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Trade Faire added
to Arts on the Green weekend
to show how life was
in 18th Century America
(June 2011) The Oldham County History Center
will play host to its first Colonial Trade Faire in conjunction with
the Arts Association of Oldham Countys Arts on the Green
on June 4-5 in La Grange, Ky. The faire will feature merchants and sutlers
dressed in period clothing, selling 18th Century wares.
Trade Faire participants will be camped on the History Center grounds
adjacent to the Oldham County Courthouse, the site of Arts on the Green,
a juried fine arts and crafts show.
by Helen McKinney
Settlers Inc. member
Vic Bitter loads a
3-pound brass cannon
that will be fired several
Admission is free to this Colonial Trade Faire, a teaching
event used to enlighten the public to the culture of the 18th Century.
History Center event organizer Helen McKinney has used her expertise
as a member of the Painted Stone Settlers Inc., a living history organization,
to put together this inaugural event.
It seemed only natural to introduce this program as a partner
to the very successful Arts on the Green annual event, according
Period artisans will travel from Arizona, Indiana and all across Kentucky
to display hand-crafted leather goods, clothing, floor cloths and block
printed scarves, powder horns, baskets, brooms, Eastern Woodland twine
bags, loom-woven and spun items, woodworking and a variety of other
18th Century trades.
The grounds will also be sprinkled with demonstrations of colonial heritage
skills, such as spinning, wool dyeing, chair caning, Native American
finger weaving and even a letter press shop. Onlookers will get to see
how shake shingles are made, hear Master Gardeners explain the History
Centers newest addition, a Colonial garden, and children crafts
will take place on the Museum porch by members of the Yarnover Fiber
Guild. Scheduled entertainment includes strolling magician, Dave Cottrell,
and cannon demonstrations by members of the Painted Stone Settlers Inc.
In a section devoted to Kentucky history of other eras, adult and childrens
authors will be set up and include Lynwood Montell, Susan B. Dyer, Linda
Gondosch, Ellie Troutman and books about local history sold by the History
Center. Historical organizations include the Sons of the American Revolution,
who will present an American flag folding demonstration on Sunday only,
the Veterans Memorial Park Project, American Society for the Preservation
of Historical Artifacts, and a special The Genealogist Is In
booth featuring the History Centers Genealogical Coordinator,
Dot Carraco, who will answer questions about genealogy and family research.
In addition to the Colonial Trade Faire the Oldham County History Centers
2011 exhibit, Ashbourne Farms: Going Green Lifestyles in Oldham
County, is on display. The exhibit provides the historic journey
of a three generation farm that continues to grow locally produced meat
and vegetables to sell to the community. The exhibit also includes paintings
of Oldham County barns by artist Ann Carter, and environmental films
will play throughout the day at the Museum.
For more information, contact the Oldham County
History Center, 106 N. Second Ave., La Grange, Ky., at (502) 222-0826.
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