WOODSTOCK, VERMONT . . . Billings Farm & Museum will host Traditional Craft Saturdays in September, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., where visitors can explore a series of Vermont crafts – their history, process, and uses – through informal learning and discovery. A different craft will be featured each week.
Saturday, September 8 – Blacksmithing with Billings Farm Manager Chuck Deome
Chuck Deome has been blacksmithing for nearly 25 years. Working from his portable forge, Chuck will demonstrate how he takes steel and wrought iron, heats the metal, and shapes the pieces into useful tools and utilitarian objects. As an enthusiastic practitioner of this historic trade, Chuck will share colorful commentary on his process and the history of blacksmithing while he creates colonial reproductions.
Saturday, September 15 – Hand-Thrown Pottery with Georgia Donnelly of Farmhouse Pottery
Georgia Donnelly started making pottery in high school and apprenticed with a small studio to perfect her craft. She later became a production potter for Simon Pearce, creating nearly 35,000 pots during her five years there! Georgia is now a studio potter at Farmhouse pottery in Woodstock. She has also taught pottery at various art centers, to both children and adults. She will demonstrate wheel-thrown pottery and share hands-on opportunities with visitors.
Saturday, September 22 – Rug-Hooking with Stephanie Allen-Krauss
Stephanie Allen-Krauss of Montpelier, Vermont, was only six when she learned to hook from her mother, a nationally recognized rug-hooking teacher. This family tradition began with Stephanie’s great–grandmother, who created and stamped embroidery and rug patterns at her shop in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1865 to1882. As a fourth-generation rug hooker, Stephanie took happily to the craft, learning to dye wool fabric as a teenager and then to repair antique hooked rugs in her early twenties. In 2000 Stephanie opened a retail shop in Montpelier, Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, where she offers a wide variety of supplies for rug hookers. In 2010, Stephanie received the Governor’s Heritage Award as best traditional artist in Vermont. Stephanie will have many of her rugs on display and will be demonstrating and discussing this historic craft with opportunities for visitors to try their hand at hooking.
Admission to Traditional Craft Saturdays includes the operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, tours of the farm manager’s house, plus programs and activities. Find more information online at billingsfarm.org or by calling 802-457-2355.
Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues a nearly 150-year tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits exploring Vermont’s rural heritage. Open daily April 1 through October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekends Nov. – Feb., and Christmas & Presidents’ weeks, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission: adults: $16.00; 62 & over: $14.00; children 5-15: $8.00; 3-4: $4.00; 2 & under: free. The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12. For information: 802/457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org.