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2011 Season Preview at LCMM


Contact: Eloise Beil, Community Relations Manager
(802) 475-2022

The View from Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Signs of spring come early to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, where some great new programs and exhibits are beginning to grow. Like everyone who lives in Addison County, the museum is eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Lake Champlain Bridge. “Our 1862 schooner Lois McClure is planning her itinerary to make sure that she can be there,” comments Erick Tichonuk, LCMM Deputy Director, and of course she will be accompanied by her faithful sidekick, the wooden tugboat C. L. Churchill. Visitors who want a sneak preview of the occasion can visit LCMM’s Champlain Bridge exhibit to see a “virtual reality” film of the schooner sailing under the new bridge, courtesy of HNTB and NYSDOT.

New exhibits and Special Events offer great reasons to visit LCMM. The museum opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend, and Sunday May 29 is the opening reception for a traveling art exhibit, From the Page’s Edge, Water in Literature and Art. The show, featuring contemporary paintings inspired by water, will be on view through June 26. Lake Champlain’s shipwrecks and the poetry of UVM professor Daniel Lusk inspired one of the paintings by Vergennes artist Eloise Beil. Gifts of handmade fishing implements from Elnu Abenaki Chief Roger Longtoe and Vera Longtoe, armor, canoe paddles and miniature bark canoes from Frederick Wiseman, and video footage of traditional Abenaki songs and crafts will be added to LCMM’s special exhibit on Native Americans in time for the museum’s Native American Encampment on June 25-26. A collection of over 50 vintage outboard motors, donated by the late Raymond R.Unsworth of Burlington in 2010, will be the centerpiece of a new exhibition and the theme for this year’s Small Boat Festival on July 9-10, which also features members of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, Captain Jeff Brewster of Tugboat Trilogy, on-water activities for all ages, and an opportunity to learn swing dancing. In August, LCMM hosts a new event, Crafts & Trades of the 18th Century, with live demonstrations by costumed re-enactors.

Just for kids – six new Summer Programs are coming up in June, July and August. Each four-day program led by museum staff and guest instructors is offered Tuesday through Friday and is designed for various age levels. Kids ages 6-10 can learn Native American Crafts & Lore,or Sailor Arts; ages 8-12 try snorkeling in the Skin Diver program or learn Colonial Crafts & Trades. For ages 10-14, On-Water Ecology offers field trips to explore the lake’s wildlife and water quality, in an expanded program thanks to a grant from Lake Champlain Basin Program. For teens (ages 13-16), LCMM offers Champlain Discovery, the experience of a lifetime – build your own 17’ sea kayak in three weeks, then take off for an 11 day paddling and camping adventure on Lake Champlain. Scholarships available.

Chart Your Own Course at LCMM – a new learning opportunity. LCMM offers lots of opportunities for hands-on learning: classes in blacksmithing for adults and teens, a family boat-building workshop, and digital photography are only a few. Now you (and your friends) can book a class with a top-quality instructor to fit your own schedule. Log on to to check course topics and register your interest – the museum will contact the instructor and set up the class! 

These are only a few highlights of the 2011 season at LCMM.
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