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Edith & Bennett To Sing At Penobscot Marine Museum Members Opening

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni, who play banjo and fiddle and sing old-time music from Maine and beyond, will be playing at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine for a Members Reception in Main Street Gallery on Friday, May 20, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Edith grew up in Belgrade, Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band. Together Edith & Bennett have played Maine music across the U.S. and around the world. This event is free to Penobscot Marine Museum members. Museum membership is available online or by calling 207-548-0334 or 2529.

“It was one of the best nights of music the Parrish [Art Museum] has ever experienced, and the dynamism, charm, and talent of Edith and Bennett have made an everlasting imprint,” says Amy Kirwin of the Parrish Art Museum. In addition to their music, Edith and Bennett own and operate Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine, which focuses on growing garlic and culinary herbs for table and seed.

Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season on Saturday, May 28th. New this year, residents of Waldo County will receive free admission, each town during a specific week. Each town’s free week is listed here. Residents of Lincolnville and Islesboro will kick off the program with free admission to Penobscot Marine Museum from Sunday, May 29 through Saturday, June 4.

Museum To Host Open House For Local Businesses

Aerial view of Penobscot Marine Museum’s 3 acres and 12 buildings.

Aerial view of Penobscot Marine Museum’s 3 acres and 12 buildings.

Owners and staff of area businesses are invited to a party and special preview of Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2016 exhibits on Wednesday, May 18th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The museum’s theme Wish You Were here: Communicating Maine includes several exhibits; Historic Maine: A Postcard View, Acadia National Park: A Postcard View, and Maine: A Continuum of Place. Carl Little, author of Paintings of Maine, Art of the Maine Islands and Guest Curator of the museum’s exhibit Maine: A Continuum of Place will be attending, along with many of the artists represented in the exhibit. Photography Archivist Kevin Johnson will also be on hand to discuss the museum’s extensive historic photography and postcard collection featured in these exhibits.

Each business attending will receive a gift of five free passes to Penobscot Marine Museum. “We wanted to say thank you to all of our local businesses,” says Liz Lodge, the museum’s Executive Director. “These local businesses do so much for the community and for us, they help make this area vibrant.” Four of the twelve museum buildings will be open in this special preview: the ship captain’s house, Main Street Gallery, Visitors Center, and Merithew. The museum opens to the public on Saturday, May 28.

Alamo Theatre Presents Talk On Historic Photographs And Film Of Bucksport

Main Street Bucksport, Penobscot Marine Museum Photo Archive

Main Street Bucksport, Penobscot Marine Museum Photo Archive

Historic photographs and vintage film footage of Bucksport from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be presented by Penobscot Marine Museum’s Kevin Johnson and Brook Minner of Northeast Historic Film Archive on Thursday, May 12, 6:00 pm at Alamo Theatre, 85 Main Street, Bucksport.

The photographs presented in the talk by Kevin Johnson will be of people and places which were important to the residents of Bucksport between 1909 and 1947. They were taken by a Belfast, Maine postcard company, Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company, which sent their photographers driving across Maine in Model T’s with their box cameras to ask what the local citizens loved about their area. The photographs presented in the talk are part of Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye, one of several travelling exhibits from the Penobscot Marine Museum photography archive. It is on display through the end of May at Bucksport Heart and Soul in the Rosen Building, 72 Main Street, Bucksport. Brook Minner, Executive Director of Northeast Historic Film Archive, will show historic film footage of Bucksport from their collection.

For more information on the talk call Kevin Johnson at 207-548-2529 ext. 210. For more information on the exhibit call Rich Rotella at 207- 949-1889.

Wine Tasting Event to Benefit Penobscot Marine Museum

Taste delicious locally crafted wine Thursday, April 21st from 5-7 pm at The Good Kettle in Stockton Springs. The wine tasting event will introduce you to Maine vineyards from across the state, with 10 % of the proceeds benefiting the Penobscot Marine Museum.

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The Good Kettle offers a wide selection of wine for a range of budgets and tastes, and a variety of choices from local wines to some of the best wines from all over the world. The Good Kettle hosts a wine tasting benefit for area non-profits once a month from April to December featuring local wineries.

Located on 247 US Route 1 in Stockton Springs, The Good Kettle is a Home Style Eat-In or Carry Out restaurant offering a wines and beer, Maine-made local products, and breakfast and lunch.

For more information contact The Good Kettle at 207.567.2035 or info@thegoodkettle.com or visit https://thegoodkettle.wordpress.com.

Experience Maritime Maine To Hold Stakeholder Meeting In April

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Experience Maritime Maine, a partnership of maritime-related organizations, businesses, and coastal communities working together to promote and preserve Maine’s unique maritime culture through heritage tourism efforts, is having its third bi-annual Stakeholder Meeting Thursday, April 7, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, Rockland, Maine. Guest speakers are Kerry Altiero, Chef/Owner of Cafe Miranda, and Olga Oros and Chip Holmes of Damariscotta River Cruises. For more information or to RSVP email info@experiencemaritimemaine.org. The meeting is open to anyone with a stake or an interest in Maine maritime cultural heritage tourism

Experience Maritime Maine promotes Maine’s maritime experiences on the website at www.experiencemaritimemaine.org and through social media. They are designing a rack card for spring 2016, are promoting Maine’s maritime experiences nationally at Maine Office of Tourism’s Maine Media Marketplace in NYC this spring, are producing audio podcasts of maritime stories in six coastal Maine communities, and are planning maritime trip itineraries.

Experience Maritime Maine is a loose partnership in which all stakeholders are encouraged to participate. The Coordinating Committee currently includes Abbe Museum, Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism, Downeast Fisheries Trail, Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Island Institute, Maine Archives and Museums, Maine Maritime Museum, Maine Sea Grant, Maine Office of Tourism, Maine Tourism Association, Maine Windjammer Association, Penobscot Marine Museum, Tides Institute , Washington County Council of Governments, and WoodenBoat School, and meets monthly.

Experience Maritime Maine’s major funders are Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Maine Office of Tourism, and Maine Community Foundation. Partner funders are Downeast Acadia Region, Maine Maritime Museum, Mid-Coast Chamber Council, Maine Windjammer Association, Penobscot Marine Museum, Tides Institute, and WoodenBoat School.

2016 Governor’s Conference On Tourism To Feature Postcards From Penobscot Marine Museum

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In cooperation with the Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2016 Postcard Project, The Maine Office of Tourism will showcase 8 postcards from 1916, selected from the museum’s archives, at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism on March 21 and 22 at Sunday River Resort.

The Maine Office of Tourism chose one postcard from the museum’s collection for each of Maine’s eight tourism regions: The Maine Beaches, Greater Portland and Casco Bay, the Mid-Coast region, Maine’s Lakes and Mountains, the Maine Highlands region, the Kennebec Valley region, the DownEast and Acadia region, and Aroostook County. Each of the hundreds of attendees will receive a pack of postcards at the conference, and posting stations will be set up where the attendees will be encouraged to write and post the cards.

One PMM Postcard image for 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism

One PMM Postcard image for 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine, Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2016 series of exhibitions and community projects explores a hundred years of images which have been used to communicate the unique qualities of Maine to the outside world. With photographic postcards, photography, and contemporary art, this exhibit explores the changes which have taken place in the images which have been used to communicate “Maine”.

Community Project: Penobscot Marine Museum is collaborating with the Maine State Library system to distribute postcards with historic images of Maine from the museum’s photography collection to libraries across the state for patrons to mail during Library Week, April 10th through 16th.

Exhibit: Historic Maine, a Postcard View
This exhibit presents a history of the postcard, and takes a closer look at postcards produced by three Maine photographic postcard companies. Postcards produced by Evie Barbour, who photographed the Blue Hill area with a box camera, and the Cunningham Brothers who photographed the area around Washington, Maine combine with images from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company to create a highly personal and intimate portrait of Maine. The exhibit includes oral histories of Mainers talking about the treasured places seen in these postcards, a trailer for a documentary on Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company by Maine filmmaker Sumner McKane, a Model T outfitted with contemporaneous photography equipment, and the museums’ gigantic walk-in camera obscura which demonstrates the inside workings of a nineteenth-century camera.

Exhibit: Acadia National Park, a Postcard View
Penobscot Marine Museum joins the Acadia Centennial celebration with an exhibit of fifty years of Acadia National Park in postcards.

Exhibit: Maine’s Changing Sense of Place
Maine’s unique sense of place has been portrayed over the years by artists such as Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, and today Maine is known for its vibrant art scene. To understand how images of sense of place can change over the years, guest curator Carl Little, author of Paintings of Maine and Art of the Maine Islands, chose photographs of special places from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection, and chose artwork by Maine artists which was inspired by these special places. The historic photograph and the contemporary art work will be displayed side by side.

Community Project: Photoplay! Postcards by M.J. Bronstein
Artist M.J. Bronstein has created postcards using historic images from Penobscot Marine Museum’s photography collection. These postcards are designed for the museum visitor to be able to draw on them, adding to the historic photo. Each postcard becomes a unique creation for museum visitors to send to their friends.

Maine Authors Celebrate Christmas at Penobscot Marine Museum

One Maine Christmas Eve author Douglas Coffin with his daughter

One Maine Christmas Eve author Douglas Coffin with his daughter

On Friday, December 4th, Penobscot Marine Museum will host five Maine authors and an illustrator, as part of the Town of Searsport’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting.   Maine authors Ardeana Hamlin, Douglas Coffin, Mac Smith, Mark Scott Ricketts, Mark Warner, and illustrator Russ Cox will be on hand to discuss their books, which will be available in the Museum Store.  On display in the Store will be the red velvet dress designed by Edith Head for the 1954 movie White Christmas, and Victorian and nautical-themed Christmas Gingerbread scenes.  Refreshments will be served.  At the same time Penobscot Marine Museum Sea Captain’s house will be open to the public, with each room decorated for a Victorian Christmas. The Museum Store is on the Crescent at 2 Church Street, the Sea Captain’s house is across the street. The Maine authors will be in the Museum Store from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Searsport’s Christmas Tree will be lit on the Crescent at 5:30 pm with refreshments and carol singing.   Admission is free for all events.

Abbott’s Reach by Ardeana Hamlin

Abbott’s Reach by Ardeana Hamlin

Ardeana Hamlin’s life is steeped in Maine history.  She grew up in Bingham, Maine with family tales of logging in the Maine woods.  Hamlin worked for 14 years at the Bangor Daily News, and now lives in Hampden.  Abbott’s Reach, her historical novel set in 19th century Maine, tells the tale of a young woman setting sail on her honeymoon voyage with her sea captain husband.  The Havener Sisters, also set in the 19th century, chronicles the adventures of three Maine women who by necessity reinvent their lives.

Douglas Coffin lives in Stockton Springs and hand-carves letters and decorative motifs in stone for architects and individuals.  He wrote and illustrated the delightful children’s book about Santa in Maine, One Maine Christmas Eve.

Mac Smith, also a resident of Stockton Springs, is a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and former news reporter for The Bar Harbor TimesMainers on the Titanic tells the fascinating personal histories of passengers on that ill-fated ship who had ties to Maine.

Mark Scott Ricketts is a Maine-based Arkansas-born illustrator who has authored several Iron Man comics.  A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine is a charming and funny, finely-illustrated, educational guidebook.  The children’s book Adventures in Vacationland is the story of a young boy who takes his family on a wild adventure through the wilds of Maine to rescue his favorite Aunt.

Vinalhaven native Mark Warner grew up hearing stories about the wreck of the ship Royal Tar.  His book The Tragedy of the Royal Tar: Maine’s 1836 Circus Steamboat Disaster explores the events leading up to the famous ship wreck, beginning with the construction of Royal Tar, the tracing the circus’s tour of the Maritimes, the cause of the fire, and details of the rescue operation.

Russ Cox illustrated award-winning children’s book author Lynn Plourde’s very funny Merry Moosey Christmas, a story of Rudolf the famous red-nosed reindeer.

For a complete schedule of weekend events or for more information click here or call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.

Searsport’s Christmas Extravaganza

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On Friday, December 4th at 5:30 pm the Town of Searsport will light its Christmas tree on the Crescent, inaugurating the holiday season with a weekend of celebrations.  On Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm the Penobscot Marine Museum Sea Captain’s house will be open to the public, with each room decorated for a Victorian Christmas.  The Museum Store will host six Maine authors including Hampden novelist Ardeana Hamlin and children’s book author and illustrator Douglas Coffin.  Also in the Museum Store the red velvet dress designed by Edith Head for the 1954 movie White Christmas, and Victorian and nautical-themed Christmas Gingerbread scenes will be on display.  Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

White Christmas, red dress on display at Penobscot Marine Museum

White Christmas, red dress on display at Penobscot Marine Museum

On Saturday, December 5, from 10:oo am to 4;00 pm the Museum’s Sea Captain’s House, part of the Searsport Historic Society House Tour, will host live music performances from 10 am to noon by Ralph Stanley and his fiddle group, and from 2 pm to 3 pm by an ensemble from the Pen Bay Singers.  At 1:00 pm and at 3:00 pm, Katie Hessler, Librarian Carver Library will read 19th century Christmas favorites.  The First Congregational Church will be open for tours of this historic building with spectacular stained glass windows and refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

The Searsport Historical Society House Tour is Saturday, December 5, from 10:oo am to 4;00 pm.  The tour includes eight 19th century Searsport homes, beautifully decorated for Christmas.  Refreshments will be served at Searsport Historical Society’s Coleman House.  Tickets are $10, and are for sale now at Searsport Antique Mall and on the day of the tour at Searsport Historical Society’s Coleman House.

Victorian Christmas Celebrated at Penobscot Marine Museum

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The holiday season will be celebrated with Victorian Christmas at Penobscot Marine Museum this year on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th. The ship captain’s house will be open to the public with each room decorated for a Victorian Christmas by community groups and businesses, including the Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship Group, Searsport Historical Society, Searsport Beautification Committee, Blue Jacket Shipcrafters, Bangor Savings Bank and Searsport Antique Mall. There will be refreshments, music performed by boatbuilder Ralph Stanley and his fiddle group, and volunteers from Searsport’s Carver Library will be reading from 19th Christmas favorites.

On Friday night the Museum Store will host a “Meet the Maine Authors” party in celebration of the annual Town of Searsport Tree Lighting party on Crescent. The museum’s annual gingerbread competition “Maritime Christmas Gingerbread By the Sea” will be on display and refreshments will be served.

Searsport Christmas Extravaganza!
Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th
Admission free unless otherwise indicated

Friday, December 4

5:30 pm – Town of Searsport Tree Lighting on the Crescent
 
10 am to 7 pm – Grasshopper Shop Customer Appreciation Open House

• Storewide 20% discount
• Refreshments

4 pm to 6 pm – Open House at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Fowler-True-Ross Sea Captain’s House
Rooms beautifully decorated for a Victorian Christmas by community groups and businesses:

• Bangor Savings Bank
• Blue Jacket Shipcrafters
• Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship Group
• Friendship Quilting group
• Nautical Scribe Books
• Searsport Antique Mall
• Searsport Beautification Committee
• Searsport Historical Society

4 pm to 6 pm – Meet the Authors at Penobscot Marine Museum Store
Meet Maine Authors:

• Ardeana Hamlin, Abbott’s Reach, The Havener Sisters
• Douglas Coffin, One Maine Christmas Eve
• Mac Smith, Mainers on the Titanic
• Mark Scott Ricketts, A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine, Adventures in Vacationland
• Mark Warner, The Tragedy of the Royal Tar
• Russ Cox (illustrator), Merry Moosey Christmas
• Christmas Gingerbread display
• “White Christmas” dress on display
• Refreshments

4 pm to 6 pm – Tours of First Congregational Church

• Historical tours of this 19th century church with gorgeous stained glass windows
• Refreshments served in Fellowship Hall

7 pm – Variety Show at Union Hall at Searsport Town Office

• Holiday Season Variety Show to benefit the stained glass window restoration fund for First Congregational Church. Something for everyone of all ages – Songs, Stories, Music and a whole lot of fun!  Adults $8, Kids 12 and under $4.  Refreshments for sale.

 

Saturday, December 5

10 am to 4 pm – Open House at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Fowler-True-Ross Sea Captain’s House (Searsport Historic Society House Tour),
10 am to noon – Live music: Ralph Stanley and his fiddle group
2 pm to 3 pm – Live music: ensemble from the Pen Bay Singers
1 pm and 3 pm – Christmas readings from 19th century Christmas favorites Read by Katie Hessler, Librarian Carver Library

10 am to 4 pm – Holiday Displays at Penobscot Marine Museum Store

• Christmas Gingerbread display
• “White Christmas” dress on display

10 am to 4 pm – Tours of First Congregational Church

• Historical tours of this 19th century church with gorgeous stained glass windows
• Refreshments served in Fellowship Hall

1 pm to 4 pm – Searsport Historical Society House Tour
Tickets are $10, and are for sale now at Searsport Antique Mall and on the day of the tour at Searsport Historical Society’s Coleman House

• Beautifully decorated for Christmas, the homes are: Dawn & Keith Ritchie’s house, Suzanne & Joel Ploszaj’s house, Lin Calista & George Kerper’s house, Janet William’s house, Marie Underwood’s house, Kendra & Bruce Probert’s house and the Fowler-True-Ross house at the Penobscot Marine Museum.
• Refreshments served at Searsport Historical Society’s Coleman House
• Decorated Penobscot #1 Fire Truck in the barn doorway of Coleman House

10 am to 1 pm – Carver Memorial Library Gift Book Sale
Rare and first edition books on sale to support the Library
Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union Street

2 pm – Christmas Concert at Searsport District High School
Tempo, The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra Christmas Cheer Concerts, traditional and modern arrangement of carols.

Oldest Film Shot in Maine to be Shown at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Annual History Conference

Self-portrait, Peggy McKenna (1947 – 2014)

Self-portrait, Peggy McKenna (1947 – 2014)

A clip from the oldest film shot in Maine will be shown during Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine’s Unique Sense of Place, Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2015 History Conference.  The Conference this year brings together Northeast Historic Film, Maine Folklife Center, and historians and writers Jay Davis, David Andrews, William Bunting and Kevin Johnson to discuss Maine’s unusual sense of place and how it has been communicated, preserved or changed over the last one hundred years.

The oldest known film taken in Maine was shot in 1901, and a clip of this historic film will be shown by Northeast Historic Film’s new Executive Director Brook Minner in her talk onpreserving Maine’s moving image history.  Maine Folklife Center’s Katrina Wynn will present audio clips of stories told by Mainers on topics ranging from logging to Wabanaki culture, and discuss how preserving Maine’s oral histories adds to its sense of place.

The vibrant photographic portrait of Maine created by Peggy McKenna (1947 – 2014) in her work for Down East, Waldo Independent, and Republican Journal will be discussed by former newspaper editor Jay Davis.  For more information on the History Conference or to purchase tickets, go to www.enobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529.  Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine’s Unique Sense of Place will be held at University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine on Saturday, October 24, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.