Spring break fun

The Abbe Museum Over Spring Vacation: Workshops, Concert and a New Exhibit!

Spring is in the air and April vacation is just around the corner! The Abbe Museum is offering multiple free programs during vacation week. On Saturday, April 13th, come to the Circle of Four Directions in the downtown museum for a concert by Hawk Henries, a widely known flute-maker from the Nipmuck Tribe. Hear his beautiful songs, played on the Eastern Woodlands flute and other instruments, many of which he has crafted in his own workshop. Hawk's free performance will take place from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

Hawk Henries performs in

the Circle of the Four Directions.

Then, beginning Tuesday, April 16th, the Abbe will offer three full days of fun, free, educational workshops geared especially towards children and their families. On the 16th, Museum Educator, George Neptune will lead two sessions exploring “Birchbark and its teachings,” from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:30pm. Participants will join in different activities that relate to traditional and contemporary uses of birchbark. On Wednesday, two sessions will be offered for a full day on “Animals and their teachings.” From 10:00am-12:00pm and again from 1:00-2:30pm we'll look at the significance of animals in Wabanaki culture and language. Finally, through a morning and afternoon session on Thursday, Neptune will lead activities on “Brown ash and its teachings” from 10:00-12:00pm and again from 1:00-3:45pm. Each session will be filled with different activities, so participants are encouraged to come for both the morning and the afternoon on any of these workshop days. “For our Spring Break activities, I decided to not only focus on specific themes, but to design a day at the Abbe Museum for local children and their families. Each day will include a craft activity, a modern story, Wabanaki stories and a tour of our newest exhibit, Wabanaki Guides,” explains Neptune.

Click here for a detailed schedule of these activities.

The 2013 Waponahki Student Art Show will open

to visitors on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

On Thursday, April 18th, Maine Indian Education and the Abbe Museum will again collaborate to open the 2013 Waponahki Student Art Show. This exhibit always brings together a wonderful variety of art created by Native American students from early childhood education through high school. Using a wide array of media, the young artists incorporate tradition beliefs and value with the modern, multi-cultural world around them. “It is an exciting time every year when the new student artwork arrives. It is wonderful to see what the students have created, and to read their comments about their artwork. It is an even greater pleasure to watch the student artists show off their work to family, friends and teachers at the reception- the pride they have in what they have created is terrific,” reflects Abbe Curator of Collections, Julia Clark. The exhibit will be on display at the Abbe through October, 2013. 

Read more about upcoming exhibits at the Abbe Museum.

Aside from these special programs, the Abbe Museum will maintain our spring schedule during the week of spring vacation, and be open to visitors Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00.