Old Trades come alive at Colby-Cur­tis this Satur­day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

The Colby Cur­tis Mu­seum has a lot go­ing on this Satur­day with two invit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, for chil­dren and adults alike, which are linked. Be­gin­ning at 11:00 am, there will be the launch of the new tem­po­rary exhibit Tra­di­tional Crafts and Trades of Stanstead County in the Doc­tor’s Of­fice of the mu­seum. At the same time, there will be crafts and trades demon­stra­tions on site, on the front lawn, in the so­lar­ium and in the barn, also be­gin­ning at 11:00 am and run­ning un­til 4:00 am.

“There will be a black­smith in the front yard, a pot­ter in the barn, and demon­stra­tions of knit­ting and cro­chet in the so­lar­ium. And be­cause Stanstead is hold­ing its town-wide garage sales, we will also have a garage sale ta­ble with ob­jects, items and pub­li­ca­tions for sale,” said Chloe Southam, the Di­rec­tor and Cu­ra­tor of the mu­seum. The day will also in­clude live mu­sic pro­vided by fid­dler Kathy Drew, face-paint­ing with Roberta Du­mas, and BBQ hot-dogs, ham­burg­ers, ice cream, cook­ies and bev­er­ages will be on sale along with raf­fle tick­ets as a fundraiser to have the mu­seum’s barn painted.

Ver­mont black­smith James Teuscher will be­gin his demon­stra­tions in front of the barn at 11:00 am; Al­berta Everett will demon­strate knit­ting and cro­chet in the so­lar­ium from 1:00 to 4:00 pm; and Mar­tine D’Aigle and Anais Brault will demon­strate pot­tery tech­niques in the barn from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The new exhibit, which runs un­til Oc­to­ber 31st, 2016, fea­tures the tools of the trade, and some of what was made with them, of a num­ber of crafts and trades that were prac­ticed in the his­toric Stanstead County, like black­smithing, car­pen­try, shoe-mak­ing, weav­ing, em­broi­dery, quilt-mak­ing and bas­ket-mak­ing. “The know-how that we as­so­ciate with tra­di­tional trades and crafts is an ‘in­tan­gi­ble her­itage’. These tech­niques were passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion but, un­for­tu­nately today, much less peo­ple know about them. It’s im­por­tant to pre­serve those tech­niques be­cause they are not like recipes that are writ­ten down. But peo­ple seem more aware today of the im­por­tance of in­tan­gi­ble her­itage and are show­ing more in­ter­est. We wanted to have work­shops and demon­stra­tions not just to show how these things are done, but also per­haps to spark an in­ter­est in a young per­son,” said Ms. Southam.

There will be free ad­mis­sion to all of the craft and trade demon­stra­tions and to tour the mu­seum’s new tem­po­rary exhibit Tra­di­tional Trades and Crafts of Stanstead County. The barn and all of its fas­ci­nat­ing tools and old farm im­ple­ments, etc. etc., will be open to the pub­lic. For those who want to tour the en­tire mu­seum, a do­na­tion is sug­gested. Fine ex­am­ples of old skills and a big as­sort­ment of an­tique wood­work­ing tools will be on dis­play in the Doc­tor’s Of­fice un­til Oc­to­ber 31st. Pr i n t e d a n d d i s t r i b u t e d by P r es­sReader

Photos cour­tesy Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum

A beau­ti­ful quilt from the Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety col­lec­tion.

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