Summer at the Freight Shed 2018


Tuesday, June 26, 6:30-7:30pm
Fish Lecture Series:  Maine’s Fascinating Sturgeon
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Midcoast Conservancy

Expert Dr. Gayle Zydlewski, from the University of Maine, will present about sturgeon life history and habitat as well as their population in the Kennebec and Sheepscot Rivers and other parts of Maine. For more information or to sign-up, call (207) 442-8400.

Wednesday, July 11, drop in 10am-2pm
17th Century Woodworking

Join MFS volunteer, Fred Gosbee for a look at woodworking techniques from the 1600s (when the original Virginia was built!) using a pole lathe and shaving horse.  Stop by to see Fred while he works on “wooden bits for the rigging” throughout the day.

Thursday, July 19, 1-3pm
Guided Tour of the Virginia

MFS shipwright Rob Stevens hosts an in-depth visit with the pinnace Virginia, currently under construction next to the Kennebec River.

Wednesday, July 25, 1-2pm
Enchanting Estuary with KELT and MFS

Join the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Maine’s First Ship to learn about the Kennebec Estuary…where the river meets the sea! Put your water knowledge to the test by building a model of the Kennebec Estuary. What does an estuary need? What habitats are created? What kinds of plants and animals live there? We’ll play games and run experiments all about our local estuary.  Come ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet–great for kids and families!

Let us know you’ll be joining the fun by emailing Becky at or calling 207-442-8400.

Wednesday, August 1, 11am & 2pm
Classic Sea Chanteys at Work

Old sailor’s songs, known as chanteys, were fun to sing but they had a purpose as well. Join the crew of Maine’s First Ship and learn some of the classic sea chanteys while you lend a hand at the tasks for which they were sung.  Led by former Golden Hinde crew, Jim and Lisa Nelson.

Wednesday, August 8, drop in 10am-2pm
Build a Model Boat

Rub elbows with Mark Phillips and other volunteer shipwrights and craft your own vessel. We will have pieces pre-cut for assembly with glue.  You will go home with your own tiny replica pinnace.

Thursday, August 16, 10am-12pm
Site Visit to Popham Colony

We will head downriver to tour the Popham Colony site with avocational archaeologist Orman Hines.  Orman will give a general description of the 18 years of excavations by Dr. Jeffrey P. Brain.

Because of limited parking, meet at the Phippsburg Town Office, 1042 Main Road at 10:00 am to car pool to the site.

Saturday, August 18, 9am-1pm
Fiber Day

Join Midcoast fiber artists for the fifth annual Fiber Day at the Freight Shed.  Explore crafts using fiber:  weaving, spinning, rug hooking, felting and other techniques.  Some demonstrations will include hands-on opportunities.  Textiles from the Highland Maya area of Chiapas, Mexico will also be on exhibit.

For more information contact Lori Benson, 207-841-7049.

Wednesday, August 22, drop in 10am-2pm
Lots of Knots!

Try your hand at knot tying with Virginia’s rigger, Jim Nelson. Learn to tie the sailor’s most important knots and make your own knot board! Jim will be working on the rigging all day –stop by to give him a break and you’ll make a friend as well as learn a new skill.

Sunday, August 26, 5:30-7:30pm
Full Moon Dinner

Chef Legnini of Turtle Rock Farm presents a menu of local foods featuring duck from Dragonfly Cove Farm. Produce, cheese and other delicacies from the farmers and vendors of the Bath Farmers Market and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm.  B.Y.O.B. Ben Betts of Boothbay Harbor adds music to the evening.  Space is limited to 60 guests.

To purchase tickets, at $50 each, or inquire about available volunteer and sponsorship opportunities contact MFS at (207) 443-4242 or

Wednesday, August 29, 1:00pm
Ballads from the 1600’s

The folk music duo, Castlebay, well known for their interpretations of traditional ballads from The Celtic lands, will present a special concert of songs from the time of Maine’s First Ship, Virginia. The seamen who came here and built the ship on the banks of the Kennebec in 1607 would have been familiar with a variety of folk songs and ballads which appear in collections from the time. Fred Gosbee, who has been helping to build Virginia’s replica, will present these songs with his partner Julia Lane accompanied with period instruments and historic explanation.

Wednesday, August 29, 6:30-8pm
Fish Lecture Series: Maine’s Atlantic Salmon
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Midcoast Conservancy

Join John Burows, from the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and Paul Christman, from the Department of Marine Resources, to discuss the state of Maine’s Atlantic salmon.  These two experts will present about the state of Atlantic salmon in Maine and restoration projects in the Kennebec, Androscoggin, and Sheepscot Rivers. They have worked on restoration projects to increase salmon habitat in Maine’s rivers.

Preregistration for the lecture is not required, but it is appreciated for help with program planning.  For more information or to sign-up call (207) 442-8400.

September 22, 5-7pm
Harvest Moon Dinner and Silent Auction
Bath Community Forestry Committee Fundraiser

With Chef Aaron Park

To purchase tickets contact Terry at (207) 443-8345 or

For more information contact MFS office at 443-4242, or