Harpswell Day: A Celebration of Traditional Handcrafts and Subsistence Skills
Join Harpswell Historical Society and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for a celebration of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills. Saturday, Oct. 1 from 12-4 p.m., rain or shine, at the Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Road. For all ages, there will be much to see, do and learn about during this free event celebrating Harpswell’s history.
- Observe demonstrations of skills and handcrafts, including weaving, hooking rugs, woodworking, churning butter and more. Many of the demonstrations encourage active participation.
- Deepen your understanding of Harpswell’s rich history through a tour of the old graveyard and Meeting House. Browse the historic artifacts in the museum. Learn about the architecture of the historic buildings in Harpswell Center. Check out antique cars.
- Help press cider and sip it warmed in the Historical Society Museum kitchen.
- Enjoy seasonal sweets, barbecue pulled pork and candy apples for sale by Harpswell Coastal Academy.
- Visit sheep from Two Coves Farm in the town’s historic cattle pound.
- Enjoy live music and poetry in the Meeting House.
- Bring your kids to learn from a period schoolmarm in the one-room schoolhouse, play with toys of long ago and listen to storybooks in a fishing schooner stern.
We’re looking for volunteers to help direct parking, provide information and more. Please contact Julia McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-837-9613 if you can help.
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Ongoing Activities (12-4 p.m.):
- Demonstrations of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills (Centennial Hall, Museum, Cattle Pound)
- Learn from a period schoolmarm in the one-room schoolhouse (Schoolhouse)
- Visit the sheep (Cattle Pound)
- Food for sale by Harpswell Coastal Academy (Centennial Hall)
- Antique cars (in front of Cattle Pound)
- 12:30-12:45 p.m. Dedication of the one-room schoolhouse (Schoolhouse)
- 1:00-1:15 p.m. Stories in the stern for kids (Upstairs in the Museum)
- 1:00-1:30 p.m. Historical tour of the graveyard and Meeting House with Dave Hackett (Meet at south gate of graveyard)
- 1:30-3:30 p.m. Live music and poetry (Meeting House)
- 2:00-2:30 p.m. Architectural tour of Harpswell center with Deane Van Dusen (Meet at Meeting House)
- 2:30-2:45 p.m. Stories in the stern for kids (Upstairs in the Museum)
- 3:00-3:15 p.m. Singing lesson for kids (Schoolhouse)
- 3:30-4:00 p.m. Tour of the graveyard and the Meeting House with Dave Hackett (Meet at south gate of graveyard)