The second annual Penobscot Bay Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes crafts, music, demonstrations and presentations for children and adults.

Admission is free, with donations encouraged. Refreshments will be available.

Throughout the day, master canoe maker Steve Cayard will demonstrate the art of birchbark canoe building; and finished birchbark canoes will be on display, along with the rest of the museum’s small craft collection. Members of Maine’s Native American tribes will exhibit and sell a variety of crafts.

At 1 and 3 p.m., musicians and marine historians Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo will perform a concert of sea chanteys including whaling songs collected by Joanna Colcord, a member of the prominent Searsport seafaring family that helped found the museum.

Curator Cipperly Good will give an illustrated presentation on Maine’s windjammers at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Visitors also will enjoy “Earning Their Keep,” the museum’s popular windjammer exhibit.

Children can make several craft projects and bring their completed projects home. They can paint their own lobster buoy, make a model lighthouse and build a marine shadowbox or diorama from art materials and small objects. Children also may touch and hold live sea creatures in the marine aquarium Touch Tank and participate in activities and games in the museum’s Marine Science Lab.

Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to the state’s largest display of historic boats and outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, ship models and historic photography. Its campus recreates a bustling coastal village during the Age of Sail. Admission is always free for Searsport residents. For more information, call 548-2529 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to