The Maine Lighthouse Museum has opened for the season with many changes, including a newly painted flag pole. Kenny Follet from Journey’s End brought the pole to Rockland Marine where staff sand blasted, primed and painted it with help from museum Chairman Paul Dilger and personnel from Rockland’s Coast Guard stations.

A new gift shop is open at the museum at 1 Park Drive in Rockland. Director Dot Black said June 8 that she was striving to keep everything in the shop Maine made from local artisans and businesses. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is open seven days a week. For more information, or to volunteer at the museum, call 594-3301.

Slots available in summer sailing program

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Boat Club announced that there are still openings in the 2011 Summer Sailing Program.

This year, the club will celebrate more than 16 years of sailing classes for all ages in the Midcoast.

Rockport Boat Club will offer 10 youth sailing opportunities for ages 6 to 17, in addition to private lessons for all ages and abilities at the individual or group level. For a second year, the club will offer a competitive sailing program. Students will learn the basics of racing and participate in several regattas throughout the summer.

The Rockport Boat Club fleet consists of JC9s and 420s. Instructors are certified through the licensed U.S. Sail curriculum, as well as trained in first aid and CPR.

For more information, including a class schedule and registration forms, contact Cate Lamb at youthsail@rockportboatclub.org or 236-1154 or visit the website at rockportboatclub.org.

Hunt Yachts at Trident Yacht Basin

ROCKLAND — Yachting Solutions has invited the public to Trident Yacht Basin for a Hunt Days event, featuring a number of Hunt models that will be available for in-water demonstration.

Representatives from Yachting Solutions and brokers from Cannell, Payne & Page will be available for any questions. Food, refreshments and entertainment will be provided on both days of the event.

Hunt Days will take place Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wilson Museum offers ropewalk event

CASTINE — Families are invited to What’s a Ropewalk?: Rope Making in the Nineteenth Century.

In colonial America, and into the 20th century, a ropewalk was a long walkway often enclosed in a wooden building where rope was made. Ropewalks were particularly important in coastal Maine in the early nineteenth century because rope was needed for the sailing vessels that were built in Castine and sailed worldwide.

On Thursday, June 23 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.., the Wilson Museum will give participants a chance to learn why rope was important 200 years ago, where it was made, and about the children who were paid to make rope. Children will make their own jump ropes using the museum’s rope machine.

Families with members of all ages are welcome to this free program. Parental involvement is required for children under the age of six.To  pre-register call 326-9247 or write to info@wilsonmuseum.org.

The Wilson Museum is located at 120 Perkins St. in Castine.

Whale search ended

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — U.S. Coast Guard Station Merrimack River and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration crews discontinued a search on June 3 for an entangled whale 20 miles east of Newburyport, Mass.

The search crews scoured waters for the whale for over three hours. They spotted several whales, but none were entangled or in distress.

As boating season ramps up, the Coast Guard announced that it is encouraging boaters to contact authorities if they spot distressed marine life. The Coast Guard has also advised, for safety reasons, that people not intervene with such animals.

To report a marine mammal sighting or stranding, or to volunteer to work at a stranding center, contact the Northeast Stranding Network. In Maine, contact College of the Atlantic at 288-5015 or the University of New England hotline at 580-0447.

Family Fun Days at Sail, Power and Steam Museum

ROCKLAND — Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will hold its annual Family Fun Days. Under the big tent and all across the grounds there will be a huge flea market including jewelry, art by local artists, crafts and marine items. A press release said there will be lots of rare items not seen at other sales.

Music and refreshments will be offered at the waterfront at Sharp’s Point South.

There will be a knot tying, splicing and rigging demonstration. The field will be scattered with so-called “make ‘n break” engines and numerous working steam machinery. A blacksmith will have his forge going while creating steel sculptures. The museum’s Model T Ford will take visitors on short rides around the complex.

The flagship Rekord, with its 1934 semi-diesel, will be open for visits and Gordon Bok will demonstrate the ancient art of wood carving.

To commemorate Rockland’s history as a producer of lime for cement, the museum has built a scaled down version of the lime kilns that used to line the shores of the harbors in Rockland and Rockport. This 10-foot-tall working model is the first kiln built in over 100 years. Weather permitting the kiln will be fired up to make lime and a lecture and demonstration on the lime industry will take place.

In the week starting June 10, the Maine Stone Workers Guild presents Sitting Pretty, a week-long exhibition in stone and other media that will feature seating and other work that inspires repose.

All events are free and donations are appreciated.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. in Rockland. For more information call 701-7627, write to ssmuseum@midcoast.com or visit the website at sailpowerandsteammuseum.org.

Boat show announces schedule

ROCKLAND — Boats, handcrafted products, and the summer scene will fill the Rockland waterfront and park Aug. 12-14 when hundreds of vendors join Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine for its annual boat and coastal lifestyle show. Examples of Maine-built boats from rowing craft and kayaks to sailboats and power yachts will be gathered together, as well as marine supplies, fine furnishings and home wares, art and jewelry, and sustainable energy products.

The show annually explores a different element of how tradition shapes innovation, a press release said. The focus for 2011 will be on coastal life circa 1936 from industry and enterprise to art, music, film and fashion, inspired in part by the 75th anniversaries of both the Penobscot Marine Museum and the Maine Windjammer Fleet.

The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will offer a diverse mix of live music, local food, and the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials on Sunday, Aug. 14.

For more information about the show, its exhibitors, and collaborative community events, visit maineboats.com.

According to the website wordorigins.org, “Scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle — to cut a hole in — and butt — a large cask. Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. Eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor.”

Send scuttlebutt to Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello at sauciello@villagesoup.com or call 207-236-8511.