Sandy Oliver, a well-known food historian from Islesboro, will demonstrate her skills Thursday, Aug. 19 at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s 200-year-old Conway House.

Part of the CRHS Historic Living series, Oliver’s appearance offers visitors a chance to see her in action and taste historic cooking done on the open hearth and bake oven.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. Society members are admitted free.

Oliver, who has worked in food history since 1971, is the author of “Saltwater Foodways” and “Food in Colonial and Federal America.” She also co-authored “Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History and Recipes” with Kathleen Curtin of Plimoth Plantation.

Guests also can see a blacksmith working and try their hands at throwing a tomahawk.

“How’s that for an afternoon of historic fun,” said Marlene Hall, the society’s executive director.

The Cramer Museum-Conway Homestead complex is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of August. The complex, owned and operated by the historical society, is off Route 1 at the Camden-Rockport town line.

Bean Hole Bean Supper

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society will host an old-fashioned Bean Hole Bean Supper on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Besides the beans, cooked in the society’s bean hole (pit), the menu includes pulled pork, homemade biscuits, salads of all kinds, and homemade pie for dessert. There will also be musical entertainment – Breakers Jazz, part of the Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble, conducted by Marlene Hall, CRHS executive director. Supper costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. Festivities take place, rain or shine, under the tent at the society’s Conway Homestead-Cramer Museum complex off Route 1 at the Camden-Rockport town line.