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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

Photos by Curt Chipman

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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Event Schedule

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)

Scheduled Activities

  • 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)

List of Demonstrators and Vendors

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.

Demonstrators

  • 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

Food Vendors

  • 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.

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