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Suddenly in Command

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

  Suddenly in Command! What would you do if you found yourself suddenly in command when the skipper is incapacitated? 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 22, 2019 and Wednesday, April 24, 2019  from 6 - 8pm. All required materials are included in the course fee.                                                      

Navigating Midcoast Maine

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Navigating Mid-Coast Maine  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 21 through May 30, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.                                                         

POSTPONED: Suddenly in Command

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.                                                      

Folk Art Rug Hooking

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Like all old-fashioned crafts, rug hooking is low-tech, simple and lots of fun. Learn the sequence and procedure of rug hooking, from start to finish. Every step will be demonstrated and no previous skill is required. Rug Cooker Janet Connor will discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking,finding and preparing materials, and research Students will choose from a variety of simple folk art designed rug hooking kits, for a small mat or chair pad, purchased directly from the instructor. Each rug hooking kit will include everything needed: hook, instructions, design suggestions, binding burlap, hoop and a selection of heirloom and hand-dyed wools. If you have a favorite pair of sharp fabric scissors, please bring these to class. There is an additional materials fee ranging from $41-$60, depending on the kit chosen. Fee is to be paid directly to instructor on the day of the workshop. Janet Connor is an avid rug hooker who has been pulling loops since 1979. Graduating from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, she spent 30 years teaching Elementary Art in southern Maine. She now teaches rug hooking throughout the East Coast and Canada with a specific focus on art history, linking both folk and fine art. Connor also restores historic hooked rugs and has co-authored the defining history and catalogue of Hutchinson hooked rugs. This workshop is part of the Donnell Family Forum, a series of exhibits, workshops, and lectures inspired by the lives of the Donnells, a 19th century family whose home is now a part of Maine Maritime Museum.

Making Sail: Canvas Ditty Bags

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.

Empty Hand, Empty Brush: A Calligraphy Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Countless mariners sailed on Bath-built ships around the world including trips through Asia. They returned with items of cultural significance to display in their homes, to give as gifts and to commemorate their adventures, thus introducing Eastern art forms such as traditional calligraphy in the west. We will explore how this has continued to evolve and merge with contemporary art concepts into exciting and dynamic new forms. This workshop will demonstrate 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, besides demonstrating traditional Eastern calligraphic paintings. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to integrate mindfulness and creative expression. Experienced artists and beginners welcome! 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. This is an in-person event in Maine Maritime Museum's Long Reach Hall.  

Touchstones by the Sea: A Writing Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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. Both of Ms. Drago's books are available in Maine Maritime Museum's store and through our online store.

Woodblock Printing Demonstration

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Local artist, Charles Norris, will demonstrate his approach to creating woodblock prints with traditional tools and materials. He will show the process of preparing blocks for carving, demonstrate carving, inking, and pressing techniques.

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