5/30 Folkways Day

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Foodways & Other Daily Life Activities

Bring the entire family to enjoy a day of traditional daily-life activities from the past including, crafts, trades, foodways, and musical entertainment on all of the Museum’s Old World and American Exhibits.  Through Living History demonstrations,  you’ll learn the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America and the life they created here for themselves and their descendants.

DATE: Monday, May 30th  (Memorial Day)
TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

TICKETS:   Special Admission – Pay What You Will…
You Decide How Much To Pay!  Pay A Little, Pay A lot, or Pay Nothing At All
Donations accepted at the gate – No advance ticket purchase is required

FOOD VENDORS:  Come enjoy lunch in the Amphitheater. Food Trucks participating include Mama’s Caboose, Gloria’s Pupuseria, Smiley’s Ice Cream, MJ’s Kettle Corn, and Cuz & ‘Em Southern Cooking and Seafood


Little Sparrow, will perform a mix of folk, blues, gospel, and old-time music at the Amphitheater (Performances: 11:30, 1:30, 3:00)

Schedule of Activities  (Activities will be ongoing throughout the day unless specific times are noted)

The Old World

  • Amphitheater by the Irish Forge:
    • 10:00-11:30:  Historic Storytelling by storyteller Shelton Browder
    • 11:30-12:00:  Music By Little Sparrow Duo
    • 12:00-12:30: Lunch Break – Food Vendors onsite at Amphitheater
    • 12:30-1:30:  Historic Storytelling by storyteller Shelton Browder
    • 1:30-2:00:  Music By Little Sparrow Duo
    • 2:00-3:00:  Historic Storytelling by storyteller Shelton Browder
    • 3:00-3:30:  Music By Little Sparrow Duo
  • West African Farm:
    • All Day:Traditional Drums, Dance & Games
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    Fences & gates always need mending

    English Farm: Greenwood Gate Making and Needlework Demonstrations (kids will get a chance to learn a common stitch used in needlework)

  • Irish Forge: The Keeping of Accounts by a Tradesman, and Ironwork Demonstrations
  • Irish Farm: Fly Tying and Fishing
  • German Farm: Noodle Making and Games.
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  • Ganatastwi (Eastern Woodland Indian site):
    • 11:00-12:00:  Pottery Making and Pottery Firing
    • 2:00-3:00: Pottery Making and Pottery Firing
  • 1740’s American Farm: Backcountry trading on the frontier
  • 1820’s American Farm: Baking and Woodworking
  • 1850’s American Farm:
    • All Day: Quilting and Games
    • 10:00-12:00; 2:00-4:00 Candle Making