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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: October 7, 2015

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine celebrates ‘The Big Draw’ during October

Written by: Ray Routhier
Photo by CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL

Photo by CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL

All kids know how fun it is to draw. But as we get older we get hung up on whether we’re good or not, and we forget the simple joy of drawing.

An international celebration during the month of October called “The Big Draw” is here to remind us of that joy, and the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is joining the cause by hosting some drawing-related events this week. The three events scheduled for this week, on Thursday and Saturday, are geared to ages 3-7 and are free with the museum’s $10 admission.

The events are:

THURSDAY – Alphabet Art, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Children are invited to explore the letters of the alphabet in new ways be creating a piece of art to take home.

SATURDAY – Chris Van Dusen, 11 a.m. Maine children’s book author Chris Van Dusen will be signing books and giving an illustration demonstration from 11 a.m. to noon. Van Dusen’s books include “The Circus Ship,” “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit,” “If I Built a Car,” and “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.” The latter book was the inspiration for the museum’s outdoor play area, which features play areas that replicate scenes from the book.

SATURDAY – Create a Picture Story, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. This event gives each visitor a chance to create their own story with pictures. First the group will get to see a variety of wordless tales, like “Flotsam” by David Wiesner, and then create their own story.

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. kitetails.org; thebigdraw.org

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