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Cooking with Fire at Penobscot Marine Museum

 Cooking with Fire by Paula Maroux

Cooking with Fire by Paula Maroux

On Tuesday, July 1, at 7:00 pm, food historian and wood-fired oven builder Paula Marcoux will talk about her new book, Cooking With Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking, at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery. Cooking with Fire is a comprehensive and often humorous examination of live-fire cooking across cultures and throughout the ages, with over 100 recipes, and copies will be available for Paula to sign.

Paula Marcoux is a consultant for museums, film producers, and publishers. Her training is in archaeology and cooking, and she enjoys applying the knowledge of past cooks and artisans to today’s food experience. She builds wood-fired ovens both experimentally and for use, and gives workshops on natural leavening, historic baking, and wood-fired cooking. For more information go to our event listing or call 207-548-2529.

Penobscot Marine Museum 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.

American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project at Penobscot Marine Museum

Merchant mariners have contributed significantly to the security and prosperity of the nation. In order to record and preserve the stories of merchant mariners, Seamen’s Church Institute has researchers across the US conducting interviews with these mariners for the American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project. The Penobscot Marine Museum is partnering with the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) to host a day of oral history interviews on June 24, 2014, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library (11 Church St., Searsport, ME).

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Merchant mariners are invited to come to the museum to record their stories with SCI researchers and volunteers. Photo archivists at the museum will also be gathering feedback from mariners on their photo collections. The interviews will be archived and made available as a robust online repository of stories of the sea.

“Merchant mariners have a unique perspective,” says SCI researcher and Frankfort resident Michele Christle. “They can come from big cities or provincial towns and travel to some of the most remote parts of the world. While sailing has changed from what it was mid-twentieth century, sailors always have stories—stories we can learn a great deal from.” A daughter of a merchant seaman herself, Christle was raised on sea stories.

Toiling on board ships often months at a time, merchant mariners work out of the public eye, but SCI—since its very beginnings—has endeavored to bring their labors to light. Through its American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project, SCI helps mariners gain recognition and dignity in the historic record through their own words and voices. Johnathan Thayer, SCI archivist and the founder of the project, has interviewed veteran mariners in the port of New York and New Jersey.

The Penobscot Marine Museum will be offering reduced admission for mariners on the day of the interviews ($6).

Mariners interested in participating should RSVP to Maine-based SCI researcher Michele Christle at michele.christle@gmail.com or at 603-781-9848 to schedule a time for an interview. If transportation or health is an issue, mariners are encouraged to contact Michele Christle for alternative participation methods.

For more information about this event, please contact:
Michele Christle:
603-781-9848
michele.christle@gmail.com

Wind Power, Past, Present and Future with Steve Hallee

Steve Hallee

Steve Hallee

On Thursday, June 26, at 7:00 pm Steve Hallee will present Catching the Wind as part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Thursday Night Lecture Series. Halle’s talk will range from the latest in offshore wind power technology, to the ways in which ancient peoples captured wind power not only for sailing but also for grinding corn and pumping water. He will discuss the generation of wind on earth by the sun in our atmosphere, illustrate how sails and windmill blades have changed over the years to optimize how much power they catch from the wind, and discuss the latest Sailing America’s Cup designs. Hallee is a Maine native, science teacher, inventor and founder of several companies including Green Ridge Energy, Tecwind, Sensaflo and Silverleaf Instruments. Catching the Wind will be at PMM’s Main Street Gallery. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information click here to veiw this event on our calendar listings or call 207-548-2529.

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.

Build a Row Boat with Cardboard at Penobscot Marine Museum

If you have ever wanted to build your own row boat you will want to come to the Cardboard Boat Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Hamilton Learning Center, 89 East Main St (Route One) in Searsport. Admission is free.

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge

You will learn how to build a cardboard boat which you can enter in the Cardboard Boat Challenge of the Rotary Club of Belfast Harbor Fest in August. On Saturday, June 21 you will learn how to design and assemble your boat, and on Sunday, Jun 22 you will seal and paint your boat. The workshop is taught by Penobscot Marine Museum’s seasoned cardboard boat builder Lin Calista, and by Belfast Rotarians. Some supplies will be available, but please bring your own cardboard, yard stick, paint brush, box cutter, and an idea for your boat design! This workshop is open to all ages, children should be accompanied by an adult.

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge is on Sunday, August 17 at Steamboat Park in Belfast. Awards will be given in the usual categories and some unusual categories including a “Spirit Award” for the most spirited and best organized team (the looks of the boat don’t count), an “Almost Made It Award “ and a “Submarine Award” for the most spectacular sinking.

For more information on the Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge go to www.belfastharborfest.com. Check our events listing for more information on Penobscot Marine Museum’s Cardboard Boat Workshop go or call Lin Calista at 207-548-0334.

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 Lobster Boat Builders Discuss Their Boats At Penobscot Marine Museum Boat Builders’ Forum

In preparation for the Maine lobster boat racing season the Maine Boatbuilding Forum will host boat builders Travis and Keith Otis, Glenn Holland, Stewart Workman and Calvin Beal, who will debate the qualities that make the very best and fastest lobster boats.  This month’s forum is at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery on Thursday, June 12, at 7:00 pm.

Lobster Boat Races, Friendship, Maine, courtesy Jon Johansen

Lobster Boat Races, Friendship, Maine, courtesy Jon Johansen

Keith Otis grew up in Maine, joined the Air Force Strategic Air Command then later re-enlisted in the Army’s 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile) where he worked on fire control systems for attack helicopters in Vietnam.   He started Otis Enterprises Marine in Searsport in 1979.  Keith’s son Travis grew up with sandpaper in his hand, helping his dad.  Otis Enterprises Marine has produced over ninety boats, ranging from modest lobster boats to top of the line luxury sportfish boats.  Travis Otis is Vice President of the Maine Lobsterboat Racing Association.

Glenn Holland, of Holland’s Boat Shop in Belfast, started building boats in 1972 with an unfinished Repco hull which he finished in a temporary building on his parent’s front lawn.  Glenn eventually partnered with Royal Lowell and together they designed the Holland 32 which went into production in 1978.   Holland’s Boat Shop is home of the racing lobsterboat “Red Baron”, which won the title “World’s Fastest Lobster Boat” in 2000, and has won over 100 trophies.

Stewart Workman’s father was a lobster boat owner, and Stewart ran his own boat and pulled lobsters out of the water starting in junior high school.  He was in the Coast Guard in Alaska but returned to Maine to focus on schooner and passenger boat restorations, a deep- sea fishing business, and being a yacht captain.  SW Boatworks was founded by Capt. Stewart Workman in 2000.

Calvin Beal started working in and around boat shops as a young boy, helping the old time boat builders of Beals build their boats.  In 1969 Calvin built his own wooden, 22′ lobster boat, then he built a 35′ wooden boat named the Octavia A for his father-in-law.  Calvin worked on wooden boats and plugs until he built his own molds for fiberglass boats in the late ’90s.  After building one hundred and twenty-five boats, Calvin sold the molds to SW Boatworks in Lamoine.

The Maine Lobster Boat Races start on June 14th in Boothbay Harbor.  For a schedule of the races, go to “Fans of Maine Lobster Boat Racing” Facebook page.

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 go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

To view calendar listing, click here.

Maine Sail Freight Project Planning Dinner at Tranquility Grange

Last October, the Vermont Sail Freight Project delivered $50,000 of regionally produced foods to customers waiting at the docks along a 300 mile route from Ferrisburgh, Vermont to Brooklyn, New York.  On Sunday, June 22, at 5:00 pm Penobscot Marine Museum, Greenhorns, MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust are hosting a potluck dinner at Tranquility Grange Hall in Lincolnville to explore the possibilities for a Sail Freight Project along the coast of Maine.  Maine, with its rich maritime history, strong boat building industry, conservation movement, and explosion of local, organic food production is a perfect place for the next sail freight project.  Email Kathy Goldner at the museum kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, or call 207-548-2529 ext.216 to reserve your seat.  Bring a pot luck dish to share.

In October, New Dawn Traders Alex and Lucy set sail on a 7-month voyage around the Atlantic with the cargo vessel TRES HOMBRES and her crew. The  TRES HOMBRES is pioneering a renaissance in shipping cargo by sailboat. This 32 meter, engine-less brigantine has been successfully trading between Europe and islands in the Atlantic and Caribbean since 2009.

In October, New Dawn Traders Alex and Lucy set sail on a 7-month voyage around the Atlantic with the cargo vessel TRES HOMBRES and her crew. The TRES HOMBRES is pioneering a renaissance in shipping cargo by sailboat. This 32 meter, engine-less brigantine has been successfully trading between Europe and islands in the Atlantic and Caribbean since 2009.

The event will begin with a panel presentation by Cate Cronin former Captain of the Hudson River Sloop, Cipperly Good curator at Penobscot Marine Museum, Lu Yodder boat builder and sailor for Mast Brothers Chocolate Sail Project, Patrick Kiley and Severine Fleming of Greenhorns and the Vermont Sail Project, Elisha Kaufman of Mystic Sheaf Traders, and Lance Lee of The Apprenticeshop in Rockport.  The panel presentation will be followed by the pot luck dinner and a community conversation about ideas, proposals, vessel suggestions, and routes for a Maine Sail Freight Project.

The revival of interest in the working sail worldwide is a natural outgrowth of the movement to reduce pollution and dependence on fossil fuels, and to eat locally grown food and support local farmers.  The New Dawn Traders are sailing freight around the world on the TRES HOMBRES out of the Netherlands, Sailing Ship KWAI provides shipping options for the islands in the South Pacific, the Vermont Sail Project is gearing up to make another voyage to from Vermont to New York, and Salish Sea Trading Cooperative is working on delivering freight by sail in Puget Sound.

Our thanks to sponsor Marshall Wharf Brewery in Belfast.  For more information or to volunteer contact hannah@thegreenhorns.net.

Author Kate Webber Discusses Life on Swans Island

Penobscot Marine Museum will host author Kate Webber discussing her new book Swans Island Chronicles: Borrowed, Exaggerated and Half-Forgotten Tales of Island Life on Saturday, June 7, at 2:00 pm. Books will be available for signing, and the event will take place in the Penobscot Marine Museum Store, 40 East Main Street, Searsport. Admission is free.

Kate Webber worked through the Island Institute for the Swan’s Island Historical Society for two years and experienced the delights of living on a small isolated Maine island first hand. She tells her stories about the people and island culture with humor and affection. Local legends and spooky tales are included for the reader’s delight. Ms. Webber is now with the Maine Humanities Council.

Left: Swans Island Chronicles: Borrowed, Exaggerated and Half-Forgotten Tales of Island Life by Kate Webber. Right: Author Kate Webber

Left: Swans Island Chronicles: Borrowed, Exaggerated and Half-Forgotten Tales of Island Life by Kate Webber. Right: Author Kate Webber

For more information go online www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529. Penobscot Marine Museum is hosting seven exhibits and over fifty events this season.

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.

Merchant Marine Oral History Interview Day to be Held at Penobscot Marine Museum

usmerchant-marine-sealThe Penobscot Marine Museum is partnering with the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) to host a day of oral history interviews with merchant mariners on June 24, 2014, from 10-4. During this event, mariners will be invited to come to the museum to record their stories with SCI researchers and volunteers as part of the American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project. Photo archivists at the museum will also be gathering feedback from mariners on their photo collections. The Penobscot Marine Museum will be offering reduced admission for mariners on the day of the interviews ($6). The interviews will be archived and made available as a robust online repository of stories of the sea.

Merchant mariners have contributed significantly to the security and prosperity of the nation–the online archive created by this project brings the compelling stories of local seafarers to light. Johnathan Thayer, SCI Archivist and leader of the project, has interviewed veteran mariners in the Port of New York and New Jersey. “Their remarkable tales represent largely overlooked perspectives within American history,” he says. Johnathan recounts the story of John Ludwick, also known as “Kansas,” who, although he survived the crossing of dangerous WWII North Atlantic waters in a convoy that lost 17 of 33 ships, found himself mistakenly imprisoned in a camp at Leningrad. He tells the story of his escape, stealing a Russian snowmobile and riding it hundreds of miles through arctic tundra back to his ship.

Toiling on board ships often months at a time, merchant mariners work out of the public eye, but SCI—since its very beginnings—has endeavored to bring their labors to light. Through its American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project, SCI helps mariners gain recognition and dignity in the historic record through their own words and Mariners interested in participating should RSVP to Maine-based SCI researcher Michele Christle at michele.christle@gmail.com or at 603-781-9848 to schedule a time for an interview. If transportation or health is an issue, mariners are encouraged to contact Michele Christle for alternative participation methods.

For more information about this event, please contact: Michele Christle, 603-781-9848 michele.christle@gmail.com

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Volunteer Day & Yale Day of Service

Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

We have fun

We have fun

Come join the Yale alumni and their friends and family taking part in the annual YaleDayofService at Penobscot Marine Museum this May. Help us clean the boat barns, wash the windows, touch up the railings, and get ready for opening! We will feed you a delicious lunch.

Every spring for the past six years Yale volunteers have teamed up at service projects as varied as beautifying urban spaces, prepping special-needs camps for the season, and mentoring inner-city youth. Last year over 3500 participants pitched in at 232 sites in 16 countries.

This year will be the fourth YaleDayofService at Penobscot Marine Museum.
Thank you, to all our volunteers,
see you this Saturday!

We will feed you delicious food.

We will feed you delicious food.

Boat Builders of Mount Desert Island at Penobscot Marine Museum Boat Builders Forum

Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 pm the Maine Boatbuilding Forum will host boat builders of Mount Desert Island. Boat builders Hank Hinckley, Chummy Rich and Rich Helmke from Bass Harbor Boats, and Ralph and Richard Stanley, will talk about building everything from high-end yachts to lobster boats and traditional sloops for their diverse set of clients on Mount Desert Island and beyond.

Located in Southwest Harbor, Hank Hinckley Boat Builders specializes in building custom and semi-custom boats, and in restoring or rebuilding larger quality craft of up to about 45 feet. The company was formed in 1994 by Hank Hinckley, son of the founder of what is now The Hinckley Company.

Little Folly built by Ralph Stanley

Little Folly built by Ralph Stanley

Chummy Rich grew up in Tremont, Maine with a boat building grandfather Clifton Rich, and a boat building father Bobby Rich. After decades in a business that he loved, he was thinking of retiring when Rich Helmke approached him and they now work together at Bass Harbor Boats in Bernard.

Ralph Stanley is a Master Boatbuilder and a 1999 NEA National Heritage Fellow. His son, Richard Stanley, of Richard Stanley Custom Boats in Bass Harbor, followed in his father’s footsteps and has been building wooden boats for over fifty years.

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 go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.