For more information on any events listed below, please call 207-767-7299
♢ Saturday, April 29, 2017– The South Portland Historical Society’s museum – the Cushing’s Point Museum at Bug Light Park – will open for the 2017 season. The museum will then be open every day from 10am to 4pm, through October 30. Exhibits for the 2017 season include 100 years of Shipbuilding in South Portland (sponsored by Bath Savings Institution), Lighthouses and their Keepers, the Civil War, Sardine Factories, History of Local Schools (sponsored by the Maine Mall) and South Portland's harness racing tracks. Also, the rotating featured exhibit for this year will cover the history of South Portland’s people ~ the rotating exhibit is being sponsored by Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Town & Country Federal Credit Union, Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance, and the Marc Gup team at Keller Williams Realty.
♢ Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 8th annual Bug Light Kite Festival. 11am to 4pm. Come join us for a day of old-fashioned, kite-flying fun at Bug Light Park! Members of the Noreasters Kite Club and KONE (Kites Over New England) will lend their expertise and offer many activities, including a "How to Fly a Kite" workshop, demonstrations of show kites, bol racing and a candy drop for the kids. The club will also have a kite hospital to help with kite assembly and fixes. Kites will be available for purchase in the South Portland Historical Society's museum gift shop. The museum opens at 10am. There will also be food and drinks available for purchase at a barbecue fundraiser at the museum. Bug Light will be open to the public during the festival, as well, giving a rare chance to see the inside of the lighthouse, thanks to volunteers from the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club. 11am to 4pm.
♢ Wednesday, May 24, 2017 –Annual Meeting of the South Portland Historical Society, 6:30pm, at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road. After a brief business meeting, historian Terry Christy will give an interesting lecture covering the history of stage coaches and stage coach routes in Maine. Terry Christy was formerly the principal of Memorial Junior High and also served as a City Councilor and Mayor of South Portland.
Admission to the lecture is free for current members of the South Portland Historical Society; non-members may attend with a $10 donation. FMI, call the Society at 767-7299.
♢ Saturday, June 17 – Monday, July 4 - The South Portland Historical Society’s major fundraiser, the 11th annual Summer in Maine Auction, will be held at the museum at Bug Light Park! You can bid in a silent auction format any time through the 4th of July. Bidding will end after “Benjamin Franklin” reads the Declaration of Independence at noon on the 4th. Auction items featured will showcase the incredible variety of places to go and things to do during our wonderful Maine summers – items like cruises, golf, theater, museums, restaurants, and other summertime activities. You can bid on items like a family membership at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a sail for two on a Maine schooner, an overnight stay at one of a selection of fine Maine hotels, tickets to a show at a live theater or gift certificates to a local restaurant. Bidding will take place at the Society’s Cushing’s Point Museum at 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME 04106. Online bidding will be available through the South Portland Historical Society Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. FMI, call 767-7299.
♢ Tuesday, July 4, 2017 – Come join the fun at Bug Light Park where the South Portland Historical Society will host its 10th annual 4th of July event - the Independence Day Classic Car Show and Barbecue. The museum will open at 10am and the barbecue will start at 11am. Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, sausage sandwiches and more will be available for reasonable prices, with proceeds to benefit the museum. Come bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy lunch with us! At 12 noon, we will witness a fiery and patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence by our own “Benjamin Franklin”.
From 11am to 2pm, there will also be a display of vintage and classic cars on the lawn across from the museum. If you have an old car, you are welcome to join us; call 767-7299 for more information.
** At the 4th of July event, bidding on the Summer in Maine Auction will take place; bids will close at 1pm. Members of the NorEasters Kite Club will also be on hand throughout the day, flying their whimsical (and patriotic) kites for all to enjoy. A large selection of kites is available for sale in the museum gift shop, including kite wands for toddlers and young children.**
Celebrate our nation’s birthday with music, a picnic, vintage cars and games at the park, watch the kite flying (or fly your own) and take in the spectacular views of Casco Bay. Don’t forget to stay for the fireworks!
♢ Saturday, August 12, 2017 – Society member Susan McLellan Plaisted will present a living history demonstration on Saturday, August 12, from 11am to 3pm. For this program, “One Lump or Two: Tea in the 18th Century”, you’ll want to bring your own teacup so that you can sample the historic teas. Please come and visit at any time during the 11am to 3pm event, as this will be an on-going demonstration. This is a free event, but donations are most welcome.
To reach the museum, take Broadway east to the ocean, turn left onto Breakwater Drive, then right on Madison Street that leads right into the park. For more information, call 767-7299.
Ms. Plaisted is the proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She offers demonstrations of 17th century through 19th century Colonial American and European cooking methods, practices, and recipes, as well as pre-European-contact and post-European-contact Native American foodways. Her repertoire ranges from open pit, through down hearth, raised hearth, and cookstove cooking. Ms. Plaisted has offered many wonderful historic cooking demonstrations over the last several years, in memory of her parents, Guy Stanwood and Ruth Ellen McLellan. We are so blessed to have her share her talent and knowledge base with us. Our thanks to Susan for her ongoing support of the Society and its museum, and for these entertaining and educational programs.
♢ Sunday, October 8, 2017 – The Bug Light 5K, presented by Anthem BlueCross BlueShield. The South Portland Historical Society and the South Portland Land Trust invite you to their annual road race that will lead runners/walkers through lovely neighborhoods and past scenic bay and harbor vistas in celebration of the beauty, livability, and rich history of South Portland.
This run/walk attracts a broad range of participants, from very serious racers to members and their families who simply want to walk/run the scenic course in support of the local efforts of the South Portland Land Trust and the South Portland Historical Society.
For more information and to register, go to www.buglight5k.com.