Shoes have been a necessity of human life since prehistoric days. In fact, the oldest surviving leather shoe is approximately 5,500 years old! The first shoemakers arrived in America at Jamestown in 1610, and the trade began to thrive shortly afterwards. The art of the shoemaker, or cordwainer, was a time-consuming handcraft, requiring an apprenticeship, long hours and specialized tools to produce high-quality shoes. Ms. Ellen Hess will spotlight this craft, explaining the process as she demonstrates the work of the cordwainer in 18th century America. The program also features a display of vintage shoemaking artifacts. Included are tours of the fully furnished farmhouse built in 1740. Members of the cooking committee will also demonstrate authentic open hearth cooking, using early American recipes, colonial era cooking tools and seasonal foods. Admission is $4.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3. The program is appropriate for children.
Announcing the museum’s new schedule:
April 2 – The Art of Shoemaking* **
April 30 – Annual Sheep-to-Shawl Festival—1-4 p.m. (rain/shine)*
May 7 – Welcome Spring with Flower Power* **
May 21 – A Yankee Doodle Celebration! *
May 27 – Aunt Carrie’s Attic Sale – (9a.m.-2p.m.) (rain/shine)
June 4 – Cooking with Herbs **
*Ideal for children
** House tours will be conducted.
All about ginger! December 4, 1:30 to 4:00. Crafts, storytelling, refreshments. Reservations required – phone or email through 11/29; phone only to noon 12/3. firstname.lastname@example.org $5 per child; accompanying adults free.
It’s time to plan some Halloween fun! Visit the Miller-Cory House Museum at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield on Sunday, October 23, from 1:30 to 4:00 to celebrate Halloween Hocus Pocus. The program is appropriate for young children, ages 3 through elementary school.
The museum’s costumed docents will greet visitors at the door of the colonial farmhouse. There are numerous activities planned for the afternoon, including decorate your own Halloween cupcake, a scavenger hunt, crafts, storytelling, face painting, and tattoos. Festive refreshments will be served. Be sure to come in Halloween costume!
The fee for Halloween Hocus Pocus is $5.00 for children; accompanying adults are free. Reservations are required and are being accepted by phone or email through October 17 and by phone only, through noon, October 22.