Coming of Age in America – the Revolutionary War Era in Maine will be the topic of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Student participants in the historical role-playing game series organized by The Game Loft in Belfast will be wearing period costumes and sharing the stories of their fictional characters’ experiences during that time of turmoil. This current game takes place at the time of the ill-fated Penobscot Expedition of 1779, the largest naval operation of the Revolutionary War and the largest American defeat until Pearl Harbor. The Game Loft participants portray these ordinary people living in a bygone time.

Belfast Historical Society programs are free and open to the public and are held at the Library April through October. For more information, call 338-9229.

Coming of Age in America

The Game Loft’s Coming of Age in America innovative youth development program is designed to offer youth an opportunity to experience growing up in Maine during periods throughout American history. The historical society program is one of many Community Learning Events in a series that began in January. It includes a book discussion group exploring Ben Williams’ “Come Spring” and James Leamon’s “Jacob Baily: Loyalist” that meets Thursdays, April 21 and May 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library.

Dinner dance, Revolution-style

The action moves to Searsport the last weekend in April for a special two-day Community Learning Event in partnership with the Searsport Historical Society and Penobscot Marine Museum. Friday evening, April 29, The Game Loft's historical role-play program will host a Revolutionary War Era Gala Dinner and Period Dance beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 8 Church St. (on the downtown museum’s campus). This year's dinner will highlight the work that youth role-players have been experiencing since the beginning of the academic year during the Revolutionary War Era in Maine. The menu includes Ducktrap smoked salmon; duck and pork rillettes; homemade cheese; roast beef; cauliflower casserole; and more.

Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person, available by calling 338-6447; emailing info@thegameloft.org; or visiting The Game Loft or All About Games, 78 Main St. in Belfast. The dinner serves as fundraiser for the CoA program; all funds raised will directly benefit the youth participating in this and next year’s program. At 7 p.m., diners will stroll down to the Searsport Blacksmith restaurant, 1 East Main St./Route 1, for Revolutionary War-era dancing.

Free day of Issues

Saturday, April 30, offers informative workshops, a street fair and a depiction of an historic event, all free and open to the public.  Dubbed Issues on Trail: The Court Martial of General Peleg Wadsworth, the day begins with two half-hour workshops led by Ray and Patricia Estabrook in the library of Penobscot Marine Museum, 11 Church St. At 11 a.m., the topic will be Maine Or New Ireland: The Penobscot Expedition Of 1779; followed by Is My Busk Crooked? Women’s Wear Daily.

A street fair will begin at high noon on the museum campus and at Union Hall, on Union St. At 2 p.m., the big event begins: all are invited to the second-floor Union Hall auditorium to watch maritime history unfold CoA participants role-play the court martial of the second in command of the famous naval battle at Castine.

For more information on any and all "Coming of Age in America" events, visit contact The Game Loft’s or visit its Facebook page.