Harpswell Day: A celebration of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 from 12-4 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Rd
Join Harpswell Historical Society and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for a celebration of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills. This event happens rain or shine at the Harpswell Historical Society Museum, Centennial Hall, the Meeting House, the one-room schoolhouse and outdoors. 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 woodworking, weaving, quilting, knitting lobster trap heads, tying knots, splitting shingles, rug hooking and more. Many of the demonstrations encourage active participation.
- Deepen your understanding of Harpswell’s rich history through browsing the museum and going on guided tours of the graveyard and historic buildings.
- Enjoy live music and storytelling.
- Visit Two Coves Farm’s sheep in the historic Cattle Pound.
- Eat delicious food.
- Learn from a period schoolmarm in the one-room schoolhouse and play a hoop and stick game of long ago.
- And more!
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Ongoing Activities (12-4 p.m.)
- Demonstrations of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills (Meetinghouse, Museum, Cattle Pound)
- Experience a 19th century one-room schoolhouse (Schoolhouse)
- Live music (Outside Centennial Hall)
- Storytelling by Phyllis Blackstone will begin every half hour starting at 12:30 p.m. (Outside Meetinghouse)
- Food for sale by Craft Kitchen & Provisions, Harpswell Coastal Academy and Island Candy Company (Centennial Hall)
- Two Coves Farm sheep (Cattle Pound)
- Antique vehicles, including an old Harpswell fire truck (Cattle Pound)
- Traditional games, including hoops and sticks and sack races (outside Schoolhouse)
- 12:15-2:00 p.m. Live music with Charles Bernier, performing songwriter (Outside Centennial Hall)
- 12:30-1:00 p.m. Historical tour of the graveyard and meetinghouse with David Hackett, Harpswell Historical Society (Meet at south gate of graveyard)
- 1:00-1:45 p.m. Experience a 19th Century one-room schoolhouse with a lesson on singing and mental arithmetic (Schoolhouse)
- 2:00-3:45 p.m. Live traditional fiddle music with Red Rover (Outside Centennial Hall)
- 2:00-2:30 p.m. Guided historic architectural tour of Harpswell Center with Deane Van Dusen, New England historian (Meet at Meetinghouse)
- 2:15-3:00 p.m. Experience a 19th century one-room schoolhouse with a lesson on singing and mental arithmetic (Schoolhouse)
- 3:00-3:30 p.m. Historical tour of the graveyard and meetinghouse with David Hackett, Harpswell Historical Society (Meet at south gate of graveyard)
A big thank you goes out to all our demonstrators. Without their willingness to share their knowledge and skills, this event would not be possible.
- Candle Making with Ann Standridge
- Cider Pressing with Cristine Bachor
- Double Knitting and Sheep with Laura Grady, Two Coves Farm
- Experience a 19th Century One-room Schoolhouse with Peg Newberg
- Hand Quilting, Piecing and Appliqué with Sue Pearson
- Harpswell Heritage Apples with Sharon Whitney
- Harpswell Rug Hooking with Susan Ferraro, ArtisanCSF
- Hoop and Stick Game and Races with volunteers
- Lobster Trap Heads, Knots and Splices with Tom Ring
- Local History Found at your Local Library and Quill Pens with the Cundy’s Harbor Library
- Old Time Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle with the Orr’s Island Library
- Sailing Ship Rigging with Jim Nelson
- Splitting Shingles with Ron Chipman
- Stamped Metal Buttons with Tim McCreight
- Traditional Rug Hooking with Judy Wylie, Casco Bay Woolworks
- Weaving on Floor and Table Looms with Mallory Waldman
- Woodworking with Sam Alexander
- Sandwiches for sale by Craft Kitchen & Provisions
- Ice Cream for sale to benefit Harpswell Coastal Academy Model United Nations program
- Candy for sale by the Island Candy Company
Performers and Tour Guides (see schedule)
- Guided Historic Architectural Tour of Harpswell Center with Deane Van Dusen, New England Historian
- Historical Tour of the Graveyard and Meetinghouse with David Hackett, Harpswell Historical Society
- Live Traditional Fiddle Music with Red Rover
- Live Music with Charles Bernier, performing songwriter, https://charleslbernier.com/
- Storytelling with Phyllis Blackstone
Check out photos from last year’s Harpswell Day celebration below.