Maine Maritime Museums and Aquariums

Continuing with our series on the maritime history of New England finds us in the State of Maine. It should come as no surprise that the New England state with the longest coastline is home to many wonderful museums chronicling maritime history, including the following:

Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME – Learn about the maritime heritage of the Kennebunks at the Brick Store Museum.

Maine Lighthouse Museum at the Maine Discovery Center, Rockland, ME – At the Maine Lighthouse Museum you will find a large collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses, as well as an extensive collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia.

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME – Learn about the maritime heritage of Maine through exhibits and artifacts at the Maine Maritime Museum. The museum also offers lighthouse and nature cruises as well as Bath Iron Works trolly tours.

Maine State Aquarium,  West Boothbay Harbor, ME – You will find a variety of aquatic exhibits at the Maine State Aquarium.

Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum, Port Clyde, ME – Learn a little bit about the local history of mid-coast Maine at the Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum.

Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center, Brunswick, ME – The collection at the Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center at Bowdoin College is built around material donated by arctic explorer and researcher Donald B. MacMillan.

Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, ME – The Penobscot Marine Museum celebrates the “maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay region and beyond”.

Portland Head Light, Museum, & Gift Shop, Portland, ME – You will find the Portland Head Light, Museum, & Gift Shop in Fort Williams Park. The museum is open from Memorial Day to the Friday following Columbus Day.

Winslow Homer Studio, Portland, ME – Run by the Portland Museum of Art, the Winslow Homer Studio is where the great American artist known for his paintings of marine subjects lived and painted. The studio is open from early April through mid-November.

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Picture credits: The picture of the Maine Maritime Museum waterfront is by the Maine Maritime Museum and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


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Great Outdoor Fun with Maine Huts and Trails

Looking to bring this summer home with some great outdoor activities. Well Maine Huts and Trails has some great ideas for those who live to be outdoors:

  • Bike with a Guide: How about biking with an experienced mountain biking guide? Get to know the trails of the Carrabassett Valley with an experienced mountain biker. The bike with a guide tour is free to guests staying at Poplar or Stratton Brook Hut and is offered every Thursday in August.
  • Guided Dead River Paddle Trip: Head out with a Main Registered Guide for a 2-night, 3-day trip paddling down the Dead River to Grand Falls Hut. This Guided Dead River Paddle Trip is offered on August 17-19 and September 28-30, 2014.
  • Guided Flagstaff Paddle Trip: Another adventurous paddle with a Main Registered Guide - in the Guided Flagstaff Paddle Trip you get to paddle on Flagstaff Lake, spend two nights at Flagstaff Hut, and one overnight camping on the lake. Dates for this trip are August 12-15 or September 22-25, 2014
  • Hike & Paddle at Stratton Brook Hut: Starting at Stratton Brook Hut you hike to Stratton Brook Pond with a guide and then go for a relaxing paddle. This day trip is available Sunday through Thursday in August and into the Fall. You may want to think about it when foliage season comes around…

There is still plenty of wonderful summer and fall weather left so get out into the great outdoors with Maine Huts and Trails!

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2014 Portland Chamber Music Festival

Picture of Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Harpist Bridget Kibbey

August 14, 2014 marks the beginning of the 21st season for the Portland Chamber Music Festival (PCMF). The PCMF is held at the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus of the University of Southern Maine. The festival has a well earned reputation for presenting outstanding performers and imaginative programming. This year’s concert schedule includes:

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8 PM: Opening Night presenting Stravinsky, Meltzer, and Tchaikovsky.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8 PM: Harpist Bridget Kibbey and Friends
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8 PM: Honoring the Legacy of Cellist Marc Johnson
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8 PM: Season Finale with Host Suzanne Nance presenting works of Vivaldi, Josh Newton, and Brahms

The Portland Chamber Music Festival will also present its annual free Children’s Concert on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at noon.

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Soulfest 2014 in Gilford, NH

Christian music fans take note. Soulfest will take up residence at Gunstock in Gilford, NH on August 7 through 9, 2014. Billed as New England’s premier Christian Music Festival, Soulfest will feature artists on five different stages including:

  • Toby Mac
  • Switchfoot
  • Third Day
  • Kari Jobe
  • Natalie Grant
  • Mandisa
  • Britt Nocole
  • Crowder
  • Thousand Foot Crutch
  • . . . and many more . . .

Soulfest will also feature speakers and workshops. All told there are more than 125 artists and speakers at Soulfest.

Looking for a place to stay for Soulfest. For the festival Gunstock expands their camping availability. You may also want to check out these Hotel options in Gilford.

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Happy Birthday Cape Cod Canal

On January 29, 1914, one day after the start of World War I, the Cape Cod Canal opened for business. Today is the 100th anniversary of that grand opening. To learn more about the Cap Cod Canal’s history here. Or check out this centennial celebration video.


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Visit Some Great Old Ships In Massachusetts

Continuing our series on the nautical history of New England, we stop off in the Bay State, Massachusetts, to visit some great old ships. Massachusetts is home to many wonderful historical vessels that any nautical fan will want to take some time exploring.

  • Battleship Cove – You can find the battleship USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the World War II submarine USS Lionfish, and the East German missile corvette Hiddensee at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. A great place to see a lot of great ships!
  • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum – The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum can be found on Congress Street in Boston, MA. Visit and learn about this pivotal event in the birth of the United States.
  • The Salem East Indiaman Friendship – The Friendship is a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman. It makes its home as part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, MA.
  • Mayflower II – The replica of the Pilgrim’s ship Mayflower II makes its home in Plymouth Harbor as part of Plimoth Plantation.
  • Schooner Ernestina – The Schooner Ernestina is an 1894 fishing schooner based in New Bedford, MA.
  • USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young – Both the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young may be found at the Charlestown Navy Yard
  • USS Salem – The USS Salem is the only preserved U.S. Navy heavy cruiser. You can find it in Quincy, MA. Unfortunately, due to MBTA repairs, it is not currently open to visitors, but keep checking their website to see when it will reopen.

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“Hamlet”: A Dustbowl Tragedy by the Harborside Shakespeare Company

Who would think to set Hamlet in the Depression? The Harborside Shakespeare Company (HSC) – that’s who. Known for atypical settings for Shakespeare’s plays, the Harborside Shakespeare Company is setting their production of Hamlet in a 1930s dustbowl. Taking it another interesting step is the soundtrack that features the music of Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant, Patti Smith, and others.

HSC will perform Hamlet throughout Maine’s Hancock County with the following performance schedule:

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Boston Seafood Festival This Weekend at the Boston Fish Pier

Quick, list ten iconic things about Boston. I’ll bet great seafood was one of them…

Well if you are in the Boston area and love seafood this is the weekend for you. Sunday marks the third annual Boston Seafood Festival on the Boston Fish Pier (the oldest working fish pier in the U.S. – celebrating its 100th anniversary this year).

This year’s Seafood Festival will feature:

  • The battle of the shuckers
  • Blessing of the fleet
  • Chef demos
  • Craft vendors
  • Educational events
  • A Fish cutting contest
  • Food vendors
  • A lobster bake tent
  • Seafood tastings

The Boston Seafood Festival will run Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 11 AM to 6 PM on the Boston Fish Pier at Northern Avenue.

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Food Truck Fans Unite in Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont

Those who are regular readers know that we are fans of food trucks – the modern, creative, incarnation that is… Well if you too enjoy a great meal served out of a four wheel vehicle you will want to take note of the ArtsRiot Truckstop events in Vermont.

ArtsRiot Truck Stop
ArtsRiot Truck Stop takes place every Friday (rain or shine) in Burlington, VT. The event includes food (of course), as well as entertainment, and great drink at the main truck stop bar and inside at ArtsRiot’s main bar. Upcoming dates for ArtsRiot Truck Stop include:

  • July 25, 2014
  • August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2014
  • September 12, 19, & 26, 2014
  • October 10, 2014

ArtsRiot Truck Stop – Montpelier

Same idea, different locale – this time in Montpelier. ArtsRiot brings the Truck Stop to Montpelier on Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Mark your calendars and plan on some good food and great fun!

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Peabody Essex Museum’s New Installation Features Native American Art

Picture of Native American Art

Heiltsuk (Bella Bella), Mask, c. 1845. Central coast, British Columbia.

Drawing from their Native American art collection, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is presenting a new installation – Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit celebrates the rich artistic history of Native American artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast. The installation includes:

  • Examples of works on paper
  • Wood carvings
  • Textiles
  • films
  • Music
  • Jewelry

You can see Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast at the Peabody Essex Museum through Mid-2015.

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