Summer Crafts and Children’s Programs at Penobscot Marine Museum
Summer activities for children and adults begin this July at Penobscot Marine Museum. Wednesdays and Fridays are Children’s Program days, and Thursdays are Artisan Days, demonstrations of 19th century crafts. Artisan Days is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine, and is sponsored by the Knickerbocker Group of designers, builders, cabinetmakers and caretakers. The Penobscot Marine Museum programs are free with museum admission, and museum admission is free for Searsport residents.
Wednesday, July 9th and July 23rd, from 11:00 am to noon, the Children’s Program is The Mighty Cod, a hands-on program to uncover the secrets of cod, how the early colonists fished, preserved and cooked this unique fish. 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 on Thursday, July 10th with weaver and spinner Alice Seeger demonstrating her craft on the museum campus from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come try your hand at weaving and spinning on a Great Wheel! Alice will be on campus again with her spinning wheels and weaving looms on Thursday, July 24th for Artisan Days.
Friday, July 11, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm the Children’s Program, Happy Birthday E.B. White!, is a birthday celebration for beloved Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White. Join us for a reading from Stuart Little, a look at E.B.White’s boat in our collection, birthday cake and a craft project. In PMM’s Peapod.
On Wednesday, July 16, from 11:00 am to noon, our Children’s Program is Making Candles. Make your very own candles the way the early settlers made theirs, with educator and crafts person Alice Seeger. In PMM’s Peapod.
Potter Asha Fen will be on campus forArtisan Days on Thursday, July 17th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with her portable potter’s wheel. Watch her mold her clay into plates and bowls, using techniques potters have used for thousands of years.
On Friday, July 18, at 10:30 am the Children’s Program: Art in the Gallery will take you into the museum galleries to make your own museum-inspired art work!
Join us on Friday, July 25, at 10:30 am for our Children’s Reading Corner, for a reading of excerpts from the classic Little Fisherman. In PMM’s Peapod.
On Wednesday, July 30, from 11:00 to noon, a University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center educator will lead the Children’s Program: Build a Wind Platform. In this hands-on program, children 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. In PMM’s Peapod.
PHOTO CAPTION: Stuart Little, by E.B.White