With the uncertainty of the State of Maine “phased opening” we are planning to move the opening of the Museum to July. Please check back often for any changes to the schedule which might occur and follow the Patten Museum page on Facebook.
2020 Tentative Schedule
Opening for the 57th season
JULY 3-OCTOBER 12: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Closed Mondays except Labor Day and Columbus Day
With regret, the board of directors as made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Fiddlers and Fiddleheads Fest due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to bringing you an even bigger and better festival in 2021!
Annual Bean Hole Bean Dinner
Once again, out of concern for the safety of our families and friends, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Bean Hole Dinner scheduled for Saturday, August 8th, 2020. Loss of revenue due to the cancellation of several of our fund raising events in 2020 has an impact on our finances but we feel the value of your health is of the utmost importance. With the promise of brighter days ahead, we will look forward to next year when we will be able to be assured of a safer environment to resume our role of welcoming you to visit the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum and of your support of our mission through the Fiddler’s and Fiddlehead Festival in May and the Bean Hole Bean Dinner in August of 2021.
Postponed to Friday, August 13, 2021
Come by the Museum at noon Friday, August 13, 2021 to watch the process of preparing the pots of beans for the bean Dinner. The men will be build the fires in the bean holes, hang the pots of beans over the fire to parboil, season the beans and finally place them on the bed of coals and cover them for their overnight baking.
Postponed to Saturday, August 14, 2021
Annual Bean-Hole Bean Dinner 11:00-4:00
Always the second Saturday in August
Bean-hole baked beans like the river drivers used to do it
Maine’s own “red” hot dogs
Biscuits made and baked by the fire
Gingerbread made by our own local ladies
Coffee boiled over the open fire- yes, if you wait til the end of the day, you can stand a spoon up in it!
Wagon rides with John and Linda Boyce, Champ, and Cherry
Music by the RFD Band
Blacksmithing demonstrations- try your hand at it!
Wood turning demonstrations- watch a bowl be “turned” from a burl off a tree
Meet Authors such as Randy Probert- author of many books depicting his stories of his days as a local game warden
Monday, October 12, 2020
Patten Lumbermen’s Museum closes for the season!
Thursday, December 3, 2020
5:00-7:00 Annual Pot Luck Dinner
Bring a dish and join us!
Corporate Meeting 7:00 Board of Director’s meeting to follow