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Noteworthy news Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Courtesy of Woodlawn Museum
Courtesy of Woodlawn Museum
Jill Piekut, COA Intern at Woodlawn Museum.

For the second year in a row, The Game Loft in Belfast, a community based organization of Spurwink Services, has been selected to participate in a living history event Aug. 27-28, at Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick, Canada.

Six students from The Game Loft will travel to Kings Landing to be part of the annual Pauper Auction. Game Loft students were chosen because of their unique combination of role-play skills and The Game Loft’s experiential history curriculum.

Students Quin Fraser, Tim Rose, Larry Nickerson, Clayton Martin, Dakota Wing, Stephen Colby along with graduates Patrick Howard and Damion Saucier and The Game Loft staff will portray a variety of 19th century people including paupers who were sold at auction to provide their keep. In 2010 The Game Loft students participated as paupers and also worked at the blacksmith shop and the print shop.

Kings Landing Historical Settlement is an award-winning top attraction that depicts the 100-year transformation of a young colony into a vibrant nation. With more than 70 historic buildings complete with artifacts, furniture, tools and equipment, Kings Landing tells the story of the people of the St. John River valley in a compelling way.

It is a bustling living history village where guests are immersed in the sights, sounds and colors that transformed a young colony into a vibrant nation.

Kings Landing is open daily until Oct. 10, 2011. For information, call 506-363-4999 visit kingslanding.nb.ca.


Dorothy Alling of Searsport, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, wrote recently that it is always harder to raise money to build a second Habitat home, as everyone who has just finished supporting the building of the first home knows all too well.

That is why her husband, HHWC board member, David Alling, approached the Searsport town manager and selectmen to see if the town owned any property it would be willing to donate to HHWC for another home.

When town manager James Gillway and selectmen said they did have a piece of property, a resolution was put on the warrant for the Searsport 2011 town meeting and a unanimous vote approved the donation of the property to HHWC.

David Alling and Ray Smith co-chair the fundraising committee for this second home and residents of Searsport and other areas of Waldo County are rallying to support building the house as are a number of other Searsport business owners who have made made cash donations. Belfast City Council voted to give a donation, and GAC Chemical in Searsport also made a substantial donation.

Currently, on the last Wednesdays of August, September and October, Buddy Hall, owner of Anglers’ Restaurant in Searsport, will donate a percentage of his daily proceeds to HHWC.

HHWC board members need to raise $80,000 to build their second home and, at this time, approximately $18,000 has been raised.

People can donate services, supplies or other in-kind-type gifts plus make cash donations and support a variety of HHWC fundraisers.

For information about HHWC, call 338-2344 or email contact@habitatofwaldocounty.org.


Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth has announced that fourth-year College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor student Jill Piekut will intern with Todd Little-Siebold, professor of history at COA, and Roz Rea, Woodlawn’s Collections Manager, to find out how the Black family of Woodlawn participated in the food economy of 19th century Ellsworth.

At COA, Jill is studying food systems, history and graphic design and is especially interested in telling the stories of local history through art.

She expects to use what she learns about Maine’s agricultural history in her senior thesis this coming spring.

“I was surprised to learn that Col. Black regularly ordered pork, fish and apples from Boston to sell in his general store,” Jill said of her research experience, “and that rum and raisins were both very popular purchases by Ellsworth locals in the early 1800s.”

In addition to working in the archives, Jill is helping to design exhibits and promotional material

for upcoming events, such as the Ellsworth Antique Show Aug. 18-20 and the Apple Seminar, Oct, 7-9.

She will be at Woodlawn through October, when her work will culminate with a short talk at the Apple Seminar Oct. 7.

Woodlawn is an educational, cultural and recreational treasure for the people of Down East Maine located on Route 172, Surry Road. The house is open for tours through Oct. 31 and the public park is open sunrise to sunset year round. For information, visit woodlawnmuseum.org.


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