Author Richard J. King Discusses a Misunderstood Bird

Searsport, Maine, April 4, 2014 – On Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 pm, author Richard J. King will talk about his book The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, at Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands in Rockland, Maine. King integrates hard science and extensive research to create a fascinating snapshot of how cormorants are both cherished and despised in different cultures around the world. King also will share his personal stories about his global adventures while researching this bird.

Left: The Devil’s Cormorant, Right: Author Richard J. Kin

Left: The Devil’s Cormorant, Right: Author Richard J. Kin

Richard J. King teaches Literature of the Sea with The Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program. He is the author of Lobster, published by Reaktion Books, 2011, and has written widely on maritime topics. King also has been teaching and crewing on tall ships for over fifteen years.

Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands’ Visitor Center is located at 9 Water Street (in the large white building where Rte. 73 and Water Street meet by the clock tower), Rockland, Maine. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands, Penobscot Marine Museum and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. For more information call Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands at 207-594-0600 or Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529.

Small Wooden Boats Forum at Penobscot Marine Museum

Searsport, Maine, April 1, 2014 – Small Wooden Boats is the topic of April’s Maine Boatbuilding Forum at Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 pm. Maine’s small wooden boat builders are known for superb craftsmanship and they play a key role in preserving Maine’s maritime culture and making that culture an important part of our future. John Brooks, Cottrell Boat Building, Arch Davis, Havilah Hawkins, Greg Rossel, O’Donovan & Dole Wooden Boatworks, Richard Stanley, and Chris Stickney are the boat builders participating in the forum. A Peapod donated to the Penobscot Marine Museum by the Hawkins family will be on display for attendees at the talk, along will half-models and boat plans for boats built by Havilah Hawkins’ uncle Arno Day.

John Brooks, of Brooks Boats Designs in Brooklin, designed and built his first glued-lapstrake boat in 1987, and he and his partner Ruth Hill have been designing and building glued-lapstrake boats together since 1990.

Penobscot Wherry built by Cottrell Boat Building

Penobscot Wherry built by Cottrell Boat Building

Cottrell Boat Building in Searsport is a family business and includes Dale Cottrell’s wife Lynn, son Seth, and occasionally sons Josh, Ben and daughter Kate. Dale has been designing, building and restoring boats for over 40 years, but his real love is small boats. Cottrell is the designer of the Puffin Dinghy, thousands of which are used in harbors around the world. Cottrell Boat Building uses local woods whenever possible and make sure that their wood is sustainably and ethically grown and harvested.

Arch Davis of Arch Davis Designs in Belfast has been helping people to build beautiful wooden boats since 1988. His approach to design is to use modern materials – marine plywood and epoxy resin – to build a truly lovely boat with classic lines.

Capt. Havilah “Haddie” Hawkins of Segdwick is a fourth-generation boat builder. His father designed and built a version of the quintessential Maine double-ended rowing boats known as Peapods, developed from a lapstrake boat he found over on Deer Isle. He built about 47 of them using a cement mold as a production tool.

Greg Rossel is a long-time instructor at WoodenBoat School, teaching lofting, skiff building, and the Fundamentals of Boatbuilding. He has written over 100 articles for WoodenBoat and other publications and is the author and illustrator of Building Small Boats, a book on carvel and traditional lapstrake boatbuilding published by WoodenBoat Books. In spring Greg teaches boat building to students from Searsport District High School at Penobscot Marine Museum.

Patrick and John of O’Donovan & Dole Wooden Boatworks in Searsport have a combined boat building experience of over 15 years. They build boats reflecting the way they have been built for generations. They build boats that will last for generations, and they help people who own wooden boats to keep them sailing for years to come.

Richard Stanley of Richard Stanley Custom Boats in Bass Harbor never wanted to be anything but a wooden boatbuilder. From the time he could walk, he was out back in father’s boatyard. When he was old enough to use tools, Richard began helping in his father, Ralph Stanley’s shop. If Ralph didn’t have work for him, Richard ventured out to other local builders’ shops, to watch new boats being built and old boats being fixed. For nearly 50 years, he has devoted his entire being to the art of building functional, beautiful wooden boats.

Chris Stickney of C. Stickney Boatbuilders Ltd, St. George, aims to bring new life into older wooden boats and introduce people to the virtues of new wooden boats by building skiffs in his St. George shop. His personal dedication to craftsmanship at an affordable price has attracted boaters looking for a new boat or the repair and restoration of an older vessel.

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 call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Kevin Johnson Kicks Off Maritime Month Lecture Series at Camden Public Library

Searsport, Maine, March 28, 2014 – “The Coastwise Photography Collection of Ed Coffin” is the subject of Kevin Johnson’s talk on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm at Camden Public Library. Ed Coffin spent seventy years building this collection of photographs which document Maine’s maritime culture from Boothbay to Stockton Springs from the 1890’s to the 1980’s. In 2013 he donated this historic collection to Penobscot Marine Museum. An exhibit of the photographs, “The Coastwise Photography of Ed Coffin” will be on display in the Picker Room at the library through the month of April. This is the first time the collection has been on public display. Ed Coffin and Maynard Bray will be on hand during Kevin’s talk to answer questions.

The Penobscot Marine Museum’s three acre campus of twelve exhibit buildings will be open Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, October 19th, 2014. Penobscot Marine Museum Admissions and Store is located at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. The Museum Store and Framer are currently open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

PMM’s Ed Coffin Collection: moving Federal-style house by barge from Phippsburg

PMM’s Ed Coffin Collection: moving Federal-style house by barge from Phippsburg

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 or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

Fall 2013 Activities and Events

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
“How To Keep Warm and Stay Green”, a talk (rescheduled from the winter) by Matthew O’Malia, architect and partner of GO Logic. G O Logic designed the Belfast Area Co-housing Community and TerraHaus, a dormitory at Unity College. Their many awards include the Citation for Excellence in Architecture from AIA New England. They provide a comprehensive problem-solving approach to the design and construction of quality, sustainable, zero-energy buildings. Matthew will discuss the concepts and details of the highly-insulated passive solar house building. At PMM’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport. Tickets in advance $8 members, $10 non-members, or at the door $12 members, $15 non-members. To buy tickets call 207-548-2529.

Fling Into Fall

Searsport, Maine
Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12, 2013

Photo: Kari J Cross

Photo: Kari J Cross


10am-5pm Set up for Scarecrow & Jack O’ Lantern contest at Crescent, Penobscot Marine Museum
4:30-6:00pm Public Turkey Supper, Methodist Church
5:00pm Lighting of Luminaries, Downtown
5:30pm Food Concessions, Public Safety Building
5:30pm Face Painting, Public Safety Building
6:00pm Children’s Activities, Public Safety Building
7:00pm Bonfire, Public Safety Building
7:15-9:00pm Concert: “Black Ledge” band, Public Safety Building (thank you Dunkin’ Donuts!)


7am-9am Public Breakfast, Masonic Hall
9am-3pm 9am sign-up for “Art Du Jour” artists, Penobscot Marine Museum tent, 10-2 artists painting throughout the town
9am-3pm Craft Show, Public Safety Building
9am-3pm Coin Show, 12 dealers, DownEast Auctions
9am-3pm Scarecrow Contest Viewing and “People’s Choice Voting”, Crescent, Penobscot Marine Museum
11am Parade, Downtown
11am-2pm Needle felting workshop for children and adults, Works, 21 E. Main St.
11am-2:30pm Antique Car Show and Tonka Truck Contest, Mosman Park
2:30pm Antique Car Show prizes, trophies and awards, and drawing for week at a Florida Beach Cottage for car show participants (thank you Cruise Maine Magazine!), Mosman Park
12pm & 2pm Historic Cemetery Tour, Bowditch Cemetery, Rt 1, across from Searsport Motors, (thank you Historic Preservation Committee!)
12pm-3pm Hayrides, Bangor Savings Bank (thank you Bangor Savings Bank!)
1pm-2pm Concert: Lincolnville Town Band, Union Hall
2pm Auction: coins, stamps and sports, DownEast Auctions, 328 E. Main St.
3pm-5pm Silent Auction, paintings and photographs, Penobscot Marine Museum tent
3pm Display of Tonka Truck Restoration Winners, Crescent, Penobscot Marine Museum
4pm Prizes awarded for winners of Scarecrow and Jack O’ Lantern contests, Crescent, Penobscot Marine Museum (thank you Hamilton Marine!)
4:30pm Grand Prize Drawing for week at a Florida Beach Cottage, Crescent, Penobscot Marine Museum
5pm-6pm Public Italian Supper, Congregational Church
7pm Comedy Show,

Angler’s Restaurant, Grasshopper Shop, Penobscot Marine Museum Store and Searsport Shores Campground are offering Fling Into Fall weekend discounts.

Check the Facebook Page: “Fling Into Fall” for more information.

Summer 2013 Activities and Events (September)

For more information call 207-548-2529. PLEASE NOTE: Not all activities are on campus. Please check location in each listing.

Series tickets

Complete Garden History Lecture Series: Four lectures, $24 members, $30 non-members.
Complete Thursday Night Lecture Series: Eight lectures, $48 members, $60 non-members.
Call 207-548-2529 ext. 216


Thursday, September 5, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
Filmmaker David Conover will show and discuss his hour-long film documentary Wreck of the Portland. Known as the “Titanic of New England,” the loss of the SS Portland is one of the greatest maritime disasters to occur off the Northeast coast of the United States. On Nov. 26, 1898, the passenger ship, SS Portland, on route from Boston to Portland, was caught in a fierce blizzard. Struggling through the night with raging seas and 90-mile-per hour winds, the Portland finally sank with all 190 passengers and crew on board. Little of the shipwreck and few victims were ever recovered, and the exact location of the tragedy was a mystery. During the summer of 2002, using a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV), the wreck of the Portland was found, 104 years after her disappearance. This film was produced for the Science Channel series “Science of the Deep.” David Conover’s company is Compass Light Productions in Camden, Maine. At PMM’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport. Tickets in advance $8 members, $10 non-members, or at the door $12 members, $15 non-members. Buy tickets over the phone at 207-548-2529.

Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm
Garden History Lecture Series
Seed Saving Primer, and Genetic Engineering and Food Security
People have saved and propagated seed from plants in their gardens and from wild plants for over ten thousand years. Since the beginning of agriculture people traded or bartered seed. Selling seed commercially began at the beginning of the 19th Century and by the 1850s many commercial horticulture operations sold seeds. Today, much of the world still saves seed as a necessity. Especially in developing countries, saving seed is an essential part of farming. Diana will offer practical seed saving tips for the home gardener, including information on which plants from which seed may be saved, as well as harvesting and storage advice. Learn how the progressive technology of GMO threatens the ages-old practice of saving seed, how to protect yourself from the hidden health dangers of genetically modified food and how to protect your right to grow life-giving, nutritious food in your own garden. At PMM’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport. Tickets in advance $8 members, $10 non-members, or at the door $12 members, $15 non-members. Buy tickets online or call 207-548-2529.

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
Buzz Scott, founder of OceansWide, will talk about “Historic Antarctic Exploration – Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen”. Raised on Matinicus Island, Maine, Buzz fished commercially for 17 years in the Gulf of Maine. He spent four years as a Navy Seabee and another seven years with the United States Antarctic Program as a marine projects coordinator, sailing on scientific research ships around Antarctica. At PMM’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport. Tickets in advance $8 members, $10 non-members, or at the door $12 members, $15 non-members. Buy tickets online or call 207-548-2529.