Looking for something fun to do while the kids are out of school? Look no
further—Maine’s museums are offering an array of programs and events
throughout the week and throughout the state!
Take a look at some of the many affordable, accessible events planned for
the week of Presidents' Day (February 16-24) by member organizations of
Maine Archives and Museums (www.mainemuseums.org). Contact locations
individually for more information or to register for programs.
Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor
A full week of vacation-week programs!
All programs are free and open to the public and held at the Abbe Museum, 26
Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. FMI: (207) 288-3519 /
[log in to unmask] or www.abbemuseum.org
Monday, February 18, 10 – 11 a.m.: Join Museum Educator George Neptune in an
activity that teaches participants Passamaquoddy animal names. Participants
will take part in a matching game, after which they can pick their favorite
animal to color.
Tuesday, February 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The Museum will offer a Winter
Tracking Workshop as part of a series of programs accompanying the Abbe’s
new feature exhibit Wabanaki Guides. Led by Passamaquoddy Guide Matthew Dana
II, this workshop will start at the Abbe Museum Downtown and end at the
Acadia National Park Visitor Center. Participants are encouraged to bring a
bag lunch. This program is nearly full, and reservations are required.
Please contact George Neptune to reserve a spot. [log in to unmask] or
Wednesday, February 20: The Abbe will offer two weaving programs. Join
George Neptune from 10 a.m. to noon to weave a Wabanaki-inspired paper star,
or come from 1 to 3 p.m. to weave a bookmark. Both workshops teach skills
that are the first steps towards weaving a basket.
Thursday, February 21, noon to 1:00 p.m: This is the second installation in
the Abbe’s three-part 2013 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Designed to accompany the
Wabanaki Guides exhibit, this adult-oriented program will feature Penobscot
Guide Francis “Kean” Tomer, as he shares his experiences of guiding in the
Moosehead Lake Region during the 1930s and 40s.
Friday, February 22, 10 a.m. to noon: The Abbe will wrap up a week of fun
with a final workshop from Neptune, this time on birchbark baskets. Join
George Neptune as he demonstrates how to fold and stitch your own birchbark-
Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
“Horns, Hooves, Flippers and Fins” Family Day celebration
February 23, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Families can learn all about the amazing Arctic animals featured in the
museum’s current exhibit, Animal Allies, through a variety of fun,
imaginative crafts. Be prepared to bring home some great crafty
masterpieces! Family Day is free and open to the public, and will run from
10:00a.m. until 12:30 p.m.. FMI: [log in to unmask] / 207-725-3416.
Pejepscot Historical Society, Brunswick
Civil War Exhibit, Children’s Activities, & Presentation
Thursday, February 21, 2–4 p.m.
Pejepscot Historical Society’s “Brunswick and the Civil War” exhibit is now
open at 159 Park Row, Brunswick. Wed-Fri 10 am – 4 pm; free admission. On
February 21 from 2–4 p.m., PHS will offer a special program for children: a
discussion of the importance and meaning of maps, at the time of the Civil
War and today, followed by a map-making project. Also February 21 at 7 p.m.,
at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick: TIME film critic Mary Pols and
Bowdoin professor Patrick Rael on “The Civil War and the Movies.” $3
admission. For more information, please call 207.729.6606 or visit
Vaughan Homestead, Hallowell
Show and Tell: Family Game Day
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Join The Vaughan Homestead for an hour of Show & Tell featuring games from
the mid 1800's. Bring your own favorite game to share! Appropriate for ages
5 and up. FREE. The event will take place at the Hubbard Free Library, 115
Second St., Hallowell. FMI, contact Bob Fagan @ 622-6582 or Tracy Weber @
622-9831, or visit www.vaughanhomestead.org.
L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley
Special Presidents' Day Tours
Daily, February 19 to 23 at 1 p.m.
During February vacation week, the L.C. Bates Museum will offer guided tours
of the presidential plaster busts in the museum gallery, followed by a
Presidential Scavenger Hunt and craft or art project. Learn the stories and
accomplishments of the presidents represented in our gallery. Free with
museum admission. The L.C.Bates Museum is located 5 miles north of I 95 exit
133 on Rt. 201 halfway between Skowhegan and Fairfield. FMI: 207-238-4250 /
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Museum L-A, Lewiston
“What Shall I Wear to Work Today?" at Museum L-A
February 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In conjunction with the The Way We Worked traveling exhibition from The
Smithsonian, Museum L-A will present a vacation program for 7-11 year-olds
answering the question: “Why do people wear special clothes to work?”
Participants will tour the exhibit, investigate uniforms and work clothes
from occupations in the Lewiston-Auburn region, and design uniform or
clothing for a job that they can envision in their own future. $8 per child,
pre-registration is required. Museum L-A is located at 35 Canal Street in
the Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston. FMI: 207-333-3881 or [log in to unmask]
Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore
Cabin Fever Reliever: Living History Day at Norlands
Saturday, February 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop by for some old-time fun. Activities provided by interpreters in period
clothing portraying people of the 1800's Norlands' neighborhood. Meet the
schoolmarm in the one-room schoolhouse. Take a tour of the 1867 Washburn
mansion. Participate in old-fashioned chores and games in the farmer's
cottage, such as washing and churning butter, making a journal, and
exploring how to use mystery artifacts. Something delicious will be cooking
on the woodstove. $5 general admission. The Washburn-Norlands Living History
Center is located at 290 Norlands Road in Livermore, Maine. FMI: 207-897-
4366 / [log in to unmask] / www.norlands.org.
Newport Cultural Center, Newport
Family Book Talk with author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen
Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m.
Author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen will be at the Newport Cultural
Center to talk with kids and read from his work. The author of the Mr. Magee
and Mercy Watson series, Van Dusen also wrote and illustrated The Circus
Ship, a fun story based on a real event that took place in the 1800s, when a
circus ship sank in the Atlantic near Boston and the animals were rescued by
the crew and onlookers. FREE. 154 Main Street, Newport. FMI: (207) 368-2193
Cumberland Historical Society/Skyline Farms, North Yarmouth
Evening tour and reception
Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m.
Skyline’s collection of carriages and buggies is a true Maine jewel.
Refreshments will be provided before and after the program by the Cumberland
Historical Society. The program is free and open to the public, but
donations are always gratefully accepted. Our reception room is warm but the
museum is unheated—so dress warmly! Sklyine Farms is located at 95 The Lane
in North Yarmouth. For further information, contact Carolyn Small at 829-
4423, 415-4589, or by email at [log in to unmask]
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Portland
Vacation Week Train Rides
February 16-24, rides on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The MNGRR museum is closed much of the Winter, but we will be open during
Maine’s School Vacation Week in February! Join us for a Winter train ride
along scenic Casco Bay and activities inside the museum. The MNGRR is
located at 58 Fore Street, Portland. For more information call (207)828-0814
or [log in to unmask]
Art-Filled School Vacation Week at Farnsworth, Rockland
For more information or to sign up, please call Kelly Finlay in the
Education Department at 207-596-0949 or visit
www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education. Activities take place at the Gamble
Education Center, located on the corner of Grace and Union Street in
Monday February 18 through Friday, February 22, 9 a.m. to noon.
Children ages 5 to 8 years old are invited to join art instructor Trelawney
O’Brien and other creative kids this winter school break for an Art Camp at
the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center. Some of the activities will
include: making masks, making handmade birdfeeders, building snow
sculptures, dying t-shirts, collaging, sculpting clay, and marbling paper.
We will inspire and learn from each other while also making wonderful art
projects to take home! The School Vacation Week Art Camp is open to 10
students. The cost is $120 members, $150 nonmembers; scholarships are
Altered Map Art Workshop
Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
High school students are invited this February vacation week to create art
that re-interprets and incorporates maps with instructor Alexis Iammarino.
Join us for a weeklong workshop which will combine exercises in mapping,
writing, and visual art to guide participants in creating beautiful altered
maps as a personal expression. Techniques used to alter and/or create maps
will include gouache, watercolor and acrylic paints, and an array of mixed
media collage. The Altered Maps workshop is open to 15 students. The cost is
$85 members, $103 nonmembers.
Photo Workshop for High School Students: Made & Found
Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.
In this weeklong intensive participants will work with found images and
objects in combination with digital pictures we make during the week to
create entirely new images. The newly created images will involve both the
handmade and photo-imagery created via editing software. Digital cameras and
iMacs will be used in the photo lab at the Gamble Education Center .This
workshop will be taught by mentor artist Deanna Witman, and is open to 15
students. The cost is $60 members, $75 for nonmembers.
Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport
Quilt Show and Tell
Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m.
Bring in any old quilts you own to share with other quilt enthusiasts! The
Maine State Quilt Study Group members will provide analysis of the quilt,
including the history of the patterns, fabrics and techniques used.
Participants are invited to share their stories about the quilt. At
Penobscot Marine Museum's Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street,
Searsport. Admission free. Call 207-548-2529 for more information.
Easy Log Cabin Block Workshop (Faith Garrold, teacher)
Saturday, February 23, 9 a.m. - noon
Learn to make a Log Cabin quilt square! Participants need to bring 3 pieces
of cotton fabric in colors they love- fat quarters 18”X 22” work well;
needle, thread and scissors. We will provide the template and pattern for
those who would like to continue and make a larger project. Bring 3 pieces
of cotton fabric. At Penobscot Marine Museum's Stephen Phillips Memorial
Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport. $30 non-members, $25 members. Register
online at http://logcabinblock.eventbrite.com or call 207-548-2529.
Lincoln County Historical Association, Wiscasset
“Anatomy of an Old Chimney” lecture and demonstration by mason and
restoration expert Richard Irons
Sunday, February 24, 2 p.m.
This lecture is part of the Lincoln County Historical Association’s annual
series of talks by local historians and artisans, held in the Communications
(or “911”) Building behind the Lincoln County Court House in Wiscasset.
Suggested donation is $5.00. For more information and for the full schedule
of the lecture series through March, please visit
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