Quiet Valley’s Summer Highlights Series

Dedicating days to share various ways farm life was nearly two centuries ago, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm’s Summer Highlights series continues to educate and entertain.

Blending more days throughout the summer weeks with ideas teaching how items like flax, reeds and iron played an important role in everyday life on the farm; Quiet Valley continues offering unique opportunities. Summer Highlights run 10am to 3:30pm and are included in the price of admission with adults $10 and $5 for kids ages 3-12. For more things to come, visit quietvalley.org/calendar-events/summer-highlights and keep the dates below:

Thursday 8/6 – Pottery – Joan Glusiec
This craft has been practiced for thousands of years and was a way to provide families with basic plates, cups and other types of vessels. Today the same articles along with many other functional as well as artistic items are made. Sgraffito tile pottery will also be shown.

Friday 8/7 – Honey Bee Highlight – Cliff Sunflower
The obvious benefit to beekeeping is the honey, a readily available sweetener in a time when white sugar was imported and expensive.  Don’t forget though the essential role that bees play in the pollination of fruits and vegetables.  An additional benefit is the beeswax which is important in the making of sweet-smelling candles and other decorative items. Cliff Sunflower has a unique and highly entertaining presentation on bee keeping, honey and the life cycle of the honeybee.  Adults will be amused and amazed, but children especially enjoy his interactive presentations.

Saturday 8/8 – Heritage Craft Day (10:00 – 4:00)
A variety of heritage craftspeople demonstrate their specialties. Heritage crafts such as Pottery, Rope Making, Weaving, Wheat Weaving, Bobbin Lace and Basket Making are just some of the crafts to be presented. Crafts are subject to change.

Tuesday 8/11 – Wheat Weaving – Karen Wood
Wheat weaving as a craft is centuries old and was practiced in grain growing countries worldwide. It was a part of rituals used to ensure a fruitful harvest.  Early American settlers used wheat weaving as it is used today, for decorative purposes.

Thursday 8/13 – One Room School – Bonnie Scott
The schoolmarm will be holding class in the One-Room School.  Participate as “students” and see how your grandparents learned their three Rs (reading, writing & arithmetic) with all grades (1st through 8th) in one room.

Friday 8/14  – Spinning Day – Sue Oiler & Friends
For centuries spinning and weaving was a necessary activity for every family member. Preparation of the fiber, the spinning of thread or yarn and weaving of cloth were essential skills for the housewife. In early America much of a woman’s time was spent on this labor-intensive task. We will be demonstrating the processing of flax and wool and the spinning of both.

Saturday 8/15 – Children’s Day – Bonnie & Linda Scott
A day of old fashion fun with plenty of games, crafts and farm activities.

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM
(570) 992-6161 • quietvalley.org • 347 Quiet Valley Rd., Stroudsburg

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