Summer 2013 Activities and Events (August)

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
Titanic: What Really Happened” a talk by MMA Professor Capt. Charles Weeks. Capt. Weeks is one of the authors of Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal, which Amazon says, “provides fascinating insights into the ship herself, the American and British inquiries, the passengers and crew, the fateful journey and ice warnings received, the damage and sinking, protocol and process of rescue, the circumstances in connection with the SS Californian and SS Mount Temple, and the aftermath and ramifications around the world”. 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 at or call 207-548-2529.

Monday, August 5, 7:00 pm
Garden History Lecture Series
Colonial Herbs for meate and medicine, and Shaker Influence
Diana Chapin will present a collection of slides and will talk about how early Americans used herbs for food (referred to in Colonial days as “meate”) and healing, fragrance and dye. American Shakers were revolutionary herbalists whose lives revolved around plants for food, medicine, and income. Take a walk through history with Diana and learn about what Shakers believed, how they lived and be introduced to some of their most treasured plants. 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 at or call 207-548-2529.

Wednesday, August 7, 11:00 am AND 1:00 pm
Children’s Living History Performance
Join us for a living history portrayal of the heroine Abbie Burgess Grant by 7th grader Melanie Rosenberg. As Abbie Burgess, Melanie will share the harrowing story of tending the Matinicus Rock Light for nearly a month while her father was away from the island and what it was like to become a well-known heroine. Melanie will also share some discoveries she made during research which might surprise people who know Abbie’s story only through children’s stories. After the performance, Melanie will answer audience questions as both in and out of character. Melanie is part of a living history performance group located in Colorado. Free with admission to Penobscot Marine Museum.

Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
University of Maine marine archaeologist Warren Riess will speak about his new discoveries and his exciting work as a national expert in marine archaeology of the New England and mid-Atlantic regions. 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.

August 10, 2013; 7:00 pm
Historic Photography Lecture Series
“Liberty Maine: The Postcard View” illustrated talk by PMM Photo Archivist Matt Wheeler. Free. At the Ivan O. Davis-Liberty Library, 59 Main Street, Liberty, Maine
For more information call 207-548-252 ext. 210.

Wednesday, August 14, 11:00 am
Children’s Workshop: Watercolor Journaling
Lucinda Hathaway, author of Takashi’s Voyage: The Wreck of the Sindia, leads this workshop. The children will learn a quick sketch technique with waterproof pens and application of watercolor paints. Materials for use that day will be provided. Free with PMM admission. At PMM’s Peapod, Church Street, Searsport. For more information call 207-548-2529.

Thursday, August 15, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
Tim Garrold, a Searsport native and US Naval War College professor, tells hair-raising stories of rescues at sea, including the rescue of the crew from the burning SS KRISTA MARINOVIK in the Mediterranean Sea in 1982, the rescue of a private sailing vessel that had pitch-poled and demasted in a storm off Cape Hatteras in 1985, the search for a fighter jet lost at sea from USS AMERICA during Carrier Battle Group work-ups for Operation DESERT STORM in 1990, and the rescue of the crew of an SH-60B helicopter that crashed in the Persian Gulf during Operation DESERT STORM in 1991. 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.

Saturday, August 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Heritage Craft Demonstration
If you missed this demonstration in July, come see how pottery is made! Asha Fenn will be at Penobscot Marine Museum demonstrating wheel thrown and hand-built pottery techniques. Asha Fenn studied pottery at Manassus Clay in Virginia and is a full-time potter working in Stockton Springs, Maine.

Wednesday, August 21, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Heritage Craft Demonstration
Fiber artist Sandi Cirillo will demonstrate the ancient craft of wool felting. Sandi lives in Searsport and teaches fiber workshops throughout the Northeast.

Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
Author and former Downeast editor Andrew Vietze talks about his book Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism. The wreck of the NOTTINGHAM GALLEY on Boon Island and the resultant rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason, and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early eighteenth century. Captain Deane offered one version of the events that led them to be shipwrecked on notorious Boon Island, the barren rock off the coast of Maine; his crew proposed another. 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, August 22, 6:30 pm
Historic Photography Lecture Series
Jonesport: The Postcard View” illustrated talk by PMM Photo Curator Kevin Johnson.
Free. At Jonesport Historical Society, Sawyer Building 1st Floor, 21 Sawyer Square, Jonesport, ME

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
Talk and book signing with Mark J. Gabrielson. He will discuss his book Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews: Humble Heroes From a Downeast Island. The America’s Cup yacht races were, and still are, the most prestigious and expensive international sporting events in the world. With a history extending back over 160 years, the America’s Cup reached its height in the late 1800s – the era of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Sir Thomas Lipton. Until that time, American yachts in the competition had been crewed by professional sailors from Europe. But in the winter of 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club traveled more than 450 miles by train and steamboat to remote Deer Isle, Maine to recruit an all-Yankee crew. That small fishing town sent nearly forty of its best sailors to New York to sail Defender, and in a difficult and controversial series they defeated the best Great Britain’s aristocrats could muster. 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.