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Makers Guild of Maine Presents an Armenian Picnic & Klezmer Party          Free Admission
Jul 24, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Searsport Shores Ocean Campground,
216 W Main St, Searsport, ME 04974, USA
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What to Expect

1 PM to 3 PM

Grills are Fired UP

Join us as we fire up the grills with chunks of applewood and oak...perfect for the sizzling skewers of shish kebab! Think freshly grilled chunks of marinated sirloin, juicy tomatoes, crisp green peppers and fragrant onions from the organic garden.  We'll serve this over freshly made rice pilaf with plenty of mediterranean flavors.  There will be kufta and freshly baked flatbread, hummous and of course paklava with Armenian Coffee

1 PM to 3 PM

Dance to the melodies of the Armenian Band with your family and ours. The Middle-Eastern sounds of the Eric Laperna Ensemble will fill the air during lunch and the fabulous Helena Malone will belly dance in the garden.

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Mandala Weaving with Sarah Haskell and Susan Barrett Merrill

Join the mandala weavers in our garden for a hands on community art project.

Sarah Haskell, born and raised in New England, Sarah has a BFA in Textile Design from RISD and a Masters of Art and Healing from Wisdom University.  As a seeker, maker and creative pathfinder her medium is most often thread, investigating the mystery of encoded fabrics and the hidden language of cloth.      

Sarah has exhibited in regional and national shows at The September 11th Memorial and Museum, NYC, NY; The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; Museum Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX ; Artists’ Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME;  The Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH and The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KA.  Sarah is a 4 time finalist for the Greater Piscataqua Charitable Foundation.  She is a 2021 Fellow for the Maine Arts Commission.

Fiber sculptor, author and teacher Susan Barrett Merrill attended Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studied art at the Aegean School of Fine Arts in Greece, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and art from Goddard College in Vermont, and received a graduate degree from New Experimental College in Jutland, Denmark.

Susan has been spinning and weaving since her early 20s. She is a self-taught weaver. She taught weaving and spinning at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Kripalu Center in Western Massachusetts.

3 PM to 5 PM

Food Demonstrations in the Garden

If you sampled our food, you will want to know how to make it!  This is your opportunity for a preview of how it's done!  Drop in for a casual, free demonstration.

7:30 PM

Raku Pottery with Nate Winter

Raku ware (raku-yaki) is a form of Japanese pottery that was traditionally developed for the Japanese Tea Ceremony during the mid-16th century. The word Raku means “enjoyment”, “comfort”, and “ease”. This method was highly regarded by the Zen Buddhist Masters; Raku touches on many aspects of Zen Buddhist philosophy. The spirit of Raku embraces the four core elements: earth, fire, water, and air. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired Raku ware is removed from the hot kiln and transferred to cool in the open air. However, Raku techniques have been recently modified from its longstanding Eastern tradition. In fact, the familiar technique of placing the fired pottery in a container filled with combustible materials was only introduced during the mid-20th century by American ceramicist Paul Soldner.

7:30 PM

Klezmer Band

The Casco Bay Tummlers, based in Portland, Maine, have been performing klezmer music since 1988! We have released three recordings and were featured performers on the LL Bean Holiday CD. We also have a dramatic side, creating and performing the music for the world premiere of "Manifest" at the Portland Stage Company and for a whimsical Belgian documentary, "Mon noM".