2017 Schedule of Events, Fields Pond & Newfield
Events, Classes and Programs
We have two campuses: 372 Fields Pond Rd., Orrington, Maine (FIELDS POND) and
70 Elm Street, Newfield, Maine (NEWFIELD). Programs at each of the sites is
identified in parenthesis.
- January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, February 2, 7, 9, 14, & 16. Tuesdays, 6-9PM & Thursdays, 6-9PM for 6 weeks (36 Hours of Instruction): BASIC BLACKSMITHING CLASS, $375 (FIELDS POND). This is class involves a real commitment, as students will be expected to complete projects. There will be studio time available on Saturdays for you to practice your skills in addition to class time. The class covers safety, coal fires, heating, shaping, and cutting steel. Students will complete projects. Instructor: Dwight King. We ask that you bring a ball, straight of cross pein or machinist hammer of no more than 3 lbs; 2 pound hammers avoid more injuries to the beginner. See our Blacksmithing Student Instructions web page. Payment by check or credit card secures your place in a class limited to 6 students. Call: (207) 745-4426.
- Monday, January 16, 11:30 AM – 1PM. ANNUAL GATHERING for the Curran Homestead Village at Fields Pond. RSVP by Sat., January 14. (207) 745-4426. Free to 2017 Members, Donors & Honored Guests. all Others: $15 Adults, $8 Under 12. Location: Jeff’s Catering, 15 N. Littlefield Way, East-West Industrial Park, Brewer, ME. A Year in Review, New Museum Director, Willowbrook Gift, and Development Plans Shared.
- Saturday, February 4, 10AM-2PM (Weather Dependent). 8th Annual Ice Harvest on Fields Pond. Free to the Public. Hands-On Participation with antique tools of ice. see our Model 50 John Deere tractor with an AARPS post-WWII half track attachment pulling a log scoot on the pond. Blacksmithing Demo. See our 1920s gas powered Novo Ice Saw; we hope to run that on the ice next winter after some repair is accomplished. New this year, a Marsh Hay Sled (Bobsled) drawn by draft horses for rides. We will have two teams of Belgians at this event. we will be pulling our newly re-wooded 18 foot bobsled as well! Rides $5. Homemade hot chili and cornbread, cocoa and coffee for sale.
- Saturday & Sunday, March 11 &12, 9AM-4PM, Blacksmithing: Knife Making with Frank Vivier ( NEWFIELD ), $195, Tools & Materials Provided. Learn to forge a blade and tang using a propane burning forge, filing and grinding, heat treat in coal forge, polish, temper, handle riveting, and wooden handle attached in this two day class.
- Sat. February 11, 10-3 (Weather Dependent). Ice Harvest on the Mill Pond ( NEWFIELD ). A fun-for-the-whole-family event with hands-on participation in cutting and harvesting ice with antique tools. Draft horse pulled bobsleds for rides, $5. Hot chili, cornbread, cocoa, and coffee for sale. Picturesque setting.
- February 21, 23, 28, March 2, 7, 9 ,14, 16, 21, 23, 28, & 30. Tuesdays, 6-9PM & Thursdays, 6-9PM for 5 weeks (30 Hours of Instruction): Beginning Blacksmithing, $395, 70 Elm Street, (NEWFIELD). This is class involves a real commitment, as students will be expected to complete projects. There will be studio time available on Saturdays for you to practice your skills in addition to class time. The class covers safety, coal fires, heating, shaping, and cutting steel. Students will complete an s and j hook, rivet, a coat rack composition, an edge tool, and a final project of their choosing. Students will end with instruction on forge welding. Instructor: Sam Smith. We ask that you bring a ball, straight of cross pein or machinist hammer of no more than 3 lbs; 2 pound hammers avoid more injuries to the beginner. See our Blacksmithing Student Instructions web page. Payment by check or credit card secures your place in a class limited to 6 students.
- March 11 & 12, 9AM-3PM, Sat., Session A-C, Sun., Session D & E. CABIN FEVER RELIEF CLASSES FOR KIDS (NEWFIELD). Snack Provided. Bring your own lunch. $30 per session. Two sessions for $50.
- SESSION A: Sat., March 11, 9-11:30, 11:30-12Noon (Lunch), 12Noon-3PM. Foot Treadle Sewing & Hand Sewing. Learn to operate a foot treadle sewing machine, thread the needle, do simple stitches and complete a project. In the afternoon, learn to sewing by hand. Learn a number of stitches and complete a project.
- SESSION B: Sat., March 11, 9-11:30, 11:30-12Noon (Lunch), 12Noon-3PM. Make & Learn To Use A Log Scale Stick & Make A Wooden Tool Box. Working with a retired US Forestry Service Forester create a log scale stick used to estimate the height of trees and the amount of lumber contained in them. In the afternoon, make a pre-cut tool box with a wooden dowel handle.
- SESSION C. Sat., March 11, 9AM-11:30AM, 11:30AM-12Noon (Lunch), 12Noon-3PM. Learn Mortise & Tenon Joinery: Make Wooden Handle Hack Saw. Using hand tools students will create two mortise and tenon joints out of maple wood. Using metal hardware and a blade students will fashion a hacksaw in the style of an old school bucksaw (Bring it home).
- SESSION D:Sun., March 12, 9-11:30, 11:30-12Noon (Lunch), 12Noon-3PM. Wool Felting & Penny Rugging. Working with a Waterboro based fiber artist you will create a several projects using the old school methods of forming objects from wool felt. Penny rugging involves creating a sewn composition from penny-size pieces of felt. The afternoon session may run a little long depending on student ability.
- SESSION E:Sun., March 12, 9-11:30, 11:30-12Noon, 12Noon-3PM. Erector Set Fun & Make An “Old School” Electric Lamp. Students will create compositions using sheet metal, screws and nuts with this precursor to LEGOS. The compositions made will be powered by an electric motor. These are vintage sets donated for continued use, so bring your camera and take photos/videos of your completed project. In the afternoon, you will create a functioning lamp using wire, porcelain fixtures, a switch, and a wooden base ( Bring it home).
- March 18, 10-2. Maple Syrup Festival and Irish Celebration (FIELDS POND)
- March 25, 10-2. Maple Syrup Festival and Irish Celebration (NEWFIELD)
- Saturday, May 13, 9-4:30: Mother’s Day Special Program ( For You and Your Mom; Others Welcome ): We offer a day of domestic arts from the past, including lunch and a carousel ride. From 9AM-10:30: Lean to make refrigerator pickles and sauerkraut ( take home in free Mason jars ). 10:30 Carousel Ride. 10:45-12:15: Cook a meal/bake bread on/in a 19th century wood stove using period crockery. This will be lunch served in the Trafton House dining room. 12:15-12:45 LUNCH. 1:00-2:30 Foot Treadle Sewing Machine Sewing. A project planned. Penny Rugging: 2:30 – 4:30: Penny Rugging: Create by hand sewing a composition out of colored wool felt scraps as was once done. Cost: $45
- May 15-June 16 Spring School Field Season (NEWFIELD) We still have room for your home school, private, or public school group. Email Us: thecurranhomestead @gmail.com Phone: (207) 205-4849
- July 1, 2, & 3 Second of York Colonial Militia Encampment Re-Enactment ( NEWFIELD)