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Dyer Library/Saco Museum Events Calender for July-August
Dyer Library/Saco Museum Events Calender for July-August

Dyer Library/Saco Museum

Leslie Rounds

Executive/Library Director

(207) 283-3861

lrounds@dyer.lib.me.us 

 

Jessica Routhier

Museum Director

(207) 283-3861, ext. 114

museum@sacomuseum.org

 

 

JULY/AUGUST 2011 CALENDAR

 

Exhibition schedule is current as of June 30, 2011. Schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm dates.

 

NOTE: The Dyer Library and Saco Museum will be closed on Monday, July 4 in recognition of Independence Day.

 

ONGOING SACO MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

 

May 7 through September 4, 2011

VOYAGES AND THE GREAT AGE OF SAIL

The University of New England and the Saco Museum have teamed up this summer to create an exhibition on the great age of sail in Maine. Dr. Elizabeth A. De Wolfe, Professor of History at the University of New England, and Camille Smalley, Program and Education Manager for the Saco Museum, have team taught an exhibition class titled "Voyages and the Great Age of Sail." The resulting exhibition of the same name, curated by students in the class, is on view at the Saco Museum through September 4, 2011. Voyages features a treasure trove of artifacts related to the Saco sea captain Tristram Jordan —paintings, decorative arts, navigational tools, and more—in order to explore nineteenth-century maritime history. Come and share in the fascinating and tragic story of the Jordan family and learn about life on the sea and on land during this exciting chapter in American history.

 

May 7 through September 4, 2011

POINT OF DEPARTURE; Works by Diane Bowie Zaitlin

In June 2010, Saco artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin attended a residency at Great Spruce Head Island Artweek in Penobscot Bay. In Point of Departure she provides a view of her creative process and the power of influence from a period of immersion in her artwork in a setting of intense beauty. Drawings, encaustic paintings, photographs and more are featured in this jewel box of an exhibit.

 

Opening June 4 (Ongoing)

HAPPY CAMP OF THE FREEBOOTERS: PLAYING THROUGH TIME, 1750-1950

From Tom Sawyer to Donald Duck, children’s stories and toys have evolved over time. This new exhibit on the Saco Museum’s second floor includes children’s toys, furniture, and paintings from 1750 to 1950 .Have a seat and host your own pretend tea party as you take in two centuries of childhood in America.

 

Opening June 4 (Ongoing)

ART AND NATURE THUS ALLIED: Natural History and the Decorative Arts
Come and see where the arts and the natural world intersect in this new, permanent exhibition, opening on June 4. Objects from the Saco Museum's natural history collections--shells, minerals, taxidermy--will be displayed alongside magnificent furniture, glass, ceramics, and more, demonstrating how motifs in nature have been used in the decorative arts for centuries. Hands-on activities will give visitors of all ages the opportunity to look closely at items from the natural world and experiment with different decorative ideas and techniques.

 

ON VIEW AT THE DYER LIBRARY

 

There is no admission fee charged to visit the community gallery at the Dyer Library, located in the hallway just beyond the main circulation desk.  For more information about the community gallery or to display your work, contact Laura Vickery at lvickery@dyer.lib.me.us or (207) 283-3861, ext. 102.

 

July 1-31, 2011

WATERCOLORS BY YORK COUNTY SENIOR COLLEGE

For the month of July the York County Senior College will display their watercolor paintings at the Dyer Gallery.  Senior College, sponsored by the University of Maine system, is an organization for people 55 years and older who want to continue their studies. Pat Wood, a volunteer instructor for the Senior College of York County in Saco, teaches “Let’s Do Watercolor” for a dozen students with beginning and accomplished skills.  There will be a FREE public reception on Thursday, July 7 from 4-7pm at the Dyer Gallery.  The public is invited to meet the artists and admire their paintings, which are for sale.

 

August 1-31, 2011

PAINTINGS BY Melissa Post van der BurgAugusta painter Melissa Post van der Burg, winner of this year’s Best  of Show award at the Saco Art Festival, will be exhibiting during the  month of August.  Melissa specializes in figurative and urban subjects.

 

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

 

All programs and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

“CONSCIENCE WRACKS TOM”: Closing Event for The Big Read

It’s been a whole month of Tom Sawyer fun!  Help us wrap things up by playing some 19th-century children’s games, enjoying ice cream sundaes, and whitewashing that doggone fence.  This event is offered in conjunction with The Big Read, a program funded through the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, which gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate a single great work of literature. 

Dyer Library

Thursday, June 30, 5:30 p.m.

 

SUMMER READING STORY HOUR

The Children’s Room will offer a weekly story time throughout the summer, meeting every Tuesday through August 16th.  All ages are welcome from 10-10:30 am.  The books we will be reading are stories from around the world pertaining to the country we are “visiting” that week.  

Children’s Room, Dyer Library

Tuesdays through August 16, 10-10-30 a.m.

 

SUMMER READING ADVENTURE: New Zealand
Join us every Friday at 11 a.m. this summer for a Summer Reading adventure! Murray Dellow is a teacher, photographer and native New Zealander living in Saco.  He will share and compare the lives of children in Maine and New Zealand and tell stories from his homeland.  A fun craft project will accompany his stories.

Deering Room, Dyer Library

Friday, July 1 at 11am 

 

WATERCOLOR CLASSES WITH JUDITH KINSMAN

Next session begins July 6! Learn from one of southern Maine’s most acclaimed watercolorists!  Classes meet in the Deering Room of the Dyer Library on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost: $75 per 4-week session ($70 for Dyer Library cardholders).  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Please contact Camille Smalley at (207) 283-3861, ext. 115 or education @sacomuseum.org to sign up.

Deering Room, Dyer Library

July session: Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 9 a.m.-noon.

August session: Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, and 31, 9 a.m.-noon.

 

KNITTING GROUP

Knit, crochet, embroider, hook rugs—just bring yourself and your latest project!

Deering Room, Dyer Library

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28 and August 4, 11, 18, and 25

Drop in any time from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

OPENING RECEPTION for Watercolors by York County Senior College

For the month of July the York County Senior College will display their watercolor paintings at the Dyer Gallery.  Senior College, sponsored by the University of Maine system, is an organization for people 55 years and older who want to continue their studies. Pat Wood, a volunteer instructor for the Senior College of York County in Saco, teaches “Let’s Do Watercolor” for a dozen students with beginning and accomplished skills.  There will be a FREE public reception on Thursday, July 7 from 4-7pm at the Dyer Gallery.  The public is invited to meet the artists and admire their paintings, which are for sale.

Dyer Library

Thursday, July 7, 4-7 p.m.

 

VOYAGES FAMILY FUN SERIES:  Sea Shanties and Life on the High Seas

This series, presented in conjunction with the Saco Museum’s major exhibition Voyages and the Age of Sail, will give you and your family four great reasons to visit the Saco Museum this summer! On four days in July and August 2011, you can learn how to tie different nautical knots, learn about sunken treasure and shipwrecks around Wood Island Light, listen to sea shanties, and examine the art of the sea and take home your own maritime art creation. On Thursday, July 7 at 5 p.m., musicians Julie & Brownie will be coming to the Dyer Library, performing songs about life aboard pirate ships crossing the Atlantic. This program is also offered in conjunction with our “One World, Many Stories” Summer Reading program. Come and join us for an evening filled with music, danger at sea, and fun!

Dyer Library

Thursday, July 7 at 5:00 p.m.

 

VOYAGES FAMILY FUN SERIES:  Art of the Ocean and SUMMER READING ADVENTURE: Scandinavia

It’s a two-for-one!  This program is offered as part of our series presented in conjunction with the Saco Museum’s major exhibition Voyages and the Age of Sail and is also an “official” Friday morning summer reading program! Come on down to this Summer Solar Workshop and create your own seascape—just like the ones you see in the Saco Museum exhibit Voyages and the Great Age of Sail. Using the sun’s rays and solar paper, we will be painting the sea. Enjoy a tour of the exhibition to get your inspiration for your own epic artwork.

Deering Room, Dyer Library

Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m.

 

HARRY POTTER FILM PREMIERE PARTY
Apparate, ride your Firebolt, or use the Floo network to travel to the Dyer Library! We are celebrating the release of the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Come dressed as your favorite character or your own wizard creation and enjoy acid pops, a game of "Find The Horcruxes," a costume contest, and other Harry Potter games!
Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m
Saco Museum Lawn
(rain location: Deering Room)

 

SUMMER READING ADVENTURE: India
Join us every Friday at 11 a.m. this summer for a Summer Reading adventure! Veronica Foster is a Colby student and resident of Saco.  She recently spent a month living in the foothills of the mountains of India teaching English to children.  Her recollections of her trip will be accompanied by her incredible slides.

Deering Room, Dyer Library

Friday, July 15 at 11am 

 

DYER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB

Meets the third Wednesday of every month in the Board Room at the Dyer Library.  Contact Joann Farrell at 286-9987 for information about this month’s title!

Board Room, Dyer Library

Wednesday, July 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m


SUMMER READING ADVENTURE: India

Join us every Friday at 11 a.m. this summer for a Summer Reading adventure! Dr. Neelam Shukla, a Saco resident, will host a talk on “A Day in the Life of India.”  She has a wealth of information on the culture and holidays and will have objects to share.  She will also read and we will make a traditional Indian toy.

Deering Room, Dyer Library

Friday, July 22 at 11am 


SUMMER READING ADVENTURE: Europe
Join us every Friday at 11 a.m. this summer for a Summer Reading adventure! Music Together of Greater Portland will delight babies on up with sounds from around the world.  This sing along is fun for everyone in the family.

Children’s Room, Dyer Library

Friday, July 29 at 11am 

 

GIANT BOOK SALE!

Books, glorious books! You've been waiting for this sale ALL YEAR. Come early and come often to get the best deals. All proceeds benefit programs at the Dyer Library and Saco Museum.
Dyer Library
July 30 through August 8, during regular library hours

 

SUMMER READING ADVENTURE: The Americas
Join us every Friday at 11 a.m. this summer for a Summer Reading adventure! Tom Seiling is traveling from New York to entertain everyone with his music, many instruments and movement.  He performs humorous, participatory songs for kids that engage the whole family.

Children’s Room, Dyer Library

Friday, August 5 at 11am 

 

VOYAGES FAMILY FUN SERIES:  All Tied Up in Nautical Knots

This series, presented in conjunction with the Saco Museum’s major exhibition Voyages and the Age of Sail, will give you and your family four great reasons to visit the Saco Museum this summer! On four days in July and August 2011, you can learn how to tie different nautical knots, learn about sunken treasure and shipwrecks around Wood Island Light, experience sea shanties, and examine the art of the sea and take home your own maritime art creation. Come to the Saco Museum and learn about nautical knots! Sailors use a variety of specialized knots while at sea. Enjoy the Voyages exhibit while learning how to tie these knots. We’ll have a competition to see who can tie their knots the fastest!

Saco Museum

Thursday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m.


SUMMER READING ADVENTURE: Africa

Join us every Friday at 11 a.m. this summer for a Summer Reading adventure! Rob Duquette musician, teacher and performer from Saco is here to continue his series on world sounds.  With percussion instruments we will learn different rhythms, feel the beat of musical history and play away!

Deering Room, Dyer Library

Friday, August 12 at 11am 

 

VOYAGES FAMILY FUN SERIES:  Shipwrecks at Wood Island Light

This series, presented in conjunction with the Saco Museum’s major exhibition Voyages and the Age of Sail, will give you and your family four great reasons to visit the Saco Museum this summer! On four days in July and August 2011, you can learn how to tie different nautical knots, learn about sunken treasure and shipwrecks around Wood Island Light, experience sea shanties, and examine the art of the sea and take home your own maritime art creation. Shipwrecks are on of the great dangers for sailors. Wood Island Light, located in Biddeford Pool, has served as beacon for ships since 1808. Despite it’s bright light, there have been many shipwrecks around the area. Sheri Poftak from Friends of Wood Island Light will be here to talk about the dangers and heroic rescues of shipwrecks plus a sea-related craft.

Saco Museum

Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m..

 

SUMMER READING ADVENTURE: Back Home in Maine, The Way Life Should Be
Join us every Friday at 11 a.m. this summer for a Summer Reading adventure! Award winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb is an enchanting and skilled performer.  She will tell many captivating multi-cultural legends that can carry you far.  A perfect ending to an enriching summer!

Deering Room, Dyer Library

Friday, August 19 at 11am 

 

ARTWALK ART TALK with Diane Bowie Zaitlin

Make the Saco Museum's "Point of Departure" exhibition part of your Artwalk evening!  At 6 p.m., artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin will speak with visitors about her 2010 residency at Great Spruce Head Island and the artwork that came out of it. Diane will discuss the role of drawing from nature in her artistic process.  This FREE event coincides with Biddeford Artwalk on Friday, August 26 (http://www.biddefordartwalk.com/) and is offered in collaboration with The Maine Drawing Project (http://chitna.asap.um.maine.edu/mainedrawing/).  "Point of Departure:

Works by Diane Bowie Zaitlin" remains on view at the Saco Museum through September 4.

Saco Museum

Friday, August 26, 6 p.m.

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

 

ARTWALK ART TALK with Christy Bergland

Make the Saco Museum's newest exhibition part of your Artwalk evening!  At 6 p.m., artist Christy Bergland will speak with visitors about her series of 16 drawings capturing the change of seasons outside her studio window in Biddeford Pool.  This FREE event coincides with Portland's First Friday Artwalk on Friday, October 7 (www.firstfridayartwalk.com) and is offered in collaboration with The Maine Drawing Project (http://chitna.asap.um.maine.edu/mainedrawing/).  "Christy Bergland: Late Seasons of Great Pond" is on view at the Saco Museum  September 17 through November 13, 2011.

Saco Museum

Friday, October 7, 6 p.m.

 

DYER LIBRARY/SACO MUSEUM  INFORMATION

 

Located side by side on Main Street, the Dyer Library and Saco Museum serve as a lively center of culture and education for Saco and surrounding communities. Since 1881, Dyer Library has served the changing educational and cultural needs of the Saco area. In addition to maintaining a strong and growing collection of books, periodicals, and reference materials, the Dyer Library offers extensive archives and a wide array of community programs. The Saco Museum, founded as the York Institute in 1866, boasts an exemplary collection of more than 11,000 objects, including superb collections of documented local furniture and other decorative arts, textiles, and costumes. The museum is well known for its rich collection of paintings from the Saco River Valley, including the largest and finest collection anywhere of portraits by deaf artist John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854).

 

LIBRARY HOURS

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30am - 5 pm; Tues and Thurs: 9:30am - 8pm; Sat: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

  

MUSEUM HOURS AND ADMISSION

Tues, Wed, Thurs 12 – 4 pm; Friday 12 – 8 pm (FREE from 4 – 8 pm); Saturday 10 am – 4 pm; and Sunday 12 – 4 pm (June-December only).  Regular admission: Adults $5; Seniors & Students $3; Children (7 – 18) $2; Children 6 and under, no charge. 

 

MUSEUM SHOP

The Museum Shop carries a wide selection of Maine-made crafts, ceramics, and jewelry as well as books, cards, and seasonal items. Stop in to pick up a unique gift for someone special today! No admission fee to visit the shop.

 

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is located at 371 Main Street (Route 1) in historic downtown Saco, Maine.  From the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 onto Route 195.  Take Exit 2A, Route 1 South (Main Street). The museum and library are about 8/10 of a mile down Main Street on the left. Turn into the parking lot: the museum is on your left and the library is on the right. Free parking.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

(207) 283-3861 general information

Website: www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org

Email: lrounds@dyer.lib.me.us (for library information) or museum@sacomuseum.org (for museum information)  or education@sacomuseum.org (for program information).