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Colonial Trade Faire added
to ‘Arts on the Green’ weekend

Re-enactors to show how life was
in 18th Century America

Staff Report

(June 2011) – The Oldham County History Center will play host to its first Colonial Trade Faire in conjunction with the Arts Association of Oldham County’s “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.

Vic Bitter

Photo by Helen McKinney

Painted Stone
Settlers Inc. member
Vic Bitter loads a
3-pound brass cannon
that will be fired several
times throughout
the weekend.

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 to McKinney.
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 Center’s 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. of Shelbyville.
In a section devoted to Kentucky history of other eras, adult and children’s 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 Center’s Genealogical Coordinator, Dot Carraco, who will answer questions about genealogy and family research.
In addition to the Colonial Trade Faire the Oldham County History Center’s 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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