News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 21, 2012
Castine Historical Society to feature Bicentennial Quilt

A quilt for the ages

Volunteers at the Castine Historical Society hang the Castine Bicentennial Quilt at the Abbott School in preparation for an open house on Saturday, December 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See page 3 for information on the open house and other holiday events scheduled for Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Castine Historical Society

The Castine Historical Society will kick off the winter holiday season with an open house at the Abbott School on Saturday, December 1, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend this open house, which celebrates the return of the Castine Bicentennial Quilt, and will feature light seasonal refreshments and an opportunity to do holiday shopping at the society’s Gift Shop.

Designed and constructed by 60 members of the Castine community and presented to the Castine Historical Society in celebration of the town’s bicentennial in 1996, the Castine Bicentennial Quilt is 24 feet by 6 feet, with seven panels depicting the history of Castine from its earlier settlement by Europeans in the early 1600s through the late 20th century. The quilt is typically on display during the society’s summer season, but this year’s “Schooner Bowdoin on the Greenland Patrol” exhibit, co-sponsored with Maine Maritime Academy, filled the exhibition hall at the Abbott School, leaving no room to display the quilt, according to a news release.

With the assistance of volunteers, the quilt has been re-hung and will remain on display throughout the winter; arrangements can be made to view the quilt after the open house by emailing or calling 326-4118.

The CHS Gift Shop at the Abbott School features an array of merchandise related to the Historical Society, its exhibits and history of Castine. Proceeds from sales benefit the mission and programs of CHS. For those not able to come on December 1, contact the Castine Historical Society to make arrangements.

The Open House is scheduled to coincide with other events in Castine on December 1, including the Holly Berry Fair at the Trinitarian Parish Church, the Friends of Witherle Library book sale, the Light Up Castine celebration and holiday festivities scheduled at many downtown businesses.