From Seed to Instrument

June 5, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Musician, educator and instrument maker Cheryl Thomas will lead a fascinating participatory workshop demonstrating how the common gourd, a vessel used by many world cultures, can be transformed into a rattle through beading to make hauntingly beautiful music. Learn about the bottle gourd vines growing in the Herb Garden and pick up a gourd seedling to plant in your own garden. By fall you should be able to harvest gourds of your own.

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April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM

Shuttles, Spindle and Flyer Wheels: Hand spinning and Weaving in the 21st Century

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.


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