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Traditional Knotted Netting Demonstrated at Penobscot Marine Museum

Knotted netting, or fishnetting, is one of the oldest human crafts, and is still used in Third World countries to make fishing nets, hammocks and bags.  Many Mainers remember when lobstermen made their own bait bags using knotted netting.  Stephanie Crossman, whose family lives on Vinalhaven, learned fishnetting twenty-five years ago from her husband’s great-grandmother, Gram J, who was ninety-two at the time.  Crossman was the only family member to take up the craft, and she inherited the net stand made for Gram J by her uncle, as well as Gram J’s, hand-carved needles and mesh boards.  Stephanie Crossman will be demonstrating fishnetting at Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, August 7th from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.  The demonstration is free with museum admission.

Fishnetting bags by Stephanie Crossman

Fishnetting bags by Stephanie Crossman

Stephanie Crossman’s fishnetting demonstration is part of Artisan Days: Demonstrations of 19th Century Crafts at Penobscot Marine Museum.  This program runs Thursdays in July and August and on Saturdays in September and October, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  It is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine and is sponsored by Knickerbocker Group: Designers, Builders, Cabinetmakers, Caretakers.

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village and has fun family activities daily.  Penobscot Marine Museum, on Route One, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Children’s Program on Herring Fishing at Penobscot Marine Museum

Make your own fishing weir!  The Herring Are In!, a hands-on program about herring fishing with author and teacher Mayra Donnell will   engage children in play and craft activities.  Children will learn why the moon and tides have to be just right for the herring to be in.  They will fill the dory and take the fish to the “cannery”, and figure their profit depending on how many cans they can fill. Wednesday, August 6, 11:00 am at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Peapod.  Free with PMM admission.

Atlantic Herring

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village and has fun family activities daily.  Penobscot Marine Museum, on Route One, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Romantic Maritime Tale Brought to Life in Shadowbox for Penobscot Marine Museum Auction

French artist Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau fell in love with Maine over twenty years ago and has been creating intricate shadow boxes inspired by romantic nineteenth century Maine maritime tales ever since.  Her unusual and very popular shadowboxes are on exhibit at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine, but one of them, Escapade, will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum fundraising auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on Saturday, July 19th .   Escapade depicts a rough sail in high seas on a stormy moonlit night.

Escapade, 14” x 18”, by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

Escapade, 14” x 18”, by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

In addition to Escapade, a lobstering trip with Linda Greenlaw is another of the many exciting items in the Penobscot Marine Museum fundraising auction.  Online bidding on items in the Silent Auction is at www.biddingforgood.com.  To bid on items in the Live Auction, including Escapade and Linda Greenlaw’s lobstering trip, you may either attend the auction or arrange to call in on the night of the auction.  To buy tickets for the Penobscot Marine Museum Gala & Auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on Saturday, July 19th go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529.

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

Build a Wind Platform at Penobscot Marine Museum

Learn with your child all about the leading edge wind power technology being developed at University of Maine in Orono.  On Wednesday, July 30th from 11:00 to noon, an educator from the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center will lead Build a Wind Platform, ahands-on program for childrenin which you will learn to design, build, implement and test wind power technology components similar to those being used in an extensive University of Maine research program in deep water offshore wind power.  This Penobscot Marine Museum children’s program is free with museum admission.

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Penobscot Marine Museum has family activities, seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events this season.  Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm.  The museum is open through Sunday, October 19.   Admission is free to Searsport residents.

 

The Gulf of Maine – It’s a Habitat First at Penobscot Marine Museum

The Gulf of Maine is an important fish and mammal habitat.  On Thursday, July 31st at 7:00 pmMark Dittrick will discuss the Gulf of Maine as a habitat: its past, present, and what might be its future.  Mark Dittrick is the Founding Conservation Chair of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club Canada and Spokesperson for North Atlantic Right Whale BEACON (Binational Early Alert Coastal Network), a joint Sierra Club U.S./Sierra Club Canada initiative that monitors coastal activities from Florida to Atlantic Canada.  He is also a member of the Education Committee of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Right Whale World Year (2016) and a member of the editorial board of Right Whale News. In recent years his main focus has been monitoring plans for developing offshore renewable energy projects along the Atlantic Continental Shelf, especially in the Gulf of Maine.  The Gulf of Maine – It’s a Habitat Firstis part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Fish, Wind, and Tide exhibit, and will be in the museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Mark Dittrick

Mark Dittrick

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

Sea of Liberty Book Signing at Penobscot Marine Museum

Award-winning Lewiston Sun Journal journalist Kevin Mills brings Maine’s and his family’s history to life in Sea of Liberty, the last book in a trilogy based on stories passed down in Mills’ family.  Kevin’s Maine ancestors were shipbuilders, lighthouse keepers, and merchant mariners, and one family legend tells the story of Eligood Mills who sailed on the privateer Grand Turk and was captured by the British.  On Saturday, July 26th at 2:00 pm, Mills will be at Penobscot Marine Museum to talk about the role of privateers in the American Revolution, and his personal journey in uncovering his family’s history for the writing of Sea of Liberty.  The book signing will be in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Admission is free.

Sea of Liberty by Kevin Mills

Sea of Liberty by Kevin Mills

The Penobscot Marine Museum is in Searsport, Maine and 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, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, through Sunday, October 19.   PMM admission is free to Searsport residents.

Artist’s Reception for Eric Hopkins Exhibit Penobscot Marine Museum

Meet artist Eric Hopkins, and see Shells, Fish & Shellfish, a major retrospective of his work, on Friday, July 25, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Carver Memorial Library Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.

Sacred Cod #1, by Eric Hopkins

Sacred Cod #1, by Eric Hopkins

“I could spend a lifetime intimately exploring any one animal form,” Hopkins says, and in Shells, Fish & Shellfish we see that he has.  One of a handful of artists born in Maine to receive national recognition, Hopkins has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country and is the subject of two monographs.  Much of the work in this exhibit has not been seen before.  It includes Hopkins’ work in a variety of media: paintings, monotypes and glass and wood sculpture.  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.

The sea was an integral part of Eric Hopkins’ childhood on the island of North Haven in Penobscot Bay.  His father owned a marina and fish market, and ran the ferry between North Haven and Vinalhaven islands.  “I look back and think how connected everything in my life was in those days,” Hopkins says of his childhood.  “The rocks and shells and bones and branches were my play things.  I’d see the patterns of clouds repeated on the waves on the water and later in the flesh of the filleted flounder.”

Over a period of ten years, Hopkins studied a variety of media at six different art schools, ending with Rhode Island School of Design where he learned to blow glass with world-famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.  Many of Eric’s blown glass shells are in this exhibit.

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

About Ship Modeling with BlueJacket Shipcrafters’ owner Nic Damuck

Photo courtesy BlueJacket Shipcrafters

Photo courtesy BlueJacket Shipcrafters

The fascinating world of exquisite wooden ship models, which has devotees around the world, will be explained on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum.  BlueJacket Shipcrafters’ owner Nic Damuk will talk about model ship design and types construction, styles of finished models, the history and purpose of model ships, functional models versus hobby uses, and model materials.   About Ship Modeling will be in PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. View event listing.

BlueJacket Shipcrafters has is the oldest model ship and boat company in the U.S., and has been in business since 1905.  Nic Damuk has been a modeler for sixty years, and has been making ship models for thirty years.  He has a BS in Physics and an MBA in Marketing, and lived in Connecticut his whole life until purchasing BlueJacket Shipcrafters in Searsport last fall.

Penobscot Marine Museum has an extensive collection of ship and boat models.

The museum is in Searsport, Maine and 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.

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 mainejamsession@gmail.com or visit www.marilynsjamsession.net, or Marilyn’s Jam Session Facebook page: www.facebook.com/marilynsjamsession.

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 www.biddingforgood.com. 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.