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July 2017

Caille and Martin

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. Caille outboard motor advertisement The development of the outboard motor revolutionized water transportation.  Outboard motors were easy to store out of the water, easy to maintain, and easy to use, making them the motor of choice for professional fishermen, sportsmen, and recreational boaters.  Around 1906, the first outboard motor using gasoline was designed by a Yale law student from Detroit named Cameron Waterman.  Waterman asked the Caille Brothers, manufacturers of slot-machines,…

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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 quarrying 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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EXHIBIT Built with Stone: The Story of Granite, Slate, and Limestone in Maine

August 1 - August 31

A black and white photograph showing men in a narrow shaft of rock at the Maine Slate Company of Monson some time after the opening of the quarry in 1903. University of Maine, Fogler Library This exhibit is part of the month-long Maine Coast Stone Symposium hosted by Boothbay Railway Village during the month of August.  Maine stone is part of our cultural heritage.  As America expanded across the continent in the late 1800s and early 1900s, one third of…

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Portrait of a Granite Schooner Captain

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Capt. Anderson In 1880 Anders Anderson left his family farm in Sweden at the age of sixteen.  He sailed around the world for six years, and in 1886 settled in Stonington, Maine to work in the granite quarries on Crotch Island.  Eventually he returned to the sea and became a schooner captain, brought his brother and three sisters to America, married a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, and raised six children in Rockland, Maine.  Capt. Anderson sailed mostly three-masted schooners along…

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Blacksmithing Class

August 8

Learn the basics of blacksmithing at the Boothbay Railway Village forge with Jim Kearney. Jim Kearney has been blacksmithing since 1976.  He has studied smithing in Ireland and Germany.   Jim has forged everything from rigging hardware for sailing vessels to fine architectural hardware.  His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and in galleries across the country. Register for the morning class, 9 am to noon, or the afternoon class, 1 pm to 4 pm. Fee:…

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A Brief History of a Billion Years of Earth Time as Recorded in Maine’s Rocks and Minerals

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Why is Maine so beautiful?  How was our spectacular coast formed?  Our lovely mountains, lakes and rivers, and famous fjord? From continental collisions that thrust up the high Appalachian Mountains, through rifting of the supercontinent Pangea to form the present-day Atlantic, to the final sculpting of continental glaciers, State Geologist Robert Marvinney will explain the exciting major geologic events that shaped the landscape of Maine in his talk, "A Brief History of a Billion Years of Earth Time as Recorded…

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Tour Dragon Cement Plant in Thomaston

August 21

Dragon Products is the last Thomaston operation to quarry limestone and the only remaining large cement production facility in New England. They quarry about 700,000 tons of limestone per year. The famous “Lime Coast” runs from Thomaston to Lincolnville, Maine and is an important part of local history.  In 1836 Thomaston was the biggest producer of lime in the United States.  By 1890 over 3,000 men worked directly or indirectly in the lime trade and over 200 schooners were involved…

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Symposium Gala Celebration for the Artists

August 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us on the final night of the artists' residencies to celebrate their work. Guest will be among the first to see the completed works and have the opportunity to visit with the artists in person.  This elegant evening will be catered by Stone Cove Catering and features cocktails made with Split Rock Distillery rum and vodka, Boothbay Craft Brewery beers, and an oyster bar featuring Glidden Point Oysters. Live music. The winners of the Don Justin Meserve sculpture raffle…

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Let’s Make a Nail Keg!

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ed Lutjens of Portland Barrel Company Barrel-making is in great demand today in Maine.  In this hands-on workshop and demonstration of the coopering process students will create their own nail keg, small wooden barrel, using traditional tools.  Students will learn basic coopering skills and process as well as the rich and ancient history of barrel making.  Teacher Ed Lutjens is the founder of Portland Barrel Company, and makes new barrels from locally sourced white oak, for the aging of spirits.…

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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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