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Boat Builders of East Penobscot Bay at Maine Boatbuilders Forum, Penobscot Marine Museum

Boat Builders of East Penobscot Bay is the topic of this month’s Maine Boatbuilders Forum at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm with Peter Buxton of Buxton Boats, Stonington, Maine. Buxton Boats is a wooden boat building and design company, specializing in lobster boat and lobster yacht construction and designs of all types, located in the Burnt Cove area of Stonington. Peter Buxton designed and built the 38’ wooden lobster boat named “Sea Song” launched in June 2013 for Frank Gotwals of Stonington. She is built of native white cedar on white oak and fastened with domestic bronze screws. He also works on wooden boat restorations, including the keel up restoration of the 1969 49′ Beal and Bunker passenger boat “Gansett” of Newport, Rhode Island; the restoration of “Katarina”, a 1927 English Cutter restored for the Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation; and the Erastus Hart built 1903 oyster sloop “Nellie H”.

Buxton Boats restoration

Buxton Boats restoration

The Maine Boatbuilding Forum is moderated by Jon Johansen of Maine Coastal News, and is held at 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.

“Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey, Book Signing and Talk at Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., David Estey will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport to discuss and sign “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. “A humorous labor of love,” is how Estey describes his new illustrated memoir about colorful family members, friends, and characters he experienced while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast, Maine. The memoir begins in Aroostook, but Estey attended the Rhode Island School of Design, travelled throughout Europe, was in the army, worked for the IRS, and lived in the South, before returning to Maine for a second career as an award-winning artist. Estey’s paintings will be on display for the event.

Left: Author and artist David Estey Right: “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey

Left: Author and artist David Estey
Right: “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey

“In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two,” says art critic Carl Little about “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily News writes, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.” The 144-page memoir includes 41 photos or drawings and paintings David Estey did over the years. It will be available in the Museum store as well as at Left Bank Books in Belfast.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. Its three acre, ten building campus is open through October 19. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday. Admission is free to members and Searsport residents.

Searsport Challenges Stockton Springs to a Chili Cook-off at Fling Into Fall

This year at Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall celebration on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th, the public will be asked to taste and vote on whether the police, firemen and EMTs of Searsport can make a better chili than their counterparts in Stockton Springs.  In addition to the Chili Cook-off, there will be an Apple Pie Tasting Contest with professional pastry chefs judging the best pie, the Tonka Truck Restoration project for kids, “people’s choice” Scarecrow and Jack O’ Lantern Contests, Antique Car Show, hayrides, music, a bonfire, and parade.  This year also includes an unusual and very special breast cancer fundraiser: for $25 one of the Searsport Fireman will shave your head.

Kids in Costume at Fling Into Fall

Kids in Costume at Fling Into Fall

Fling Into Fall festivities begin on Friday, October 10th at 10:00 am on the Penobscot Marine Museum Crescent on Route One and end with a concert by Juke Rockets at 7:15 to 9:00 pm at the Searsport Public Safety Building, 3 Union Street.  On Saturday, October 11th Fling Into Fall opens with a 7:00 to 9:00 am Public Breakfast at the Masonic Hall and ends with a Public Italian Supper at the Congregational Church, 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  Each year for Fling Into Fall, Searsport residents Joe and Jamie Plumber donate a week at their Florida beach house to a lucky raffle prize winner.  The tickets are free and available both days, the winning ticket will be chosen at 3:30 pm on Saturday at the Searsport Public Safety Building, 3 Union Street.

Prize-winning Antique Car at Fling Into Fall

Prize-winning Antique Car at Fling Into Fall

For more information and a schedule of events, call Kari at 548-2769 or go to the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/flingintofall.  For information about the Tonka Truck Restoration Project, contact Joe Plummer at 207-548-2834 if you would like to register for the project and receive a truck to repair.  To register for the Apple Pie Baking Contest, call Zoe at 548-4050.

Searsport Launches 2014 Tonka Truck Restoration Project for Fling Into Fall Celebration

As part of Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall celebration on October 10 and 11, Searsport resident Joe Plummer has scheduled Tonka truck repair workshops with for children who would like to fix up a truck. The restored trucks will be displayed in Mosman Park at Fling Into Fall and trophies and prizes will be awarded by age group for Best Restoration. Tonka truck repair workshops will be held at Searsport Motor Company, 315 E. Main St. in Searsport on Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am to noon, and at Searsport Automotive and Tires, 357 W. Main St. on October 4, 9:00 am to noon. Contact Joe Plummer at 207-548-2834 if you would like to register for the project and receive a truck to repair.

A prize-winning truck from 2013

A prize-winning truck from 2013

“Last year we had forty-five children sign up,” says Joe Plummer. “When the kids come to the workshops, they get to work with professionals and use a sandblaster and paint. It is very exciting for them. We have both boys and girls repairing trucks. We are grateful to Searsport Automotive and Tires and Searsport Motor Company for donating their time and materials to the project.”

The Tonka Truck Restoration Project is part of Searsport’s annual autumn celebration Fling Into Fall, which is on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th. There will be a parade, music, an antique car show, a craft show, delicious food, a scarecrow contest, face painting, pumpkin carving, an art exhibit and more. The parade begins at 11:00 am on Saturday and the Antique Car Show begins at 11:30 am at Mosman Park. The Tonka Trucks will be on display during the car show and judging will be at 2:30 pm.

For more information on the Tonka Truck Restoration Project call Joe Plummer at 207-548-2834.

 

University of Maine Scientist Speaks About Floating Offshore Wind: Becoming a Reality? at Penobscot Marine Museum

Dr. Andrew Goupee, University of Maine

Dr. Andrew Goupee, University of Maine

Can off-shore wind power reduce our dependence on fossil fuels? On Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 pm, Dr. Andrew Goupee of University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center will talk about the exciting research and the projects at University of Maine which makes Maine one of the leaders in pioneering offshore wind research in the U.S. The scientists at the University of Maine may possibly change our energy future.

Dr. Andrew J. Goupee holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and is the Libra Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine. Dr. Goupee teaches core mechanical engineering courses in addition to wind energy engineering and has performed research in the areas of solid mechanics, geophysics and marine renewable energy. Currently, Dr. Goupee’s research employs model testing and numerical methods to investigate the dynamic behavior of offshore floating wind turbines.

Floating Offshore Wind: Becoming a Reality? at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport. Tickets are $8 for members and Searsport residents and $10 for non-members.

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village on three acres with hands-on activities and demonstrations in ten exhibit buildings on Route One in Searsport, Maine. The museum is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. Admissions, Museum Store and Museum Framer are at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

The Photography of Antonia Small at Penobscot Marine Museum

Antonia Small grew up fishing with her uncle on Mobile Bay, so she is happy to now live in Port Clyde, Maine within earshot of the sea and walking distance to a wharf or a beach. She discovered photography as a young adult, then combined her love of both photography and the sea by working with French maritime photographer Philip Plisson. Her photographic work is devoted to the study of relationships between people, place and time, particularly sea-infused places and the people who love those places. Her photographs have been shown in group and solo shows in New England, New York and France. The Photography of Antonia Small opens Tuesday, September 9 at Penobscot Marine Museum, and honors remarkable people in coastal villages doing whatever they can to keep the centuries-old link to fishing and to the sea alive. The exhibit’s opening reception is Saturday, September 13, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in PMM’s Main Street gallery, 40 East Main St, Searsport, Maine.

Antonia Small, Fishinghouse detail

Antonia Small, Fishinghouse detail

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village on three acres with hands-on activities and demonstrations in ten exhibit buildings on three acres Route One in Searsport, Maine. The museum is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. Admissions, Museum Store and Museum Framer are at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

Jason Constantine at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Maine Boatbuilders Forum

Jason Constantine, President of North End Composites and Back Cove Yachts in Rockland, Maine, is the featured boat builder on Penobscot Marine Museum’s Maine Boatbuilder’s Forum, Thursday, September 11, at 7:00 pm. Back Cove Yachts and its sister company of Sabre Yachts together form the largest recreational boatbuilding company in the State of Maine. The Forum topic, Boat Builders of West Penobscot Bay, Stockton to Port Clyde encompasses the homeport of the Maine Windjammer fleet and the lobster and fishing industries, and is as well as the jumping off point for the large islands running down the spine of the Bay. The boatbuilders of the West Bay build and maintain the vessels needed in these industries and recreational pursuits. This program is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information go click here or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

 Back Cove Yachts, Rockland, Maine

Back Cove Yachts, Rockland, Maine

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village on three acres with hands-on activities and demonstrations in ten exhibit buildings on three acres Route One in Searsport, Maine. The museum is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. Admissions, Museum Store and Museum Framer are at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

Benefit in Memory of Mike Stein

In memory of Penobscot Marine Museum’s beloved Board Member Dr. Mike Stein, and to celebrate his love of the water and boating, Jerri Finch has donated her beautiful painting West Fork to raise funds in his memory. The painting is oil on board, 9 1/2″ x 14 1/2″, and has a lovely wooden frame. Purchase your raffle tickets or make a donation in Mike’s memory online here. The drawing will be on December 15th at the museum.

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West Fork by Jerri Finch

Talk and Book Signing for 1816: The Year That Summer Never Came, at Penobscot Marine Museum

1816 is called “The Year Without A Summer”.  During that summer wild temperature swings produced snow and frost which killed crops and caused famines and food shortages world-wide.  On Saturday, August 23rd at 2:00 pm, Penobscot Marine Museum hosts author Mayra Donnell, who will talk about her children’s book 1816: The Year That Summer Never Came. Donnell’s noveltellsthestory of a young girl who records in her diary what Maine life was like in the bizarre weather of the year 1816, with ice and frozen apple blossoms in May and a snow storm in June. Learn the true story of the massive volcano eruption which most scientist now believe caused the year of unusual weather. This talk and book signing is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. Admission is free.

1816: The Year That Summer Never Came by Mayra Donnell

1816: The Year That Summer Never Came by Mayra Donnell

Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is an historic seaport village which entertains the whole family with fun hands-on activities, a beautifully furnished ship captain’s house, stunning displays of scrimshaw and marine paintings, E.B. White’s sail boat and much more.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, May 24th through October 19th.  For more information on Museum events, exhibits and programs, go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

World Ocean Observatory Director to Speak at Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, August 21st at 7:00 pm, Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory will present The Sea Connects All Things, an illustrated talk on the ocean as an integrated global social system.  Neill will suggest actions, beyond the predictable conventions, for organizations and individuals to adopt as innovative strategies for the future.  Peter Neill has appeared on television documentaries on PBS, A&E, Discovery and National Geographic Society productions. This talk is at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 for museum members and Searsport residents, and $10 for non-members.

World Ocean Observatory Director Peter Neill

World Ocean Observatory Director Peter Neill

The World Ocean Observatory advocates for the ocean through independent, responsible, apolitical science, and is dedicated to advancing public understanding of ocean issues through institutional collaboration and partnerships,  pro-active programs, and connection with individual subscribers around the world.  It was founded in 2004 as a recommendation of the 1998 Independent World Commission on the Future of the Oceans.  Peter Neill has also served as President of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York, and as Director for Maritime Preservation for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.   He is a Trustee of Penobscot Marine Museum.

Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is an historic seaport village which entertains the whole family with fun hands-on activities, a beautifully furnished ship captain’s house, stunning displays of scrimshaw and marine paintings, E.B. White’s sail boat and much more.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, May 24th through October 19th.  For more information on Museum events, exhibits and programs, go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.