Travel back to a time when snow banks towered over Main Street, Penobscot Bay froze over, and groups gathered for winter outdoor recreation and indoor quilting bees. This exhibit explores how Mainers worked and played in the harsher winters of our past. It showcases Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection of beautiful 19th century quilts, winter clothing, fiber art tools and crafts, toys, and sports equipment. It will also highlight 19th and early 20th century photos from our collection of life in winter here in coastal Maine.

This exhibit is co-curated by members of the Friendship Sampler Quilters chapter of the Pine Tree Quilters, and includes quilts by their members. There will be a resident quilter from the group working on her own quilt during the exhibit, plus there will be an opportunity for adults and children to learn a bit of quilting and work on a quilt in progress. Those who work on the quilt may put their names into a raffle for the finished quilt.

Join us for the opening party!

Saturday, December 15th from 11 am to 4 pm.

Join us for fun and food to celebrate Penobscot Marine Museum’s winter exhibit “Keeping Warm” which showcases our collection of 19th century quilts.

11 am to 1 pm – Bring your children to make a felted mitten ornament from 11am to 1pm!

11am to 4pm – Meet author Robin Hansen who will read her delightful children’s book Ice Harbor Mittens, while showing slides of the illustrations. Robin will be with us throughout the day signing Ice Harbor Mittens, her new knitting book Ultimate Mittens, and her book of Maine mittens, Favorite Mittens.

1:30 to 2 pm – Hear cooking expert Sandy Oliver talk about “Keeping Warm with Maine Cooking” from 1:30 to 2 pm. After her talk Sandy will be on hand to sign her new book Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes From Down East Kitchens and her classic book of heritage cooking Saltwater Foodways Companion Cookbook.

The “Keeping Warm” exhibit is in the Museum Gallery and Store, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. The exhibit will be open Thursday through Sunday through February 24th. Hours: 11 am to 4 pm. For more information call 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.