Winter Break Activities!

The Abbe Museum will host five free programs in five days during the week of February vacation Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22. Whether you are interested in learning Passamaquoddy, how to track animals in winter or how to make a birchbark-style basket, the Abbe’s winter vacation program series offers something for everyone.

Interactive and family-oriented activities also feature heavily in
our exhibition Wabanaki Guides, like this "tracking challenge"
that allows you to test your knowledge. 
And don't forget, our Family Circle is a great place
for kids to learn more while visiting the Abbe!
Monday the 18 - 10:00 am – 11:00 am, join Museum Educator George Neptune in an activity that teaches participants Passamaquoddy animal names. “Passamaquoddy names are very unique,” explains Neptune. “They often describe things like purpose or location. In the case of animal names, most describe the animal’s actions or behaviors.” Participants will take part in a matching game, after which they can pick their favorite animal to color.

Tuesday the 19  – 11 am - 3 pm, the Museum will offer a Winter Tracking Workshop as part of a series of programs accompanying the Abbe’s new feature exhibit Wabanaki Guides.  Led by Passamaquoddy Guide Matthew Dana, II, this workshop will start at the Abbe Museum Downtown and end at the Acadia National Park Visitor Center.  Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.  This program is nearly full, and reservations are required. Please contact George Neptune to reserve a spot: or 288-3519. 

Wednesday the 20 -  The Abbe will offer two weaving programs. Join Neptune from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to weave a Wabanaki-inspired paper star or come from 1:00 -3:00 pm to weave a bookmark. Both workshops teach skills that are the first steps towards weaving a basket.

Thursday the 21 - 12:00 pm -1:00 pm This is the second installation in the Abbe’s three-part 2013 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Designed to accompany the Wabanaki Guides exhibit, this adult-oriented program will feature Penobscot Guide Francis “Kean” Tomer, as he shares his experiences of guiding in the Moosehead Lake Region during the 1930s and 40s.

Friday the 22 - 10:00 am -12:00 pm The Abbe will wrap up a week of fun with a final workshop from Neptune, this time on birchbark baskets. Join George as he demonstrates how to fold and stitch your own birchbark-inspired basket.

All programs are free and all ages are welcome. Tuesday and Thursday’s Wabanaki Guides-inspired programs are made possible thanks to support from the Lynam Trust, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Acadia National Park. For more information on any of the programs, visit or call 288-3519.