Maine Maritime Museum in Bath has been waiting for more than 7 years to celebrate the completion of the sculptural evocation of the schooner Wyoming, a monumental, life-size representation of the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in the United States. The wait is now over.
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the Museum invites the public to join in the celebration with a free open house day of events, activities and family fun. Doors open at 9:30 and the party continues all day, concluding with an outdoor concert by Maine’s internationally renowned duo “Schooner Fare” from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
“This is a special moment, a transformative one for Maine Maritime Museum, and an exciting one for the residents of Maine and for anyone interested in maritime history. It’s a powerful example of how art can bring a story to life and ignite the imagination,” says Amy Lent, the Museum’s executive director.
“The Wyoming sculpture was already astonishing visitors from all over the world and the 6 masts make it even more spectacular. It’s a tremendous Maine icon and we’re throwing a big party and inviting the public to celebrate with us.”
The centerpiece for the day will be a ceremony dedicating the sculpture to George Twombly – a prominent supporter of theproject – and the highlight of the ceremony will be the raising of 8’ by 12’ (or longer) banners or flags on the masts, each representing an important element of the Wyoming’s history. Individuals instrumental in bringing the sculpture to reality and important to the Museum will serve as honorary flag raisers and cannons will announce when each flag reaches the mast top. The flags and banners will remain on the masts through the end of October and will be raised again each successive year in late May.
Other planned activities for the open house include traditional shipbuilding skills demonstrations such as steam bending, caulking, ship launching, treenail making, and others; kid’s crafts; period re-enactors; historic shipyard tours; a concert by the Bath Municipal Band and river and lighthouse cruises.
The Wyoming evocation, the largest outdoor sculpture in New England, is among the most visited and photographed sites in Maine. The design was conceived by acclaimed Maine sculptors Andreas von Heune and Joe Hemes.
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