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Harpswell Day: A Celebration of Traditional Handcrafts and Subsistence Skills 2017

Saturday, Oct. 14, 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 Old 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 basket weaving, woodworking, butter churning, quilting, knitting lobster trap heads, making herbal remedies, beekeeping 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.
  • Help press cider and enjoy an apple tasting.
  • Enjoy lunch for sale by New Beet Market, ice cream scooped by Harpswell Coastal Academy and handmade candy from the Island Candy Company.
  • Visit sheep from Two Coves Farm in the town’s historic cattle pound.
  • Enjoy live music and storytelling.
  • Bring your kids to learn from a period schoolmarm in the one-room schoolhouse and play a hoop and stick game of long ago.

We’re looking for volunteers to help direct parking, provide information and more. Please contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613 if you can help.

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Click here to see photos from last year’s Harpswell Day celebration.

Event Schedule

Ongoing Activities (12-4 p.m.)

  • Demonstrations of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills (Meeting House, Museum, Cattle Pound)
  • Learn from a period schoolmarm in the one-room schoolhouse (Schoolhouse)
  • Visit the sheep (Cattle Pound)
  • Food for sale by New Beet Market, Harpswell Coastal Academy and Island Candy Company (Centennial Hall)
  • Enjoy live music (Centennial Hall porch)

Scheduled Activities

  • 12:15-12:30 p.m. One-room schoolhouse lesson on mental arithmetic (Schoolhouse)
  • 12:30-1:00 p.m. Historical tour of the graveyard and Meeting House with Dave Hackett (Meet at south gate of graveyard)
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. Story telling with Phyllis Blackwell (outside the Meeting House)
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m. Architectural tour of Harpswell center with Deane Van Dusen (Meet at Meeting House)
  • 2:45-3:00 p.m. One-room schoolhouse singing lesson (Schoolhouse)
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. Tour of the graveyard and the Meeting House with Dave Hackett (Meet at south gate of graveyard)
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. Story telling with Phyllis Blackwell (outside the Meeting House)