August 19, 2013



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Re-enactor Ken Hamilton explains native life in the Berwick area during the late 1600s at a presentation at South Berwick’s Counting House Museum. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.

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Re-enactors to bring 1600s to life at encampment

Re-enactors from New England and eastern Canada will converge at the town's riverfront museum and park to participate in a weekendlong outdoor living-history presentation of a colonial encampment interpreting the time of King William's War, set in the late 1600s.

Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the event will unfold from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Counting House Museum and park on Liberty Street, a locale situated along the Salmon Falls River that was previously known, for generations, as Quamphegan Landing.

Historical Society program chair Paula Bennett said the event is intended to coincide with the 300th anniversary year of the establishment of Berwick, which now comprises the towns of South Berwick, North Berwick and Berwick. 

Encampment portrayers, led by veteran re-enactor Ken Hamilton, will demonstrate arts and crafts, regulation musket drills, cooking, camp life and colonial children's games on the site. 

Historical reproduction artifacts, including many depicting Native American folkways, will be on display throughout the site. 

"This is an easy and fun way to teach history because the public will witness the sights, smells and sounds of the era," said Bennett.        

Inside the Counting House Museum, visitors can see a new archaeology display of household utensils and other artifacts actually used at the homestead of Humphrey and Lucy Chadbourne, who operated a mill and raised a family in South Berwick in the late 1600s. 

The Chadbourne house was believed to have been destroyed in 1690 during a conflict known as King William's War, when French and Indian war parties attacked English settlers in the area of today's South Berwick, then known as Quamphegan.

Hamilton and company will be on site, rain or shine, throughout the weekend to talk about the particulars with visitors.

The presentation is free and all ages are welcomed. 

For more details , call the Historical Society at 384-0000, email, or go to


Symphony woodwinds offer 'Peter and the Wolf'

The Portland Symphony Orchestra's Woodwind Quintet will perform "Peter and the Wolf" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

This KinderKonzert offers a fun and interactive opportunity for young children to gain exposure to symphony music as they explore the different families of musical instruments.  

In "Peter and the Wolf," each animal is voiced by a different instrument.   

Children are encouraged to sing, dance and wiggle while they listen  and watch the orchestra members tell the tale.

The event is free.  

For more details, call 985-2173, extension 5, or visit


Historical Society sponsoring 3-hour boat tour Thursday

The Yarmouth Historical Society will offer a narrated boat cruise to Eagle Island aboard the Atlantic Seal at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

 This three-hour trip will leave from the Freeport Town Wharf in South Freeport. 

Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for all others. 

Advance registration is required by calling 846-6259 or visit the Yarmouth History Center at 118 East Elm St. to reserve your tickets.


Nominations sought for breast health award

Friday marks the deadline for submitting a nomination for consideration to receive a Maine Breast Health Cooperative's (MBHC) 2013 Breast Health Leadership Award.

The award is presented annually to acknowledge a Maine individual, group or organization who has made an exceptional contribution by promoting breast health, improving awareness and an understanding of breast cancer, or working toward elimination of the disease at the community, state and/or national level. 

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