Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 14, 2014
Wilson Museum opens new facility
Castine Town Band performs
Conductor Silas Yates leads the Castine Town Band. The musicians performed on the evening of August 1 for the Wilson Museum’s dedication of its new Education Center.
by Tevlin Schuetz
The Wilson Museum officially opened its Education Center on Friday, August 1. Activities began in the early afternoon, and the site was later formally dedicated in a ceremony honoring the Hutchins family, four generations of whom have served the Wilson Museum.
The recently finished addition to the museum’s campus incorporates older structures that the museum owned and features its historic barn, which will serve as a venue for meetings, lectures and other educational programs and demonstrations. The building has a kitchen and is handicapped accessible.
The day’s activities included woodturning and woodworking, blacksmithing in the adjacent Blacksmith Shop, rope making and a scavenger hunt. Those in attendance also partook of refreshments, a highlight of which was a lemon cake with blueberry topping.
More than 120 people participated, a museum spokesperson said.
The Castine Town Band, under the direction of conductor Silas Yates, was on hand to celebrate the event.
Musicians delighted the crowd with performances of Copeland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” “The Blue and the Grey,” an arrangement by Clare Grundman, and “Anchors Aweigh” among others.
The Tarratine Fife and Drum Corps was featured, playing “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Rondeau” and “Araby’s Daughter.”
Band spokesperson David Unger entertained listeners between tunes with humorous comments, and Bob Friedlander, introduced as chairman of the board and president of the Castine Town Band, thanked museum executive director Patty Hutchins and the museum staff, saying that the “Wilson Museum is becoming a major venue and destination.”
Friedlander also reminded the audience that the band always accepts donations, adding “we import professional musicians….We fly them in from places like Orland and Bucksport.”