2017-05-26 / Community

Museum brings old time baseball to town

On Memorial Day weekend, the Brick Store Museum will present its Vintage Base Ball Weekend, three days of special events surrounding 1860s baseball.

The weekend will culminate in a Vintage Base Ball doubleheader, played between the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine and the Boston Beaneaters at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 28. The game will be played at the Kennebunk High School field.

“Making history come alive is our job,” Executive Director Cynthia Walker said. “Now, mix history with baseball, and we have quite the event. It’s something that’s touched all of our lives. We hope visitors will take a trip back in time with us to the 1860s, when baseball was just starting.”

Tickets to each of the three events are $5 per person. To begin the weekend, Duffy’s Tavern and Grill will help the Brick Store Museum host a spaghetti dinner Friday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. during which diners will hear more about the teams playing and baseball’s connections to Kennebunk. Tickets are limited to 60 people and are on sale by calling the museum at 985-4802 or purchasing online at www.brickstoremuseum.org.

On Saturday, May 27, from 2 to 4 p.m., participants can explore the Brick Store Museum’s pop-up baseball exhibit with a complimentary beer (or soda) from Shipyard Brewing, and baseball snacks. Visitors will also hear about the rules they’ll see at Sunday’s game, which are vastly different from the rules today. Admission for children under 16 is free.

On Sunday, those attending the game are asked to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The teams will play first by 1860s rules, and then 1880s rules. A concession stand will be on site, plus 50/50 raffles and giveaways. Admission for children under 16 is free.

The Vintage Base Ball Weekend is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Blue Rock Tile, Huston & Company, Tracey Bricker/State Farm Insurance, Deering Lumber, Huston & Company, Murray Orthodontics and Motorland.

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