High School and Rossel to present this class in which the traditional art of boat building is interwoven with academic objectives to create a multi-disciplinary learning experience. Students work with Rossel and a dedicated core of community mentors to build two Joel White-designed shellback dinghies, which they launch in the spring in Searsport Harbor.

Building boats is a Maine tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Maine’s resource-based economy depended on the exportation of fish, lumber, ice, granite, and other products, and the state’s waterways and miles of ocean coastline were the highways by which these goods were sent around the world. Virtually every small town on the Maine coast was involved in boatbuilding and Maine’s reputation for fine design and craftsmanship continues today. By building a traditional wooden boat, designed by the premier Maine designer Joel White, high school students carry on a long-standing art form, gaining not only appreciation of the history of that art, but also its application in today’s world.

“The Hamilton Learning Center provides an ideal site for this and other related educational opportunities,” said Penobscot Marine Museum Director Liz Lodge. The boat-building program integrates this traditional art form with curriculum standards. Rossel works with teachers from Searsport District High School to identify and incorporate math and science concepts into the boat building process. Over the course of building the dinghies, students apply these concepts to practical situations. Math concepts, from measuring and ratios to more complicated geometry and algebra, are reinforced during the boat building process. Building a viable boat which actually floats makes it clear why these concepts matter. During the course, students also learn specific woodworking skills and practice creative problem-solving and team building skills that impact their lives well beyond the conclusion of the program.

Book signing and talk about the way Maine used to be

cows-are-out-Trudy-ChambersOn Saturday, February 15 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at PMM’s Main Street Gallery, Maine author Trudy Chambers Price will talk about The Cows Are Out! and My Journey, two memoirs of life in rural Maine.  Trudy grew up in Aroostook County where her family lived for five generations. She moved in 1966 when she and her husband Ron purchased a 150-acre dairy farm in Knox, Maine.  They raised their children and worked on the farm together for twenty-three years. The Cows Are Out! is Trudy’s funny and moving account of life on a family farm, chronicling a way of life that is disappearing across America.

My Journey, was compiled by Trudy but written by her dear friend Arthena Taylor Keller.  Arthena was born in 1927 in Montville, Maine, lost her mother at age two, her father at eight, and was raised by her grandparents on their farm in Freedom.  This is the true story of a life lived with joy and pluck, in circumstances which today we would consider very difficult.  It is also the story of how life in Maine has changed.  Arthena Keller passed away this year and is deeply missed by her friends and family; her daughter Kathy Keller Cunningham will join Trudy Price at Penobscot Marine Museum on Saturday for the book signing.  All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Keep Waldo Warm Fund, which provides fuel to Waldo County families in need.  My Journey is only available through Penobscot Marine Museum.

With the growth of the local food movement, young people are once again going into farming, especially in Maine.  They are looking for inspiration at past farming practices and ways of living which are preserved in books such as The Cows Are Out! and My Journey. 

In 1991 Trudy Chambers Price and her husband divorced.  They lost touch for many years, but with the publication of  The Cows Are Out!, they reconnected and re-married in 2010.

The talk and book signing with Maine author Trudy Chamber Price is Saturday, February 15, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport. Events free with $5 Gallery admission. Gallery admission is free for museum members and Searsport residents.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Rare Historic Photographs of Down East On View at Mount Desert Island Historical Society

Searsport, Maine, January 8, 2014 – The Mount Desert Island Historical Society is hosting Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit “Hancock County through Eastern’s Eye,” a collection of rare photographs of towns and villages in Hancock County, Maine taken in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit features images that have never been exhibited in public, with captions researched by more than twenty historical societies, libraries, and individuals.

Art Building, Bar Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Art Building, Bar Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

This exhibit is taken from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Collection, which was given to the Penobscot Marine Museum in 2007, after it was rescued from a flood at its previous home in Rockport, Maine. Now approaching 50,000 negatives, the Eastern collection includes scenes not only of Maine but of the rest of New England and upstate New York as well. In 2011, PMM launched its online database making this collection and others available for research, education, genealogical research and fun!

Watering Tub, Seal Harbor

Watering Tub, Seal Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

The exhibit will be on display at the Sound School House, 373 Sound Drive/Route 198, Mount Desert, Maine, beginning with an opening reception from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The exhibit will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday and runs through February 28, 2014.

Winter Events 2013-14

Winter events! All events take place in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport. Events free with $5 Gallery admission. Gallery admission is free for museum members and Searsport residents.

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Lisa-Marie Haugmoen

Saturday, December 14: Sock-making workshop with Lisa-Marie Haugmoen, 9:00 am to noon.

From Lisa-Marie: For knitters new to knitting socks, I will be showing several types of items to wear on the foot. Folks should bring a work in progress or a skein of sock yarn with dbl pointed needles in the size the yarn label suggests, or 2 circular needles for the magic loop knitting, those who wish to make slippers I suggest bulky yarn or 2 skeins (balls) of yarn and 2 knitting needles in size LARGER than the label suggests. I will show how to turn a heel, cast on for toe-up and heel up socks, pompoms on pompom maker, on a fork, and add non-slip rubber to the bottom of slippers. The course is for all levels of knitting for all forms of knitted items to wear on the foot!

Lisa-Marie Haugmoen is currently working on designs for Real Shetland Wool/Jamieson & Smith. She knits samples for the pages of Vogue Knitting and for knitwear designers. She has been knitting since the age of four.

Sarah Nickerson

Sarah Nickerson

Saturday, December 21: Rug-hooking demonstration with Sarah Nickerson, 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Sarah Nickerson comes from a family of talented rug hookers, and hooks her rugs in Searsport.

Stacy Van Dyne

Stacy Van Dyne

Saturday, January 18: Rug-hooking demonstration with Stacey Van Dyne, 11:00 am to 1:00pm Stacey Van Dyne has been hooking rugs since 1974 and hooked two rugs for Jamie Wyeth based on his paintings. She is the President of the Northern McGown Teacher’s Workshop, 2nd Vice President of the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Hookrafters, and Director at Large of the North American Rug Hooking Museum.

Talk by Kevin Johnson

Talk by Kevin Johnson

Thursday, January 23, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Talk by Kevin Johnson on historic photos of Hancock County at MDI High School. Baked Bean Supper! For more information go to The Mount Desert Island Historical Society. The Society is hosting Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit “Hancock County through Eastern’s Eye,” which will be on display at the Sound School House, 373 Sound Drive/Route 198, Mount Desert, Maine. For more information call Kevin Johnson, PMM Photography Department, 207-548-2529 ext. 210

Bonnie Lynn

Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie

Saturday, January 25: “Living on the Schooner Bonnie Lynn” talk by Captains Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie about life below decks, 11:00 am. In 2005 Captains Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie did a trans-Atlantic crossing in the Bonnie Lynn from the Virgin Islands, via the Azores to Ireland and Scotland, then south along the coast of Portugal. On the return trip to the Caribbean they stopped in Madeira and the Canaries before returning to the Grenadines. Their homeport is Islesboro, Maine.

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Susan Barnard

Saturday, February 1: Rug-hooking demonstration with Susan Barnard, 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Susan Barnard has been hooking rugs since 2008. Prior to hooking, Susan was a painter and so she thinks of rug hooking as painting with wool. She designs all of her own rugs, and uses recycled fabric and non-toxic dyes.

all at sea book cover

Saturday, February 8, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: All at Sea: Twenty Years at the Helm of Tall Ships. Reading and book signing with author Dominick Jones at PMM.

This true story, which receives rave reviews on Amazon, is the tale of falling in love with a woman who has five children and buying a square-rigged sailing barge for family vacations along the coast of England and France. The author recounts twenty years of hilarious, and sometimes dangerous, adventures learning to sail the vessel and keep her afloat, and they sail in and out of beautiful, charming European harbors.

Ruth Montgomery Print Contest

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Official Facebook Contest Rules

The contest is being held by Penobscot Marine Museum, P.O. Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974, and is for 1 16”x20” historic print from the Ruth Montgomery collection, a $60 value

Enter on Facebook

No purchase necessary
Eligible to participants worldwide
Contest will run from November 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm EST, until November 23, 2013 at 3:00pm EST
A random drawing will be held no later than November 25, 2013 at 5:00pm EST
The winner will be announced on the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Facebook page

The prize will be shipped to the winner no later than December 20, 2013
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Opens on Friday, December 4th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Main Street Gallery with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting.

This exhibit explores what is on your feet and what is under your feet.  Antique shoes from around the world, Maine hooked rugs, and a re-created nineteenth century ship’s cabin will all be on display.  The museum’s own cellar will be open to show the world of food storage before refrigeration.

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks runs through Saturday, February 22.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

Underfoot Opening Holiday Party

Penobscot Marine Museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks opens on Friday, December 6th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting.   The Tree Lighting will take place at 4:00 pm on the museum’s crescent and the party is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery and Shop on Route One in Searsport.

Five Maine writers of mystery, adventure, and children’s books: Kelly Brooks-Bay, Darcy Scott, John Cobb, Bob Branco and Angela Nickerson, will all be on hand to discuss and sign their books during this holiday party.  Christmas gingerbread houses made by local children and adults, including chefs at Anglers and other local restaurants, will be on display.  Come and vote for your favorite confection.  “People’s Choice” awards will be given to the best gingerbread house made by a child and by an adult.

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

The museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks explores what is on your feet and what is under your feet.  Antique shoes from around the world, Maine hooked rugs, and a re-created nineteenth century ship’s cabin will all be a part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit.  The museum will even open up its own cellar to show the world of food storage before refrigeration.   Check our website for winter talks and workshops.

Holiday Party and Underfoot Opening at Penobscot Marine Museum

Media Contact: Kathy Goldner, kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, 207.548.2529 x216

Searsport, Maine, November 18, 2013 – Penobscot Marine Museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks opens on Friday, December 6th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting.   The Tree Lighting will take place at 4:00 pm on the museum’s crescent and the party is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery and Shop on Route One in Searsport.

Underfoot-shoe-rug-collage

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Five Maine writers of mystery, adventure, and children’s books: Kelly Brooks-Bay, Darcy Scott, John Cobb, Bob Branco and Angela Nickerson, will all be on hand to discuss and sign their books during this holiday party.  Christmas gingerbread houses made by local children and adults, including chefs at Anglers and other local restaurants, will be on display.  Come and vote for your favorite confection.  “People’s Choice” awards will be given to the best gingerbread house made by a child and by an adult.

The museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks explores what is on your feet and what is under your feet.  Antique shoes from around the world, Maine hooked rugs, and a re-created nineteenth century ship’s cabin will all be a part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit.  The museum will even open up its own cellar to show the world of food storage before refrigeration.   Check www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org for winter talks and workshops.

To enter your gingerbread house, or for more information on the museum’s Gingerbread Christmas, call Lin Calista at 207-548-0334.

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks runs through Saturday, February 22.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  For more information call 207-548-0334 or 207-548-2529.