Programs & Events

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Featured Events  

National Ships in a Bottle Day!
October 4, 4:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate National Ship in a Bottle Day with a presentation by Dana Perkins, a professional ship in a bottle craftsman from Saco. Have ever seen a beautiful, fully rigged, ship in a bottle and wondered, "how did that get in there?" Well come find out! Dana will demonstrate the basic principles of putting ships inside bottles and give members of the audience a chance to try their hand at some simple exercises using some of Dana's special tools. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about and try your hand at this centuries old craft. Deering Room, Dyer Library

Art, Artifacts, and Anecdotes: 150 Years of Collecting at the Saco Museum
June 11 - October 30, 2016

Established in 1866 as the York Institute, the Saco Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016. In the years since its founding, the Museum has acquired a rich and diverse collection of objects. Many of these artifacts came to the museum with fascinating accounts of the people who owned or made them. Join us this summer as we explore the intriguing stories-sometimes true and sometimes not-behind noteworthy objects in the museum's collection. Along the way, we will also delve into a number of popular myths and misconceptions about life in early New England. From portraits by noted artist John Brewster Jr., to finely crafted furniture (both large and small), to a 1950s bass drum from the Vacationland Drum and Bugle Corps, there will be something of interest for all to see.

Harry Potter Night
September 27th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with Banned and Challenged Book Week we kindly invite the magical and muggle community to join us for an evening at Hogwarts! Watch as potions explode, spells transfix, and magical creatures come to life in your very own hands. Visit Ollivanders wand shop to create your perfect wand and embark on a library wide search for the elusive horcruxes which, when collected, will unlock your Potter world prize. At the end of the night savor magical delicacies from Honeydukes Express and the Leaky Cauldron in Hogwarts Great Hall. Special prizes for those who can demonstrate skills at defense against the dark arts and knowledge of spells!

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