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August 2016

Remembering Cabot Lyford, Maine Master

August 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Maine Stone Working Weekend kicks-off with a program on Sculptor Cabot Lyford. Lyford was highly regarded by peers and critics alike as one of the finest stone carvers in New England. Using native stone, sometimes found in local stone walls or on the shoreline as well as established quarries, he produced hundreds of pieces, many monumental, which appear in both private collections and public places throughout the country. He created dynamic, sensuous, sometimes whimsical figures using rudimentary tools and "reading"…

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Maine Stone Working Weekend

August 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am - August 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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. The Boothbay Railway Village is honored to be partnered with the Maine…

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Art and Architecture of Stone

August 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Courtesy Knickerbocker Group Join us for the closing conversation of Maine Stone Working Weekend with artisans, designers and contractors about the art and architecture of stone. Using photographs and artistic renderings as a guide, “Art and Architecture of Stone” will be an open discussion between Rick Nelson, a Maine licensed architect, Arek Galle, a landscape architect, and Dan Ucci, a stone mason/artist.  Rick, Arek and Dan often collaborate on Knickerbocker Group projects that entail incorporating stone…

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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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April 2017

Tartan Day Celebration

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

In collaboration with Saint Andrews Society of Maine. 5.5 % of Maine residents are of Scottish descent, the highest percentage of any state in the union.  Scots began coming to Maine with the first waves of European immigration, many of them settling in the mid-coast area. Boothbay Railway Village and Saint Andrews Society of Maine invite the public to join them in celebrating Tartan Day on Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Musicians will play and sing…

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Volunteer Work Days

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kevin Bowler and Sarah Strouss shopped, designed, planted and cared for our flower boxes and planters all season long during 2016. Two work days are scheduled to help get the Museum ready for Opening Day on May 27. The first work day will be on Saturday, April 29. Participants can assist with either cleaning and stocking the Museum Store or they can pitch in with work around the grounds like racking leaves, picking up sticks,…

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