Gifts, cookies and concert at Children’s Museum

Dec 05, 2012
Bob Stuart

Rockland — Coastal Children’s Museum will get ready for the giving season with a weekend of events Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16. Former teacher and local artist Marianne Swittlinger will kick things off with a gift-making workshop Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. On Sunday from noon to 1:30 p.m., Bob Stuart and his wife Elizabeth will host a free concert and cookie-decorating workshop.

Swittlinger has brought her artistic eye and her contagious smile to the museum with art workshops since the museum’s first days. Most recently she was the architect overseeing the build of the museum’s sea-themed gingerbread house for the Festival of Lights celebration. During the Saturday workshop, she will help children make simple gifts of ornaments, frames, bracelets and more. This workshop is drop-in and is included in the price of admission/free for museum members.

On Sunday, upstairs in the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, Bob Stuart, a songwriter and performer of more than 40 years, will be singing the favorites as well as some festive originals; his wife Elizabeth’s cookies are not only delicious but also great fun to decorate. The cookies will be decorated from noon to 1 p.m., and the music will run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. Those who want to stay in musical mode can stay put and listen to the weekly jam the Sail Power and Steam Museum holds every Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. with local acoustic players and singers.

The Coastal Children’s Museum is located at Sharp’s Point South, 75 Mechanic St. A nonprofit dedicated to providing an opportunity for children age 2 to 9 to discover, explore and learn through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences and the diversity of Maine’s coast, the museum is open all year long. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information about news and events, as well as memberships available, visit or call the office at 596-0300.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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