The Woodlawn News
The month of May flew by at Woodlawn as we welcomed many visitors and students to the estate for education, recreation and fun! The month ended with a Civil War encampment over Memorial Day Weekend. Please enjoy the article on the event in this month's News.
In the past several weeks, 316 students have visited the estate as part of our Woodlawn School Programs. Our goal is to serve 1,000+ students in 2016 and we are off to a great start. We offer programs both at Woodlawn and in area classrooms. If you would like more information on our student programs and curriculum, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There are some exciting things coming up this summer and we hope to see you here at Woodlawn soon! We invite you to share this newsletter with family and friends. The newsletter is published for the community and can be accessed by clicking below.
20th Maine Civil War Encampment
Fun on Memorial Day Weekend
The cannons roared and the visitors cheered as the Civil War reenactors from Company I of the 20th Maine Infantry and from the 6th Maine Artillery Battery held demonstrations on Sunday, May 29th. The 20th Maine Infantry presented on Civil War weaponry and had an impressive display of period arms.
A firing demonstration with musketry tactics including a bayonet drill and demonstration on Civil War pistol firing was conducted. The 6th Maine Artillery gave a short talk on artillery, artillery implements, artillerist uniforms and ordinance. They fired several shots from their 10Pdr Parrot rifle (cannon), much to the delight of our visitors. Both of the units were on hand throughout the afternoon, interacting with the public and answering questions. This event was free and open to the public.
Ellsworth's 4th Graders welcomed in early June
On the heels of our second 7th and 8th Grade Innovations! Spring Field Days which brought 216 students on campus, we welcomed one hundred 4th graders to Woodlawn on June 2nd.
The curriculum for the day was written by Ellsworth teacher Melanie Brown, a 2015/2016 graduate of the Woodlawn Teachers Institute. The students had recently visited The Carroll Homestead in Acadia National Park. The home was built in the same time period as the Black House. Both properties were also working farms. The students noted similarities and differences between the two family homes.
A field trip to Woodlawn often includes some time to get outside and have some fun. The Ellsworth 4th graders enjoyed playing a number of our historic games which was also part of the curriculum at the Carroll Homestead.
A warm welcome to our new guest attendant
On June 9th, Joanna Weaver will join our staff as our seasonal guest attendant. Joanna is a 2016 graduate of College of the Atlantic with a degree in Documentary Film Making.
A native of Gouldsboro Maine, she was attracted to the position at Woodlawn because of her interest in the Black House and its beautiful grounds. The part-time hours will allow her to pursue her film making with Sunlight Media Collective. A recent documentary that she worked on, The Penobscot Ancestral River Contested Territory, received an Emmy® award nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences New England for best documentary of 2015.
In her spare time Joanna enjoys gardening, boating and many outdoor activities. Welcome, Joanna!
Save the Dates!
Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn
August 17 - 20, 2016
The Ellsworth Antiques Show committee has lined up some great live music and added fun for each evening of this year's Show.
On Wednesday, August 17th, Grammy Award winning artist, Paul Sullivan returns to the Opening Night Cocktail Party. The fun starts at 5 p.m. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres prepared and elegantly served by Chipper's Restaurant, along with red and white wines. Order your tickets online
today for this very special evening.
On Thursday, August 18th from 3 to 6pm, you are invited to enjoy the music of the Night & Day Jazz Trio along with a great wine tasting. On Friday, August 19th from 3 to 6pm, it will be the lively sounds of the Acadia School of Traditional Music
and tasting of some great local beers. The Seal Cove Auto Museum
will be offering rides in its 1915 Detroit Electric car on both evenings. Complete details on the wine and beer tastings coming soon. And, here's perhaps the best part, these wonderful additions are included in your regular priced admission into the Ellsworth Antiques Show!
Black House Tours Off to a Strong Start
The Black House opened for its 87th season on May 1st and we are pleased to report our tour admission revenue was up 22% over May 2015. We feel this bodes well for the upcoming tourist season.
In reviewing our guest book, we found that our May visitors came from California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Vermont, Florida Pennsylvania, Illinois and Arkansas. Do you think we will have visitors from all 50 states? We plan to keep track and let you know how well we fare at the end of the season.
A New Look for
Have you had a chance to log on and explore our new website? We are enjoying learning from the design team at REACH Maine Marketing how to work with our new site to add new content and photos. We are pleased that so many of the site's visitors are signing up for programs and events using our new online registration and ticketing features.
We invite you to log on to the all new woodlawnmuseum.org and read Woodlawn's history and our current news stories, explore our calendar of events, sign up for a program or event and enjoy our photo galleries.
Calendar of Events
Our new website allows you to register and pay online. Just click on the "Details and registration" link in each listing to take you to the specific page on our site.
This 4-week class presented by Coastal K9 is geared for the 10-week to 5-month old puppy and have had their second round of vaccines. Details and registration.
Looking to gain good manners for the dog in your life? Coastal K9 is presenting a 4-week class designed to give you an understanding of canine behavior and the skills needed to have your dog focused on you for direction. Details and registration.
Honeybees, Beekeepers and You!
Sat. 6/11, 9:00 AM - Noon
Join Master Beekeeper and Master Gardener Volunteer Andrew Dewey to learn what honeybees collect, and discover what beekeepers do and provide to ensure their colonies are well nourished. Details and registration.
Woodlawn Invitational Croquet Tournament
Thurs.-Sun. 6/16 - 19, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Woodlawn Invitational Croquet Tournament is four days of fun paced play.
Woodlawn's croquet court is Maine's only tournament sized croquet court. The public is invited to watch, free of charge.
Introduction to Mosaic Design
Sat. 6/18, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Join us for an introduction to mosaic design class with Roxanne Poulin. Students will acquire skills in using common glass tools, practice cutting and shaping glass, and arranging pieces aesthetically. Details and registration.
The Magic of Fireflies
Wed. 6/22, 7:30-8:30 PM
Enjoy some midsummer night's magic with naturalist, Lynn Havsall who will enlighten us on the lives of fireflies. Details and registration.
Asian Brush Painting
Deadline to Register is June 10
Fri. 6/24, 10 AM - 3 PM
Artist Jean Kigel will instruct participants on ways to embrace the ancient art of brush painting on rice paper. This workshop will emphasize the specific handling of Eastern brushes, inks, and water-based colors on highly absorbent papers.
Using Alcohol Ink to Dye Glass
Sat. 6/25, 1 - 4 PM
Learn how to use alcohol ink to dye non-porous surfaces like glass, ceramic, metal & more with Amanda Coburn. Details and registration.
Tuesdays through out the summer, 2-4 pm. Open to the public, $10 per person, equipment provided.
From the Woodlawn Collection
This beautiful photo from the Woodlawn archives shows the Black House with the addition of the sun porch and the formal gardens. These additions were made by the last owner, George Nixon Black, Jr.
The sun porch was added in the 1880's and the formal gardens were added in 1903. After Nixon's death, the gardens were neglected for a time. Beatrix Farrand, noted landscape gardener who fashioned gardens on Mt. Desert Island in the 1920's and 1930's, was consulted when the gardens were restored. Today, the gardens have the original pattern of garden beds, however the plantings are not historically accurate.
Did you notice the peacock eloquently sitting atop the arbor?