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Summer In the Museum Garden 2024

There is nothing quite like summer in Maine, from picture-perfect sunny days to beach walks to ocean breezes to dining al fresco. The summer is also when the Maine Jewish Museum Garden — one of only two public gardens in the East End — bursts into glorious bloom. “In the Garden” series is back by popular demand, to offer a come-to-one-or-come-to-all “In the Garden” program series, with (weather permitting) outdoor events for all ages and interests. We look forward to taking time to smell the roses with you!

    • Cribbage for Beginners
      .. in the Garden!

      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2024

      Join the cribbage craze! Cribbage, a card and board game that dates back to 17th century England, has long been popular in Maine. If you have been hoping to join your neighborhood league or just want a fun new way to socialize with family and friends, these classes are for you! We provide the cribbage boards, the cards, and the garden space. Registration is FREE but required and limited to 16 players, ages 10+ – please register only if you can commit to the full four-week session.

    • Drawing Workshop with Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo
      ... in the Garden!

      Sunday, June 23, 2024
      2:00 pm- 3:30 pm

      $15 materials fee

      June is bursting out all over, including in the Museum garden! Let your inner artist out in this exciting workshop with internationally renowned Maine artist Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo, who will lead attendees in paper and pencil/ballpoint/charcoal drawings inspired by the blooms all around us. Artistic expertise not required – participants ages 10+ of all levels welcome.

    • Wire Tree Sculpture Workshop
      ... in the Garden!

      Thursday, June 27, 2024
      4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      $20 materials fee

      Join local award winning wire artist Ryan Kelley for a wire tree art workshop at MJM! During this two-hour workshop, Ryan will teach you how to create a wire tree in any style you want on an adult closed-fist-sized rock. Registration fee includes all of the tools and materials needed for you to create your own wire tree sculpture!

      Bring a fist-sized rock for your tree to grow on, or choose one from our extras!

    • Watercolor Florals Workshop
      ... in the Garden!

      Wednesday, July 10, 2024
      4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      $20 materials fee

      Let the riot of July color in our Museum garden inspire you with this watercolor workshop! Learn how to use a limited color palette and minimalist floral shapes to create beautiful pieces of art. You will take home a greeting card and a larger piece of wall art with the florals you create in this class. This relaxed doodling session is great for the watercolor beginner! Ages 10+.

    • Breathwork Class with Lisa Silverman
      ... in the Garden!

      Thursday, July 18, 2024
      4:00 pm -5:00 pm

      In this breathwork class, you will learn about the benefits of diaphragmatic-connected breathing, including increased energy, relaxation, improved circulation, strengthened immunity, increased spiritual connection and emotional release, spontaneous joy, and a desire to move toward health and away from negative patterns. There will be an introduction, concentrated breath practice, and a relaxation exercise at the end. No previous knowledge required.

    • Beading Workshop: Make Your Own Wildflower Bracelet
      ... in the Garden!

      Monday, July 22, 2024
      4:00 pm -6:00 pm
      $20 materials fee

      Design your own jewelry to wear to your next summer soiree (e.g., the Maine Jewish Museum Fashion Show)! In this class, you will learn how to make a stylish “wildflower bracelet” from four strands of quality glass beads, strung on a leather cord with a button toggle closure and ending in a short spray of beads. All materials and tools are included with class registration, and you will have a finished product to wear home at the end of the workshop.

    • Thrift Flip
      ... in the Garden!

      Wednesday, July 31,  2024
      4:00 pm -6:30 pm

      $20 materials fee

      Learn how to upcycle a denim jacket or jeans by painting on them! We will use the clothing as our blank canvas and start by sketching some different designs that work with the contours of our clothing. Then we will use paint to illustrate our ideas using a variety of techniques to make a wearable work of art that is not only beautiful but also durable! Bring that well-worn denim piece withering away in your closet and give it some new life! Ages 10+.

    • Floral Arrangement Workshop
      ... in the Garden!

      Wednesday, August 14, 2024
      4:00 pm -5:00 pm

      Bring your own flowers (all other supplies will be provided) – $15
      Let us supply the flowers and the supplies – $50

      Hosting a party this month? Learn how to design your own petite centerpiece! Bring flowers from your garden OR use locally sourced flowers provided by Petalage while drawing inspiration from the magnificent blooms at the Maine Jewish Museum. Snacks and beverages will be provided to tide you over before you head home or out on the town for a mid-week dinner. Ages 10+.