Crafts are focus of festival
Tours of restored buildings and demonstrations of crafts will be among features of the eighth annual Fall Festival at Cobblestone Farm.
Sponsored by the Cobblestone Farm Association, the event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at the farm site at 2781 Packard Rd. in Buhr Park. In case of rain, the festival will be held Oct. 3.
The festival will feature tours of the 1844 Classic Revival farm home and 1837 log cabin on the grounds, a variety of old-time crafts, traditional music and dance, and refreshments.
Visitors will be able to see the progress made on restoration and furnishing of the interiors of both the cobblestone house and its wooden kitchen ell.
They also will be able to get a last look at the exposed frame of the recently erected horse barn, which was constructed by the old method of mortise and tenon (post-and-beam). Since the barn will be sided before winter, the standing frame presents an opportunity to see an example of the kind of building technique by which timbers of the farm were put in place in 1844.
WHEN COMPLETED, the small barn will provide facilities for a teaching-learning center for old-time crafts.
Craftspersons demonstrating their skills and displahing their works will be Deb Riley, candlemaking; Eloise Dunstan, butter churning; The Spinners Flock, spinning; John and Mary Wooden, rug weaving; Mary Rush, corn-husk doll making; Helen Cantor and members of the Ann Arbor Hookcrafters’ Guild, rug-hooking; Jan Marble, dried flower processing and arranging; Dorothy Lamming, tating; Eva Jenson, bobbin-lace making; Oli Carlson, lace knitting; Carl Binder, black-smithing; Jan Martin, basket-weaving; Marge Hanning, rush-weaving; Suzanne Mahler, stencilling; Margaret Smith, antique dolls; and David Braun, cider pressing.
Julie Austin and the Blue Grass Players, accompanied by Mr. Bones (Percy Danforth), will provide country music, and the Cobblestone Country Dancers will perform traditional early American contra dances under the direction of Robin Warner.
Girl Scouts of Troop 235 will sell refreshments, and Boy Scouts of Troop 4 will show the 1837 pioneer log cabin and the association’s collection of 19th century farm implements housed in the cabin.
TICKETS WILL BE SOLD for a drawing on a hand-dyed, woolen, hooked hearth rug made by the Ann Arbor Hookcrafters’ Guild.
Members of the Cobblestone Farm Associaton and the Jaycees will conduct tours of the farm house and answer questions. Admission to the house will cost $1 for adults and 50 cents for children over five years of age. Younger children will be admitted free.
Free parking is available in Buhr Park at the rear of the farm grounds or in the lot of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Helen Cantor looks over a hooked rug in preparation for next week's annual Fall Festival
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2781 Packard Rd