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November 2018

Boatshop Workshop: Shaker Box Making

November 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - November 29, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

The Shakers are famous for their simple and elegant designs, and the Shaker oval box is no exception.  Copper nails dress up the swallowtail joints that hold the boxes together.  Boatbuilding teechniques such as clinch nailing and steam bending are employed, although no woodworking experience is necessary. Each participant builds three nesting oval boxes made from cherry and cedar.  All materials are included in the class fee. This class meets on July 18  and 19, 2018 from 5-8pm and on November 28 and 29, 2018 from 5-8pm.

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December 2018

Jolly Family Jamboree

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
Free

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

December 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

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. Ticket price includes samplings of unique elixirs featuring Maine ingredients and guests will vote to crown the People’s Choice best cocktail of the night.  Festive music and dancing will help keep holiday spirits high! This is a 21+ event.

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MMM Celebrates Bright Night Bath

December 14, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Wrap up your last-minute shopping at the museum store! We'll offer 10% off on your purchase (20% for members). Enjoy refreshments while you shop, and we'll wrap your gifts for FREE!

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January 2019

Lecture: Navigating Change in Cuba: Studying Maritime Tourism Onboard a Tall Ship and a Cruise Ship

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

In 2017, Dr Tracy Michaud led a group of students from the University of Southern Maine to Cuba to explore the fundamental transformations that occurred during the restoration of US-Cuban diplomatic relations. Dr Michaud will share how students were able to explore this historic change from the unique perspective of maritime tourism development aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage.

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Sailor Valentines and Caribbean Travel Trinkets

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Looking for inspiration for that perfect Valentine’s gift? Early mariners knew where to go – Barbados! This Caribbean island monopolized the production of seashell trinkets to profit from sailors looking for something to take home to their sweethearts. Join Manager of Interpretation Sarah Timm for a family-friendly exploration of these unique objects, and create your own Sailor's Valentine to take home! All materials provided. FREE with admission This event is part of our winter programming series On Deck.

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February 2019

A Look at Maine and the Caribbean through Contemporary Art

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jaime DeSimone, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art, will lead an engaging in-gallery discussion at Maine Maritime Museum on race, identity, post-colonialism, and cultural boundaries in the Caribbean as an epilogue and response to our current exhibit, The Tropics Next Door: A Look at Maine and the Caribbean. Jaime’s work on the PMA’s new exhibit, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago will bring new insights on American-Caribbean relations as expressed through Contemporary Caribbean artists. FREE with admission This event is part of our winter programming series On Deck.

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Caribbean Connections: Bixby Chocolate Factory Tour & Tasting

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bixby & Co, One Sea Street Pl
Rockland, Maine 04841 United States

Discover Maine's connection to the Caribbean chocolate trade with an exclusive behind-the-scenes Bixby & Co. chocolate factory tour, tasting and panel discussion featuring Bixby & Co. and Maine Maritime Museum staff. Bixby & Co.'s factory, located in a 125-year-old ice plant in one of Rockland's working marinas, is the first bean-to-bar chocolate confectionary in the state of Maine. After the tour, sample some of the state's best chocolate as you learn more about Bixby & Co.'s fair-trade connections to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Advance registration is required.  Participants will meet in Rockland; transportation is not provided.

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March 2019

Caribbean Connections: Sebago Lake Distillery Tour and Tasting

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sebago Lake Distillery, 463 Water Street
Gardiner, ME 04345 United States

Rum. The production, sale, and transport of this liquor had a profound impact on Maine’s maritime trade and culture. Join Maine Maritime Museum and Master Distiller Dan Davis on a tour of Sebago Lake Distillery and learn more about rum’s controversial place in American history and the science behind turning molasses into high-quality rum. Better yet – sip while you listen. Participants will be treated to a private tasting of the distillery’s small batch rums. 21+ event. Advance registration is required. Participants will meet in Gardiner; transportation is not provided.

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The USS Maine and American Propaganda

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The explosion and sinking of the USS Maine off the coast of Cuba on February 15, 1898, set off a media storm of battling headlines and fake stories in American newspapers. Join Curator of Exhibits Christopher Timm to flip through the pages and images that culminated in a dramatic shift in U.S. and Caribbean relations. FREE with admission. This event is part of our winter programming series On Deck.

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April 2019

Volunteer Recruitment Party

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Join our corps of museum volunteers! There are a variety of positions open for the 2019 season, including Mary E docents, gallery docents, and Percy & Small Shipyard tour guides. Join us in Long Reach Hall to meet our volunteers and learn about available opportunities.

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46th Annual Albert Reed & Thelma Walker Maritime Symposium: Changing Environments

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

Registration for Symposium is now closed. Contact Guest Services at (207) 443-1316 x331 with questions. Mariners and those who depend on the sea cause and respond to cultural, economic, and ecological changes. This symposium takes an interdisciplinary look at the issue of changing environments through a variety of lenses. These lenses include changing visual and cultural interpretations of the sea, Maine’s changing roles in international trade, the changing role of literary figures in marine conservation, and the ways that climate change impacts fisheries. Advance registration is required, tickets will not be available at the door. An optional boxed lunch can be ordered during registration; attendees are also free to go off-site to enjoy Bath’s restaurants for lunch. Boxed lunches must be ordered in advance. Schedule: 9:00-9:30 AM        Check-in and Coffee Reception 9:30 AM                Opening Remarks 10:00 AM              The “Liquid, Mystic Theme” in American Art: Shifting Perceptions of the Sea Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art History, City University of New York 10:50-11:00 AM    Break 11:00 AM              From Guangzhou to Augusta: The Influence of the Delano Family of Maine on the Changing Environment of the Early-U.S. Sino Trade Thomas H. Cox, Associate Professor of History, Sam Houston State University 12:00-1:30 PM       Lunch 1:30  PM               Creating a Hurricane? The Double Life of Marcus Mote’s Shipwreck at Sea, 1883                               Julia Stephens May, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia 2:20 PM                 Fish Tale: A Hemingway Marlin in Maine                               Susan F. Beegel, Former Editor of The Hemingway Review 3:10–3:20 PM       Break 3:20 PM                 The Future of Fishing in a Rapidly Warming Gulf of Maine Marissa McMahan, Senior Fisheries Scientist, Manomet Anne Hayden, Program Manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet 4:10 PM                 Closing Remarks 4:30–6:00  PM       Reception

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