Artisan Days and more at Penobscot Marine

Jul 05, 2014

Searsport — Summer activities for children and adults are offered at Penobscot Marine Museum. Wednesdays and Fridays are Children’s Program days, and Thursdays are Artisan Days, featuring demonstrations of 19th-century crafts. Artisan Days is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay and sponsored by the Knickerbocker Group of designers, builders, cabinetmakers and caretakers. Penobscot Marine Museum programs are free with museum admission, and museum admission is free for Searsport residents.

On Wednesdays, July 9 and July 23, from 11 a.m. to noon, the children’s program is The Mighty Cod, a hands-on program to uncover the secrets of cod and how the early colonists fished, preserved and cooked this fish. Participants can discover the mysteries of the fishing grounds and why explorers risked their lives looking for cod with educator and author Mayra Donnell in PMM’s Peapod.

Artisan Days begin July 10 with weaver and spinner Alice Seeger demonstrating her craft on the museum campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to come try their hand at weaving and spinning on a great wheel. Seeger will be on campus again with her spinning wheels and weaving looms July 24. Potter Asha Fenn will be on campus July 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with her portable potter’s wheel. Artisans Days attendees can watch her mold her clay into plates and bowls, using techniques potters have used for thousands of years.

The children’s program Friday, July 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. is Happy Birthday E.B. White, a celebration of the beloved “Charlotte’s Web” author in PMM’s Peapod. There will be a reading from “Stuart Little,” a look at E.B. White’s boat in the museum collection, birthday cake and a craft project.

The children’s program Wednesday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Peapod is Making Candles. Participants can make their own candles the way the early settlers made theirs, with educator and craftsperson Alice Seeger.

The children’s program Friday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. is Art in the Gallery, using the museum galleries as inspiration to make museum-inspired art work.

The Children’s Reading Corner Friday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Peapod will offer a reading of excerpts from the classic “Little Fisherman.”

The month’s final children’s program Wednesday, July 30, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Peapod is Build a Wind Platform, led by a University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center educator. In this hands-on program, children will learn to design, build, implement and test wind power technology components similar to those being used in an extensive UMaine research program in deepwater offshore wind power.

For more information about Artisan Days and children’s programs at Penobscot Marine Museum, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529 or 548-0334.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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