Old Trades come alive at Colby-Curtis this Saturday
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
A beautiful quilt from the Stanstead Historical Society collection.