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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 -


Mid-Winter, Noontime Luncheon

beef stewGood food and lively conversation are on the menu Tuesday, January 9, 2018 when the Castine Woman's Club and the Wilson Museum co-host a mid-winter, noontime luncheon. Dig in to delicious beef stew, homemade yeast rolls, apple pie and brownies at the Hutchins Education Center. Cost of the meal is by donation, and take-out is available. Reservations requested by Friday, January 5th - call 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org.




Community Luncheon and Cake-Off

kid and cake clip artThe Castine Woman's Club and the Wilson Museum invite the community to a noon-time luncheon and cake-off Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Hutchins Education Center. At the January community luncheon the gauntlet was thrown down between Castine Historical Society's Executive Director Lisa Lutts and Wilson Museum's Executive Director Patty Hutchins, as to who could bake the better cake. Local celebrity chefs have been called in to judge and referee this good-natured competition. The real winners will be the diners who will enjoy delicious lasagna, cole slaw, garlic bread and, of course, CAKE. Cost of the meal is by donation and take-out is available - cake-off entertainment is priceless. Reservations requested by Friday, February 9th - call 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org.




Museum by the Sea: An Ocean of Activities

Ahoy Matey! The Wilson Museum is hosting a February vacation day-camp Museum by the Sea: An Ocean of Activities for grades 1 - 8, beginning Tuesday, February 20, through Friday, February 23 (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) at the Hutchins Education Center.

We'll follow in the wake of historic vessels 100 years ago, "sailing" above the Arctic Circle like the schooner Bowdoin, to learn about sea creatures and the natural resources of that region. On another voyage, we will "visit" tropical islands such as Barbados to explore ships, shells and sailors' valentines. There'll be lots of hands-on activities as well as outdoor games and adventures, so campers should bring weather appropriate clothing.

One thing campers won't need to bring is lunch. The Museum, with a little help from camp participants, will provide lunch each day. The four-day menu is posted on the registration form. And, as always, parents are invited to attend and participate. Cost per child to attend Museum by the Sea is $15 for all four days or $5 per day for individual days. Space is limited. Be assured of a spot today, by downloading a registration form and returning it with the registration fee. Call 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org for more information.




Rug Hooking Workshop  

Judith Burger-GossartAttention all hooked rug artists, enthusiasts and historians!
The Wilson Museum and the Castine Woman's Club are co-hosting a day of rug hooking at the Museum's Hutchins Education Center on Tuesday, April 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with guest speaker Judith Burger-Gossart.

Start a new project or bring a UFO (unfinished object) to this day-long workshop and share ideas, tips, techniques and comaraderie with old friends and new. After a delicious lunch, provided by the Wilson Museum, sit back and learn about the Maine Sea Coast Mission's efforts, from the 1920s through the 1940s, in providing opportunities for women along Maine's remote coast to earn an income making hooked rugs. Judith's presentation will begin at 1 p.m. and those not participating in the rug hooking workshop/lunch are welcome to attend the lecture.

Judith Burger-Gossart is an artist, designer and hooker of rugs, an antique dealer and author of Sadie's Winter Dream: Fishermen's Wives & Maine Sea Coast Mission Hooked Rugs 1923-1948. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a masters degree in history from Columbia University Teachers College, Judith has curated hooked rug exhibits, written articles and catalogues on rug hooking, and given numerous talks on the subject. She and her husband live in Salsbury Cove, Maine.

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





Make a Basket, Give a Basket  

May basketsHo! The merrie first of Maie
Brings the daunce & blossoms gaie
To make of lyfe a holiday.

Join the Castine Woman’s Club and the Wilson Museum as they pass on the lore and fun of making May baskets with Castine’s Adams School students Tuesday, May 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center. Director Patty Hutchins will lead students, Club members, and the public in constructing colorful crepe paper baskets to fill with goodies, hang on a friend’s door, and run or risk getting kissed!

This multi-generational program is free and open to the public.





Maja Trivia  

Maja Trivia 2016It's tournament time! The sixth 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, will conclude with a spectacular Tournament of Champions on Wednesday, June 6. 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. Now it's time to test their knowledge!

Each school will compete in a semi-final competition sponsored by the town's respective historical society. Four finalists from each school will move on to compete at the Wilson Museum on June 6 from 9:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. 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 24
9:35 - 11:35 a.m.
Penobscot Semi-Final Rounds
Penobscot Community School

May 24
12 - 2 p.m.

Castine Semi-Final Rounds  
Castine Historical Society's  Mitchell Room 

May 25
9 - 11 a.m.

Brooksville Semi-Final Rounds 
 Brooksville Elementary School 

June 6
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 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 Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot Historical Societies with new categories and questions added each year.




Fireside Cooking

Grace Tarr revealing pieAs 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 (as part of a guided tour) on: July 11, July 25, and August 15, 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.

Also, check out our outdoor cooking demonstrations on July 16, July 30, and August 20.




Outdoor Cooking

bread baking in outdoor ovenNothing whets the appetite like an ocean breeze with the fragrance of wood smoke and baking bread wafting through the air. Visit the back yard of the John Perkins House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 16, July 30 and August 20 as Director Patty Hutchins cooks up some treats using the outdoor bake oven, the fire pit, or a combination of the two. There might be bread or pizza, bean-hole-beans or stew, we're leaving it up to the weather and the whim of the cook. Mix up a batch of your own favorite bread and bring it down to pop into the oven - it's a big oven with room for several loaves (or a pie might be nice). Outdoor cooking tips are free of charge with impartial taste-testers always available. For more information contact 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org.

Also, check out our fireside cooking demonstrations as part of a Perkins House tour on July 11, July 25, and August 15.




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 20, 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.




Pack a Pint of Pickles with Patty

Canning EquipmentAugust is the perfect season to pick produce and put it up for the long winter ahead. Wilson Museum's Executive Director Patty Hutchins will lead a four-part series of hands-on pickle workshops on Thursday and Friday, August 23 and 24 and another batch the following week on Thursday and Friday, August 30 and 31 from 1 - 4 p.m. each day at the Hutchins Education Center. Pickles to be processed include mustard pickles, dilly beans, sour pickles, relish, bread and butter pickles, spiced crabapples, and dill pickles. Participants will relish taking home one to two pints of pickles per day. Per person cost of the Pack a Pint of Pickles program is $50 for the whole batch of 4 classes. Class size is limited to 10. For your convenience click on the event button below.




Open: May 27 - September 30
Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 pm
John Perkins House Bullet The Village Blacksmith Bullet Woodshop
July - August, Wednesday & Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
Group visits can be arranged by appointment.
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where there are guided tours on the hour.
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