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CALENDAR of EVENTS 2016



 ~ DEMONSTRATIONS ~ 

 

2-5 p.m.
Weds. & Suns.
July & August

Blacksmithing - Joe Meltreder, Bagaduce Forge
Blacksmith Shop, Perkins Street 
  

2-5 p.m.
Weds. & Suns.
July & August 

Woodturning - Temple Blackwood, Highlands Woodturning 
Education Center, 112 Perkins Street
      

 

 

 

~EVENTS~

 
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 January  February  March
 April  May  June
 July  August  September
 October  November  December

 

JANUARY

Tuesday, January 26

6:30 p.m.
Traditional Nautical Ropework: Worming, Parceling & Serving,
Hugh Lane
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street



 

Thursday, January 28

10 - 11 a.m.
Terrific Thursdays for Tots: The Mitten
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

Tuesday, February 9

3 - 6 p.m.
Youth Cooking Course, 6 session course co-sponsored  with Castine Arts Association
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

Thursday, February 11

10 - 11 a.m.
Thursday TotsTerrific Thursdays for Tots: George Washington's Teeth
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

Tuesday, February 23

 3 p.m.
Blue Hill Heritage Trust: 30 Years of Land Conservation, Chrissy Beardsley Allen
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

Thursday, February 25

 10 - 11 a.m.
Thursday TotsTerrific Thursdays for Tots: Owl Babies
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

 

MARCH

 

Tuesday, March 8

 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Educators Reception
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

Thursday, March 10

10 -11 a.m.
Thursday TotsTerrific Thursdays for Tots: Thanks to the Animals
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 23

 3:30 p.m.
Historical Business & Professional Women of Ellsworth, Darlene Springer
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

Thursday, March 24

10 -11 a.m.
Thursday TotsTerrific Thursdays for Tots: Maple Syrup Season
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

 

APRIL

 

Friday, April 1

6:30 - 9 p.m.
April Fools Coffee House
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

Monday, April 4

3 - 6 p.m.

Young Docents' Program, application deadline - 6 week course
Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins Street

 

 

Thursday, April 14

10 -11 a.m.
Thursday TotsTerrific Thursdays for Tots: The Circus Ship
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 26

 3 - 3:45 p.m.
Afterschool Knot Tying
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

Thursday, April 28

10 -11 a.m.
Thursday TotsTerrific Thursdays for Tots: The Wicked Big Toddlah
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 3 - 3:45 p.m.

Afterschool Knot Tying
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

 

MAY

 

Monday, May 2

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Bee Diseases and Pests, Tony Jadczak
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 4

3:15 - 5 p.m.
Youth Theater Workshop, Georgia Zildjian
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 10

 6:30 p.m.
Building Collaborative Relationships with the Wabanaki, Julia Gray
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

Thursday, May 12

 10 -11 a.m.
Thursday TotsTerrific Thursdays for Tots: The Lighthouse Cat
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street 

3 - 6 p.m.


Young Docents' Program 6 week course begins - NOTE: Apr 4 application deadline
Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins Street

 

Friday, May 13

12 - 2 p.m.
Maja Trivia Semi-Finals: Castine
Castine Historical Society, Mitchell Room

 

 

Tuesday, May 17

 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Maja Trivia Semi-Finals: Brooksville
Brooksville Elementary School, Brooksville

 

 

Wednesday, May 18

12 - 2 p.m.
Maja Trivia Semi-Finals: Penobscot
Penobscot Community School, Penobscot

 

 

Saturday, May 21

 2 - 3 p.m.
How to Skin a Beaver, Paul Favolise
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

Thursday, May 26

10 -11 a.m.
Thursday TotsTerrific Thursdays for Tots: Counting our Way to Maine
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street

 

 

Friday, May 27

 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Museum opens for the season!
Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins Street

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

Demonstrations -

 

blacksmith Joe


Blacksmithing

 

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.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


woodturningWoodturning

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 -

 

 

Traditional Nautical Ropework: Worming, Parceling & Serving


Hugh LaneDoes winter have you tied up in knots? Let a program of traditional nautical ropework help reduce your winter blues. Hugh Lane will present Worming, Parceling & Serving on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 6:30 p.m. at the Hutchins Education Center. Along with learning about techniques used in rigging sailing ships, the audience will have the opportunity to try their hands at creating a turk's head bracelet. There will also be an array of sailors' gear such as sea chest, ditty bag and rigging tools for discussion.

Hugh Lane is a licensed captain and woodworker who has honed his skills in a variety of settings including as Curator of Maritime Exhibits and Captain of the Maryland Dove at Historic St. Mary's City; as Bosun on the education vessel Te Vega on an Atlantic crossing with 29 learning disabled students; as Education Coordinator at the Penobscot Marine Museum; and currently, as owner/operator of a shop where he creates exhibits for area museums, replica furniture, carved signs and figureheads. He and his wife live in Rockport in a post and beam house they designed and built themselves.

The program is free and open to the public and is suitable for all ages. 

 

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: The Mitten

mittensIt's the time of year for mittens, and SOMETIMES children have a hard time keeping those mittens on! Preschool children (and their adults) are invited to the Wilson Museum on January 28, 2016 from 10 to 11 a.m. to hear the story of The Mitten by Jan Brett, and find out what strange things happen to mittens that get lost. Following a read-aloud of this Ukrainian folktale, children will work on a craft project to illustrate the story.

This program is the first in a series of programs for children ages 1 - 5 offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots will be held at the Hutchins Education Center and will be free of charge.

 

 

Youth Cooking Course

Castine Arts Association and the Wilson Museum present a series of Youth Cooking Classes for grades 5 through high school. Students are invited to participate in this hands-on cooking course with guest instructors: food columnist Harry Kaiserian, local chefs Kelly Sawyer and Nancy Watson, and Wilson Museum educator Grace Tarr. All sessions are from 3 to 6 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday,  February 9
 Asian Fusion
Tuesday,  March 1
 Appetizers
Tuesday,  March 22
 Phun Pholding Phyllo
Tuesday,  April 12
 Italian
Tuesday,  May 3
 Desserts
Friday,  May 6
 Dinner with Guests

Harry Kaiserian
Fee for this class is $40. Preregistration required.

NOTE: This class is now FULL.

 

 

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: George Washington's Teeth

George WashingtonHave you ever seen a smiling picture of George Washington showing his teeth? No? Preschool children and their adults are invited to the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center on Thursday, February 11 from 10 - 11 a.m. to find out why. Education Team member Valerie Messana will read the story George Washington's Teeth, by Deborah Chandra & Madeleine Comora, followed by a fun make and take craft project that will show George Washington's smile!

This program is part of a series of programs for children ages 1 - 5 offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots programs are held at the Hutchins Education Center and are free of charge.

 

 

Blue Hill Heritage Trust: 30 Years of Land Conservation

Blue Hill Heritage TrustThe 2014 merger of The Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot (TCT) into the Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) will be highlighted in a talk on the 30 year history of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust by Chrissy Beardsley Allen on Tuesday, February 23 at 3 p.m. in the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. TCT, founded in 1978 as the Castine Conservation Trust, was one of the first local land trusts to exist in Maine. In 2014, fifteen of its 34 properties were merged with BHHT, the remainder were transferred to Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Blue Hill Heritage Trust's mission is to conserve, in perpetuity, land and water resources that support the long-term health and well-being of the natural and human communities on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Chrissy will discuss BHHT's history, outreach efforts, and strategic plan for moving forward leaving time for questions and answers.

Chrissy Beardsley Allen is the Outreach and Development coordinator for the BHHT. A native of the peninsula, Chrissy grew up on King Hill Farm in Penobscot and spent her summers exploring the forests and beaches on her family's land on Weymouth Point in Surry. She is passionate about preserving the local places of Maine for generations to come.

The program is free and open to the public.

 

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: Owl Babies

owls babiesWhat do you do if you're a baby owl and you can't find your mother? This is the exact situation that baby owls Sarah, Percy, and Bill found themselves in. They had lost their mother! Preschool children (and their adults) are invited to hear the story of Owl Babies by Martin Waddell on Thursday, February 25 from 10 - 11 a.m. Following a read aloud of the story, children will work on an owl craft project that they can take home.

This program is part of a series of programs for children ages 1 - 5 offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots programs are held at the Hutchins Education Center and are free of charge.

 

 

Educators Reception

Museum education in action
The Wilson Museum Education Team
invites you to join them for an
Afternoon Reception

Hutchins Education Center
Tuesday, March 8th from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, presentations,
and a tour of the campus.

RSVP 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org

 

Come see and hear why so many people are saying:

"This place is a GEM!"

"More educators should know about this fabulous resource!"

 

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: Thanks to the Animals

animals of the forestCan you imagine losing a real live baby? To find out what happens to the lost baby in Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin, preschool children and their adults are invited Thursday, March 10 from 10 - 11 a.m. to the Hutchins Education Center for the true Passamaquoddy story of Zoo Sap and how he is kept safe until his family realizes he is missing and returns for him. Following the story, children will work on a theme-related craft.

This program is part of a series of children's programs called Terrific Thursdays for Tots! offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May for children ages 1-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots! are free of charge. 

 

 

 

Historical Business & Professional Women of Ellsworth

Darlene SpringerThroughout its history, there have been some real "movers and shakers" among the female population of Ellsworth, Maine. There were women who ran businesses, started hospitals, were dressmakers, ministers, florists, photographers, and telephone operators, to name a few. On Wednesday, March 23 (3:30 p.m.) at Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center, Darlene Springer will present a program entitled Historical Business & Professional Women of Ellsworth. Biographical sketches of some of Ellsworth's business and professional women from the past two centuries will be examined. Examples of business records, trade cards, advertising and pictures will be on display.

Darlene Springer lives in Ellsworth and is an owner and the general manager of H.W. Dunn & Son, Inc., a monument shop which has been owned and operated by the Dunn family since 1882. A history buff, Darlene is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ellsworth Historical Society, and author of the book The Great Fire of Ellsworth 1933.

The program is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: Maple Syrup Season

maple tappingWhere does maple syrup come from? Find out all about the sweet, sticky springtime process of making maple syrup at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center on Thursday, March 24 from 10 - 11 a.m. as a member of the Education Team reads aloud the book Maple Syrup Season by Ann Purmell. There will be craft time after the story to make a theme-related project.

This program is part of a series of children's programs called Terrific Thursdays for Tots! offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May for children ages 1 - 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots programs are free of charge.

 

 

 

April Fools Coffee House

Coffee House posterNo joke! The Wilson Museum cordially invites you to an evening of good local music and fun. On Friday night, April 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the Hutchins Education Center will open its doors transformed into a Coffee House featuring Bucklyn Coffee and two acoustic music groups. 

Pleasant Street, a local band consisting of four Maine Maritime Academy students, Nicholas Jesiolowski, Andrew Catlin, Will Manning and Simon Burditt, have created quite a sensation with their on-line videos (one with over 37,000 views). They have a smooth, soulful sound that will have your head nodding and your toes tapping.

The Leftovers, consisting of John Burns, William Rhine, Douglas Pulitzer, Eric Columber, Isaac Rudloe and Greg Rec, are considered East Blue Hill's premiere semi-unprofessional musical ensemble. They bring a unique combination of rhythm and blues, funk and soul.

The Coffee House is free and open to the public. Bucklyn Coffee and baked goods will be available for purchase with funds raised going toward educational programming at the Wilson Museum. Can't wait to see you there!

 

 

 

Young Docents' Program

Docent Grace TarrDo you love history and museums? Are you passionate about communicating what you know to others? Do you want to refine your public speaking skills? Come explore what it takes to be a museum docent!

The Wilson Museum is offering a free Young Docents' Program for up to 10 students, ages 12 - 18, which will take place in six-sessions: Thursdays, May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, (3:30 - 5 p.m.) and culminate with presentations at the Wilson Museum's annual Members Reception on Friday, June 17 (5 - 7 p.m.). Because the Museum provides a diverse array of displays, the collection is perfectly suited to inspire youth of all interests. Students will meet the Wilson Museum staff, tour behind the scenes, work with other passionate students to refine their research and presentation skills. Those wishing to apply should be eager to learn public speaking, be capable writers, be ready to give and receive productive criticism, and be willing to work collaboratively with Museum staff and fellow participants.

The course has been developed by the Wilson Museum's Education Team and will be taught by Team member Grace Tarr who has 13 years of docent experience.

Application deadline is April 4, 2016. Click here for an application form and here for Mentor Recommendation form.

 

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: The Circus Ship

Cirucus AnimalsFind out what might happen if a circus ship ran aground and the animals all swam to shore. Preschool children and their adults are invited to join the Museum's Education Coordinator for a read aloud of The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen on Thursday, April 14 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Hutchins Education Center. Following the story, children will work on a theme-related craft project.

This program is part of a series of children's programs called Terrific Thursdays for Tots! offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May for children ages 1 - 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots programs are free of charge.

 

 

Afterschool Knot Tying rope machine

Looking for something different to do after school? Here's a great way to tie up a little time and learn the ropes (so to speak). Join MMA student Jamie Gaughan and Wilson Museum Education Team member Grace Tarr on Tuesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 28 from 3 - 3:45 at the Hutchins Education Center for two free afterschool Knot Tying classes. 

 

 

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: The Wicked Big Toddlah

toddlerCan you imagine a very young child that's so big he can't fit into a bathtub and must take his baths in the ocean? Preschool children and their adults are invited to learn all about Maine-native Toddy the "toddlah" on Thursday, April 28 from 10 - 11 a.m. as the Wilson Museum's Education Coodinator reads the story The Wicked Big Toddlah by Kevin Hawkes. Following the story, children will work on a theme-related craft project.

This program is part of a series of children's programs called Terrific Thursdays for Tots! offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May for children ages 1 - 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots programs are free of charge.

 

 

Bee Diseases and Pests

The Tri-County Beekeepers Club and Wilson Museum are sponsoring a presentation by State of Maine Apiarist and Bee Inspector Tony Jadczak on Monday evening, May 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Hutchins Education Center. Mr. Jadczak will share information on Bee Diseases and Pests. For more information contact Tri-County Beekeepers Club President Sandra Beske at 326-8258.

 

 

Youth Theater Workshop

Youth Theatre castTo act or not to act...that is the question. And, here's how to find out the answer! Students from kindergarten to grade 12 are invited to join the Youth Theater Workshop at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center, beginning May 4 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:15 - 5 p.m. and running through June 8. The workshop, led by Georgia Zildjian, gives students a chance to study the crafts of theater arts: voice, movement, ensemble, devising and design through the production of an original work. Focusing on bringing maritime myths and mysteries to life, the workshop will culminate in two public performances of the students' work on June 10 and 11 at 6 p.m.

Georgia Zildjian is a Castine native who graduated from Boston University's School of Theatre with a BFA in Theatre Arts and went on to serve as a directing and dramaturgy intern at Portland Stage Company. She has written, directed and produced several original plays in the area. Georgia is the co-founder and coordinator of the Youth Summer Theatre Program for the Castine Arts Association and is co-founder and resident playwright for Tandem Theatre Collective.

There is no cost for this workshop, but registration is required. To register for the workshop, contact Tracy Lameyer at (207) 326-5011 or tlameyer@adamsschool.com.

Maine Arts Commission logoYouth Theater Workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and with additional support from Castine Arts Association and Wilson Museum.

 

 

Building Collaborative Relationships with the Wabanaki

Maliseet artist & storyteller Gina Brooks and Julia Gray from Abbe Museum
Maliseet artist and storyteller Gina Brooks and Julia Gray with a birchbark basket by Brooks, acquired for the Abbe Museum's
permanent collection

Julia Gray, Director of Collections and Interpretation at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, will give a talk on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center entitled Building Collaborative Relationships with the Wabanaki.  She will discuss how the Abbe Museum works with the Wabanaki people to create exhibits and programs through collections, archaeological excavation, presentations and exhibits.

As Director of Collections and Interpretation at the Abbe Museum, Julia is responsible for care of the Museum's collections, exhibit development and management of the Museum's interpretive programs and staff. She has a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and a MA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas, with specialized course work in Museum Studies. Julia is author of a chapter on collections' management policies in the Small Museum Toolkit, a six book series, published by Altamira Press.

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: The Lighthouse Cat

LighthouseIt was a dark and stormy night. Find out how a small cat named Mackerel helped save a lighthouse and the boats in the harbor. Preschool children and their adults are invited to the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center, Thursday, May 12 from 10 - 11 a.m. for a read aloud of the book The Lighthouse Cat by Sue Stainton.

This program is part of a series of children's programs called Terrific Thursdays for Tots! offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May for children ages 1-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots! are free of charge. 

 

 

 

Maja Trivia

Tournament Judges for Maja Trivia 2014It's tournament time! The fourth year of Maja Trivia, a game celebrating the rich history of the region once known as Majabigwaduce, now the towns of Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot, is drawing to an exciting conclusion. Throughout the school year, 5th - 8th grade students from Penobscot Community School, Brooksville Elementary School, and Castine's Adams School have been playing Maja Trivia practice rounds. Beginning May 13, the students will put their knowledge to the ultimate test.

Each school will compete in a semi-final competition, consisting of two rounds, sponsored by the town's respective historical society. Four finalists and two alternates from each school will move on to compete at the Wilson Museum on Wednesday, June 1 to determine the Maja Trivia champion! Join us for all four competitions, support the students, and learn about the intriguing and often colorful histories of the three towns. Here is the complete schedule:

May 13
12 - 2 p.m.
 Castine Semi-Final Rounds
 Castine Historical Society's Mitchell Room, Castine

May 17
9:30 -11 a.m.


 Brooksville Semi-Final Rounds
 Brooksville Elementary School, Brooksville

May 18
12 - 2 p.m.

 Penobscot Semi-Final Rounds
 Penobscot Community School, Penobscot

June 1
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 Tournament of Champions
 Wilson Museum, Hutchins Education Center
 112 Perkins Street, Castine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maja Trivia was developed by the Wilson Museum in collaboration with the Castine, Brooksville, and Penobscot Historical Societies with new categories and questions added each year.

 

 

How to Skin a Beaver

trapThere's more than one way to skin a — beaver! Trapper Paul Favolise returns to the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center to demonstrate how to properly skin and prepare a beaver on Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. Paul will discuss the uses for beaver meat and castor, why people trap, historical considerations of trapping, and how trapping influenced the westward expansion.

A trapper for over 40 years, Paul Favolise started at the young age of 10, in Lyme, CT. After moving to Maine in 1991, he joined the Maine Trappers Association (MTA), serving as President of the Union River Chapter, which meets regularly in Ellsworth. He is also involved with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, developing rules and catch limits to ensure healthy animal populations in Maine.

 

 

Terrific Thursdays for Tots: Counting our Way to Maine

packed to go on vacationMaine is called Vacationland for a reason. Join a member of Wilson Museum's Education Team for a read aloud of Counting our Way to Maine by Maggie Smith on Thursday, May 26, from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Hutchins Education Center. Everyone will have a chance to practice their counting skills as the story's family packs up to visit Maine. There will then follow a fun, theme-related craft project. 

This program is part of a series of children's programs called Terrific Thursdays for Tots! offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May for children ages 1 - 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots programs are free of charge.

 

 

 

Timbered Lake: Native American Music & Poetry

Timbered Lake's instrumentsEnjoy an uplifting evening of original music in the Native American tradition on Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. Performing their original work will be Timbered Lake, a group comprised of husband-wife, indie/folk duo Crow Suncloud and Diana Newman. Become one with Timbered Lake's rhythmic indigenous drums, pristine guitar playing, luminous melodies and visionary lyrics.

Crow Suncloud (also know as Tom Newman) and Diana Newman (formerly singer-songwriter Diana Ramsdell) reside on Mount Desert Island and have a strong sense of place. On multiple occasions, they have contributed their original music to Native gatherings.

 

 

Wrought by Hand: Furniture Making before the Industrial Revolution

Joshua KleinFind out how furniture was made before the adoption of machinery as Joshua Klein leads a demonstration and discussion on Wednesday, June 22 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. Joshua will debunk the myth that building furniture by hand was slow and arduous by showing how a piece of furniture could be made from log to finished product very efficiently.

Joshua Klein is a furniture restorer/conservator who operates Klein Furniture Restoration in Brooklin, Maine. A graduate of the National Institute of Wood Finishing, Joshua specializes in structural, finish, seat weaving and upholstery treatments. He divides his professional time between his restoration practice, studying historic American decorative arts, and researching the furniture production of Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine. You can learn more about Klein's work at http://kleinrestoration.com/.

 

 

Hancock County through Eastern's Eye Collaborative Exhibit

postcard from Wilson Museum collectionIn collaboration, Wilson Museum, Castine Historical Society and Witherle Memorial Library are bringing an exhibit of Hancock County photographs to Castine. The exhibit, Hancock County through Eastern's Eye, is provided by the Penobscot Marine Museum and will be displayed through the end of August. Each venue is hosting a different selection from this collection, so visit all three locations to see the full exhibit.

The photographs were produced from glass-plate negatives created by the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company. These negatives were originally used to create postcards and thereby documented the early part of the 20th century. While based in Belfast, Eastern's photographers recorded images all over New England and New York. The selection chosen for the Castine exhibit highlights places throughout Hancock County.

On June 25 from 12 to 2 p.m., all three venues will be open simultaneously: Castine Historical Society's Grindle House, Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center and Witherle Memorial Library. Other opening times will be based upon the operating hours of the three sites. You may contact the individual locations to verify their hours of availability: Castine Historical Society, 207-326-4118; Witherle Memorial Library, 207-326-4375; Wilson Museum, 207-326-9247.

 

 

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 6, July 27, August 10, and August 24, 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.

 

 

 

2016 House & Garden Tour 

John Perkins houseThe 2016 House and Garden Tour to benefit the Castine Historical Society is offering a selection of 18 properties: 13 homes, 4 gardens and the Dyce's Head Lighthouse. The tour will take place on Wednesday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available in advance and on the day of the tour. Contact Castine Historical Society at 207-326-4118 or info@castinehistoricalsociety.org.

Wilson Museum's historic John Perkins House will be a featured stop on the tour. It was built about 1763 as a one-story house on what is now Court Street, but was then a wilderness. As the Perkins family grew and prospered, a four-room two-story addition was built across the gable end of the early home. In the late 1960s / early 1970s the house was moved to its present location.

 

 

 

1690s Living History Encampment 

1690s encampmentExperience the sights, smells, and sounds of Penobscot Bay's storied past at the Wilson Museum on Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14.  In honor of Bastille Day, Ken Hamilton and a team of re-enactors will eat, sleep and live as though it's the 1690s, recreating a French and Native American encampment on the Museum's picturesque grounds overlooking Castine Harbor.  This type of gathering was common during King William's War when French and Native forces frequently coordinated at Pentagoet in Castine awaiting French supply ships.  This living history demonstration will include 17th century equipment, clothing reproductions and an informal discussion on the history and culture of the period.

Ken Hamilton has been speaking and performing at Powwows and schools for many years, and he has also appeared in documentaries on the History Channel.  He is well-versed in the field of Native American cultural studies, focusing on the Eastern Woodland Nations of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The program is free and open to the public. 

 

 

Amulet Weaving Workshop 

Making an amulet.The art of weaving can connect us with our life's dreams and goals. Join Susan Merrill, founder of Weaving a Life, for a special full-day Amulet Weaving Workshop on July 19 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. An amulet in many cultures represents powerful protection. The personal process of weaving an amulet reveals the vision and gifts one already holds inside. Students will learn these things as they create an amulet on a Jouney Loom.

Fiber sculptor Susan Barrett Merrill has a BA in Education from Goddard College in Vermont and a graduate degree from New Experimental College in Jutland, Denmark. Susan holds professional certifications in education, career development and life coaching. She is the author of Zati: The Art of Weaving a Life, and a member of the International Coach Federation.

The Amulet Weaving Workshop costs $35 and is for ages 16 and up. Tea and snacks will be provided; bring your own lunch. space is limited and registration is required.

NOTE: This class has been postponed - new date TBD.

 

 

Dancing Colors: How to Make a Kaleidoscope 

Sue RiouxExplore how colors dance through a kaleidoscope during a hands-on kaleidoscope workshop taught by artist Sue Rioux. Participants will learn both the design process as well as the building of a beautiful one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope using stained glass. The workshop will be held Wednesday, July 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Hutchins Education Center. Far from childhood toys, the kaleidoscopes created in this workshop will be works of art and as individual as each crafter.

Sue Rioux began pursuing artisitic endeavors at a very young age and has been a jewelry and kaleidoscope artist for almost 30 years. Sue's work is represented in galleries and museums in the US, Canada and Japan, as well as private collections around the world. She lives and works from her home/studio in Kennebunk, Maine.

The class fee is $100 per person and covers all material costs. Participants (age 15 and above) should bring their own lunch as well as a small photo to use as the centerpiece of their design.

NOTE: This class has been postponed - new date TBD.

 

 

 

Raw Food Meal Preparation Class 

Joanne SteenbergEven though a raw food diet is as old as man, here's a chance to discover a modern life-style choice. Join Joanne Steenberg on July 21 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center for a fun and inspirational event to learn about the powerful health benefits of eating a raw food diet while enjoying an evening filled with demonstrations, discussions, recipes, and ultimately, to a delicious sit-down dinner from appetizer through main course and, of course, dessert. See how easy and tasty raw food can be!

Joanne Steenberg is a certified raw food chef and teacher who enjoys facilitating change in people and organizations who are ready to transform their lives into healthy, creative, fulfilling experiences. A member of the Wilson Museum's Education Team, Joanne and her family live in Penobscot.

The cost of the workshop is $95 and includes instruction/demonstration, recipes and a full sit-down dinner. Space is limited and registration is required.

NOTE: This class has been postponed - new date TBD.

 

 

Mad Science Physics Olympics 

tug of warThe Olympics are not just for elite athletes this summer. Join Mad Science of Maine as they demonstrate the FUNdamentals of the science of sports at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at the Hutchins Education Center. The show starts by lighting the Mad Science Olympic torch with a spectacular combustion reaction and colored flames of national pride. Then, discover wonders such as air pressure in a tug-of-war and energy transformation in soccer and tennis. This will be a fun-filled, jaw-dropping performance, where everyone will learn that science is very cool!

Mad Science of Maine is a team of experienced educators who have worked with Maine schools, community centers, enrichment camps and many other special events for over 14 years. Based in South Portland, the group's mission is to make science engaging and exciting for children.

This performance is free and open to the public for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

The Case of the Doudiet Diamond Mystery Theater 

"Doudiet" diamondMystery! Mayhem! Wilson Museum staff, Board of Trustees members and even some Castine community characters will conspire to present The Case of the Doudiet Diamond amidst hors d'oeuvres and sparkling beverages on Monday evening, July 25 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. The mystery, written by Board Secretary Johanna Sweet will lead the audience through an exciting whodunit, based upon a celebration of the "discovery" of a priceless diamond purportedly found in the attic of the Doudiet House. It's sure to be an exciting evening of finding the lost, losing the found, and maybe even catching a thief!

Admission to The Case of the Doudiet Diamond is $20 per person and space is limited.

 

 

Etegami Japanese Painting Class  

Etegami PostcardLearn about and experiment with the Japanese art form of Etegami on Tuesday, July 26, 1 p.m. at the Hutchins Education Center with artist Lynn Cooper. Etegami is a Japanese folk art consisting of simple hand-painted drawings on postcards accompanied by a few meaningful words. In this hour-long Maine version of etegami, the image will be an ordinary object that represents Maine in the eyes of the artist. Look closely, paint with reverence, and appreciate Maine in a new way!

Lynn Cooper is an artist who works in silver clay, wood carving, painting, and gelatin monoprinting. While living in Tokyo, she developed a fascination with Japanese art. In 2014 she was inspired to immerse herself into the etegami art form by setting a personal challenge of creating at least one postcard a day for 30 days and blogging the results. Lynn currently resides in Texas and visits relatives in Castine when she can.

This workshop is free and open to the public age 12 and above. Space is limited, to register contact 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org.

 

 

Sock Puppet-Making Workshop with Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers  

sock puppetErik and Brian Torbek or the famous Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will be at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center on Thursday, July 28 from 2 - 3 p.m. to teach sock puppet making. Make your own unique sock puppet from start to finish then try him/her/it out on a mini puppet stage.

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a well-known puppetry troupe from Bar Harbor consisting of siblings Erik, Brian and Robin Torbeck. Using shows they have written and puppets they created themselves, the troupe has performed at festivals, schools, libraries, and theaters in the US and Canada. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers has received three Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest national award in puppetry.

This program is geared toward children aged 7 and up. Children under 7 will be considered with an accompanying adult. This event is free, but space is limited. To reserve a space for yourself or your child, please contact the Wilson Museum 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org.

 

 

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 29, 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 an annual Castine Town Band concert.

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

 

 

Dinner at the Barn with Juni Terry 

a table setting in the barnCome enjoy the flavors of Maine at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center on July 30 at 6 p.m. Local caterer Juni Terry will prepare a dinner consisting of five courses highlighting fresh Maine produce and seafood. Diners will enjoy a menu of gravlax, roasted beet soup, baby spinach salad, lobster linguini, and baked Alaska.

Local chef Juni Terry, a rising senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, spends her summers in Castine. For the past five summers she has run a local catering business by the name of Bug Bites. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, and teaching sailing.

Tickets are limited and the cost is $65 per person. Call 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org to register.

 

 

 

Castine Mystery Walk 

dark woodsFind out what lurks in Castine's past. Dark secrets surrounding the disappearance of an American drummer boy during the Revolutionary War may prove the key to unlocking a modern mystery. Brave souls are invited to join a docent from the Wilson Museum and her "mysterious companion" played by Hoyt Hutchins on August 4 at 8:00 p.m. to begin a walk from the Hutchins Education Center through the historic and secretive town of Castine.

Hoyt Hutchins is a local aspiring writer and actor who has been involved with many theatrical productions including lead and ensemble roles at New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill. Recently he collaborated with NST artistic director Bill Raiten to write a radio play. With multiple classes about improvisational theatre under his belt, Hoyt is pleased to present his first audience-interactive mystery.

Prior registration is encouraged and tickets are $5 per person. The walk is about two miles long and is appropriate for children 12 and older. Participants are encouraged to wear reflective clothing.

 

 

Collecting Castine Fundraising Event 

Barbara MalloneeMark your calendar to attend Collecting Castine, a special, one-night exhibit and sale of Castine fine art on Monday, August 8, 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 with cocktails, 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 a work of art to be added to the Wilson Museum's collection. Based upon the vote, the Wilson Museum will purchase, from a portion of the ticket sales, one piece from the night's exhibit for its collection. Following the selection process all other artwork will be available for purchase by attendees with proceeds from the commissions and donations used to grow and maintain the Wilson Museum's collection and the event.

This year the Collecting Castine event is dedicated to the memory of artist Barbara Mallonee (1926-2015). Barbara's first trip to Castine was in 1962 with three small children and a fourth on the way. She returned frequently throughout the rest of her life to visit friends and paint her beloved Castine. Not only was she an incredibly talented artist, she was a close friend and member of the Wilson Museum. Barbara found many creative ways to share her work and support organizations she cared about. She would be pleased to have her name associated with a creative fundraiser such as Collecting Castine.

Collecting Castine is a great way to support both the vibrant arts community of Castine and the Wilson Museum. Tickets are still available and may be purchased at the door.

 

 

 

Rock Hounds Workshop with Anita Smith 

rock houndsKids love rocks! If you have a K-3 grade student rock hound in your house, you will want to sign them up for a fun Rock Hounds Workshop with Maine Master Naturalist Anita Smith on Thursday, August 18 from 10 -11 a.m. at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. Rock Hounds will introduce geology through interactive, hands-on, engaging play and games. The workshop will begin with a short-story read-aloud and examination of rock/mineral specimens using hand lenses. Not only will youngsters learn about rocks, they will have fun playing an exciting rock riddle game.

Anita Smith, a retired elementary and middle school teacher, was recognized in 2002 by Project Learning Tree as one of five Outstanding Environmental Educators in the USA. She is a Maine Master Naturalist, Project Learning Tree steering committee member, and program developer/leader at China School's Forest, an outdoor classroom in China, Maine.

Rock Hounds Workshop is for students from Kindergarten through 3rd grade and is a free program, however space is limited and registration is required by contacting 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org.

 


 

Rock Cycle Workshop with Anita Smith 

rock cycleDo you have an older rock hound in the house? Kids in grades 3 - 6 should come around or cycle in for Anita Smith's second workshop of the day. Rock Cycle Workshop will begin at 1 p.m. on August 18 in the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. Though rocks seem so solid, they are actually being created and destroyed all the time. This engaging program will include a short-story read-aloud, hands-on activity, and a rock cycle game.

Anita Smith, a retired elementary and middle school teacher, was recognized in 2002 by Project Learning Tree as one of five Outstanding Environmental Educators in the USA. She is a Maine Master Naturalist, Project Learning Tree steering committee member, and program developer/leader at China School's Forest, an outdoor classroom in China, Maine.

Rock Cycle Workshop is for students from 3rd grade through 6th grade and is a free program, however space is limited and registration is required by contacting 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org.

 


 

Magical Fairy House Workshop  

fairy houseWant to encourage a fairy to move to your neighborhood? Then learn how to build them a home that they will love. On Friday, August 19 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center Anita Smith will lead a Magical Fairy House Workshop for all ages. It will begin with a story followed by the guided collection of natural items and the construction of whimsical houses on the Museum's campus.

Anita Smith, a retired elementary and middle school teacher, was recognized in 2002 by Project Learning Tree as one of five Outstanding Environmental Educators in the USA. She is a Maine Master Naturalist, Project Learning Tree steering committee member, and program developer/leader at China School's Forest, an outdoor classroom in China, Maine.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required by contacting 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org.

 

 

How Do Geologists Tell Time?

geological timeOne of the unique aspects of geology is the concept of time - two types of time - relative and absolute. Join geologist Stephen Norton on Tuesday, August 23 (6:30 p.m.) at the Hutchins Education Center as he brings the audience on an exploration of the logic of geological time. By figuring out which event came first and which followed, a history or sequence of events is created which can be considered relative time. It is the methodology of absolute time to say exactly when an event occurred. Two related events with absolute time assigned to them enable us to speak of the rate at which things occurred. These topics will be explored within the context of local geology. You will never look at rocks and the landscape in quite the same way again!

Dr. Stephen Norton is Professor Emeritus of Earth Science, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. He holds a PhD in Geology from Harvard University and began his career performing field investigations with the United State Geological Survey.

This program is free an open to the public.

 

 

Bread, Earth & Fire

Stu SilversteinIt's fall - time to fire up the oven and bake some bread. Get down to the basics of earthen ovens and great bread on Tuesday, September 6 (1 p.m.) at the Museum's Hutchins Education Center in Castine. The Wilson Museum and the Castine Woman's Club are pleased to co-host a presentation by Stu Silverstein who will show his video and speak about baking bread and building earth ovens. He will also talk about his experiences constructing ovens with others from the charity Safe Passage by the dump in Guatemala City. As a further enticement, Stu may have samples of his turbo sourdough bread starter to share.

Stu Silverstein's career has risen above bread baker and oven maker to include author, film producer, and artist. One of the founders of Railroad Square Cinema, New England's best known art cinema, Stu has produced and directed the award-winning movie, Dead River Rought Cut. Stu recently completed a video about oven building and bread baking which complements his book Bread, Earth and Fire. Visit his website for more information www.stusilverstein.com.

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

 

 

Tanning Hides Workshop

Joshua WorthingtonLearn the process of tanning animal hides and making them useful. On September 17th from 1 - 4 p.m., Joshua Worthington will lead the three-hour workshop in the yard of Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. The process of brain-tanning deer skins, including the use of natural tannins, will be shown to participants as well as scraping and dehairing using a fleshing beam. Samples of hides in each stage of the tanning process will be displayed.

Joshua Worthington has been tanning hides for fifteen years, using traditional materials such as sumac leaves, hemlock bark, and deer brains. He has tanned deer, bear, moose, squirrel, raccoon, sheep and even porcupine. He is the organizer of an annual brain-tanning workshop in Cornish, NH. For the past three years, he has worked at Flying Cloud, a primitive skills camp for boys in Plymouth, VT.

 

 

 

Fall Educators Reception

Museum education in action
The Wilson Museum Education Team
invites you to join them for an
Afternoon Reception

Hutchins Education Center
Tuesday, October 18th from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, presentations,
and a chance to collaborate with other local educators.

RSVP 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org

 

Come see and hear why so many people are saying:

"This place is a GEM!"

"More educators should know about this fabulous resource!"
 

 

 

EterNav - the Future of Funerals

Kasey SmithPeople often feel shell-shocked upon the death of a loved one. Castine-based entrepreneur Kasey Smith's business, EterNav (short for eternal navigation) was created to help guide families at such times of crisis by using technology and a network of support in new ways. Castine Woman's Club and The Wilson Museum are co-hosting a presentation by Kasey Smith on Tuesday, October 4 (1 p.m.) at the Museum's Hutchins Education Center. She will describe the changes taking place in the funeral industry and specifically the resources EterNav offers.

Kasey Smith's 25 years of technical and managerial experience in high-tech, growth companies has served her well as founder of EterNav. A participant in the University of Maine's 2016 Top Gun Entrepreneurship Accelerator class for the Bangor region, Kasey and EterNav have been featured on The Pulse of Maine (a morning radio show), as well as achieving semi-finalist status on the Maine TV show Greenlight Maine, a program designed to promote and mentor the development and growth of business in the State of Maine.

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

 

 

Maine Heirloom Apples

John BunkerSince we can't compare apples to oranges, let's compare apples to apples! Join John Bunker at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center on Thursday, October 6 (7 p.m.) to learn about heirloom apple varieties in Maine. From the large Wolf River to the tiny crabapple, Maine's trees may have come from far and wide, but they are now as American as apple pie. Speaking of pie, the Museum will provide delicious apple refreshments to follow the program. Whether you have your own orchard, want to know more about Maine's apples, or just want to keep the doctor away, you will glean valuable knowledge at this program.

John Bunker has spent the last 44 years operating and living on Super Chilly Farm where he and Cammy Watts grow vegetables, woody and herbaceous ornamentals, small fruit and tree fruit. In 2007, he self-published Not Far from the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine. John coordinates an annual series of organic orcharding classes for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the spring "Seed Swap and Scion Exchange" and the October "Great Maine Apple Day." He shares his passion for heirloom fruit varieties by speaking and teaching in the New England area year-round.

This program is free and open to the public.

 

 

Traveling after Retirement

Danielle MuttyAfter successful dual careers as physicians, Dr. Danielle Mutty and her husband retired. Retirement not only opened the possibilities of traveling for pleasure but also a chance to share their medical training with poorer nations, such as Haiti. The Castine Woman's Club and the Wilson Museum will co-host a presentation by Danielle Mutty on Tuesday, November 1 (1 p.m.) at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. She will take her audience on an illustrated tour highlighting some of the magical places she and her husband have visited in the last seventeen years.

Dr. Danielle Mutty was born in the province of Quebec and became a US citizen shortly after her marriage to Dr. Lawrence Mutty. Their careers took them to various cities across the US and finally to Maine in the late 1970s. Now, when not traveling, Dr. Mutty and her husband call Castine home.

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

 

 

Waffle Gardens

Zuni Waffle GardensHave you noticed that the recessed pathways between your raised plant beds are healthier than the plants on top? If so, waffle gardening may be for you! The Castine Garden Club and the Wilson Museum are co-hosting a presentation by Amy Pollien on Tuesday, November 8 (10 a.m.) at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center in Castine. This technique originated before recorded history with the Zuni peoples who gardened in an arid climate with poor soil and constant wind. They dug down below grade level to plant their crops in small square depressions dubbed "waffles" by archaeologists, and that's what they look like as seen by satellite images from above.

Amy Pollien is an artist who lives on an island off the coast of Maine and keeps bees. She has enjoyed experimenting with waffle gardens and has recorded the results in her blog .

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

 

 

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