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For Immediate Press Release

On Mon., Jan 16, at 11:30AM, Curran Homestead Village of Fields Pond & Newfield will hold its’ Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon at Jeff’s Catering, 14 N. Littlefield Way, East-West Industrial Park, Brewer.  Highlights of the luncheon will include State Representative Dick Campbell sharing a proposal for a state bill to preserve Maine heritage collections. Curran board members will present a review of this banner year in the organization’s history. The nonprofit organization’s new full-time museum director will also share highlights and the importance as an educational resource a recent gift of property, buildings, assets and the collections of the former museum 19th Century Willowbrook Village in Newfield, Maine to the Orrington/Holden based museum. The Curran plans to run programming at the Newfield site this year and in the future while a major development of the Fields Pond campus is underway to eventually receive the collection. The board and director will be kicking off a five year fundraiser for accomplishing  renovations and new construction already underway at the Orrington/Holden campus.Sponsored by the Bangor Letter Shop, there’s no charge to 2017 museum members,donors, and honored guests. The public is invited to the luncheon at $15 per adult and $8 under 12. RSVP required by Jan. 14. Call: 207-947-0749 or 207-745-4426.

8th Annual Ice Harvest on Fields Pond

  • Saturday, January 28, 10-2PM; this is a weather permitting event.
  • The event is free to the public.
  • Fields Pond, 372 Fields Pond Rd., Orrington
  • Hands-On Activity for the whole family; we use antique ice harvesting tools to take in ice cakes. In years past these were more than two feet thick!
  • We will have at least one team of Belgian draft horses for sled rides. These horses will pull a traditional bobsled with fixed benches on it for you to sit; $5 a ride. All proceeds go to support the museum and pay for the use of the horses.
  • Homemade hot chili and cornbread will be for sale. Hot beverages and sweets too.

Ice Harvest on the Mill Pond at Newfield

  • Saturday, February 11, 10-3.
  • The event is free to the public.
  • 70 Elm Street, Newfield, Maine
  • Hands-On Activity for the whole family; we use antique ice harvesting tools to take in ice cakes. In 2015, the ice was 19 inches thick!
  • We will have rides on traditional bobsleds drawn by draft horses; there will also be a pair of draft ponies pulling a smaller sled.
  • Homemade hot chili, cornbread and other goodies will be available.

There are very exciting happenings going on at the Curran Homestead!!! 

The Curran Homestead is very excited to announce that we are now partnering with the Maine Poultry Connection Junior Grant Program!!!!  The MPC Junior Grant Program was created last year by Scott DeMoranville .  If you have been to a Curran Homestead event, you may have met Scott and some of his delightful chickens at the farm.

This wonderful group has been created to establish funding for at least two lucky Maine children, 12 and under, to receive an entire Chicken coop set up, along with chickens, equipment and feed. Our goal is to ensure the future of fowl fanciers by donating this set up to a youth that would otherwise not be able to experience the joy of keeping chickens and all the benefits, life lessons and responsibility that go with it.  To be considered, the child will write a short essay describing why he/she would like to raise chickens. As the the leading essays are narrowed down to a handful, those children and their families will be interviewed and 2 winners will be selected.

The Curran Homestead is thrilled to be able to work with the people at the MPC Junior Grant Program, to help spread the word about this wonderful program that brings children and agriculture, in this case poultry, together.  We will continue to update you about the fundraising efforts for this program, as well as when it is time for the essay portion of this program, as well as who the winners are.  If you would like to support this program, or are interested in helping in any way, please let us know.  Thanks!!

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Beginning Blacksmith Course Begins January 10th

Classes meet Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 6 – 9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 Tuition for the six-week course is $395 and includes all materials, plus a copy of Lorelei Sims’ useful book, The Backyard Blacksmith Enroll now; space is limited!

Dwight King added detail to the course curriculum to include: safety discussions, materials and tools of the trade, fire starting and maintenance, heating the work, hammer blows and hammer control, measuring and marking, tapering to a square point, drawing out metal, forging square to octagonal and round, bending, twisting, forging a basic Shook, a drive hook, screw-in/nail-in hooks, making a chisel, a punch, a drift, punching holes, flattening and spreading, forging a spoon, simple leaves, nails, rivets, tool handles, door handles, scrolls, preparing for welding, forge welding a ring, butt hinge and riveting as well as working on personal projects.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Dwight King has been passionate about moving metal around with hammer control for more than 12 years. His work runs the gamut of functional, handcrafted items to garden and lawn sculptures, and he’s crazy about forging botanicals like leaves. He has been a frequent volunteer at the Curran Homestead and Leonard’s Mills and is always willing to communicate knowledge of the craft. Dwight says, “Never stop learning, when you rest, you rust!” Blacksmithing is NOT a Lost Art at The Curran Homestead Living History Farm & Museum 372 Fields Pond Road • P.O. Box 107 • Orrington, Maine 04474 6 Week Course (36 Hrs.) – Limited to only 6 participants; first-come, first-serve

Contacts: Dwight King, Instructor, The Curran Homestead Beginning Blacksmith Course Email: dwightwking@gmail.com Tel: (207) 825-3829

Irv Marsters, The Curran Homestead treasurer Email: irv@bangorlettershop.com Tel: (207) 745-4426

Congratulations to our 2016 winner of the Fall Harvest Festival Scarecrow Contest – Orrington Trail Riders!!!

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Preserving The Curran Homestead ensures for future generations the values and customs of rural America, representing a time when family, self-reliance, cooperation, and hard work were honored traditions. The Curran Homestead enriches the lives of our children, offers our community many opportunities for wholesome family fun, and serves as an excellent educational resource through hands-on activities and programs. As a cultural organization, our primary focus is the historical preservation of life on the Maine family farm at the turn of the 20th century.

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