Press Release

Museum to celebrate Penobscot Bay Day

Photo courtesy of the Sweetser Collection, Penobscot Marine Museum
Summer folk of yesteryear enjoy a game on the courts outside Searsport’s Union Hall.
SEARSPORT, Maine — Free admission, live music, demonstrations, children’s crafts, great food and summertime games galore — all this and more at Penobscot Bay Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Penobscot Marine Museum.

The is featuring “Summer Folk: The Tourists of Penobscot Bay,” a campus-wide exhibit exploring the history of tourism from 1890 to 1960. The exhibit explores changes in lodging, transportation, recreation, demographics and the social milieu of tourism through recreated hotel and guest house environments, vintage photography, old advertising and marketing materials, steamship memorabilia, postcards, antique sporting goods, clothing, boats, and more.

On Penobscot Bay Day, enjoy all manner of summer games from bocci, badminton and croquet to backgammon, chess, checkers and a cribbage tournament noon-4 p.m.

The Touch Tank will be open 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join oceanographer Mike Dunn for an up close and personal look at the inhabitants of the tank in the Old Town Hall. The Touch Tank is home to crabs, starfish, a lobster and other marine animals native to Penobscot Bay.

Throughout the day, stop by the Boat House and make a “beach globe” with members of the museum’s education staff.

Sample the wares of local food vendors, browse our Museum Store for a selection of offerings by Maine artisans, and, from 2-5 p.m. enjoy the mix of rock, folk, blues and Celtic music of the Mike and Susie Fay Band from Penobscot.

 

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