Month: December 2019

Ho-Ho-Ho-liday Craft Fair

All of a sudden, it’s the season: time for the Chewonki Holiday Craft Fair! Makers of all ages sold one-of-a-kind gifts to the Chewonki community and the public at this year’s lively fair, which took place on Tuesday, December 10, in the Center for Environmental Education’s Chapin Hall. The youngest sellers were nine Chewonki Elementary …

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Cetacean Curves

Maine Coast Semester math teachers Katie Curtis and Liz Burroughs had their precalculus students doing something fishy last week: calculating an equation to describe the curve of a pilot whale’s spine and then plotting points of the curve on a swath of graph paper. One student, Dylan Stachtiaris, went farther, using graphing software called Desmos …

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A Few Maps of Home

Most of us, consciously or unconsciously, carry in our heads annotated maps of the places we love. Maine Coast Semester English teacher Sarah Rebick asked her “Literature and the Land” students each to make a map of “the place they think of as home,” she explains, at the start of Semester 63 in September. Those …

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Exploring The Lobster Coast with Colin Woodard

In November, the award-winning author, journalist, and culture critic Colin Woodard joined us at Chewonki to speak to Maine Coast Semester students about Maine history and identity. He’s the perfect person to do it; he dissected Maine in his bestselling book The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, exploring his …

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Building Community Bridges With Natural History

Chewonki Traveling Natural History Program educator Jessica Woodend recently made an “Owls of Maine” presentation to an enthusiastic audience at Mobius, a nonprofit organization in Damariscotta, Maine, that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with members of the Mobius community were fourth-graders from Mr. Stephen Roy’s class at Damariscotta’s Great Salt Bay Community …

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Ars Longa; Dies Breves

Forgive us for playing with Hippocrates’s words, but during these short days in Maine, when sunlit hours are fleeting, art shines far-reaching light on Chewonki Neck. Maine Coast Semester 63’s creative work, from drawings and photographs to ceramics and hand-made brooms, is on exhibit in the Center for Environmental Maine Coast Semester 63. Semester students …

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