Aug 25

SCHEDULE OF OPENINGS, EVENTS, CLASSES & WORKSHOPS FOR SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER, 2017

SCHEDULE OF OPENINGS, EVENTS, CLASSES & WORKSHOPS FOR SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER, 2017

 

Sat., Sept. 16, 10-3. Make a Propane Burning Blacksmithing Forge at FIELDS POND.

Pay to register to make a clean burning, relatively efficient, and inexpensive version of commercial forges

that cost four times or more the amount to make this. This is an alternative to the costly indoor set-up of

a coal fired forge for the budding blade-smith or blacksmith. Cut metal and fabricate parts using power tools.

We do the welding. Create a refractory cement mold using Sana tube, cardboard, and duct tape. Our cement

is rated for high temperatures.

Your assembly kit (to be assembled in class) includes a metal shell, legs, refractory, mold materials, a propane

heating wand assembly with 10 PSI regulator and hose. Kit does not include a propane supply. If time permits,

make a railroad spike knife after completing your forge. Past blacksmithing students (Curran): $275, all others:

$295. All materials & tools provided. Class limit: 5. Call: (207) 205-4849 or (207) 745-4426.

Starting Tues., Sept. 26, 6-9PM, Six Week, Tuesday and Thursday Evenings, Coal Fired Forge Blacksmithing Class.
This class involves a real commitment, as students will be expected to complete projects over the course of

six weeks. 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 multiple

projects under the tutelage of instructor Dwight King. Students will end with instruction on forge welding.

Forging a railroad spike knife is a preface to a follow-up KNIFE MAKING CLASS. We ask that you bring a ball,

straight or cross pein or machinist hammer of no more than 3 lbs; 2 pound hammers avoid more injuries to the

beginner. Natural fiber clothing. Work shoes. Gloves optional. Safety Glasses Required. See our Blacksmithing

Student Instructions web page. Pay to register: $395. Class limit: 6. Class includes two free texts; Lorelei

Simm’s Backyard Blacksmith and Dick Stockford’s The Knife You Make. Call: (207) 205-4849 or (207)

745-4426

Sat., Sept. 30, 10-4. Metal Casting: Make an 8-inch Bell!

This aluminum casting class includes information about safety, tools, materials, and methodology. You will

learn to prepare a cope and a drag with sand casting compound for the purpose of casting a pattern. You will

heat and pour molten metal from a crucible. In addition to a bell you will, time permitting, cast several smaller

objects including your own ramming tool. Pay to register. Call: 207-205-4849 or (207) 745-4426

Upcoming Events

Sat., Oct. 14, 10-3: Harvest Festival at FIELDS POND. We will have a Jitterbug/Doodlebug Pulling Competition, participatory cider making, BBQ LUNCH (12-2), draft horse and hay wagon rides, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt for kids, scarecrow competition: set-up your scarecrow at Curran Homestead Village, prizes awarded, See our 1917 Model T Jitterbug run, blacksmithing, see cracked corn and cornmeal made with a1919 Nelson Bros. engine running a 1872 Harrison portable grist mill.

Sat., Oct. 21, 10-3: Free Members’ Day at NEWFIELD. The museum will be open with costumed interpreters at the Victorian Kitchen cooking, schoolhouse “marm”, printing shop printer, and blacksmith. BBQ Lunch (12-2), carousel rides @ 11AM, 12Noon, 1PM, & 2PM. 2017 Curran members are admitted free; sign up for your 2018 membership get you in. Non-members: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors & $8. Under 18. 6 and Under Free.

Newfield Campus, Curran Homestead Village Open Days:

Sat., September 23, 10-3. Museum Open. Carousel Rides: 11AM, 12Noon, & 2PM.

Sat., October 14, 10-3. Museum Open. Carousel Rides: 11AM, 12Noon & 2PM.

More Workshops & Classes

Sat., Sept. 30, 10-3. Learning About Electric: Make an Electric Lamp from Scratch for Kids (Ages 9 and Above) and Adults at FIELDS POND.

This “Old School” construction involves building a lamp on a wooden base. Students will chamfer the edges of the wood with a hand tool. You will fasten white porcelain fixtures: switch, socket and insulator, to the wood base. Students will wire these components using new old stock cloth covered wire. Students will be introduced to soldering electric wire together. A clear glass light bulb will be provided. Class limited to 6. Please register sooner than later so we have enough materials on hand. Tuition: $35 All materials & tools provided. Pay to Register. Call (207) 205-4849.

Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 10-3. Electronics 101: Make A Morse Code Telegraph Sounder ( Ages 11 & Above) at FIELDS POND.

This is an old meets new learning experience. This is a beginning electronics class as well as an exploration of a communication form, telegraphy and Morse Code, invented in the 1840s, that is still informing how we speak to each other over long distance today. You will create an updated version of the classic telegraph key sounder that includes both a buzzer and LED light signaler. This will involve assembling a circuit board, wiring and components inside of a tin can enclosure. You will be introduced to soldering wires. The class will have you make the key and then learn to use it. Tuition: $35 All materials & tools provided. Pay to Register. Call (207) 205-4849

Sat., October 21, 2017, 10-3. Make a Wooden Bench Seat Class at FIELDS POND ( Ages 10 and Above).

This is a beginner’s class in wood construction. It will take place in our new woodworking shop; the first class in this space! Students will use only hand tools. There will be measuring and marking of the components for a 60″ long by 6″ wide by 18″ tall bench, sawing and drilling, and hammering. We will sand the surfaces to our satisfaction. Tools and materials provided. Tuition: $40. Make two, donate one to the museum, and the tuition is free. Pay to register: call: Bob @ (207) 205-4849, or Irv @ (207) 745-4426.

Sat., Nov.4, 10-3. FIBER ARTS: Weaving for Ages 8 and Above at FIELDS POND.

This class involves not only the process of weaving but preparation of tools and materials. You will construct a drop spindle from found objects that will allow you to spin raw wool into year. You will spin a quantity of yarn for the purpose of weaving on a lap loom. You will construct a lap loom much like this homemade example found in the Evan Hart Barn ( Copeland Hill Rd., Orrington). This involves a simple wood construction with nails fastened around the perimeter for the sake of creating the warp and weft of your weave. students will also have the opportunity to dye there wool yarn. You may not complete your woven pattern entirely but will have a good start on it and will have the tools to do additional weavings in the future. Pay to register: $35. Call to register: (207) 205-4849 or (207) 745-4426.

Aug 25

Looking for Volunteers to Assist Us in Our Biggest Annual Fundraiser: Parking Cars for Bangor’s National Folk Festival, Aug. 25, 26 & 27, at Penobscot Plaza parking lot, Washington St., Bangor

Looking for volunteers to assist us in parking at the Penobscot Plaza on Washington Street in Bangor for the National Folk Festival. Curran Homestead Village is given permission each year by the businesses of the Penobscot Plaza to sell parking spaces to visitors to the Bangor waterfront’s Folk Festival. The Folk Festival starts at 5PM today and continues on through Saturday and Sunday. This is the closest parking area to where the festival is. This is one of our biggest fundraisers. If you want to volunteer to assist us today, Saturday and/or Sunday, give us a call at 207-205-4849 or 207-745-4426. We would love your company.

Aug 22

Sat., Sept. 16, 10-3. Make a Propane Burning Blacksmithing Forge Class

Sat., Sept. 16, 10-3. Make a Propane Burning Blacksmithing Forge at FIELDS POND.

Pay to register to make a cleanburning, relatively efficient, and inexpensive version of commercial forges that cost four times or more the amount to make this. This is an alternative to the costly indoor set-up of a coal fired forge for the

budding blade-smith or blacksmith. Cut metal and fabricate parts using power tools. We do the welding. Create a refractory cement mold using Sana tube, cardboard, and duct tape. Our cement is rated for high temperatures. Your assembly kit (to be assembled in class) includes a metal shell, legs, refractory, mold materials, a propane heating wand assembly with 10 PSI regulator and hose. Kit does not include a propane supply. If time permits, make a railroad spike knife after completing your forge. Past blacksmithing students (Curran): $275, all others: $295. All materials & tools provided. Class limit: 5, Call to register: Bob @ (207) 205-4849, or Irv @ (207) 745-4426.

Aug 12

Rain or Shine Bluegrass Festival and Civil War Event, Sat., Aug.12, 11-5.

Aug 09

August 12, 11-5, Bluegrass Festival and Civil War Event

Saturday, August 12, 11-5, Bluegrass Music Fundraising Festival and Civil War Event

Starting at 11AM there will be the sound of two Civil War era replica Parrot Rifles (cannon) fired off by the Sixth of Maine re-Enactors group at 372 Fields Pond Road, Orrington, Maine. There will be an encampment at this event for the family to learn a bit about soldier camp life during the Civil War. There will be a demonstration of an Enfield muzzle loading rifle as well. At 11:15 the bluegrass music will begin. There will be six bands in total over the course of the day. this include Freshly Cut Grass, Original Condition, Riverdrivers, Doug Alley & Friends, Mr. Moon Band and Wyld Blue Yonder Band. A new band will start at a quarter of each hour. Cannons will demonstrate at 11, 12, 1, 1, & 3. Come early and see the soldiers raise the flag , a 35 star flag, that is, at 10:45AM. BBQ will be available at extra cost between 12-2. Price of admission for the whole event is $9 Adults, $7 Seniors/Veterans, $5 Children (7-17), and Free Six and Under. Family (Parents & Children) Maximum: $25 Admission Cost.

For more information about the bands and Music Contact Jim Leighton at (207) 944-3128.

For more information about the event in general contact: Bob Schmick, (207) 205-4849.

Aug 01

Fall Field Trips at Curran Homestead Village at Newfield

We will be offering fall school field trip at our NEWFIELD campus.

The dates available are:

September 25, 26, 27, & 29.

October 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6.

Please consult our school field trip web page here for more details about our school field trips

For reservations contact: Robert Schmick, museum director at (207) 205-4849 or

Email: thecurranhomestead@gmail.com

Aug 01

VOLUNTEER PAINTERS NEEDED!

LOOKING FOR SOME VOLUNTEER PAINTERS FOR SEVERAL PROJECTS AT CURRAN HOMESTEAD VILLAGE AT NEWFIELD THIS WEEK AND NEXT. CONTACT US AT 207-205-4849 or 207-745-4426, IF YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE.

Jul 25

FUNDRAISER: HELP US BY BUYING A HANNAFORD CAUSE BAG AT THE BREWER HANNAFORD MARKET

Do you know about the Hannaford Markets Cause Bag Program? This program was launched in October, 2015 and is designed to supp0ort local nonprofits through the sale of the reusable Hannaford Helps bag.
 
For every blue Hannaford Helps reusable bag purchased at the Hannaford store located at Brewer, Maine during the month of July Curran Homestead Village will receive a $1 donation!
 
Curran Homestead Village has a goal of raising $500 by the end of the month of July which is equivalent to 500 bags purchased.
 
Curran Homestead Village is a nonprofit based in Orrington, Maine. Founded in 1991, Curran Homestead Village has provided hands-on, experiential learning experiences to all ages
through the use of a collection of artifacts. Through these experiences our goal is to meet science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics learning objectives ultimately preparing new generations with the lessons of the past for the challenges of the future. Curran Homestead Village is proud to be a beneficiary recipient of the Hannaford Cause Bag program!
 
Learn more about Curran Homestead Village by visiting our website at: curranhomestead.org or our Facebook page.
 
For more information on the Hannaford Cause Bag program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com or facebook.com/hhbagprogram
 
19th Century Curran Homestead Village at Fields Pond and Newfield is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collects, preserves and utilizes historic artifacts and buildings for the purpose of exhibition, living history, traditional arts programming and hands-on education. The villages serve as classrooms to not only raise awareness and appreciation of life in rural Maine and New England during the emerging Industrial Age of the 19th and early 20th centuries but to empower new generations through sharing the lessons of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from that time to meet the challenges of the 21st century . Our goal is to help to nurture future inventors, scientists, mechanics, and agriculturists through individual awareness and discovery.

Jul 24

July 29 & 30, 10-4, Civil War Event at Newfield

Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, 10-4. Civil War Event at Newfield.

  • 6th of Maine Battery– Re-enactors group that performs the tasks of a artillery battery: loading and firing a Parrot rifle (cannon). The battery will also be camping out for at least two nights, and there will be an encampment and camp life demonstrated.
  • A suttler’s tent village will be set up with “civilians” in period dress.
  • Blacksmithing
  • Minet ball making
  • Out door Cooking
  • Woodworking
  • Carousel Rides @ 10:30, 12:30, & 2:30
  • The Durgin House, Tom Flagg Smithy (with blacksmith), Durgin Barn, Hands-On History Building ( with cooking), Haying Shed, Schoolhouse, Carriage House, Granary, Print Shop ( the printer will be there), and Trafton House are open.
  • Hands-On History For Kids: Medical Triage with bandaging
  • Hands-On History For Kids: Make Secret Coding Wheels
  • And more…

Jul 19

SAT., JULY 22, BEAN SUPPER & BLUEGRASS at Curran Homestead Village at Fields Pond

Bean Supper and Bluegrass on Sat., July 22 at Curran Homestead Village, 373 Fields Pond Rd., Orrington, ME. Under the big tent, rain or shine. The music, Jim Leighton & Friends, starts 3:30. The dinner starts 4:30. You don’t have to like beans as there is sausage and peppers, hot dogs, bratwurst, kielbasa, salads and dessert. There is beer & wine: $5 Large, $3 Small. If you want to donate a bean dish, salad, or dessert we would sure appreciate it! Give us a call ( Give us a shout that you’re coming!) @ 207-745-4426, 207-205-4849.

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