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February 2019

Caribbean Connections: Bixby Chocolate Factory Tour & Tasting

February 15, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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May 2019

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Schooner Bowdoin and Ernestina-Morrissey

May 31, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, 120 Commercial Street
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 United States

Built in 1894 the Ernestina-Morrissey is a National Historic Landmark Vessel and the Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Built in 1921, the schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy.  Both vessels are currently undergoing restoration work at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard; join us to tour the vessels and the yard. Participants will meet at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.

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January 2020

Guided Winter Hike with KELT: Tracking Winter Estuary Animals

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

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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