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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

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

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

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.

Youth 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.

 

 

Beaver Trapping & Skinning

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

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 artisitc 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. Registration is required, as space is limited. For your convenience, you may click the event button below to register using PayPal.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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