Summer 2013 Activities and Events (July)

July

Monday, July 1, 7:00 pm
Garden History Lecture Series
Heirloom Gardening is for the Birds! (Bees and Butterflies, too!)
Diana Chapin of The Heirloom Garden of Maine will present a collection of slides that highlight some of the most colorful and fragrant plants that attract birds, butterflies and bees to the garden. She’ll discuss the lifecycle of a butterfly and how a gardener may select specific plants that offer shelter, foliage and nectar for the insects in various stages of their lifecycle. 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 to buy tickets.

Tuesday, July 2, 7:00 pm
Art of Katahdin, illustrated talk and book signing by author David Little
Celebrating our greatest natural treasure, this book tells the fascinating story of America’s love affair with Maine’s highest mountain. David Little spent seven years writing this amazing history of the lure Mount Katahdin held in the 19th and 20th centuries and still holds today for America’s artists. At PMM’s Main Street Gallery/Admissions Center, 40 East Main 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.

Saturday, July 6, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Pen Bay Day!
Free museum admission to all. Join the party! See the sea-going Remotely Operated Vehicle from OceansWide, watch Revolutionary War re-enactors fire their muskets and cook over an open fire, try your hand at weaving and spinning, hear great maritime music by Downeast From Away, eat delicious food from The Good Kettle and ice cream from Stone Fox Creamery, watch the flares, play games with your children, and much more! Our annual summer party is a blast. Admission Free. At Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, Maine. For more information call 207-548-2529

Saturday, July 6, 1:00 pm
Historic Photography Lecture Series
North Haven: The Postcard View” illustrated talk by PMM Photo Curator Kevin Johnson.
Free. At Waterman Community Center for North Haven Historical Society, 12 Main St., North Haven, ME 04853. For more information 207-867-2100.

Tuesday, July 9, 8:15 am to 12:15 pm
Lighthouse Tour of Penobscot Bay by Boat!
Join us on this exciting PMM fundraiser and see eight lighthouses, including Eagle Island, in Penobscot Bay on the Camden Harbor Cruises boats with Captain Garth Wells. Captain Wells will provide commentary on the lighthouses and other features of the Bay with PMM Curator Cipperly Good adding some historical context. Coffee and muffins on board. Leave Camden dock at 8:15, return at 12:15. Now through May 31, tickets are $100 per person for members, $115 non-members. June 1 through July 5, tickets are $115 for members and $130 for non-members. Buy tickets online or call 207-548-2529 to buy tickets.

Wednesday, July 10, 11:00 am
Children’s Story Hour and Book Signing
Celebrated children’s illustrator and author Chris Van Dusen will read his beloved children’s book The Circus Ship. This exciting story tells of the burning of the ship ROYAL TAR off the coast of Vinalhaven, and the rescue of the circus animals it was carrying. Book signing afterwards. Admission Free. At PMM’s Peapod, Church Street, Searsport. For more information call 207-548-2529.

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
How To Keep Warm and Stay Green
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. Buy tickets online or call 207-548-2529.

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am
Maine Antique Power Association Display and Demonstration and Lobsterboat Races
Power Up in Searsport: Rev your engines at the Penobscot Marine Museum! The Maine Antique Power Association will get the engines rolling on the Museum’s front lawn at 10:00 am and keep them going all afternoon. Down at the Town Dock, the Searsport Lobsterboat Races start off at 10 am. The Searsport Car Show will take place at Mosman Park during the day. Park at the Museum and enjoy a day of steam, diesel and gasoline-powered engines in Searsport. Free. For more information call 207-548-2529.

Wednesday, July 17, 11:00 am
Children’s Story Hour and Book Signing
Learn about the history of lighthouses, their purpose, songs and stories with Angeli Perrow, author of Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue and other stories of shipwrecks and lighthouses. Admission Free with PMM admission. At PMM’s Peapod, Church Street, Searsport. For more information call 207-548-2529.

Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
Harry Gratwick, whose many books on Maine include Stories From the Maine Coast: Skippers, Ships and Storms, shares highlights from research on his current book on the shipwrecks of Penobscot Bay. Learn about the Revolutionary War shipwrecks of the ill-fated Penobscot Expedition, as well as exciting stories of more modern shipwrecks. 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 to buy tickets.

Wednesday, July 24, 11:00 am
Children’s Singing Hour
Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo sing songs of shipwrecks, lighthouses and lifesaving. Bring your singing voice and join us! Free with PMM admission. At PMM’s Peapod, Church Street, Searsport. For more information call 207-548-2529.

Thursday, July 25, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
Penobscot Bay Capt. Skip Strong will speak about the harrowing rescue described in his book In Peril: A Daring Decision, a Captain’s Resolve, and the Salvage that Made History. Strong, captain of an oil tanker carrying 10 million gallons of crude, was trying to outrun tropical storm Gordon when he picked up a distress call off the Florida coast in the early hours of November 15, 1994. Strong decided to attempt a rescue, although doing so put his own crew and cargo, not to mention hundreds of miles of Florida coast, at risk of a catastrophic oil spill. 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.

Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 pm
Historic Photography Lecture Series
Winter Harbor: The Postcard View” illustrated talk by PMM Photo Curator Kevin Johnson.
Free. At Schoodic Center for the Arts, Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor, ME 04693 For more information (207)963-2569

Wednesday, July 31, 11:00 am
Demonstration: Abandon Ship Drill
McMillan Offshore Survival Training demonstrates an “abandon ship” drill. The drill covers “Mayday”, visual distress signals, immersion suits and life rafts.
Free. Searsport Town Dock, at the end of Steamboat Avenue. For more information call 207-548-2529.