Wash Day Blues

November 16, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Speaker Jane Chrysostom, an expert in woman’s pioneer history, will “edutain” visitors in the once essential, now bygone skill of making soap for clothes washing and bathing will describe the fabled beginnings of soap and demonstrate the original process of soap making using a 100-year-old recipe. The public will see the steps of the process of combining natural rendered animal fat with other ingredients to create the chemical reaction called saponification. Ramon Green from Maplewood will be exhibiting samples from his collection of 19th c. irons, tubs and other washday accessories.

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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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