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  • Christmas At Woodlawn - Holiday House Tours & Gift Shop Open
    December 01, 2015

    Open everyday from December 1-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Tour Woodlawn and see splendid decorations while hearing a special audio tour presentation on...

  • Holiday Train Display
    December 05, 2015

    Christmas at Woodlawn is pleased to include a working train display
    by Eastern Maine Model Railroad Club in the Sleigh Barn this year. Railroad ...

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Woodlawn Curriculum Presented at Statewide Teachers Conference

On November 13th,  8th grade teacher Kathleen Hudson and her colleagues,  science educator, Nell Herrmann and  art teacher Penny Ricker from Blue Hill Consolidated School presented, Woodlawn - The Black House, A Walk Through the Past at the Write Here, Write Now: Writing Across the Curriculum conference in Augusta, Maine.    This annual curriculum conference was presented by the University of Maine and attended by educators from across the State.

Hudson, was asked to present at the conference because of her training in both the National Writing Project and the Maine Writing Project which supports the professional development for Maine educators and writing activity for Maine Students.  Her presentation was based on curriculum she developed as a participant in the 2015 Woodlawn Teachers Institute.

Schools and Students are Loving Woodlawn as a Classroom

When you ask adults about Woodlawn, you most likely hear about the Black House and the trails.  Ask area school children about Woodlawn and you will learn very quickly that it is a cool place of discovery that offers really neat learning programs that they just love.

During the 2015 regular season at Woodlawn, (May 1 to October 31) 647 students visited the estate to participate in learning activities specifically designed for their age groups. According to Woodlawn’s executive director Joshua Torrance, “We have had preschoolers to 8th graders, from fifteen different communities, come and use Woodlawn as a classroom so far this year. The curriculum used for their visits has been developed over several years by our director of education and program development, Anne Russenberger- Keefe in conjunction with area school teachers, educators and community partners.”

Students Enjoying Curriculum Developed at Woodlawn Teachers Institute

A central part of the Woodlawn mission is to work with local schools and provide educational experiences for students of all ages. So far this year, 640 students have been on the Woodlawn campus for programs completely free of charge using the proceeds from the Ellsworth Antiques Show.

Woodlawn Croquet Program: Helping to get the balls rolling for the Outer Island Croquet League

The Woodlawn Croquet Program is holding several instructional clinics to help get the croquet balls rolling for the Outer Islands Croquet League. This recently formed League was established to develop croquet programs at nine island schools, Monhegan, Isleboro, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Isle au Haut, Swan's Island, Frenchboro, Islesford and Matinicus.

Woodlawn Fall Field Days Delight Area School Children

The sounds of laughter and learning filled the clear, crisp air the first week of October when the 5th and 6th Grade Fall Field Days made its annual return to Woodlawn.  More than 200 students from five area schools participated over two days.  Students from Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, Cave Hill, Connors Emerson, Dedham and Penobscot attended.

2015 Woodlawn Croquet Big Lobster Tournament Wrap-up

The 2015 Big Lobster Croquet Invitational concluded on Sunday, September 13, 2015 after five days of spirited croquet play on the coast of Maine. The tournament, sponsored by the Woodlawn Croquet Program treated guests to amazing views of Acadia National Park, delicious Maine lobster, and a unique blend of six and nine wicket competition in various Downeast Maine venues. This year, players from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, Virgin Islands, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Canada, competed along with local players from Maine for the bragging rights to be Big Lobster Champions.

Woodlawn 2.0 – Imagining the Black House Redesigned For 21st Century Living

Woodlawn invites you to attend an upcoming event that is sure to spark your imagination as local architects present a design forum, Woodlawn 2.0 Redesigned For 21st Century Living on Friday, September 25th from 3 to 7 p.m.   The design forum, using concepts created by three Maine architectural firms, will envision the Black House as a contemporary living space.

Woodlawn Receives $4 Million Matching Grant for Multi-Purpose Facility

Woodlawn is pleased to announce that it has received a $4 million matching grant from a private foundation and other donors to support its Campaign for Woodlawn, a fundraising effort to fund a multi-purpose facility on the 180 acre estate.  The building project will provide spaces for Woodlawn’s educational and recreational programs, visitor services, event, exhibition and organizational support spaces. It will also provide the community with needed space for gatherings, meetings and functions.

Antiques Show Dealer Repairs Woodlawn Barometer

Woodlawn was in luck this year when John Forster, owner of Barometer Fair from Sarasota, Florida participated in the Ellsworth Antiques Show.  Forster specializes in barometer restoration and repair and was able to bring Woodlawn's signed Bapa(tiste) Ronchetti barometer back to working order. He completed the repairs during the Show and the barometer was promptly returned to the wall just outside John Black's office on the main floor of the Black House.

2015 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn - A Success!

This year’s Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn has been deemed a success.  While the final figures are not yet in, Woodlawn administration projects the proceeds to be in the range of $20,00 to $25,000. This is great news for area schools as proceeds from the Show help support Woodlawn’s educational programs through an established education fund that allows Maine students to participate in Woodlawn programs free of charge.


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