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Maker Day at The Bidwell House Museum
11:02AM / Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum will hold an outdoors maker day on Oct. 23.
 
Originally scheduled for July, but postponed due to bad weather, the Museum will welcome visitors to the property for a free afternoon event with craftspeople, music and fall themed refreshments.
 
Attendees will have an opportunity to see traditional crafts being practiced by local artisans as they might have done in the 18th century and see these skills as practiced by both the Native Peoples of early New England and the European settlers, including:
 
  • Del Martin, of Knox Trail Forge, who will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing techniques and will show some of his wares.
  • Roger Longtoe Sheehan of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe who will show visitors how to make soap stone pipes and talk about their history and uses
  • Linda Longtoe Sheehan of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe who will be working with shell and glass beads to make wampum belts. She will talk about the history of wampum and why it was so important to the Native peoples then and now.
  • Jim Taylor, of Abenaki and Cherokee descent, is a traditional Eastern Woodlands Quillworker who will create decorations for bags and knife sheaths using porcupine quills.
  • The Berkshire Hills and Dales Spinning Guild will share traditional spinning and weaving techniques.
 
Also onsite that day, there will be music by local favorite Moonshine Holler from 12:30 to 3:30 pm along with free cider and apple cider donuts, a hallmark of fall in the Berkshires.
 
This event is free and open to the public. The demonstrations will take place outside, on the property, which is open all day, free of charge. The house will not be open for tours on this day.
 
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