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Demonstrations -


blacksmith Joe



Joe Meltreder returns this summer to demonstrate the tools and techniques of his trade each Wednesday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. during July and August.   




Temple Blackwood,
a local woodturner with four decades of commercial woodturning and teaching experience, will demonstrate his craft on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. in July and August.



Events -



The Amazing Doctor Wilson - February Vacation Day Camp

Camp Wilson The Wilson Museum is excited to offer The Amazing Doctor Wilson, a children's camp recommended for grades 1 - 8, during February school break. Camp will begin on Tuesday, February 21 and end on Friday, February 24, starting each day at 8:30 a.m and concluding at 12 noon. All participants should bring a lunch and all-weather clothing for outside. The camp will explore the travels and adventures of Museum founder Dr. John Howard Wilson, as he discovered treasures that would establish the beginnings of his collection at the Wilson Museum.

Dr. John Howard WilsonDay 1 starts with exploring Dr. Wilson's life. Groups will construct a timeline of his life and deduce what it was like for him traveling abroad. Participants will make a pith helmet similar to the hat Dr. Wilson used while traveling. Everyone will learn how to use a compass. 

Day 2 will focus on outdoor shelter building. While traveling abroad, Dr. Wilson often explored far away from cities and relied on building basic structures for shelter. 

Dr. Wilson at campsiteDay 3, students will explore one of Dr. Wilson's destinations - the American Southwest. Native American sand art and leatherworking will be the highlights of the day. Students will use the compass skills from Day 1 to complete an orienteering activity.

Day 4 will focus on documenting artifacts to be added to a museum collection. There will also be another orienteering activity. The conclusion of camp will be celebrated with a party.

Every camp day will include games, focusing on collaboration, problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, and strength - all qualities Dr. Wilson needed as a successful traveller.

It is not necessary to attend every day and parents are welcome to stay and participate as well. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 14. The cost of the camp for one child is $5 per day, or $15 for the entire week. Contact the Museum at 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org .



The Role of Food in Film & Literature

Harry Kaiserian

NOTE: 1st session cancelled due to weather

Ever wonder why food is frequently mentioned (often at length) in literature and film? Join Harry Kaiserian for this free six-session course on Tuesdays from March 14 through April 18 (6 - 8 p.m.) at the Hutchins Education Center. If you thought popcorn was the only food with a supporting role in the movies, consider these favorites: Ratatouille, Chocolat, Fried Green Tomatoes, Babette's Feast, and Like Water for Chocolate. Does the title of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's tell us something about Holly Golightly? Let's find out what Holly had for breakfast, watch a few films and enhance our enjoyment of movies and literature by gaining an understanding of the contribution of food to the plot.

Harry Kaiserian has been cooking since he was eleven and has been reading and going to the movies longer than that: this series combines three of his favorite activities. He has been writing a weekly food column for over twenty-five years and has taught cooking classes to a wide variety of audiences. Though not a professional cook, he has visited kitchens around the world and sampled and prepared much of the world's cuisine. Harry likes to talk about the wonderful world of cuisine and has presented variations of this course in several venues.

Please register for this free series by calling 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org .



Mayan Weavers

Mayan weavers from MayanHands.orgEnjoy an armchair traveling experience with Penobscot summer resident and long-time weaver Marjorie Wheeler as she shares her trip to the mountain villages of Guatemala. Co-sponsored by the Castine Woman's Club and the Wilson Museum, Marjorie's visual presentation on Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. will take place in the Museum's Hutchins Education Center in Castine. Learn about the industrious Mayan women weavers (and some men as well) who market and sell their products through the Fair Trade organization MayanHands.org.

Marjorie Wheeler in GuatemalaMarjorie Wheeler is a retired teacher from Connecticut with degrees in Home Economics and Vocational Education. She is a member of the Handweavers Guilds of America in both Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as a member of the Castine Woman's Club.

This program is open to the public and free of charge.



April Coffee House

2016 Coffee HouseWilson Museum's second April Coffee House will take place on Friday, April 7th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with three musical offerings to help clear out the winter blues. Add a steaming cup of Bucklyn Coffee with some delicious baked goods in the sparkling ambiance of the Hutchins Education Center and you have a laid-back evening of acoustic entertainment not to be missed.

Returning this year will be the Pleasant Street Band, a group of Maine Maritime Academy students with a smooth, soulful sound as well as the Leftovers, Blue Hill's premiere semi-unprofessional musical ensemble featuring a unique combination of rhythm and blues, funk and soul. New to the Coffee House will be Sorcha Cribben-MerrillSorcha Cribben-Merrill, a nationally recognized singer-songwriter who composes stirring music steeped in folk, blues, jazz and soul, and performs with a powerful, sultry voice.

The Coffee House is free and open to the public. Baked goods and Bucklyn Coffee will be available by donation - funds raised will go toward educational programming at the Wilson Museum. See you there!



Go On and Get Scraped-Up: The Importance of Getting Kids Outside  

Cherie Galyean and kidsEveryone knows that kids should play outside, but kids in America are actually getting less and less outside time. Cherie Galyean will take a look at the research done on the importance of outside play time in a presentation, co-sponsored by the Castine Woman’s Club and the Wilson Museum, on Tuesday, May 2 at 1 p.m. in the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center. Learn about some changes – both societal and at home – that can help reverse the current trend.

Cherie Galyean works at the Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth, where she oversees its education initiatives. Since 2014 she has written The Scraped-Up Kid, a blog on the Bangor Daily News website, which encourages families to get outside and tracks her own adventures with her family. Cherie lives in Bar Harbor with her husband and two children.

This program is open to the public and free of charge. For more information contact Wilson Museum at 207-326-9247 or www.wilsonmuseum.org.  



Fireside Cooking 

Ellenore Tarr fireside cookingAs you punch in the seconds on the microwave oven in your twenty-first century kitchen, have you ever wondered how our ancestors cooked in large open fireplaces and what kinds of foods they prepared?  The kitchen of the John Perkins House will be the venue for such wonder when fireside cooking is demonstrated on: July 12, August 2, and August 16, from 2-5 p.m.   The John Perkins House is located at 120 Perkins Street in Castine and is part of the Wilson Museum campus.  Guided tours of the John Perkins House begin on the hour and are $5 per person; tour visitors may enjoy some tasty morsels from the day's fare. Should you miss our fireside cooking demonstrations you can still visit the John Perkins House on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2 - 5 p.m. throughout July and August or by appointment.



Concert: Castine Town Band 

Castine Town Band drumThe picturesque grounds of the Wilson Museum on Perkins Street, on the shore of Castine Harbor, will be the location of an outdoor concert by the Castine Town Band, Friday, July 28, at 6 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this free concert!

In the late nineteenth century Castine's Town Band was a proud contributor to patriotic events and summer evening entertainments. Revived in 1998 by a group of like-minded musicians, by 2004, the Band was recognized as one of the top four municipal bands in Maine. Membership in the Band is open to players of all ages and talent. It is a fine blend of locals, retirees and summer people who have a common interest - playing in the Town Band.

As an agent for connecting the past to the present, the Museum is proud to host this annual Castine Town Band concert.

In case of rain, concert will be at Emerson Hall, Court Street.



Collecting Castine 2017

People's Choice 2016Mark your calendar to attend Collecting Castine 2017, a special, one-night exhibit and sale of Castine fine art on Monday, August 7, from 5 - 7:30 p.m. held at the Hutchins Education Center. This is a fundraising event with a twist. By making a reservation with a donation of $125 per person, attendees will enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, view an outstanding exhibit of original artwork created by living artists either from Castine or with a long association to Castine, have the opportunity to purchase an original piece of art, and (here's the twist) cast a vote for the People’s Choice work of art to be added to the Wilson Museum's collection. Following the People's Choice award, all other artwork will be available for purchase, silent auction style, with proceeds from the commissions and donations used to grow and care for the Wilson Museum's collection and the event.

This year the Collecting Castine event is dedicated to the memory of two renowned artists: sculptor Clark Fitz-Gerald (1917-2004), and his wife, fiber artist Elizabeth “Liddy” Fitz-Gerald (1927-2016). Clark Fitz-Gerald moved to Castine in the 1950s after teaching in St. Louis, Missouri, and in Beloit, Wisconsin. Having fallen in love with Maine in general, and Castine in particular, he decided to see if he could survive on his art in the place he found inspirational. He became one of Maine’s most successful sculptors, a master in wood, metal, and stone. Liddy Fitz-Gerald married Clark Fitz-Gerald in 1975. An artist in her own right, she studied art “before, during and after college.” While not as commercially well-known as her husband, she was a talented fiber and found-object artist who practiced her craft for decades. In 2014 her first gallery show opened highlighting her fiber-art wall hangings. These were mostly abstract and offered a glimpse into how she saw the world around her. Both husband and wife were active participants in the Castine community. The Wilson Museum is very pleased to honor them and their contributions to art.Collecting Castine2016

Collecting Castine is a great way to support both the vibrant arts community of Castine and the Wilson Museum. For your convenience, you may register by clicking on the button below:









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Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 pm
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