Lectures, Workshops, Events

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July 2019

Junior Adventurers: Animals at Sea

July 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
PMM Visitors Center, 40 E. Main St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Wednesday, July 24
11am and lasts half an hour to one hour
Included with Museum admission

Beginning with a reading of Captain’s Castaway, participants will also enjoy visiting the animals photograph exhibit, making a wildlife feeder to take home, and more.

Sponsored by Wayne Hamilton in memory of Loraine Hamilton.

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Speaker: Weather with Tom Shyka

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Thursday, July 18, 6pm Rescheduled
Thursday, July 25, 6pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member

The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) spans coastal waters from the Canadian Maritime Provinces to the New York Bight. NERACOOS provides weather and ocean data to fishers and commercial shippers determining if conditions are safe for passage and to emergency managers issuing storm warnings. Tom Shyka, Product and Engagement Manager at NERACOOS will talk about weather reporting to ships and interesting weather patterns observed through the NERACOOS buoy data.

Sponsored by Hamilton Marine

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Workshop: Acrylic Painting with Susan Tobey White: Photos as Inspiration

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
PMM Visitors Center, 40 E. Main St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Saturday, July 27, 10am-4pm
$125/participant, $115 for PMM members

Participants will have the opportunity of using photographs as inspiration from the collections of the Penobscot Marine Museum. Participants will leave this one day workshop with techniques and confidence that will allow you to achieve your goals and create a painting that is uniquely yours. All levels welcome. Materials list available. Registration deadline is July 19.

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Children’s Explore Camp (Ages 9-12)

July 29 - August 2
PMM Visitors Center, 40 E. Main St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Monday, July 29th - Friday, August 2nd
9am-4pm
$195 per camper or $160 for PMM members
Registration deadline is July 8th

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Junior Adventurers: Ice

July 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
PMM Visitors Center, 40 E. Main St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Wednesday, July 31
11am and lasts half an hour to one hour
Included with Museum admission

Discover the cool history of ice harvesting through a reading of The Ice Horse, a science experiment, a visit to the ice harvesting exhibit, and more.

Sponsored by Wayne Hamilton in memory of Loraine Hamilton.

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August 2019

Speaker: Weather with Ralph Stanley

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Thursday, August 1, 6pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member

Ralph Stanley, legendary boat builder and local historian, will share exciting stories about shipwrecks and disasters of Mount Desert Island vessels and shipwrecks at Mount Desert Island.

Sponsored by Hamilton Marine

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Searsport Maritime Heritage Days

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
PMM Visitors Center, 40 E. Main St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Saturday, August 3, 10am-5pm
Free with Museum admission

Enjoy special activities and family fun in celebration of Searsport's maritime heritage.

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Junior Adventurers: Pirates!

August 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
PMM Visitors Center, 40 E. Main St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Wednesday, August 7
11am and lasts half an hour to one hour
Included with Museum admission

Explore the life of a pirate through Eve Bunting’s Pirate Boy, furling and unfurling the sails of Yard-in-the-Yard, and finishing with a treasure hunt!

Sponsored by Wayne Hamilton in memory of Loraine Hamilton.

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Speaker: Weather with Dr. Sean Birkel

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Thursday, August 8, 6pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member

Dr. Sean Birkel, Maine State Climatologist, will speak on how the Penobscot Bay froze during the most severe winters of the late 1700s, 1800s, and early 1900s. He will also discuss past storms and relate the talk to the current and future climate in Maine.

Sponsored by Hamilton Marine

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Visit us at the Maine Boat and Home Show

August 9 - August 11
Rockland Waterfront, Rockland, 04841 United States + Google Map

Friday, August 9 - Sunday, August 11

If you love the coast of Maine, you won't want to miss this high-end, high-summer event in Rockland, Maine, August 9-11, 2019. Each year we gather Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors together in ONE place at ONE time! Meet them all in person at the annual Maine Boat & Home Show.

  • Elegant Boats
  • Live Music
  • Fine Fresh Food
  • Bespoke Furniture & Jewelry
  • Fun for All Ages
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Workshop: Watercolor Journaling

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
PMM Visitors Center, 40 E. Main St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Saturday, August 10, 9am-12:30am
Ages 9-90, $30/participant, $20/member

Inspired by Lucinda Hathaway’s books Takashi's Voyage: The Wreck of the Sindia and 'Round the World: Takashi Sails Home, this workshop will explore the art of watercolor journaling. No prior experience is necessary and this workshop is great for the whole family. Registration deadline is August 2, call 548-2529 or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org to register.

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Speaker: Where in the World with Dick Baldwin

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Thursday, August 15, 6pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member

Baldwin launched Educational Passages as a project to spread ocean and environmental literacy. Their GPS-equipped MiniBoats follow ocean currents and winds, allowing students of all ages to explore oceanic phenomena while we develop transoceanic classrooms. Dick's talk will include photos and video from his most recent MiniBoat launch from the University of Maine Marine Science Club and the United Center of Technologies in Bangor off the Cape of Good Hope.

Sponsored by Hamilton Marine

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Visit us at Belfast Harbor Fest

August 17 - August 18
Steamboat Landing Belfast Heritage Park, Belfast, ME 01495 United States + Google Map

Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18
For more information visit belfastharborfest.com.

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September 2019

Maine Marine Fare Conference

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Searsport’s Union Hall, 1 Union St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Saturday, September 28
9:00am-4:00pm
Searsport’s Union Hall, 1 Union Street, Searsport

$60 for members, teachers, and non-profit employees
$75 for non-members
$30 for students
Lunch will be provided
Registration deadline is September 16

The classic image of a Maine Fisherman is the lobsterman who owns and operates his own boat with a small crew to help with the catch. While this is still very much the case, Maine is diversifying its fisheries: aquaculture is introducing more marketable species, multi-national companies are applying for land-based aquaculture permits, the traditional bait fish stocks are running short and new sources need to be found, the removal of river dams means more fish are returning to the Penobscot Nation’s sovereign waters, and women are breaking into the fish catch and processing arenas. 

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October 2019

Maine Marine Fare: Speaker Series with Anne Hayden

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Thursday, October 3
6:00pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member
PMM Old Vestry

Anne Hayden, Senior Fisheries Program Manager at Manomet, will share a presentation including what fisheries in Maine used to look like, where things stand today, why the lobster fishery is thriving but the groundfishery isn’t, and an outlook on the future. In addition to developing a market for green crabs, this presentation also covers other projects Manomet is working on including shellfish aquaculture and river herring restoration.

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Model Pumpkin Boat Competition

October 5
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Saturday, October 5
$5 registration fee

In the second year of this event, we challenge you to make a model boat out of a Pumpkin! Bring your model pumpkin boat to the Penobscot Marine Museum on Saturday October 5th to compete. PMM staff will judge entries using a point system based on size, composition, creative use of pumpkin, overall look, ability to float, and speed. The winner will receive 50% of the proceeds and the other 50% will go to the Penobscot Marine Museum to help support programming like this!

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Pre-Fling into Fall and Model Pumpkin Boat Competition II

October 5 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Saturday, October 5th
Free with Museum admission ($5 entry fee for model pumpkin boats)

11:30am-Noon - Yard in the Yard Demonstration Help furl the square sails on our Downeaster mast in the yard.

Noon - Presentation & Book Signing John Anderson will discuss his new book Borne on the Wind: the Life and Journals of Captain Anders Anderson. A Swedish immigrant, Captain Anderson sailed schooners out of Stonington, Camden, and Rockland in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

1pm - Model Pumpkin Boat Competition II Bring your model pumpkin boat to compete in our second annual competition. *$5 registration fee, free museum admission with model pumpkin boat entry. See details below.

2pm-5pm - Scarecrow vignette building. Help museum staff & volunteers create this year’s Fling Into Fall scarecrow vignette to be entered into the scarecrow competition on October 12th.

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Borne on the Wind Presentation and Signing

October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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October 5
12:00pm
Free with Museum admission

John R. Anderson will discuss his new book Borne on the Wind: the Life and Journals of Captain Anders Anderson. The story is of a Swedish immigrant, Captain Anderson, who sailed schooners out of Stonington, Camden, and Rockland in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Books will be available for sale, and the author will be signing copies.

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Maine Marine Fare: Speaker Series with Bill Anderson

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Thursday, October 10
6:00pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member
PMM Old Vestry

Bill Anderson will discuss groundfishing out of Tenant's Harbor from 1949 to 2000.

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Maine Marine Fare: Speaker Series with Dr. George Jacobson

October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St.
Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Thursday, October 17
6:00pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member
PMM Old Vestry

Dr. George Jacobson, University of Maine Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Change and former Maine State Climatologist will speak about long-term climate change. His work provides perspective on natural variability in the Earth's climate system (everything from repeated ice ages to human intervention in the system) and ways that climate dynamics influence Gulf of Maine fisheries.

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