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General Discussion / 2021 Amherst Show
« on: October 24, 2020, 06:14:37 PM »
I read on the ARHS website that the 2021 show has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

Museum Discussion / Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: October 03, 2020, 07:20:03 PM »
What type of switch lanterns are preferred for use at the museum?  There are numerous switch lanterns starting to show up on various web markets, but I need to know what to look out for.

General Discussion / Investor(s) Wanted - Wiscasset Woods Lodge
« on: September 27, 2020, 01:54:03 PM »
Have received word that the Wiscasset Woods Lodge is now up for sale.  Saundra and Eric have decided to retire and move back West.  They are looking for a local person / group who would be willing to learn the business and take over for them.  As the Lodge is a WW&F favorite, maybe some members might want to consider pooling their resources for this business opportunity.

Museum Discussion / Museum Supporter is also in need
« on: May 01, 2020, 03:45:37 PM »
Received a note from our friends at Wiscasset Woods Lodge and they will remain closed through July now.  I also received a separate e-mail from an acquaintance that the Lodge is near it's breaking point with loss of income now being extended.  A fellow Lodge friend and I believe WW&F member has started a go fund me page for the Lodge.  For those loyal WWF members who always seem to be at the Lodge every SWW and FWW - please donate if you can.   Thanx

John & Chris Kokas

Here's the link:

Museum Discussion / Stay-At-Home Isolation "Fun" Raising
« on: April 08, 2020, 12:31:57 PM »
As the days turn into weeks which are turning into ??????  I started realizing the money I was saving by not driving all the time.  So in a spare moment, (I have a lot of those now), I figured how much I was saving.  Since I can't go anywhere, I figured why not donate the savings to a museum project.  Using the museum link through the gift shop is a great way to keep a funding stream open for projects that really need to be finished THIS YEAR !!!  I invite all who can to do the same....

For all you shack-wacky folks in Isolation.  A little song parody for your amusement:   8)

Work and Events / SWW 2020 - Spouse/Member Activities & Tours
« on: January 21, 2020, 10:24:33 AM »
Formal Announcement:

Local Business / Vendors are partnering with the Museum to provide activities and tours for members spouses and members for SWW 2020.  After years of folks complaining that their wasn't a lot to do for their spouses while members were working.  Local business has heard you and is partnering with the Museum to try out some local activities and tours that in turn can be combined with the Museum during tourist season for packages to sell to tour groups.

The sponsors / tour operators are basically doing this for far below tourist season prices as good will to the Museum's membership.  Please use the link:
  and support our local museum partners and vendors.  Your participation and feedback on the events is important for tour package development.

Museum Discussion / 2019 Fall Work Weekend - Accomodations
« on: May 05, 2019, 01:14:51 PM »
Just a FYI - Wiscasset Woods Lodge will be open for the 11-14 October FWW.  Members are still entitled to the 10% discount and the breakfast menu is expanded with some new items to go along with their old-time favorites.  Make your reservations early as it does sell out most FWW.

I heartily recommend the breakfast - 95%+ is made from scratch and they can make things to order along with their bottomless coffee cups.

Museum Discussion / Wood you Believe it
« on: May 05, 2019, 01:03:42 PM »
Just thinking out of box, can #10 be easily converted to wood?  I think we can use the same grates.

… getting coal in our stocking and being happy about it  :D

Tuesday and Wednesday this week our crew is meeting at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath in order to disassemble a pavilion that they have gifted us, thanks to facilitation by Dave Allan (our bridge contractor).  Meet time is 830; park in their main lot by the road. Please seek me out and check in with me upon arrival.

Pavilion 30x80 wooden structure with metal roof on scissor trusses, slated to become event space at AC.

This is wonderful news as the structure we are receiving is in great shape and will serve multiple functions at Alna Center.  I'm volunteering to help build a BBQ pit alongside - anybody want to join me?

General Discussion / FWW: Last call for Beverage Orders
« on: September 28, 2018, 12:59:00 PM »
It's the end of the month and I'm already packing the truck - last call for Moxie (original recipe) and Yuengling beer orders for all you folks up North!  Sorry, no credit card orders......

See you all in a week,

Your friendly Moxie Bootlegger  ;)

Museum Discussion / Track Materials Question
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:40:56 AM »
Can someone answer this question(s):  What is the preferred spike size that we use at the museum?  Who do we currently buy from?

Museum Discussion / A new connection with a sister museum
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:29:35 AM »
This SWW my wife and I tried something different by staying in Bath.  As part of our vacation we visited the Maine Maritime Museum just south of the Bath Iron Works shipyard.

Imagine my surprise when touring the grounds that I come across a section of mast from a Maine Schooner.  Yes, a large section of foremast from Mr. Winters "Luther Little" now stands proudly at the museum.  Upon checking out I got a chance to talk with several members of the museum staff and explained the connection between themselves and us.  They were completely unaware of the connection between the railroad and the schooners.  One of the members said they would make a point to visit Sheepscot and also about some possible archive research to learn more about the two ships if we had anything in our records.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:39:27 PM »
One of the things I really miss from Maine is Moxie soda.  Picked up several cases on the way home from FWW but alas it's almost gone.  I can get it through Amazon or Walmart but the price with shipping was crazy.  So just for grins I googled Moxie and discovered that Moxie is being bottled under license by the Catawissa Bottling Company, Catawissa PA, (just across the Susquehanna from Bloomsburg).  So now I can pick some up on my trips to State College and not feel deprived anymore.  Yippee......... :)

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