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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:17

Blacksmithing courses starting at Curran Living History Farm

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ORRINGTON The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum at 372 Fields Pond Road, Orrington will offer a basic six-week introductory blacksmithing course Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. open to six participants beginning Tuesday evening, Oct. 22 .

No experience is needed. Participants will attend six consecutive Wednesday evening classes and will also have access to the Homestead's forges and tools for practice or projects on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon during the same six weeks. It is recommended that participants wear leather shoes, cotton or wool clothing (not man-made fiber clothes), bring a pair of work gloves and, if they have them available, safety glasses/goggles and a two-pound cross pein hammer.

SEARSPORT Fling Into Fall, Searsport's annual fall celebration on Oct. 11 and 12, offers more activities this year than it ever has before. From children bringing their restored Tonka trucks for display and prizes as part of the Antique Car Show to a Chili Cook-Off, a Coin Show, a pie eating contest, a historic cemetery tour and a Comedy Show, this year's Fling Into Fall will be the best yet. 

Searsport firemen, high school students, churches, Searsport policemen, ambulance crew, businesses and citizens all work together to make Fling Into Fall a wonderful event. The festivities begin on Friday, Oct. 11 with scarecrows being assembled on the Penobscot Marine Museum lawn. Friday evening the Methodist Church serves a Turkey Supper, luminaries will be lit downtown and children can have their faces painted and play games before the bonfire and concert by the band Black Ledge. Saturday morning the Masons host a breakfast at the Masonic Hall. The parade starts at 11 a.m., and throughout the day there will be a craft show, a concert, a coin show and auction at DownEast Auctions, scarecrow and Jack O Lantern displays, Antique Car Show and Restored Tonka Truck Show, a Florida vacation raffle, historic cemetery tours, a wool-felting demonstration at Works, an art auction, chili cook-off, pie eating contest and hayrides at Bangor Savings Bank. On Saturday afternoon, prizes will be awarded to Tonka Truck Restoration Project participants, and two raffle winners will be drawn this year for the Florida beach house vacation. On Saturday evening the activities continue with a Public Italian Supper at the Congregational Church and a Comedy Show at Union Hall.

AUGUSTA - Scientists, artists, educators, and industry professionals from around Maine will gather at the Maine State Museum on Oct. 16, 2013 for the annual Maine Earth Science Day. Curious students and visitors of all ages will find something to investigate in the museum-wide celebration of the various earth sciences. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.

The exhibits and interactives cover an array of the earth's resources and treasures. Museum Curator of Zoology Dr. Paula Work will present Ice Age Finds, a look at the giant megafauna found in Maine. Other topics for exploration include minerals and gems, hydrology, meteorology and more. Maine Earth Science Day's exhibitors come from throughout the state, and in addition to the Maine State Museum they include the U.S. Geological Survey, Maine Geological Survey, Maine Geographic Alliance, Maine Energy Education Association, Maine Floodplain Management Program, Maine Coastal Program, Dragon Products Co. LLC and NOAA/National Weather Service Forecast Office.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:42

October is Co-op Month in Maine and across the United States

Written by PA

STATEWIDE - Each October, cooperatives all across the country celebrate the role, accomplishments and contributions of our nation's cooperatives. It is sponsored by Cooperative Maine in the state of Maine.

Cooperative Maine is a network of co-op advocates around the state, promoting support for existing cooperatives and encouraging the creation of new ones. These can be consumer (such as co-op food stores), producer (farmer or craft), worker (such as Fedco Seeds), housing (several in Maine and now the purchase of mobile home parks by tenants), electric (including Eastern Maine Electric Co-op) and credit unions, with over 150 offices around the state.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 18:00

The Maine Cheese Guild presents Open Creamery Day

Written by PA

MONROE - As the hardwood foliage bursts in a blaze of colors on Columbus Day weekend, take in the spectacular sights and taste some award-winning cheese during the Maine Cheese Guild's annual Open Creamery Day, Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit many of Maine's cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals and learn the stories behind Maine's more than 150 artisan cheeses. Along the way you can also visit a farmers' market, stop at an orchard, explore one of Maine's premier breweries or wineries, pick fruit at Maine's legendary orchards and drop in on one of the many artisan bread makers our state has to offer. You'll love the views, and the taste of Maine cheese, straight from the source, will be the best memory of all!

For maps and an updated list of participating cheese makers, visit www.mainecheeseguild.org.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 17:57

Waldo County Open Studio and Farm Tour

Written by PA

BELFAST Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 12 and 13, from 10 to 4 p.m., Cultivate will have a free, open studio and farm tour with special workshops and demonstrations. Visit farms, artists working in their studios, see a forging demonstration or learn how yarn, soap or cheese is made.

It's great family fun, and art lovers will get a chance to visit some of the area's best artists and artisans and watch how they work. It's all part of Waldo County's exciting creative economy.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 17:55

Mount Hope Cemetery Twilight Tours

Written by PA

BANGOR The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and Bangor Museum and History Center (BMHC) announced the Mount Hope Cemetery Twilight Tours are set to return Friday, Oct. 4. The walking tours take visitors through one of the most scenic areas of the Queen City while hearing stories of Bangor's lost, forgotten and murdered.

'October is the perfect time to take a stroll through Mount Hope Cemetery,' said Kerrie Tripp, executive director of the GBCVB. 'With the knowledge of the folks at the Bangor Museum and History Center, we've teamed up to create a unique tour through a plot of land that is scary but very rich with history and interesting facts about Bangor's former residents. Conducting this tour during the twilight hours in Maine's crisp autumn air makes it a fantastic and memorable night out for just about anyone.'

SEARSPORT - Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., filmmaker David Conover will show and discuss his hour-long film documentary 'Wreck of the Portland.' Known as the "Titanic of New England," the loss of the SS Portland is one of the greatest maritime disasters to occur off the Northeast coast of the United States. On Nov. 26, 1898, the passenger ship SS Portland, en route from Boston to Portland, was caught in a fierce blizzard. Struggling through the night with raging seas and 90-mile-per hour winds, the Portland finally sank with all 190 passengers and crew on board. Little of the shipwreck and few victims were ever recovered, and the exact location of the tragedy was a mystery. During the summer of 2002, 104 years after her disappearance, a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) was used to locate the wreck of the Portland. This film was produced for the Science Channel series "Science of the Deep." 

Conover graduated from Bowdoin College. He worked for years as a professional seaman and crossed the Atlantic twice in small boats. He worked for Outward Bound and then made a film about Outward Bound which was aired on National Geographic Explorer. David Conover's company is Compass Light Productions in Camden, Maine. 

SEARSPORT - Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum, Mark J. Gabrielson will discuss his book 'Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews: Humble Heroes from a Downeast Island.' The America's Cup yacht races were, and still are, the most prestigious and expensive international sporting events in the world. With a history extending back over 160 years, the America's Cup reached its height in the late 1800s - the era of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Sir Thomas Lipton. Until that time, American yachts in the competition had been crewed by professional sailors from Europe. But in the winter of 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club traveled more than 450 miles by train and steamboat to remote Deer Isle, Maine to recruit an all-Yankee crew. That small fishing town sent nearly 40 of its best sailors to New York to sail Defender, and in a difficult and controversial series they defeated the best Great Britain's aristocrats could muster.

Mark J. Gabrielson is a licensed Coast Guard master in the Merchant Marine and is a trustee of the Marion-Bermuda Race. He spent childhood summers on Deer Isle and heard the stories of the Deer Isle America's cup team, still one of the best teams ever to race, but he could not find much published information about them.  He graduated from Princeton University and spent 33 years in business but is now a graduate history student at Harvard University Extension School pursuing his life-long interest in researching and writing about maritime history. Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews is the first in a planned series of books. He is now working on a new book on the history of oceanic navigation.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:18

Paddle to the Pole

Written by Wire Reports

ALTON/OLD TOWN - Become a polar explorer by joining Paul Markson for a paddle across the 45th parallel in the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and learn why this parallel is important. Along the way, observe the great diversity of birds, mammals and forest and wetland plants and gain insight on the local conservation efforts. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are available, or bring your own boat. Call to register by Friday, Sept. 21 at (207) 944-9259. Suggested donations are $4 for adults; school-aged children attend free.

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