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November 2019

An Energetic History of Maritime Maine: The Role of Energy in Shaping Maritime History

November 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$7.00 - $10.00

Coal, wood, water, wind – humans have a long history of using these resources to heat our homes and fuel our energy needs. Lincoln Paine, an internationally published maritime historian, will share his insights on how Maine’s maritime history was shaped by the growing need for energy, past and present. This event will also be a book signing for Down East: An Illustrated History of Maritime Maine.

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December 2019

Boatshop Workshop: Shaker Box Making

December 4 @ 5:00 pm - December 5 @ 8:00 pm
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One event on December 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$75.00 - $94.00

The Shakers are famous for their simple and elegant designs, and the Shaker oval box is no exception.  Learn boatbuilding techniques such as clinch nailing and steam bending, although no experience, boatbuilding or otherwise, is required. Each participant builds three nesting oval boxes made from cherry and cedar.  All materials are included in the class fee. This class will be offered twice in 2019: August 14 and 15, 5-8 pm, and December 4 and 5, 5-8 pm.

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Mixers & Merriment at the Museum: A Spirited Celebration of Maine Craft Cocktails

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$20.00 - $50.00

Celebrate the season with a toast to Maine’s incredible craft distilleries! Join us for this popular evening of festive fun, and sample specialty cocktails from Maine’s artisan spirit makers. This year's vendors include Hardshore Distilling, Liquid Riot Bottling Co., New England Distilling, Round Turn Distilling, Sebago Lake Distillery, Stone Fort Distilling, Three of Strong Spirits, and mocktails from The Bar Association! Ticket price includes all cocktail samples and tapas from Stone Cove Catering.  Sample all the seasonal spirits and cast your vote for the People's Choice best cocktail of the night.  A festive soundtrack from Performance Entertainment will keep the holiday spirits high! This is a 21+ event. Generously sponsored by:

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Jolly Family Jamboree

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
Free - $14.00

Bring the whole family to celebrate the season with Captain Christmas at our Jolly Family Jamboree! Explore the museum, snap a pic in front of the lobster trap tree, enjoy holiday-themed crafts, activities, live music, and of course, a visit from Santa and his pirate pal Captain Christmas. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will even be here to present their rendition of The Grinch!  The antics of these handmade glove, mouth and rod puppets are sure to bring smiles and laughter to the child in all of us. 45-minute puppet show starts at 10:30am.

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January 2020

A Frozen Kingdom: Commerce & Pleasure in the Maine Winter

January 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MMM Chief Curator, Christopher Timm, will share his insights on organizing our winter exhibit Frozen Kingdom and reveal some of Maine’s most intriguing stories connected to Maine’s notoriously frigid winters. This event is FREE with museum admission.

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Boatshop Workshop: Toboggan-Building Class

January 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - January 23, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$300.00 - $375.00

Bring your friends for our first ever toboggan-building class!  Groups of up to five will build an 8-foot toboggan over two evenings.  Boatbuilding techniques employed in the class include steam bending, riveting and ropework.  The class runs January 22-23 to give participants time to sand and varnish before the US National Toboggan Championships in Camden February 7-9. Be sure to sign up quickly, there are only six spots available!  Class runs for two evenings, January 22 and 23, 2020 from 5-8 pm in the museum's Boatshop.

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Guided Winter Hike with KELT: Tracking Winter Estuary Animals

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
DeWick Farm, 208 Phipps Point Road
Woolwich, ME 04579 United States
$12.50 - $22.00

Even in the dead of winter, the natural world is brimming with activity! All one needs to do is look for the signs animals leave behind. Join Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) and Maine Maritime Museum to discover how to read animal tracks at DeWick Farm in Woolwich on Saturday, January 25 at 10 am. Led by Maine Master Naturalists, participants will learn to interpret clues to tell the story of local wildlife in winter in the Kennebec Estuary. Maine has very few animals that are true hibernators, or animals that spend winter in a dormant state. Many of the creatures thought to be hidden away for the coldest parts of the year are still active to find food, water, and even mates. Naturalists will share the process of tracking and identifying these furry friends by observing their prints. Participants will learn to measure and interpret an animal's print and tracks. DeWick Farm is a KELT easement that was generously donated by the DeWick Family in 2013. A mixture of woodland, open fields, and shoreline on Montsweag Bay, it will serve as an excellent backdrop to explore the lives of Maine mammals in winter. Program material is geared for budding naturalists and is family friendly. Because winter weather can be unpredictable, this event will only be postponed in the case of severe weather. Driving directions to the easement will follow registration. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains ten preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 3,700+ acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit http://www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

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The Discovery of the USS Eagle 56 Shipwreck

January 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

In April 1945, as WWII was coming to an end, the US patrol boat mysteriously exploded in Portland’s harbor. Despite surviving crew members’ adamant claims they were torpedoed by a German U-boat, the US Navy declared the tragedy a result of an accidental boiler explosion. The Navy has since corrected their assessment and the shipwreck has recently been discovered. Ryan King, the lead diver and underwater photographer, will share Eagle 56’s story and how his team uncovered the mystery of her location.

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February 2020

Maine Ships in the Arctic

February 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Arctic regions have long drawn the interest of daring adventures. Several Maine-built ships vessels have journeyed, explored, and worked in these dangerous ice and fog shrouded waters. Join historian and teacher Charles Lagerbom in a look at the history of numerous vessels that were launched in Maine and ventured to Arctic waters – with some not to return. This event is FREE with admission.

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March 2020

The Effect of Climate Change on Maine’s Infamous Winters

March 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

Maine State Climatologist, Sean Birkel, focuses his research on finding ways to effectively model changes in the local climate and artic ice sheets. Sean will translate his data and observations to reveal how and why Maine’s winters are evolving and their effect on Maine’s tourism and industry.

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April 2020

Schooner Bowdoin: From Arctic Explorer to Maritime Teacher

April 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

Eric Jergensen, Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy, shares his knowledge of navigation on board the historic arctic schooner, Bowdoin, with new generation of students. Eric will share Bowdoin’s history in the icy arctic and the vessel’s present role as an educational classroom.

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Suddenly in Command

April 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - April 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$44.00 - $55.00

This is the ideal course for those who enjoy boating but are not often at the helm. Boating problems and emergencies can occur, and you may find yourself suddenly in command. How can you get help? How can you get to shore? What can you do if boating mishaps arise? This course covers some essential boating information about what to do in these situations.Topics include pre-underway planning, developing situational awareness, understanding how boats handle, VHF radio introduction including  how to get help in an emergency, Coast Guard required safety equipment and regulations, and accident assessment and reporting. This course is taught by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. This class meets Monday, April 27, 2020 and Wednesday, April 29, 2020  from 6 - 8 pm. All required materials are included in the course fee.                                                      

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May 2020

Navigating Midcoast Maine

May 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - May 28, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$80.00 - $100.00

Cruising the coastal waters of Maine can be fun, especially when you know how to read a nautical chart so you miss all those rocks and arrive safely at your destination.This course is taught by members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and serves as an introduction to navigation using The Three Rivers Chart (#13293). This way you’ll become familiar with the coastal waters of our local region between Small Point and Pemaquid before ever setting sail. This course gives you the essential tools to make boating more enjoyable. First, you’ll learn the basics about the information found on nautical charts. Second, you’ll learn about navigation aids (they’re on the charts and on the water) so you can use them to cruise safely. Third, you’ll learn how to plan cruises and understand the information found on charts (e.g. buoys, lights, water depth) and to use them while cruising the area. Students will learn terms such as true and magnetic headings, variation, lines of position, chart symbols, piloting, latitude and longitude, dead reckoning, and aids to navigation and be able to use these skills to safely plan and plot a trip.  The Three Rivers chart (#13293) and a copy of a chapter on navigation principles are included. A parallel ruler and dividers are needed and can be purchased separately at our Museum Store. This class meets on Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting on May 19 through May 28, 2020 from 6-8 pm.                                                         

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