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June

3 Dairy Day & Free Admission to Willowbrook! - Discover the many uses of milk as you churn butter, make ice cream, milk Willow, the "cow," and watch cheese being made (scheduled activities from 11am-3pm).
Bryant & Sons will provide hay wagon rides from 10:30am until 1pm.
Blacksmith Richard Holden demonstrates at Willowbrook's forge from 10am until 3pm.
Also this day, Limerick Newfield Lions sponsor an antique car meet in memory of David Wentworth of West Newfield from 10am to 2pm. Contact Denis Crowley (207-793-2776 or line.lions@live.com) for more information.
June 13 Dairy Day Schedule--Be on time!
Demonstrations and displays are something you watch; the rest are "hands-on."

Time Activity Location
10:30am - 2pm Wagon Rides Get on in driveway by blacksmith shop
Rides last approximately 5-10 minutes

10am - 3pm Blacksmithing Demo Blacksmith Shop (Building #4 on map)

10am - 2pm Antique Car Display Various locations on museum grounds

11am - 3pm Lawn Games Lawn in front of Carousel (#6 on map)

11:30, 1:30, 3 Carousel Demo Carousel Building (#6 on map)

11am, 1pm Butter Making/Tasting Durgin Barn (Building #2 on map)

12pm, 2pm Ice Cream Making Durgin House front lawn (by #7 on map)

1pm, 3pm Ice Cream Eating Durgin House porch (#7 on map)

12:30pm Cheese Making Demo Durgin Barn (Building #2 on map)


The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6-18, and under 6 free.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: Free!

4 Emails from the Past - Newfield Historical Society building, on the grounds of 19th Century Willowbrook Village
3 pm. "Emails from the Past," a look at the first three decades of the 20th Century through historic postcards sent to Anna Moore while she lived in the William Durgin house. Postcards were a very popular form of communication between friends and family members, and remained popular into the 1920s as an informal system of communication, which we could compare to the emails of today. People sent postcards on a frequent basis, leaving out words, ignoring rules of grammar, and using many abbreviations, just as we do in emails today. Presented by Willowbrook's 2008 intern, Angie Rankin, who created the program. A guided tour of Willowbrook's Durgin house follows the program. Refreshments will be served in the Historical Society building.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: Free!

17 Carousel Rides and Blacksmithing Demonstration - Carousel Rides and Blacksmithing demonstration by Betsy DeBrakeleer.
Carousel rides on Willowbrook's 1894 Armitage Herschell "steam riding gallery" are being offered on Saturday, May 23, every 30 minutes beginning at 10:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm. Rides are free with admission to the Village, or tickets may be purchased for $3 each. An adult must ride with anyone under the age of 10. Feet must reach the stirrups to be able to ride on a carousel horse alone.

Steam riding gallery, merry-go-round, hobbyhorses, flying Dutchman, steam circus, and flying Jenny are all different names for carousels. The 1880s through the early 1930s have been referred to as the "golden age" of the wooden carousel in the United States. More than 6,000 hand-carved wooden carousels were made and operated during these years--less than 300 remain today. About 25 percent of American-made carousels were made by one of four Herschell Companies of North Tonawanda, New York, and were shipped to purchasers via the Erie Canal.

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: none
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

July

4 - 5 Independence Day Celebration - Pack a picnic and bring the family! We'll be playing old-fashioned lawn games (croquet, hoops, Graces), making firecracker ice cream, and listening to patriotic music.

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6-18, and under 6 free.

To view the season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $3 admission day!

8 Summer Evening at Willowbrook Fundraising Event - 5:30-8. Spend a magical summer evening at Willowbrook enjoying music, talking with friends and neighbors, tasting appetizers, sampling wines and beers, and taking the ride of a lifetime on Willowbrook's 1894 carousel (rides at 5:45, 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45). Please make your reservations by Friday, July 17, by calling 207-793-2784 or mailing $25 per person to Willowbrook, PO Box 28, Newfield, ME 04056.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $25 per person

15 Carousel Rides and Blacksmithing Demonstration - Carousel Rides and Blacksmithing demonstration by Betsy DeBrakeleer
Carousel rides on Willowbrook's 1894 Armitage Herschell "steam riding gallery" are being offered on Saturday, May 23, every 30 minutes beginning at 10:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm. Children 10 or older, or those that are tall enough to reach the stirrups may ride without an adult. One ride is included with museum admission; additional rides are $3.

Despite Ivory H. Fenderson's riding rules for his 1894 Armitage-Herschell Steam Riding Gallery, the town fathers of Kennebunk prohibited Fenderson from gaining a permit to operate the carousel in the early 20th Century. Fenderson's rules included "no boys allowed to stand on horses," and "no spitting tobacco or snuff on the machine," however the men of Kennebunk feared that riders would behave boisterously and inappropriately and did not want the carousel in their town. In rebellion, Fenderson ignored their wishes and had the portable carousel put together and operated it anyway, and was forced to pay fines levied by the town. Today, Fenderson's 1894 carousel is located at 19th Century Willowbrook Village, and provides rides for delighted visitors one Saturday each.

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: none
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

August

24 Mainely Woods Rug Hookers Demonstrate at Willowbrook - 10am. Mainely Woods Rug Hookers demonstrate at Willowbrook on the Durgin House porch.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

29 Wood'n Fiber Day at Willowbrook - A variety of activities and demonstration relating to wood and fiber will be presented today, including Fred Chellis, Windsor chairmaker; Bob & Chuck Perry, Streaked Mt. Woodcarvers; Bryant Taggart, woodturning; Larry Cable, electrolysis & antique padlocks; Jack Guzman, woodworking demo; and Paula Taggart, weaving on Durgin Barn loom. Activity Stations for Kids will be available from 11am-2pm and will includes activities such as weaving, spinning, papermaking, and more.

Also on this day, Maine Antique Power Association and Southern Maine Tractor Club members will display (and "fire up") engines and tractors.

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6-18, and under 6 free.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

12 Newfield Old Home Days - The first Old Home day was held in 1914. Activities took place along the road near Harry Moulton's store (see picture above) and in the field nearby, including tug of war with close to 10 men on each side and a baseball game in afternoon. Homemade ice cream sold at the ball game was highlight for Bridges children. John Carlton hitched up a hay wagon and gave some of the West Newfield kids a ride down to Newfield Village for the events.

Dinner was served to a large crowd in Towle's hall above the store near the bandstand. Evidently that hall was overcrowded because at the second Old Home day in 1916, tables were set up both upstairs and down in the schoolhouse. There, In a building with no kitchen and no running water, a fricasseed chicken dinner was served. Hot food was prepared at several nearby homes and carried in.

Old Home Day was revived in the 1930s and held three years in a row from 1935-1937. Plans for each included a band concert, water sports at Rock Haven Lake, baseball games, an auto parade from West Newfield to Newfield Village, a baked bean supper, and a costume dance.

Once again, Newfield Village will be the site of Old Home Day. On Saturday, August 22 only, 10am-3pm
Free admission to Willowbrook!
Newfield Historical Society, Limerick Newfield Lions and Willowbrook co-sponsor this 2nd annual event. Enjoy historic craft and trade demonstrations (Windsor chairmaking with Fred Chellis, blacksmithing with Tom Kiernan), games, vendors, music (11am and 2pm in the bandstand), carousel rides and more! Call if you would like to participate.

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day. Admission is usually $9 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6-18, and under 6 free.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

13 Newfield Old Home Days - On Sunday only, 1-3:30 pm. Newfield Historical Society Building (located next to Willowbrook)
Observe Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday with Civil War reenactors Toby Stinson and Carolyn Lawson as they discuss Maine's role in the Civil War and visit with President Lincoln (Steve Wood).

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6-18, and under 6 free.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: Free!

September

9 Annual Civil War Encampment at Willowbrook - 10am-3pm. During their 7th annual visit, Company A, 3rd Maine will set up camp and provide authentic demonstrations of mid-19th century military drill, period fife and drum music, and impressions of Civil War medical care throughout the day. Learn more about these folks at thirdmaine.org.

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6-18, and under 6 free.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: none
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

16 Carousel Rides, Blacksmithing Demonstration by Tim Green & Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA) Fall Meeting - Carousel Rides, Blacksmithing Demonstration by Tim Green & Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA) Fall Meeting

MOCA Meeting, 9am-3pm
Maine Old Cemetery Association holds its fall meeting in Newfield. MOCA members and non-members are invited to attend. This meeting is being sponsored by the Historical Society of Newfield and 19th Century Willowbrook Village.

The morning session will be held in the Historical Society building, with registration starting at 9am. Registration fee is $3.00 and will include coffee and a morning snack. A few displays will be set up. From 9:45-11:20, there will be a business meeting led by MOCA President Cheryl Patten with election of officers, and information about Newfield, Willowbrook and the activities scheduled for the afternoon.

Lunch will be served at the Willowbrook Sandwich Shop at 11:30 am. It will include soup, 1/2 sandwich or wrap (select from ham or chicken salad), chips, pickle, beverage and a sundae for the price of $8.75. There are covered picnic table outside for those who prefer to bring their own lunch.

The afternoon session, beginning about 12:30, will be held at Willowbrook in the area of the Country Store. Those attending will be divided into three rotating roups to experience a taste of Willowbrook: Video overview and chat with Willowbrook Director Amelia Chamberlain, abbreviated tour of the William Durgin House, and abbreviated tour of the nearby Carriage House. Also scheduled will be a "tour" of the old Newfield Village Cemetery which has been much improved over the past few years as a project of the Historical Society of Newfield.

For more information or to sign up for the group lunch, call 207-793-2784.

Carousel rides on Willowbrook's 1894 Armitage Herschell "steam riding gallery" are being offered on Saturday, May 23, every 30 minutes beginning at 10:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm. Children 10 or older, or those that are tall enough to reach the stirrups may ride without an adult. One ride is included with museum admission; additional rides are $3.

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6-18, and under 6 free.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

17 Garden Tractor Pulls - Southern Maine Garden Tractor Club members participate in garden tractor pulls. For more information or to participate, call Punky Noble at (207) 324-7008.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

October

30 Carousel Rides and Blacksmithing Demonstration - Carousel Rides and Blacksmithing Demonstration by Tom Otis.
Don't miss your last chance this season to ride the 1894 Armitage Herschell carousel Saturday, October 10! Every 30 minutes from 10:30 through 3:00, you'll have an opportunity to ride this historic form of entertainment. Originally a ride for adults, our carousel horses rock in place giving the allusion of riding on a real horse. You must be 10 years or older to ride on your own and your feet must firmly reach the stirrups. Rides are free as part of museum admission or rides only at $3 apiece. An adult must ride with anyone under the age of 10. Feet must reach the stirrups to be able to ride on a carousel horse alone.

The Village is open 10am to 5pm, 5 days each week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, through Columbus Day.

To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: none
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org
Fee: $9 adults; $7.50 seniors; $4 ages 6-18; members and under 6 free

14 Old-Fashioned Halloween - Old-Fashioned Halloween sponsored by the limerick and Newfield Historical Societies, the Limerick Newfield Lions Club and 19th Century Willowbrook Village as a fundraising event. There will be a guided tour of the Durgin House decorated for Halloween. Learn about the history of Halloween and listen to ghost stories while touring the house. Details, including times and fee, are still being planned. To view the 2009 season's calendar of events and activities, visit Willowbrook's website at willowbookmuseum.org. For more information, call Amelia Chamberlain, director, at 207-793-2784.

Address: 70 Elm Street , Newfield, Maine
Ph: 207-793-2784 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org
Web: www.willowbrookmuseum.org

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