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

Harpswell Day has passed, but we look forward to next year. Click here for photos from Harpswell Day 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.

Click here to download the event brochure, including the schedule and map.

Click here for the Facebook event.

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)
  • Listen to story telling with Phyllis Blackwell starting at 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. (outside Centennial Hall)

Scheduled Activities

  • 12:00-2:00 p.m. Live music with Stan Davis, blues/folk/jazz guitar, standavismusic.com (Centennial Hall porch)
  • 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)
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m. Story telling with Phyllis Blackwell, starting every half hour (outside Centennial Hall)
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. Live music with Charles Bernier, singer/songwriter (Centennial Hall porch)
  • 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)

List of Demonstrators

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.

  • Basket weaving with Jennifer Neptune, who is the Coordinator of the Penobscot Nation Museum, an Anthropologist, Maine Guide, Herbalist and award-winning Basket Weaver
  • Bee keeping with Harpswell bee keepers
  • Churning butter with Laura Grady of Two Coves Farm
  • Growing heritage apples (and an apple tasting) with Sharon Whitney of Harpswell Heritage Apples
  • Herbal remedies with Kara Douglas
  • Hoop and sticks game
  • Making lobster trap heads with Tom Ring
  • Pressing cider with Cristine Bachor
  • Quilting with Sue Pearson
  • Rug hooking with Judy Wylie
  • Spinning wool with Julianne Carle of Spindleworks
  • Splitting shingles with Ron Chipman
  • Weaving on a loom with Mallory Waldman
  • Weaving with natural objects with Jane Davis
  • Woodworking with human-powered tools Sam Alexander