Family Fun Days set at Sail, Power and Steam Museum

Posted June 14, 2011, at 5:22 p.m.

ROCKLAND — On Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, the Sail, Power and Steam Museum invites visitors for a day of fun with something for everyone. Under the big tent and all across the grounds, there will be a huge flea market featuring jewelry, art by local artists, crafts and marine items.

There will be a demonstration of knot tying, splicing and rigging, and the field will be scattered with “make ‘n break” engines and numerous working steam machinery. A blacksmith will have his forge roaring while creating a plethora of steel sculptures. The museum’s Model T Ford will be giving short rides around the complex. The flagship Rekord, with her 1934 semi-diesel, will be open, and Gordon Bok will be demonstrating wood carving.

To commemorate Rockland’s history as a producer of lime for cement, the museum has built a scaled- down version of the lime kilns that formerly lined harbor shores in Rockland and Rockport. This 10-foot-tall working model is the first kiln built in more than 100 years. Weather permitting, the kiln will be fired to make lime, and a lecture and demonstration on the lime industry will take place.

This week,, the Maine Stone Workers Guild is presenting “Sitting Pretty,” a weeklong stone exhibition. It will feature hand-carved stone stools, seats, benches and couches, all things that inspire repose.

All events are free, and donations always appreciated.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. For more information on the museum and its Family Fun Days, call 701-7627, email ssmuseum@midcoast.com or visit www.sailpowerandsteammuseum.org.

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