History in the Hall: The Captured Flags of Rappahannock Station
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
History in the Hall: The Captured Flags of Rappahannock Station @ Fifth Maine Museum

At Rappahannock Station, the 5th Maine Regiment was conspicuous for its gallantry, capturing four enemy flags. But discrepancy between sources has led to confusion about which flags were captured. Fifth Maine Museum board member, Curt Mildner, will present the results of his original research to establish which four flags the regiment captured.

New moon yoga with Patty McRae
Aug 15 @ 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm
New moon yoga with Patty McRae @ Fifth Maine Museum

Join Yoga Instructor Patty McRae for an evening of yoga under the new moon. Please bring a yoga mat and towel when we meet on the porch of the Fifth Maine Museum.

Cost is $25/person. Island residents get a $5 discount – please email Patty for the discount code at

Pancake Breakfast
Aug 20 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Pancake Breakfast @ Fifth Maine Museum

Please join us for pancakes, eggs, ham and more!

Come and enjoy great food, great company and a great view from the scenic porch of the Fifth Maine Museum.

A perfect way to start a Sunday in Maine! Breakfast is served from 8-11am.

Member prices are:
Adults $12, kids under twelve $6

Non-member prices are:
Adults: $14, kids under twelve: $8

Kids under three always eat free!

Cash, checks, or credit cards accepted.

Evening lecture – “The Dream Turns 60” by Martin Dobrow
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

The Dream Turns 60: Little-Known Stories From the March on Washington

Monday, August 28th , 2023, will mark the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, one of the most hopeful days in American history. Join civil rights scholar Marty Dobrow for a look back at this memorable day, complete with remarkable stories from people who were in attendance to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech.

Marty Dobrow is an author, a national-award-winning journalist, and a professor of communications at Springfield College. His articles about civil rights have appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post and The Atlantic. During the last few summers on Peaks Island, he has been working on a book that focuses on the often-neglected chapter of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city. The book takes a deep dive into a bittersweet period of both American history and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Peaks Island House Concert – Owen Marshall and Isa Burke
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Over the past two decades, multi-instrumentalist Owen Marshall has emerged as one of the foremost accompanists of traditional music. Known for his fluid and spontaneous bouzouki work and driving and melodic guitar accompaniment, Owen has toured and recorded with the likes of the Seamus Egan Project; Copley Street; Liz Carroll; Riptide; Jenna Moynihan; The Press Gang; Wooden Nickels; Haas, Marshall and Walsh; and a Christmas Celtic Sojourn.

In the spring of 2022, Owen recorded his debut album Throughline. The recording reflects Owen’s deep knowledge and love of traditional music of Ireland, Old Time American music, and the sounds of his New England roots.

Isa Burke is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer based in Portland, Maine. Using electric and acoustic guitars, fiddle, banjo, voice, and sometimes other instruments, she creates music that draws from traditional folk, modern indie-rock, and beyond.

Raised in a musical family in Maine, Isa came up through the Northeast’s thriving folk music community. She studied at Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded the 2014 Fletcher Bright Scholarship, given annually to an outstanding fiddler, and studied with Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, and Bonnie Hayes. Meanwhile, she began paying her dues and building her performance chops playing tons of shows in tiny basement clubs throughout Boston and Cambridge.

She spent the first years of her music career as one-third of the band Lula Wiles, which released 3 albums and an EP on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and toured internationally, appearing at Newport Folk Festival and winning acclaim from NPR Music, Rolling Stone, WNYC, and Paste Magazine. Their third album, Shame and Sedition, prominently features Isa’s sonic sensibilities and electric guitar work.

Since fall 2021, Isa has been touring internationally as a member of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan’s Age of Apathy Band, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, NPR’s Tiny Desk, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS Saturday Morning, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Isa is a versatile and in-demand collaborator. Whether singing harmony vocals, playing traditional fiddle tunes, or crafting spiky yet atmospheric electric guitar sounds, she brings a voracious musical appetite and a diverse skill set to a vast array of projects. As a side musician, she has toured and recorded with artists from across the folk/roots/Americana spectrum (Jake Blount, the Brother Brothers, Darlingside, Mipso, Rosier, Kris Delmhorst, Sam Moss, Stash Wyslouch, Carolyn Kendrick, Session Americana). In large part due to her work with Aoife O’Donovan, Isa is currently a nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2023 Americana Music Awards. Isa also served as producer for Nashville singer-songwriter Liv Greene’s debut record Every Bright Penny and has additional production projects forthcoming. A bandmate at heart, she enjoys nothing more than the interlocking of harmony vocals, of guitar and drums, of banjo and fiddle. Isa is also an experienced educator, teaching classes and workshops in various instruments, ensemble playing, music theory, and songwriting.

ART WALK – Explore Peaks Island by visiting its artists
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
ART WALK - Explore Peaks Island by visiting its artists @ Fifth Maine Museum

Don’t miss your chance to see dozens of artists showcasing their work from their home studios right here on Peaks Island.

You’ll find everything from watercolors, to ceramic tiles, to hand-pulled prints, to mittens and hats, to stained glass, to baskets, to fiber arts, to candles, to books, to photography, to art quilts, to botanical soaps…the list is just too long to keep going.

Stop by the Fifth Maine Museum to pick up your printed brochure, available on August 31st – September 2nd.

Or click here to see the map of the ART WALK and click here to see a list of participating artists.

Thank you for supporting the artists who support the Fifth Maine Museum!


Evening lecture “What They Wore” by Dr. Richard Milstead and Carolyn Lawson
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Evening lecture "What They Wore" by Dr. Richard Milstead and Carolyn Lawson @ Fifth Maine Museum

Please join us on the evening of Thursday, September 7th at 6:30pm for a talk by Dr. Richard Milstead and Carolyn Lawson, entitled “What They Wore.”

Dr. Milstead was the guest curator for the Fifth Maine Museum’s new exhibit in 2023 by the same name. The exhibit includes reproduction Civil War jackets and a reproduction nurse’s uniform, on loan from Carolyn Lawson. Both Dr. Milstead and Carolyn Lawson will share some of the historical details of these garments and how they relate to the Fifth Maine Regiment specifically.

Museum closed for Private Event
Sep 10 all-day
Süpernørmål concert
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a free concert to benefit the Fifth Maine Museum by Süpernørmål — a psychedelic band who will be conjuring ghosts! And goodness knows, we have ghosts at the Fifth Maine!

An evening of fun, friends, and bevvies as we head into autumn!

Illustration Institute – Brenda Buchanan Reading
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Brenda Buchanan, author of crime novels and short stories set in and around Portland, Maine, will be reading from her most recent book.