Steve “Santa” Schreurs will be will be Artist in Residency in Searsport Shores Ocean Campground’s Camp and Create Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 3 through 9.  The drop-in, hands-on presentations take place throughout the week, and no fee is required for instruction.

Schreurs’ background is an unlikely hodgepodge of experiences. As a young man, he was a Boy Scout, where he acquired his love of nature and knot tying. He progressed on to being a farmer, cowboy and professional canoe guide. In college, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical/nuclear engineering. Along the way, Schreurs taught himself about this “new fangled thing” called digital computers. For several years, he used his engineering and computer science knowledge to create computer simulations for nuclear power plants and became one of the world's leading experts in that field.

As time passed, the computer science skills become more important and Schreurs migrated to the field of information technology, and he works for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in that field. Although he is not a professor, part of his job is to teach other people the how and why of the work that he does. Schreurs also is very involved in many charitable activities (for which he is Santa Claus).

As artist in residence, Schreurs will be teaching macrame, cartooning and chainmail. The most popular type of macrame today produces so-called survival bracelets. Students have so much fun with them and they are quick to make, ending up as bracelets, anklets, dog collars and leashes. Schreurs will have a knot sampler project and resource books available. If any participant would like to try more complex knots, time for that will be available.

For more information about camping or participating in Camp and Create at Searsport Shores, located on Route 1, visit or call 548-6059.

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