Our Shared History Chowder Festival

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The Brick Store Museum and Kennebunk Free Library invite families and friends of all ages to the Our Shared History Chowder Festival on September 14, 2013, from 12:00-3:00PM on the grounds of the Museum and Library. This event celebrates the end of a summer-long collaboration between the Museum and Library in the Our Shared History maritime heritage programming, which began in May with a book discussion of Moby Dick. Admission is $5.00 per person. All proceeds will be split between the Museum and Library.

At the Festival, visitors are invited to taste chowders from local restaurants, which have generously donated one gallon of their best chowder for the event. During the tasting, the Our Shared History “Words of the Ocean” Poetry Contest winners will be announced, and their poems will be on display for visitors to view. At 2:30PM, visitors are invited into the Brick Store Museum’s program center to see an original one-act play discussing the ocean, past and present, by Steve Hrehovcik, starring Frank Stetson, titled “Battle in the Bottle.”

Thus far, the festival will host chowder from well-known local spots like Forbes Seafood Restaurant, Alisson’s, the Maine Diner, The Village Tavern, Arundel Seafood Center, and Litchfield’s Bar and Grill. Restaurants that would like to participate in this community event should contact Cynthia Walker, Our Shared History program director, at cwalker@brickstoremuseum.org, or call 207-985-4802.

Our Shared History joint events included a reading program; field trips to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and to Bath Iron Works and the Maine Maritime Museum to learn more about modern-day shipbuilding; a nautical-themed poetry contest; author lectures; Monday movie nights with maritime themes; a shipbuilding history tour of Kennebunk; and a maritime heritage exhibit at the Brick Store Museum.