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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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Tireless Entrepreneurs

July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection.   Outboard motor manufacturer Robert McCulloch moved London Bridge to Arizona Creating a city in the desert, moving London Bridge to Arizona, and competing in business against his in-laws are just some of the unusual activities of outboard motor manufacturer Robert McCulloch. McCulloch inherited a fortune and married a fortune, but he was a tireless entrepreneur who founded McCulloch Engineering Company, McCulloch Aviation which became McCulloch Motors, McCulloch Oil Corporation, and four…

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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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Invention of the 4-cycle Outboard Motor

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. Crosley started his own radio station, employing singers including Doris Day The story of the invention of the 4-cycle outboard motor begins in 1907 and involves five companies located across America: Crosley, Aerojet, Fageol, Homelite, and Fischer Pierce, who built everything from trucks to radios.  These companies were founded by driven, inventive entrepreneurs, and each contributed a technological advance to the development of the 4-cycle outboard. One of the most prominent…

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Outboard Motors and Industrial Espionage

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. 1928 Chris Craft Cadet In 1954 a tiny outboard motor company sued Chris Craft, the largest builder of mahogany boats in the world, for industrial espionage.  They settled their suit, and took their revenge.  This tale of industrial espionage began in 1874, when Chris Smith at the age of 13 starting building skiffs in Michigan.  In 1910 he founded a boatbuilding company which grew into the largest builder of mahogany boats…

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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 Harbor and to scenic Ocean…

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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 (dogs & kids welcome!) 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…

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CANCELLED Class: Carving Soapstone

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Taught by sculptor Anne Alexander Learn how to carve soapstone using rasps, files and chisels to create a relief sculpture that can be used as a bedwarmer.  The pieces will be finished using wet sanding paper in various grits to achieve a soft sheen to the stone. Carve an animal, a shell, a flower, an abstract form, or whatever you envision.  Examples will be available for inspiration.  Soapstone bedwarmers have been used for hundreds of years, and are still warming…

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WWII Radioplane Drone Aircraft

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. The story of drones begins in 1934 with Reginald Denny, an English film star who became an RAF pilot during World War I The drones that we hear about in the news today, with uses ranging from military to fire-fighting to wildlife vaccine delivery, didn’t start out as offensive weapons of war.  The fascinating story of drones includes Ronald Reagan and Marilyn Monroe and begins in 1934 with Reginald Denny, an…

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Blacksmithing Class

July 20

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. NOTE:…

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