TRESCOTT, Maine — The Cobscook Community Learning Center has gathered an outstanding array of artists to demonstrate their crafts to the school children of eastern Washington County on Thursday and Friday, October 11th and 12th.
These field trips, which last year drew students from 23 schools, are held in conjunction with American Craft Week and the third celebration of RiceFest, an annual tribute to the center’s former volunteers, Wayne and Lorraine Rice, who died suddenly in 2010.
All events are free and open to the public. A generous grant from the Belvedere Fund administered by the Maine Community Foundation supports the artists’ participation.
The artists will stay for RiceFest on Saturday, October 13th from noon to four. Among the artisans will be Susan Barrett-Merrill of Brooksville, well-known for Weaving a Life and her recent work in cloth masks. Barrett-Merrill, who previously honored the Rices with a large project on an earth loom permanently installed on the center’s property, is seeking color photographs, wooden things, and beads for use in an interactive weaving experience for school children.
Tim Beal will demonstrate timberframing. Jaclyn Sockbeson will show bead work. Local stained glass craftsman Mark Wren will demonstrate his art. Ray Reitze will carve spoons and canoe paddles, and Tim Christensen will show his pottery. Nancy Reitze will work on root and pack baskets, and Christopher Sockbeson will do birch bark baskets.
Saturday events also include pumpkin painting, apple cider pressing, contests, games, and continuous music. The Lubec Masons will provide all you can eat food all afternoon for $10 per person, $25 per family. A similarly priced evening dinner starts at 4:30. All proceeds support the CCLC scholarship fund which makes programming accessible to everyone.