October 25, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
"Before The Dhoul Knows Yer Dead!" is a delightful one man performance of 18th century music and stories that is focused on the theme of Halloween and its Celtic roots, such as the traditions of 'snap apple' gatherings and divination games.
Robert Mouland, who entertained audiences at Durand-Hedden last December, is back by popular demand, portraying Michael Keane, a true historical figure who came to America in 1754 as harper to the Royal Governor of North Carolina.
You will be drawn into the magical web of humor, traditional tales and haunting melodies rendered on period and historical instruments. Mr. Mouland uses his copy of the 17th century Sirr wirestrung Irish harp, a baroque violin from c.1760, a baroque flute c.1790, an English guitar c.1770, and reproduction union pipes.
Robert Mouland's masterful storytelling, quick wit and superb musicianship combine to make a truly educational and entertaining experience that has delighted audiences from around the globe. His performances as Keane have been acclaimed from Colonial Williamsburg to historic Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia.
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April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.