April 30, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Explore how cloth is made at this fun, interactive Durand-Hedden House event. Cloth begins with thread, often spun from wool; and the source of wool is often sheep. Spinning—twisting fiber like wool into useable thread or yarn—and weaving with the thread to create cloth—date back 1000’s of years. Watch a shearer collect wool by shearing the fleece of two woolly-coated visitors from Kafka Farms. Members of the Essex County Spinners Guild will demonstrate that the craft of hand spinning to create yarn from a sheep’s fleece is still alive and well in the 21st century. Weaving students from Columbia High School’s fiber program will show the basics of how thread is next woven together into cloth and lead young visitors in a weaving activity. Durand-Hedden’s frame loom, spinning wheels and other apparatus, once commonplace in 18th and 19th century houses will be showcased.
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June 4, 2017, 2:00 PM
Notice how dragonflies often visit water, whether ponds, lakes or rivers, even bird baths in the summer? Ever-fascinating, they are voracious predators as larvae, in freshwater habitats, and as adults, where they consume flies and other insects. Here in NJ we have an abundance of dragonfly and damselfly species, and Dr. Jessica Ware, a professor of evolutionary biology at Rutgers Newark, will lead us on a journey to learn about their amazing life histories and where to find them across the Garden State.