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March 2017

How We Traveled From Boston to Boothbay, 1850 to 1950

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

RESCHEDULED from Sunday, February 12.  Americans are famous for traveling, but what was it like to travel long distances in the 1850s?  Learn the joys and the sorrows of traveling by steamboat, railroad, and eventually by automobile in this illustrated talk by George Barrett, How We Traveled From Boston to Boothbay, 1850 to 1950.  First came paddle wheel steamboats, then the railroad which competed with the more modern propeller driven boats. You’ll see what it was like to drive all…

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A Moving History: An Illustrated Talk on License Plates from Maine and Around the World

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Since the first automobiles in the 1890s, license plates have been along for the ride, registering vehicles and telling historical, and sometimes hysterical, stories about Maine, America, and the world.  License plates have been used as state and national symbols, political propaganda, pop culture icons, folk art, deadly tools of war, and even farm animal feed.  The audience is invited to bring their favorite license plates to share with the group.  On Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 pm, Boothbay Railway…

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June 2017

Family Free FUR All!

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

For many a family isn’t complete without a furry, four-legged addition. Family Free FUR All! is a day full with activities designed specifically for families including the opportunity to perhaps meet your newest companion. There will be games and activities just for kids including the popular barrel train ride, dog training demos, vendors of locally made pet products, adoptable dogs & puppies from many area rescue groups, and much more. Anyone who brings a donation of dog food or an…

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July 2017

Antique Engine Meet

July 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, July 1 the Boothbay Railway Village will host a meet of antique engines and other early mechanical devises in partnership with the Maine Antique Power Association (MAPA). Engine buffs and lovers of all things mechanical will enjoy this opportunity to see “one lungers” and other early gasoline, diesel and steam engines operate and to learn about them first-hand from their passionate owners. Invitations have also been extended to members of the Antique Outboard Motor Club’s Pine Tree Chapter…

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13th Annual Books in Boothbay: Maine’s Summer Book Fair

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meet more than 35 of Maine's best writers, adult and children's authors, including international, national and State award winners. Purchase new titles for your collection, enjoy readings and talks by your favorite Maine authors, and much more. Watch the event's official blog for details about all the authors attending this year's event. Admission to the book fair and readings are free. If you'd like to visit the Museum and enjoy a steam train ride you are invited to purchase admission…

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53rd Annual Antique Auto Days

July 15 @ 10:00 am - July 16 @ 2:00 pm

Special thanks to our event sponsor Cottage Connections, offering a wide variety of vacation rentals in Midcoast Maine. See dozens of classic, vintage, antique, hot rods, muscle cars and much more all parked on the Village Green. It's a true all makes and models show in partnership with the Maine Obsolete Auto League! A Swap Meet & Flea Market will offer collectors a chance to scoop up a deal. Sunday afternoon parade through downtown Boothbay…

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Rails, Tails & Ales: The Midcoast Craft Beer Festival

July 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visitors will enjoy great craft beer from Maine breweries, an outdoor car show, plus a family-friendly setting including steam train rides. Imagine a collection of historic Maine buildings surrounding a large, green lawn (the Village Green) filled with classic, vintage, antique, hot rods, muscle cars and much more. The Brewer’s tables, instead of being stuffed inside a tent, will be spread throughout Museum buildings surrounding the lawn like the livery stable and historic town hall. There will be a people’s…

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August 2017

Maine Coast Stone Symposium

August 1 - August 31

From granite for some of the country’s most significant public buildings to slate for roof tiles, commercial mining and stone working has thrived in Maine since around 1800. The sector’s evolution affected transportation by both sea and rail, while technological advances changed the industry in significant ways. Today, Maine stone artists and artisans still use many traditional techniques to create everything from garden benches to world-renowned public architecture. Join us in August 2017 for a month-long celebration of the history,…

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September 2017

Maine’s Pumpkin Trail

September 1 - October 31

Squashbucklers, fall foliage seekers and artists young and old: make your way to the Mid-coast for Maine’s Pumpkin Trail! From Labor Day through October, celebrate the arts, history and giant fruit with the Maine Maritime Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, Boothbay Railway Village and Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta. Maine's Pumpkin Trail covers 50 miles of Maine’s most charming coastline and features cruises, train rides, giant racing pumpkinboats, parades, street art, flying & smashing pumpkins, and events for the entire family! All…

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Vintage Toy & Model Train Show

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Take a trip down memory lane as we celebrate early toys and model trains. Whether it's Lionel trains, pedal cars, porcelain dolls, tin wind-ups, or an early board game we invite you to share your collection at this show inside the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall on the Museum's campus. The show is free for Museum Members and included with admission for all others. Other special activities just for this event day include rail fan fun with SR&RL Model T Inspection…

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