SEARSPORT — The Makers Guild of Maine raises awareness of hand-making, music-making and cooking skills by organizing events that showcase these abilities in an outdoor setting and raising funds for community music and teaching initiatives. The group invites the public to its two free Community Open Days Sundays, Sept. 11 and 18, at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, 216 West Main St. All ages are welcome, but please leave pets at home.

The Fiber College Community Day and Grand Finale Sunday, Sept. 11, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy live music from The Strayaways from noon to 3 p.m. This group is an Irish session band at heart with assorted craziness thrown in, featuring Jody Johnstone on the Irish penny whistle and vocals, Chris Brinn on harmonica and vocals, and Jim Hyland on fiddle, guitar and vocals. Belfast Flying Shoes partners in this performance.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, also from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are welcome to the Gee’s Bend Workshop and Strung Together Music Campout Community Day and Grand Finale.

At the keynote event from 1 to 4 p.m., meet Gee’s Bend quilters Miss China Pettway and Miss Stella Mae Pettway and study the quilts they’ve brought to share. They will be happy to sign Gee’s Bend books if you bring them along.

There is live music from noon to 3 p.m. as Gus La Casse and Mathias Kamen team up for a high flying, old time music performance. La Casse is a hard driving traditional fiddler and Kamen is a powerful vocalist/instrumentalist hailing from Downeast Maine. Belfast Flying Shoes partners in this performance.

On both Sundays, free classes and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. include natural dyeing in the garden, nautical knotting and chain mail, gratifyingly quick botanical printing on paper, and peg weaving for bed mats.

The Maine Makers Market boasts handmade items from textile goods and supplies to jewelry, art and honey both days from 1 to 4 p.m. Original Gee’s Bend quilts are for sale Sept. 18.

Spend the entire day Sept. 11 and 18 with the Makers Guild of Maine by exploring organic gardens and woodland trails, renting a kayak, beachcombing, and enjoying the picnic area. Bring your own food or make up a picnic while here by visiting the Cross Patch Farmstand near the entrance and the onsite store.

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