The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum officially opens for the season on Saturday, May 23.
"We've put together a weekend of celebrations to launch our wonderful new exhibits, special activities, and distinguished speakers," said spokeswoman Eloise Beil. "The museum's Discover 1609 theme celebrates and helps illuminate the Quadricentennial of Samuel de Champlain's journey to the lake. This action-packed weekend at LCMM also includes an after-hours dedication of the Rinehart Blacksmithing Arts Center, the Bon Voyage Party for schooner Lois McClure, and a Sunday afternoon reception for the traveling exhibition of new paintings of the Hudson River, Different at Every Turn. Take a look at the highlights of our opening weekend festivities, as we kick-off a year that promises to be one to remember."
•Who was Samuel de Champlain? His name is seen everywhere as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the 1609 expedition to Lake Champlain, but what was he really like? His explorations and personal diplomacy helped shape the world of today, yet Champlain revealed almost no personal information in his writings. Discover 1609, the newest exhibit at LCMM, invites you to discover the skillful and tenacious man behind the myth.
•Be the first to see our new exhibits, Discover 1609, Paintings of the Hudson River, and Shipwrecks!
•Travel back in time with one of the museum's education specialists for a demonstration of the navigation tools intrepid explorers used in the 1600s to help make these often uncharted journeys. Demonstrations will be held at 11:30am on both Saturday and Sunday.
What advice would a captain who made 27 transatlantic voyages under sail in a wooden ship give to a mariner? Find out at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with dynamic readings of Champlain's own words by Simon Barenbaum, PhD and Ruth S. Barenbaum at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Selections in both English and the original French will include Champlain's advice to sailors and sea captains, as well as the account of his journey on the lake.
The coals are red hot at our new Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center! Take some time this weekend to see our forges in action, chat with blacksmiths & local metal artisans, and take a look at a some amazing sample works. Interested in some hands-on learning? LCMM offers blacksmithing opportunities all summer for teens and adults.
"Don't miss our special after-hours celebration, on Saturday May 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.," Beil said. "It starts with a bon voyage celebration aboard the schooner Lois McClure, followed by a tour and official dedication of our Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center, and will finish with a special viewing of the exhibit of new Hudson River paintings exhibit. Refreshments will be served."
Reception for Different at Every Turn: Contemporary Paintings of the Hudson River, Sunday May 24, 1-4pm. This traveling exhibition will be on view through June 28; LCMM is its only venue in Vermont.