Historic Catsup at Searsport Farmers’ Market

Marilyn Cleveland, owner of  Marilyn’s Jam Session, recently unearthed a century old recipe from her great Aunt Florence for Grape Catsup, which Aunt Florence made on her farm in New Gloucester, Maine in the early 20th century. Before the advent of Tomato Ketchup, many farmers’ wives made a spiced catsup from whatever fruit was available.  With offers of wild grapes from neighboring farms in Penobscot, Horsepower Farm and Quill’s End Farm, Marilyn made a  grape catsup based on great Aunt Florence’s recipe which she calls Conquered Grape.   Marilyn and her husband Scott give tastes of the catsup to their customers at farmers’ markets, who find it irresistible.

Marilyn’s Jam Session jams

Marilyn’s Jam Session jams

Another historic recipe which Marilyn is reviving is for rose hip flavored syrup.  Marilyn’s Beach Rose is made with local wild beach roses.   Rose hips are especially high in vitamin C, and have been eaten for generations for their health benefits.  Using local ingredients, Marilyn makes small batches, and her first batch of seventeen bottles of Beach Rose was sold in a few days.

Marilyn’s Jam Session was founded six years ago, with such unusual jams including a wild blueberry and lime called Blueberry Riff, a half and half wild blackberry and blueberry jelly called Blackberry Blues, a super-hot pepper jam made with Bulgarian carrot peppers called Bulgarian Bebop, and an orange and habanera combination called Orange Up!.  Marilyn’s husband, Scott, is a jazz pianist and names the jams.  Since its launch Marilyn has developed nearly twenty varieties of jam, jelly, preserves, spreads and relishes.

Marilyn’s Jam Session can be found every Tuesday from 2:30 to 5:30 at the Searsport Farmers’ Market on Route One.  For more information on Marilyn’s Jam Session email or visit, or Marilyn’s Jam Session Facebook page:

Go Lobstering with Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw, photo by Dennis Welch

Linda Greenlaw, photo by Dennis Welch

A lobstering trip with Linda Greenlaw is one of the many exciting items in the Penobscot Marine Museum fundraising Gala & Auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on July 19th. You can also bid on a chance to spend a day on Penobscot Bay with Hamilton Marine owner Wayne Hamilton in his 36’ pilot boat, or take a ride in one of the Penobscot Bay Tractor Tugboats with Capt. Doug Fournier. The Shellback Dinghy, designed by Joel White and built by Searsport District High School students this spring is in the auction, as well as a handbag designed by Stella McCartney, trips on the Schooner American Eagle and the Schooner Heritage, antiques, jewelry, paintings, and much more.

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Publisher John K. Hanson, Jr. and the magazine’s Editor in Chief Polly Saltonstall are being honored by the Penobscot Marine Museum at this year’s Gala, for their many years of work promoting and supporting Maine’s maritime culture. Hanson started Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine in 1987, founded the website USHarbors, is an active part of Maine Built Boats and the Maine Marine Trades Association, and served more than eight years as a trustee of the Penobscot Marine Museum. Saltonstall has been editor in chief at Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors since last July. Previously she wrote about the state’s waterfront for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Cooking Light Magazine and WoodenBoat. She has served as trustee at the Penobscot Marine Museum for almost 20 years.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s biennial Gala & Auction fundraiser provides support for an array of exhibitions, programs and educational initiatives, including 2014’s seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events. The museum has a three acre, ten building campus on Route One in Searsport, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

The Gala & Auction begin at 5:30 pm and includes cocktails, Silent Auction, dinner, Live Auction, dancing, music by Interplay. Online bidding on items in the Silent Auction opens Friday, July 4, at 6:00 am at To bid on items in the Live Auction, you may attend the Gala & Auction or arrange to call in on the night of the Gala & Auction. To buy tickets for the Penobscot Marine Museum Gala & Auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on Saturday, July 19th go to our Gala & Auction page or call 207-548-2529.

Summer Crafts and Children’s Programs at Penobscot Marine Museum

Summer activities for children and adults begin this July at Penobscot Marine Museum. Wednesdays and Fridays are Children’s Program days, and Thursdays are Artisan Days, demonstrations of 19th century crafts. Artisan Days is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine, and is sponsored by the Knickerbocker Group of designers, builders, cabinetmakers and caretakers. The Penobscot Marine Museum programs are free with museum admission, and museum admission is free for Searsport residents.

Wednesday, July 9th and July 23rd, from 11:00 am to noon, the Children’s Program is The Mighty Cod, a hands-on program to uncover the secrets of cod, how the early colonists fished, preserved and cooked this unique fish. Discover the mysteries of the fishing grounds and why explorers risked their lives looking for cod with educator and author Mayra Donnell, in PMM’s Peapod.

Artisan Days begin on Thursday, July 10th with weaver and spinner Alice Seeger demonstrating her craft on the museum campus from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come try your hand at weaving and spinning on a Great Wheel! Alice will be on campus again with her spinning wheels and weaving looms on Thursday, July 24th for Artisan Days.

Stuart Little, by E.B.White

Stuart Little, by E.B.White

Friday, July 11, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm the Children’s Program, Happy Birthday E.B. White!, is a birthday celebration for beloved Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White. Join us for a reading from Stuart Little, a look at E.B.White’s boat in our collection, birthday cake and a craft project. In PMM’s Peapod.

On Wednesday, July 16, from 11:00 am to noon, our Children’s Program is Making Candles. Make your very own candles the way the early settlers made theirs, with educator and craftsperson Alice Seeger. In PMM’s Peapod.

Potter Asha Fen will be on campus for Artisan Days on Thursday, July 17th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with her portable potter’s wheel. Watch her mold her clay into plates and bowls, using techniques potters have used for thousands of years.

On Friday, July 18, at 10:30 am the Children’s Program: Art in the Gallery will take you into the museum galleries to make your own museum-inspired art work!

Join us on Friday, July 25, at 10:30 am for our Children’s Reading Corner, for a reading of excerpts from the classic Little Fisherman. In PMM’s Peapod.

On Wednesday, July 30, from 11:00 to noon, a University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center educator will lead the Children’s Program: Build a Wind Platform. In this hands-on program, children learn to design, build, implement and test wind power technology components similar to those being used in an extensive UMaine research program in deepwater offshore wind power. In PMM’s Peapod.

For more information on Artisan Days at Boothbay Railway Village, go to or call 207.633.4727.

For more information about Artisan Days and Children’s Programs at Penobscot Marine Museum visit our events listings or call 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.

Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation

A workshop for teachers & local history enthusiasts sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and Penobscot Marine Museum

Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7, 2014
Searsport, Maine
8:30am — 3:30pm

This two-day workshop will explore how to use local resources—documents, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every town—to examine historical issues with a national focus. We will concentrate on the period just after the Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Penobscot Bay and River area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. We will investigate such questions as: What was it like to live in a town that had existed for decades in a country that was new? When the nation was first forming after the Revolution, what were people in our town/region worried about? How much did the geography, economy, culture, and social makeup of our region influence those concerns? How can we find out? What resources/pieces of evidence does our community have that relate to this time period and the people living in it? How can we best present this evidence and allow people of all ages to discover answers to some of these questions? How does our local focus add a crucial dimension to our understanding of a key period in American history?

Workshop faculty will include local historians, educators and museum/archives professionals. The program will also include visits to early American fortifications and sites of interest.

The workshop is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches on two days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

For more information, or to register, please contact the education department at or (617) 646-0557.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Hancock County Photography Exhibit Travels to Sedgwick

Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibit Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye will be at the Sedgwick Town Meeting House, 574 North Sedgwick Rd., Sedgwick, from Monday, July 1st through Thursday, July 31st.  There will be an opening reception on Monday, July 1st from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.  This exhibit is hosted by the Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society and admission is free.

Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye is part of the Blue Hill peninsula’s Touring Through Time: Keeping Our Past Present series of events and exhibits featured at area historical societies and museums this summer.  “This exhibit definitely helps to keep our past present,” says Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum’s Photography Archivist.   “People love to see what has changed, or not, over time.  And seeing photographs of their town in a travelling exhibit sparks a pride of place and an interest in local history.”

High School, Sedgwick ME courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

High School, Sedgwick ME courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

An online exhibit on the museum’s website includes many additional Hancock County images.   This exhibit is also online on the Maine Memory Network.

The photographs in Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye are of places people loved.  A century ago the founder of Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company sent his crews with their box cameras into tiny towns telling them to ask local citizens what they should photograph, what was important to them about their town.   This makes the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company photos aesthetically beautiful and historically important.

The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives.   The Penobscot Marine Museum is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern’s negatives, and has recently added a searchable database online to their website which includes nearly 30,000 Eastern Illustrating photographs. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection.  The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and is part of four county exhibits the Penobscot Marine Museum will produce.

For more information go to  For exhibit hours call 207-359-8900.

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

Maine 2014 Antique Paper Show: Postcards and Paper Collectibles

The Maine 2014 Antique Paper Show: Postcards and Paper Collectibles will be at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 8 Church Street, Searsport on Saturday, June 28, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. This popular annual show includes thousands of vintage postcards, old maps, Penobscot Marine Museum historic photographs, sheet music, and paper ephemera. Free appraisals for your paper collectibles will be available from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Admission is $2, and includes $2 off of a Penobscot Marine Museum admission ticket.

Post Card Store in St. Stephen, N.B. from Penobscot Marine Museum.

Post Card Store in St. Stephen, N.B. from Penobscot Marine Museum.

The first American postcard was printed in 1873 and the sending and collecting of them quickly became a craze. Postcards provide important historical information about the landscape, architecture and the clothing of the early 19th century. The collecting of postcards is called deltiology, and it is the third largest collecting hobby world-wide.

For more information go to our calendar listings or call Kevin Johnson at 207-548-2529 ext.210. Penobscot Marine Museum on Route One in Searsport has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Historic Coastal Way of Life Documented in Photography Exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum

Lisa Tyson Ennis takes photographs the slow, old-fashioned way with medium and large format cameras, black and white film, and long exposures. She hand-prints her images one by one in a traditional wet dark room. The subjects that intrigue her are also old-fashioned and disappearing. Her exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum, What Once Was – Our Changing Fisheries, documents, in her haunting and unusual style, a pre-industrial way of making a living from the sea which is nearly extinct. The opening reception for Ennis’s exhibit is Saturday, June 28, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main St, Searsport, Maine. The exhibit will be at PMM through Tuesday, July 29.

Fishing Weir Study IX Campobello by Lisa Tyson Ennis

Fishing Weir Study IX Campobello by Lisa Tyson Ennis

Lisa Tyson Ennis lives in Lubec, Maine and is fascinated by weir fishing, a sustainable way of herring fishing which used to be practiced in Maine and is now only found in the Maritimes. She travels the coast and photographs weirs when she finds them, hoping to make a final record of these historic weirs before they disappear entirely. She also visits and photographs remote fishing communities in Newfoundland which can only be reached by boat. Many of these remote communities are abandoned, having been “re-settled” by the government when cod fishing declined.

Lisa Tyson Ennis’s photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Tides Institute in Eastport, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art. What Once Was – Our Changing Fisheries is at Penobscot Marine Museum Saturday, June 28 through Tuesday, July 29. Penobscot Marine Museum, on Route One in Searsport, has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Founder and Editor to be Honored at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Gala & Auction

On July 19, Penobscot Marine Museum’s biennial Gala & Auction fundraiser will honor John K. Hanson, Jr. founder and publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, and Polly Saltonstall, editor in chief of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. Polly and John are also both longtime friends and supporters of the museum. The Gala & Auction will be held at Point Lookout Resort in Northport at 5:30 pm.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity this year to celebrate and honor John and Polly. They have both passionately promote and have made enormous contributions to Maine’s rich maritime culture,” said the museum’s Executive Director Liz Lodge.

artwork in PMM’s Gala & Auction

Artwork in PMM’s Gala & Auction

Penobscot Marine Museum’s biennial Gala & Auction fundraiser provides support for a diverse array of exhibitions, programs and educational initiatives, all celebrating the maritime heritage of the Penobscot Bay region and beyond. This season alone the museum hosts seven new exhibits and over fifty events.

The Gala & Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction in Point Lookout’s open-air pavilion, and progresses to Erikson Hall at 7:00 p.m. for dinner, a live auction, and dancing with live music from the band Interplay. Items in the auction include small water craft, hotel overnights, paintings, a mink coat, and theater tickets.

Sponsorships and tickets to the auction are available, and the museum is accepting auction donations. For more information go online or call 207-548-2529.

Purchase tickets online or BID ONLINE NOW!

Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, is open for the 2014 season from Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.

Jewelry in PMM’s Gala & Auction

Jewelry in PMM’s Gala & Auction

Searsport High School Boatbuilding Class Launch!

Two Shellback dinghies built by Searsport High School students in the new Hamilton Learning Center at Penobscot Marine Museum will be launched on Wednesday, May 28, at noon at the Searsport Town Dock. The eight students began building the boats on January 28, working with master boat builder Greg Rossel and a crew of volunteers from the community. Wayne Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Marine, gave the students their last class on navigation, and now they are ready to launch the boats they have been building for the past four months.

Searsport District High School student learning boatbuilding at Hamilton Learning Center at Penobscot Marine Museum

Searsport District High School student learning boatbuilding at Hamilton Learning Center at Penobscot Marine Museum

This boatbuilding class would not have been possible without the devoted help of community volunteers, who either brought their expertise to the classroom to help the students or donated materials, or both. The Penobscot Marine Museum gratefully thanks Jerry Marancik, Dave Lawrence, Bruce Brown, Rob Griffin, Rich Fitzsimmons, Fred Kircheis, Fred Schmidt, Mary Ann McCrea, Pam Steele, Grant Gambell sailmaker, and Wayne and Loraine Hamilton who generously donated the Hamilton Learning Center to Penobscot Marine Museum.

In building this particular boat, which was deigned by E.B. White’s son Joel, the students learn traditional woodworking skills but also work with modern composites, learning plywood lamination methods. The eight high school students use mathematical equations to make stability tests, ratios for proper mixing of epoxy, applied statistics in making patterns for planks, physics and geometry in their navigation training. They study chemical reactions, galvanic action, exothermic reaction, and air foils when they make the sails. The students also learn the importance of team work and deadlines. Their teacher, master boatbuilder Greg Rossel, is an author and has been teaching boat building at WoodenBoat School for over twenty years.

Summer 2014: Sailing Tours, Daily Events and Seven Exhibitions

On Saturday, May 24, Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport opens with Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resources, one of seven exhibits which begins a season overflowing with events including sailing tours of Searsport Harbor, craft demonstrations, the Maine Boatbuilding Forum, twice weekly children’s activities, and the Historic Photography and the Thursday Night Lecture Series.

Photograph courtesy Dean Kotula

Photograph courtesy Dean Kotula

Using interactive displays and historic photographs, Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resources explores the past and the future of these resources in Maine.  The exhibit examines the modern technology of fishing and of wind and tidal power, and looks at how this impacts Maine’s working waterfront, culture, environment and tourism.   The opening reception for Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resource is Friday, May 23, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport.

History Chests: Exhibit Designed by the Sophmore Class of Searsport District High School has a special Opening Reception and tour on Thursday, May 22, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The students will take visitors to see the sea chests they placed in PMM’s Merithew and Fowler True Ross Houses.  Nine sea captain chests, which contain specific artifacts showing the different aspects of the impact the Penobscot Bay has on the Midcoast region, were assembled and documented by students from the sophomore class of SDHS. The topics include marine art, the granite industry, lumbering, fisheries, the Penobscot Nation, life at sea, navigation, ship building, and Far East trade.

History Chest designed by SDHS students

History Chest designed by SDHS students

A major retrospective of a beloved Maine artist, Eric Hopkins: Shells – Fish – Shellfish, opens Monday, June 16.  Eric Hopkins will be on hand for the Artist’s Reception on  Friday, July 25, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  One of a handful of artists born in Maine to receive national recognition, Hopkins has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country.  This exhibit includes paintings, monotypes and glass and wood sculpture, much of which has not been seen before.  It also includes, for the first time, Hopkins’ personal collection of the skeletons, shells and remnants of creatures picked up on beaches over his lifetime and which have inspired the artwork in this exhibition.  This exhibit is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport through Sunday, October 19.

Three photography shows in the Main Street Gallery will explore the art of fish, wind and tide throughout Penobscot Marine Museum’s season.  The first exhibit is Maritime Muse – Inspired By the Sea, Saturday, May 24, through Thursday, June 26.  These exciting photographs by Dean Kotula are from his years of working on foreign factory ships.   Photographs by Lisa Tyson Ennis, What Once Was – Our Changing Fisheries,

document a traditional way of life which is fast disappearing, and include photographs of remote fishing villages in Newfoundland accessible only by boat.  Tuesday, September 9 through Sunday, October 19, The Photography of Antonia Small bears witness to some remarkable souls living along the coast and doing whatever they can to keep the ancient link to fishing and to the sea alive in coastal villages.

“Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine brings quilts hailed by the New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced” to Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Saturday, August 2 through Sunday, September 7. September 3rd through September 8th four of the Gee’s Bend quilters will be teaching courses at Fiber College of Maine in Searsport.  Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, Maine will also have quilts from Gee’s Bend from Friday, July 4 through Saturday, August 30.  This will be the first time the quilts and the quilters have been north of Boston.

In addition to the five exhibits, the Schooner GUILDIVE will be offering sailing tours of Searsport Harbor on Mondays and Saturdays, every Tuesday the Searsport Farmers’ Market will be on the crescent 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, children’s activities are scheduled for every Wednesday and Friday, crafters will demonstrations on Thursdays for Artisan Days, and lectures and book signings are scheduled nearly every week.  Please call 207-548-2529 for more information.

Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, is open for the 2014 season from Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, October 19.

The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.