The Washington Schoolhouse in Bristol will be busier than ever in July with Beano, an art fair, Travel Tuesday, and Art Camp.
The second Old-Fashioned Beano Night of the season will be on Thursday, July 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Washington Schoolhouse in Round Pond. Cards are still only two for $1 to play this New England tradition and family favorite. Fresh popcorn, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase.
On Saturday, July 21, the Round Pond Schoolhouse Association will present its eighth annual Arts at the Schoolhouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eighteen peninsula artists and artisans will present and sell their handcrafted works, including woodworking, stained glass, jewelry, baskets, furniture, mosaics, collages, ceramics, and sculptures.
As always, admission is free. Lobster rolls, grilled hot dogs, homemade baked goods, chips, soft drinks, and water will be for sale.
On Tuesday, July 24, the first Travel Tuesday of the season will feature Debbie Mikulak, of Round Pond, and Donna Strawser, of Bremen, presenting photos and commentary of their recent trip to Cuba. On their cultural tour with Friendly Planet, they visited the Museum of Fine Art, an organic farm, Ernest Hemingway’s Havana estate, and much more. Mikulak and Strawser will also talk about how the Cubans live and what restrictions they have. The presentation will be from 7-8:30 pm.
Round Pond artist Liz Martone will offer two weekly sessions of the schoolhouse’s annual summer Art Camp: July 30 through Aug. 3 and August 13-17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. To enroll a child or grandchild, email Martone at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 529-2067. Spaces are going fast.
Three historic Bristol museums are now open for the season. The Washington Schoolhouse and Rock Schoolhouse have scheduled overlapping hours on Wednesday so that can both be visited on the same afternoon.
The third museum, Harrington Meeting House at 278 Harrington Road in Pemaquid, is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2-4:30 p.m. The 1775 church with a museum of Bristol history in the balcony is operated by Pemaquid Historical Association and owned by the town of Bristol.
Rock Schoolhouse, on Rock Schoolhouse Road, off Upper Round Pond Road, is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. The oldest surviving schoolhouse in Bristol, built in 1836, it is operated by the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission.
Washington Schoolhouse, at 1426 State Route 32 in the heart of Round Pond village, is open Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. Built in 1885, it is a two-story building and was one of Bristol’s largest schools.
The Round Pond Schoolhouse Association is dedicated to maintaining this 19th century landmark as a place for educational, cultural, and community events. For more information, go to roundpondschoolhouse.org or the Facebook page “Round Pond Schoolhouse.”