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August 2017

Art and Architecture of Stone

August 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Courtesy Knickerbocker Group Join us for a conversation 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 design elements, or adapting to existing stone conditions, into the…

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Let’s Make a Nail Keg! CLASS SOLD OUT

August 29, 2017 @ 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

Vintage Toy & Model Train Show

September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

(Please note: two of our vendors have cancelled. There will be some early model trains on display but there are no retailers participating. We don't want anyone to be disappointed!) 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…

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Blacksmithing Class – SOLD OUT

September 12, 2017

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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Rails of War: Supplying the Americans and Their Allies in China-Burma-India, Illustrated Talk

September 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Author Steven James Hantzis will give an illustrated talk about the harrowing circumstances faced by the brave GI railroaders in India during World War II.  In a theater of war long forgotten and barely even known at the time, the author’s father, James Harry Hantzis, and his fellow soldiers labored at a thankless task under oppressive conditions. Nonetheless without the men of the 721st Railway Operating Battalion the Allied forces would have been defeated in the China-Burma-India conflict in World…

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Vintage Lincolns Visit

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Two antique Lincoln clubs, the Road Race Lincoln Register (RRLR) which recognizes primarily the early 1950’s Lincolns which dominated the Pan-American endurance races during that era, and the New England Region of the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club (LCOC) will be making a tour stop at the Museum on Saturday, September 23. An interesting array of antique & vintage Lincolns including some Zephyrs and early Continentals will be parked on the Museum’s Village Green from 10 am -  2 pm…

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October 2017

How We Traveled From Boston to Boothbay, 1850 to 1950

October 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Maine Central Ferry Hercules moving passenger train coaches across the Kennebec between Bath and Woolwich between 1892 and 1910 What was it like to travel long distances by sail or steam in the 1850s?  How did the experience of traveling change with the advent of the automobile but before roads were widely paved?  When were the bridges built which made the journey up the coast easier by car?  First came paddle wheel steamboats, then the railroad which competed with the…

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December 2017

New Year’s Ride

December 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Photo credit: Mainely Maine Photography/Steve Yenco We've been overwhelmed by the response to both the North Pole Express and new Candlelight & Cocktails on Rails events. Even after adding a fifth day and later than planned departure times the events still sold out well in advance and the phone calls keep coming.  The Museum’s staff and volunteers have come up with an opportunity for one more chance to celebrate the holiday season in vintage style. On Saturday, December 30 starting…

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March 2018

Illustrated Talk: The Art and Mystery of Blacksmithing

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jim Kearney is Boothbay Railway Village’s resident blacksmith and delights visitors with his wonderful stories and an extensive knowledge gained in over thirty years of blacksmithing. The smelting of iron ore and the craft of blacksmithing have been enormously important to human cultures world-wide for over 3,000 years.  Blacksmiths were so essential to ancient peoples that blacksmith gods appear in Greek, Roman, and numerous other mythologies from Africa to Ireland.  For thousands of years until the Industrial Revolution, blacksmiths made…

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April 2018

Tartan Day

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Boothbay Railway Village and the Saint Andrews Society of Maine invite the public to join them in celebrating Tartan Day on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Brunswick Scottish Country Dancers will demonstrate Scottish dance and invite the public to join in, harps and bagpipes will be played, and Scottish textile arts will be demonstrated. Schedule 10:00-10:15    Harps 10:15-10:45    Dancing 10:30-11:00    Spinning Demonstration 11:00-11:30    Waulking song and waulking the wool 11:30-12:00    Small pipes and harps…

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