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October 2016
Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park
19 Black House Drive, Ellsworth ME 04605
The Woodlawn News 

Woodlawn is bursting with color now that October has arrived.  The Black House is open for tours, Tuesday to Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. through October 31st.

This month, enjoy reading about our Woodlawn School Programs, appraisal days, upcoming community programs and our plans for Christmas at Woodlawn.

We hope you enjoy this issue of The Woodlawn News and invite you to share it with family and friends. It is published for the community and can be accessed by clicking below.
Woodlawn School Programs Attract
Area Schools 
Ellsworth 6th graders  enjoyed an Object Study program that let them get "hands-on" at Woodlawn! 
Kids love it, teachers love it, administrators love it.  The Woodlawn School Program is a win-win for everyone. 

Ellsworth 5th grade teacher Mary Jordan-Carter summed up the program by saying, "Woodlawn makes history come alive for students and connects them to their community in such a unique way. They receive a day of hands-on learning and experience living history, which can't be done by reading a book or using the internet.

7th & 8th graders from Blue Hill Consolidated School enjoyed sketching by the staircase.  
Kat Hudson, 8th grade teacher from  Blue Hill Consolidated School shared her class visit on the school's website.   Other schools that visited this fall include Monhegan Island School, Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, Connors Emerson (Bar Harbor), Surry Elementary, Cave Hill School (Eastbrook), and Pemetic (Southwest Harbor).
5th & 6th graders working with UMaine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers during Fall Field Days, History, Apples, & Soil Science.  
Woodlawn School Programs are funded with proceeds from the Ellsworth Antiques Show. Students attend free of charge. For details on our school programs, Anne Russenberger Keefe.    
Antiques Appraisal Events with Skinner, Inc
were well received at Woodlawn


Skinner appraisers Jane Prentiss and Kerry Stiles had fun with guests at What's it Worth?
Woodlawn held two well-received appraisal events with Skinner, Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Friday program, What's it Worth? drew
a lively crowd.  Guests enjoyed a wine and cheese reception presented by Rooster Brother, followed by an interactive presentation with the appraisers discussing the objects brought by the guests. 

Much to the delight of appraiser, Jane Prentiss, the first piece on Saturday was a beautiful example of local folk art.
On Saturday morning the appraisers were greeted by a wa iting line and a diverse mix of objects. Guests were not only interested in the value of their items, they were eager to learn more about their treasures .
The Rock & Art Shop tree lit up Marianne's bedroom in 2015.

Christmas at Woodlawn to welcome A Celebration of Trees

It's the beginning of October and that means its time to start our planning for Christmas at Woodlawn

Last December, the Black House was filled with 28 trees decorated by area businesses and organizations. It was such a huge hit for decorators and guests, we are inviting the community to help us decorate again this year. 
If your business is interested in joining the fun, call the office at 667-8671 for all the details.

To visit our photo gallery of some of the 2015 community trees, click here 
Sign-up for October Programs Today 
Visit our calendar page at woodlawnmuseum.org and read about these programs scheduled in coming weeks.
Sat. 10/22, 1 - 3:30 PM
Needle felting is an easy to learn, inexpensive creative outlet that requires no sewing, no counting, and no measuring.

Owls, A Whoo's Who?, a Nature Program at Woodlawn with Lynn Havsall
Wed. 10/26, 6:30-7:30 PM
It's almost Halloween! Learn how owls became associated with this spooky holiday and what tricks they use to catch treats of mice.

Complete details for all our programs are on our website where you can easily register and pay online.

Union Square, Ellsworth's young professionals group to host a run and fun event at Woodlawn.
Union Square to hold
3rd Annual 2-Mile Dead Run and Headless Half Mile at Woodlawn, Saturday, Oct. 22  

The 2-Mile Dead Run and Headless Half Mile,
presented by Union Square, returns to Woodlawn for its third year on Saturday, October 22nd. This is a family fun event with awards for best costumes and race winners.  For details and to register contact Union Square directly with a click here
From the Woodlawn Collection   
 Plate 54 design from
 Asher Benjamin's
American Builder's Companion
Where is the front door? Why does the brickwork look different? Were the two wings added on? Where did the plans come from? What's a triple sash window? These are a few of the many questions that guests have about the Black House's architecture when they visit. 

The house, built between 1824 and 1827 was based on a published design by American architect, Asher Benjamin ( 1773 - 1845) . Benjamin's work transitioned between Federal architecture and the later Greek Revival architecture He is perhaps best known as the first American to publish architectural pattern books. His handbooks contained masterful drawings with a great eye to detail along with practical advice.   

To view a flip-through copy of Asher Benjamin's American Builder's Companion, click here.  Look for Plate LIV on page 103 for the design titled, "a plan for a house intended for a country situation."  You will recognize it as Woodlawn, even though there is no front porch and pillars.
Staff and volunteers at our 2016 Spring Clean Up Day.
Meet New People and Have Fun - Volunteer at Woodlawn

Now that your busy summer days have passed, we invite you to spend some time with us at Woodlawn as a volunteer.  We have a number of fall and winter projects coming up that we can use your help on. To learn more and sign up, call Anne Russenberger-Keefe at 667-8671 or email, events@woodlawnmuseum.org  
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