Mondays and Saturdays
Saturdays and Mondays, Searsport Town Wharf, Steamboat Avenue.
Sailing tours of Searsport Harbor. Check here for schedule, reservations, and additional information.
Tuesdays 3:00 to 6:00
Searsport Farmers’ Market
May 26 through October 13, on the Crescent, Route One.
Locally grown fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, and plants, and locally made baked goods and crafts.
Make a Cyanotype
Ongoing during the 2015 season
Make your own photograph using only the sun, light-sensitive paper, and found (or your own) objects producing a cyan-blue work of art. Made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.
Museum opens for the 2015 Season on Saturday, May 23.
2015 Events TBA
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Upcoming Events › Thursday Night Film and Lecture Series
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This moving documentary on the extraordinary life of world-renowned Maine Master Boatbuilder Ralph Stanley is “more than a life story,” says the Bangor Daily News, “it’s also a documentary about life on Mount Desert Island and the Cranberry Isles, the Stanley family and how they shaped craft in Maine at the end of the twentieth century.” Ralph Stanley received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship and has built more than 70 fine wooden boats including working lobster boats, Friendship sloops, lobster boats, yachts, dories, and rowboats. Ralph has also restored a large number of wooden boats throughout his long storied career.
The Land and Sea of Three Maine Women Photographers: The Real Photo Post Cards of Thurza Foss, Minnie Libby, and Josephine Townsend
The inspiring stories of three women who become successful photographers at a time when most photographers were men. These three enterprising women created striking bodies of work which provide rich insights into how Maine people lived and worked in inland towns and coastal villages a century ago.
Lecturer: Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian and Director and State Historic Preservation Officer of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
A decades old tradition, said to be “Maine’s version of NASCAR”, race participants take the competition seriously. With reported top speeds over 60 miles an hour and racing by Class, many boat owners follow the lobster boat “race circuit” from mid-June to late August, as it makes its way along the coast.
Videographer David Osgood of Vinalhaven has been racing lobster boats in the Maine Lobsterboat Racing circuit for many years. His boats include the Split S.E.C.O.N.D., a Crowley Beal 33 and STARLIGHT EXPRESS, a Northern Bay 36.
A look at the fascinating world of 19th -century 3-D photography. Historic stereoview images of Maine and New England in actual 3-D will be projected as the views were originally meant to be seen. People, landscapes, work at home and in industry, entertainments, communities, maritime and agricultural scenes will be among those featured, in this first such public show ever given in Maine. It will bring you to closer to history than you’ve ever been before.
Lecturer: Bernard Fishman, Director, Maine State Museum.
A moving glimpse of the people and families who carved out a life a hundred years ago in isolated northern Maine. This multi-media presentation combining film, photography, oral history, and live music is based on a recently discovered collection of rare early photographs taken in northern Maine by Isaac Simpson. Made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.
Filmmaker Sumner McKane is also a composer, musician, historian, and photographer.
“The Port Clyde harbor shelters the last small-boat groundfishing fleet between Port Clyde and the Canadian border. In 2009, a group of area fishermen developed the Port Clyde Fresh CatchTM brand to preserve their heritage, their community and the resources they depend on. Using environmentally conscious methods to harvest fish, lobster shrimp and crab, they pioneered the country’s first Community Supported Fishery program in 2007.”
Many legends surround the Finnish-American photographer Kosti Ruohomaa, the award-winning photo journalist who shot iconic portraits of working Americans which appeared in LIFE, National Geographic, and other publications from 1940 to 1960.
Lecturer: Deanna S. Bonner-Ganter, Curator of Photography, Art, and Archives, Maine State Museum, her biography of Ruohomaa will soon be published by Down East Books.