2012-08-10 / Community

A Window on the Past

Food under the sails— foodways at the sea
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

The Frank Johnson, built at Benjamin W. Pickett’s shipyard in Ferry Village in 1850. (Courtesy photo) The Frank Johnson, built at Benjamin W. Pickett’s shipyard in Ferry Village in 1850. (Courtesy photo) During the first half of the 19th century, South Portland was known for shipbuilding, ship provisioning and ship repair of large, wooden sailing vessels, from schooners and barks, to brigs and clipper ships. With this rich history in mind, Susan McLellan Plaisted will present a historic cooking program, “Food under the sails - a demonstration of foodways at sea,” 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at the South Portland Historical Society’s museum at Bug Light Park.

At this special afternoon event, Plaisted will demonstrate the cooking methods and types of foods that were popular on the wooden sailing ships of the mid-1800s.

Visitors are welcome to visit at any time during the event, as it will be an on-going demonstration. This is a free event and open to the public.

Plaisted is the proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pa. She offers demonstrations of 17th century through 19th century Colonial American and European cooking methods, practices and recipes, as well as pre-Europeancontact and post-European-contact Native American foodways. Her repertoire ranges from open pit, through down hearth, raised hearth, and cookstove cooking. Plaisted is presenting this program in South Portland in memory of her parents, Guy Stanwood and Ruth Ellen McLellan.

To reach the museum, take Broadway east to the ocean, turn left onto Breakwater Drive, then right on Madison Street that leads right into the park.

For GPS users, enter 1 Madison St. to obtain directions. For more information, call 767-7299 or visit www.sphistory.org.

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