PORTLAND — The Portland Science Center is inviting its patrons to help local families with food donations to the Preble Street Food Pantry. Visitors to the center’s “Real Pirates: An Exhibition from National Geographic” through Jan. 15, 2018, will receive a $5 discount off the price of their ticket if they bring an item of non-perishable food, which will be donated to Preble Street.
“We’ve been a part of the Portland community for more than two years,” said Joe Gold, president of the Portland Science Center. “We’re grateful for the support we’ve received and want to encourage those who support us to remember others who need our help. We’d like to be able to send a whole lot of food to Preble Street.”
“From its humble beginnings in the basement of an old church in downtown Portland, Preble Street’s food programs have grown to include a full-time teen shelter and kitchen, a women’s shelter and kitchen, as well as the main kitchen and food pantry to assist those of our neighbors who need a hand up in times of misfortune or crisis. We’ll be serving over 600,000 meals this year,” said Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann. “While the nation as a whole continues to make progress against food insecurity, Maine remains third worst in the nation for hunger. Your support is a lifeline for our neighbors in need.”
“Real Pirates” tells the true story of the Whydah, a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod 300 years ago. The 7,000-square-foot interactive exhibition showcases more than 150 artifacts, including everyday objects, personal items, and treasures, from the first fully authenticated pirate ship ever to be discovered in U.S. waters. Experiencing Real Pirates is the perfect family outing and a great way to spend the holiday season.
The exhibit will only be in Portland through Jan. 15.
Most recently the Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial St., partnered with the Freeport Historical Society on the addition of an authentic early 19th century cutlass (sword) from one of the most famous ships of the War of 1812. Like the Whydah, which sank en route to Maine, this cutlass also has a Maine connection — it was recovered from the privateer Dash, which was built at Porters Landing in Freeport in 1813, and sailed from Portland.