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February 2021

Wardrobe Wonderment: A Glimpse at Apparel and Adornment

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$3.00 - $100.00

Raid the closet with Maine Maritime Museum's Collections Manager, Kelly Page, for a head-to-toe exploration of occupational garments, imported dress, and some items of surprising composition. See how materials, origins, and purposes reflected in MMM's textile and personal accessory collections weave threads in a number of historical narratives including material culture, technology, fashion, and globalization.   Members $3; nonmembers $5 This is a Zoom event.  

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Estuary Habitats at Maine Maritime Museum

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$4.00 - $100.00

Located just downriver from the nearly 20,000-square-mile watershed of Merrymeeting Bay, Maine Maritime Museum's 20-acre campus is home to an array of animal species and their habitats. In this 90-minute program families will explore the gardens, fields, and riverbanks that comprise MMM's campus, identifying tracks, studying habitats and learning the importance of protecting Maine's diverse ecology. In this program, families will create and share their own species of animal in a fun, active and educational game. All ages are welcome--content level is appropriate for ages 3+. This program will be hosted outside on museum grounds. Please wear appropriate winter gear. Masks are required for everyone 5 years and older and strongly encouraged for those 2-4. Space is limited to 16 participants. Preregistration is advised to guarantee availability.   STEAMbox Family Workshops are designed to integrate STEM and creative arts skills into a cohesive and hands-on learning experience.

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Toboggan Building Class

February 24 @ 5:00 pm - March 3 @ 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$300.00 - $375.00

This winter, join us in the Boatshop to build your own classic wooden toboggan! This class is open to groups of up to three people to allow plenty of open space for all; only three spots are available. Groups will build an 8-foot toboggan over two evenings using boatbulding techniques like steam-bending, riveting and ropework. No experience is required. Class runs for two Wednesday evenings, February 24 and March 3, from 5-8 pm in the museum's Boatshop.

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Touchstones by the Sea: A Writing Workshop

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$32.00 - $40.00

Share an afternoon with award-winning author Irene M. Drago, as she unravels her creative writing process and reveals how she finds inspiration from Maine's maritime history. You will learn tips on how to weave fact and fiction into the written word. This workshop will feature a break-out brainstorm session where Maine Maritime Museum paintings, such as Charles Robert Patterson's Report Me All Well, will serve as visual prompts to spark participants' own creative writing responses. Afterward, Ms. Drago will lead a discussion of participants' creative struggles and victories and provide feedback to keep the creativity flowing. Aspiring writers and the simply curious alike will enjoy this opportunity to exercise their creative minds. Irene M. Drago grew up in a Navy family. Before moving to Maine, she worked for the Defense Department as a Russian analyst, earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature, and taught at the high school and college level. When she fell under the spell of a historic home in Bath, she convinced her husband to follow her to the coast of Maine, where she was inspired to write Daughters of Long Reach and its sequel, The Maine Point. Ms. Drago is the recipient of a Next Generation Indie Book Award and a Spirit of Bath Award. This is an online workshop via Zoom. Both of Ms. Drago's books are available in Maine Maritime Museum's store and through our online store. Members $32; nonmembers $40

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March 2021

Sailor Souvenirs: Tides of Cultural Exchange

March 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$3.00 - $100.00

Sarah Timm, Manager of Interpretation at Maine Maritime Museum, will discuss objects from MMM's collection that were collected by 19th century Maine captains and crews during their stops in ports around the world during a period of rapid globalized trade. The souvenirs Maine sailors chose to bring home often tell us more about an American worldview than the cultures they are intended to represent. Explore themes of authenticity, cultural appropriation, and the effects of cultural exchange by tracing how these souvenirs transformed in meaning and function once they arrived to American shores.   Members $3; nonmembers $5 This is a Zoom event.

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Empty Hand, Empty Brush: A Calligraphy Workshop

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free - $100.00

Join artist Kichung Lizee for a workshop demonstrating how East-West calligraphy is a type of meditation and also a discipline in centering–starting from the correct postural alignment of the spine, to preparing calligraphic ink, holding the brush correctly as an extension of the arm, and executing brush strokes in oneness. Learn how to sense your internal energy through Qi-Gong and Tai Chi exercises and apply this awareness to free-flowing calligraphic art, in addition to demonstrating traditional Eastern calligraphic paintings. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to integrate mindfulness and creative expression. Experienced artists and beginners welcome! This workshop will be hosted online via Zoom. For those who wish to do brush work during the workshop, rice paper, brushes, ink stone and sticks are available for an additional modest fee. For materials, please contact the artist at kichunglizee9@gmail.com

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Build Your Own Mini Sea Chest

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$4.00 - $100.00

Ships are cramped spaces and sailors had little room to store their personal things, usually no bigger than a suitcase. This hands-on learning workshop will sharpen your family's math and creative skills. Together, families will learn about what sailors took on their long journeys and how they personalized their chests to reflect their adventures. Then families will work together to construct and decorate their own min sea chests. All ages are welcome--content level is appropriate for ages 5+. Space is limited to 16 participants. Preregistration is advised to guarantee availability. Masks are required for everyone 5 years and older, and strongly encouraged for those aged 2-4. Tickets include museum admission. STEAMbox Family Workshops are designed to integrate STEM and creative arts skills into a cohesive and hands-on learning experience.

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April 2021

Making Sail: Canvas Ditty Bags

April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$10.00 - $100.00

Made primarily of sailcloth, a sailor's ditty bag was crafted using all the techniques essential to the art of Sailmaking. Join Mike Bartles, co-owner of M&H Bartles, Sailmakers, to explore the fundamental hand-work that once drove the world's commerce across the globe as you create your very own canvas ditty bag. Learn how to stich, sew and splice with an experienced sailmaker, catching a glimpse of the trade as it was practiced throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Mike Bartles learned the fundamentals of sailmaking during his time at Mystic Seaport Museum and went on to lead the maintenance of the museum's sails. In 2013, Mike joined the crew of Nathaniel Wilson's sail loft where he had the opportunity to work on a suit of sails for the Charles W. Morgan restoration. Mike opened his own sail loft, M&H Bartles, Sailmaking, in 2018 in Boothbay Harbor. Workshop will be held in Maine Maritime Museum's Boatshop. Capacity is limited to 12 participants. Masks are required.

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Creative Writing with Ship Logs and Sea Journals

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$4.00 - $100.00

From shipwrecks and piracy to foreign ports and the wide open sea, the experiences of those who lived aboard sailing vessels have inspired some of the best fiction in American history. In this two-hour workshop we will look closely at a selection of ship logs and sailors' journals from Maine Maritime Museum's collection, using our imaginations to give these first-hand accounts new life. Coupled with the backdrop of the historic shipyard and the remnants of the clipper ship, Snow Squall, these journals will inspire children and adults alike to create a piece of writing based on maritime journeys long ago. Participants will have the opportunity to share their writing with the group in a positive workshop setting. All ages are welcome--content level is appropriate for ages 5+. Space is limited to 16 participants. Preregistration is advised to guarantee availability. Masks are required for everyone 5 years and older, and strongly encouraged for ages 2-4. Tickets include museum admission.   STEAMbox Family Workshops are designed to integrate STEM and creative arts skills into a cohesive and hands-on learning experience.

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May 2021

Line and Ink: Engraving Demonstration

May 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free - $100.00

Join Bath artist and printmaker Siri Beckman as she demonstrates the tools and techniques of her creative process creating wood engravings and woodcut prints. Inspired by the scrimshaw carvings created by Maine sailors, this workshop will walk you through the steps of using line and ink to create dynamic prints inspired by the Maine landscape. Siri Beckman is an accomplished artist whose work is featured in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum. She has completed artist residencies at Acadia National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Mesa Verde National Park, among others. Her work takes inspiration from Maine life and Southwest imagery. This workshop will be hosted online via Zoom.

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