Winter Fair 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Saturday, December 29, 2018, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the day after Christmas.
You have family visiting.
Do you have cabin fever and nothing to do?

Not anymore. Start a new family tradition with Old Salem!

Make plans now for the first ever “Old Salem Winter Fair.” The Fair will be a time of active engagement and historic fun with one-of-a-kind “Hands-on Workshops” and “Daily Explorations” for all ages; intellectual stimulation with our new “Master Class Histories Lectures” discussing histories of the Moravian town of Salem & its context; and uplifting concerts scattered throughout the historic district featuring local sounds of the season from  local musicians, as well as musical groups in partnership with the North Carolina Folklife Institute. Every day, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we will be hosting special family-friendly activities in each historic building, along with craftsman & cooking demonstrations. With a bit of chill in the air, find a place by the fire in our historic setting while visiting Old Salem with all of your family and friends.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Explorations (All start at 9:30 AM unless otherwise noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Chainsaw Artist: Watch Mountain Mike create a sculpture of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask (original can be seen at MESDA). MORE INFORMATION
  • Children’s Toy Making: Corn Husk Dolls, Kid-friendly. (Starting at 10:00 AM)
  • Historic Tavern: Discover how non-Moravians celebrated the holiday season. Help the Sisters in the kitchen prepare ginger cakes, a tasty winter treat. And if you’re lucky, you might get to enjoy some live music!
  • Boys’ School: Experience the all new Cabinet of Curiosities while you listen to a selection of Moravian music. Impromptu concerts played on our fortepiano are not uncommon.
  • Miksch House: Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.
  • Winkler Bakery: Join us for Winkler Bake Day and make some treats!
  • Joiner’s Workshop: Take a “turn” on our spring pole lathe and learn how traditional wooden toys were made.
  • Gunsmith’s Shop: Sneak around to the side door and watch the ironwork taking place right before your eyes.
  • St. Philips Heritage Center: Early African Moravian congregations used paper strips to make a chain garland to use as decoration. Join in the fun of making a paper chain out of colorful strips of paper!
  • Vogler House: Enjoy quilting and watercolor illuminations.
  • Single Brothers House: Snug as a bug in a rug! What’s a bed rug? See how cozy can a bed rug be!
  • Doctor’s House: See how the doctor would fill the apothecary with winter aromas by distilling medicinals. Try out a mortar and pestle. Explore a variety of plants that can fill your home with holiday fragrances.
  • Salem Stitches – Stop in Salem Stitches, the new gathering spot for quilters, sewists and stitchers, located in the lower level of the Moravian Book & Gift Shop. View the collection of quilts on display for your enjoyment. Discover 2019 workshops to fulfill your New Year’s resolution of being more creative or learning a new skill.
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: Take a “Closer Look” at rarely seen objects from the MESDA and Old Salem Collections. “Receipt Books” were the cookbooks of the day. Recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries will be on view. See how they made peppermints, gingerbread, and a Holiday Hedgehog!

Walking Tours (Start times listed and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • “Salem Waterworks” walking tour. (Starting at 11:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the new geothermal system at the Boys’ School. (Starting at 11:30 AM)

Masters Class History Lectures (Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Hiding Behind the Palisade: The Evolution of Bethabara from “Old Town” to Historic Park. Bethabara Settlement, Samantha Smith, Executive Director of Historic Bethabara Park. (Starting at 10:30 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Black American Life Post Emancipation. Cheryl Harry, Manager of Human Resources & Emerita Director of African American Programs at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 12:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION

Music (Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Informal Clavichord & piano concert at the Boys’ School. (Starting at 11:00 AM)
  • 1798 Tannenberg Organ Concert at the Single Brothers House. (Starting at 3:00 PM)

Hands-on Workshops – ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED (Start times noted)

  • Natural Dye Class: Natural Dye Class: create beautiful colors of wool yarn with natural ingredients; $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 10:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Natural Dye Class: Natural Dye Class: create beautiful colors of wool yarn with natural ingredients; $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 1:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Furniture Puzzles: The antique furniture in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Collection; $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 2:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27TH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Explorations (All start at 9:30 AM unless otherwise noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Chainsaw Artist: Watch Mountain Mike create a sculpture of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask (original can be seen at MESDA). MORE INFORMATION
  • Children’s Toy Making: Corn Husk Dolls, Kid-friendly. (Starting at 10:00 AM)
  • Historic Tavern: Discover how non-Moravians celebrated the holiday season. Help the Sisters in the kitchen prepare ginger cakes, a tasty winter treat. And if you’re lucky, you might get to enjoy some live music!
  • Boys’ School: Experience the all new Cabinet of Curiosities while you listen to a selection of Moravian music. Impromptu concerts played on our fortepiano are not uncommon.
  • Miksch House: Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.
  • Winkler Bakery: Join us for Winkler Bake Day and make some treats!
  • Joiner’s Workshop: Take a “turn” on our spring pole lathe and learn how traditional wooden toys were made.
  • Gunsmith’s Shop: Sneak around to the side door and watch the ironwork taking place right before your eyes.
  • St. Philips Heritage Center: Early African Moravian congregations used paper strips to make a chain garland to use as decoration. Join in the fun of making a paper chain out of colorful strips of paper!
  • Vogler House: Enjoy quilting and water color illuminations.
  • Single Brothers House: Snug as a bug in a rug! What’s a bed rug? See how cozy can a bed rug be!
  • Doctor’s House: See how the doctor would fill the apothecary with winter aromas by distilling medicinals. Try out a mortar and pestle. Explore a variety of plants that can fill your home with holiday fragrances.
  • Salem Stitches – Stop in Salem Stitches, the new gathering spot for quilters, sewists and stitchers, located in the lower level of the Moravian Book & Gift Shop. View the collection of quilts on display for your enjoyment. Discover 2019 workshops to fulfill your New Year’s resolution of being more creative or learning a new skill.
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: Take a “Closer Look” at rarely seen objects from the MESDA and Old Salem Collections. “Receipt Books” were the cookbooks of the day. Recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries will be on view. See how they made peppermints, gingerbread, and a Holiday Hedgehog!

Walking Tours (Start times listed and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Streets of Old Salem (Architecture) walking tour. (Starting at 11:00) MORE INFORMATION
  • Seed Saving in the Horticulture Lab walking tour. (Starting at 10:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION

Masters Class History Lectures (Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Preserving Seeds with Stories. Seed saving lecture followed by Q &A. Eric Jackson, Head Gardener Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 1:30 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Hidden Town Project. Lecture followed by Q & A. Martha Hartley, Director of Moravian Research Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 3:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION

Music (Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Wake The Parson. Acoustic trio playing traditional folk music with a fresh spin. In partnership with NC Folklife Institute. (Starting at 1:30 PM)  MORE INFORMATION
  • 1800 Tannenberg Organ Concert at Single Brothers House. (Starting at 3:00 PM)

Hands-on Workshops – ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED (Start times noted)

  • Pottery (Slip Decorating): $50 additional ticket price. (Starting at 10:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Organ & Keyboard Ramble with Scott Carpenter, Music Director and Lead Interpreter Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Join our music director for a once in a lifetime opportunity as you are invited to hear AND play our historic organs and musical instruments; $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 11:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Broom Making Class: $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 1:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Redwork, a  popular 19th century embroidery: $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 1:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Silver Bells (and other things!): Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts “White Glove” curatorial class. Join Gary Albert, MESDA’s Silver Curator, for a hands-on workshop to learn everything you need to know about buying, collecting, and caring for silver, including the RIGHT way to polish! $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 2:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Explorations (All start at 9:30 AM unless otherwise noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Chainsaw Artist: Watch Mountain Mike create a sculpture of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask (original can be seen at MESDA). MORE INFORMATION
  • Candle Dipping: Kid-friendly. (Starting at 11:00AM)
  • Historic Tavern: Discover how non-Moravians celebrated the holiday season. Help the Sisters in the kitchen prepare ginger cakes, a tasty winter treat. And if you’re lucky, you might get to enjoy some live music!
  • Boys’ School: Experience the all new Cabinet of Curiosities while you listen to a selection of Moravian music. Impromptu concerts played on our fortepiano are not uncommon!
  • Miksch House: Baking winter treats in the outdoor baking oven! Come taste the goodies.
  • Winkler Bakery: Join us for Winkler Bake Day and make some treats!
  • Joiner’s Workshop: Take a “turn” on our spring pole lathe and learn how traditional wooden toys were made.
  • Gunsmith’s Shop: Sneak around to the side door and watch the ironwork taking place right before your eyes.
  • St. Philips Heritage Center: Early African Moravian congregations used paper strips to make a chain garland to use as decoration. Join in the fun of making a paper chain out of colorful strips of paper!
  • Vogler House: Enjoy quilting and paper quilling.
  • Single Brothers House: Snug as a bug in a rug! What’s a bed rug? See how cozy can a bed rug be!
  • Doctor’s House: See how the doctor would fill the apothecary with winter aromas by distilling medicinals. Try out a mortar and pestle. Explore a variety of plants that can fill your home with holiday fragrances.
  • Salem Stitches: Stop in Salem Stitches, the new gathering spot for quilters, sewists and stitchers, located in the lower level of the Moravian Book & Gift Shop. View the collection of quilts on display for your enjoyment. Discover 2019 workshops to fulfill your New Year’s resolution of being more creative or learning a new skill.
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: Take a “Closer Look” at rarely seen objects from the MESDA and Old Salem Collections. “Receipt Books” were the cookbooks of the day. Recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries will be on view. See how they made peppermints, gingerbread, and a Holiday Hedgehog!

Walking Tours (Start times listed and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Piedmont North Carolina Furniture in the MESDA Collection (Non-Moravian) special behind-the-scenes tour walking tour with June Lucas, Director of Research MESDA/ Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 11:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Streets of Old Salem (Waterworks) walking tour. (Starting at 2:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Chief Curator tour of Moravian Galleries Collections at MESDA. Robert Leath, Chief Curator, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 1:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the new geothermal system at the Boys’ School. (Starting at 11:30 AM)

Masters Class History Lectures (Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Architecture of Historic Commercial Trades Workshops. Robbie King, Director of Restoration & Interpreted Environments, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 10:30 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • The Melting Pot of Southern Foods. Vivian Joiner & Chef Stephanie Tyson, Owners of SWEET POTATOES: A Restaurant. (Starting at 2:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • More than a Place to Stack Firewood: Excavating the Pottery Kilns on the East Side of Main Street. Geoffrey Hughes, Archaeologist, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 12:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION

Music (Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Informal fiddle and banjo tunes from the Northwest NC Piedmont! Sarah Bryan, Executive Director, N.C. Folklife Institute. (Starting at 10:00 AM and continuing throughout the entire historic district) MORE INFORMATION
  • Informal Clavichord & piano concert at the Boys’ School. (Starting at 11:00 AM)
  • 1798 Tannenberg Organ Concert at the Single Brothers House. (Starting at 3:00 PM)

Hands-on Workshops – ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED (Start times noted)

  • Pewter Spoons: $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 10:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Bake class at Winkler Bakery: Traditional Moravian Sugarcake & Ginger cakes; $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 1:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • An Old Fashioned Quilt Turning: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts curatorial class. Because of their large size and light sensitivity, only a small number of MESDA’s quilts can be on display at once. This is your chance to go behind the scenes into our textile vault with MESDA textile expert Jenny Garwood to see and touch (with gloves!) some of the rarest quilts in our collection. You’ll also learn how to take care of your own family heirlooms.  $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 2:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Explorations (All start at 9:30 AM unless otherwise noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Chainsaw Artist: Watch Mountain Mike creating a sculpture of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask (original can be seen at MESDA). MORE INFORMATION
  • Blank Books: Kid-friendly. (Starting at 9:30 AM)
  • Historic Tavern: Discover how non-Moravians celebrated the holiday season. Help the Sisters in the kitchen prepare ginger cakes, a tasty winter treat. And if you’re lucky, you might get to enjoy some live music!
  • Boys’ School: Experience the all new Cabinet of Curiosities while you listen to a selection of Moravian music. Impromptu concerts played on our fortepiano are not uncommon.
  • Miksch House: Quill pen writing and spice preparation.
  • Winkler Bakery: Join us for Winkler Bake Day and make some treats!
  • Joiner’s Workshop: Take a “turn” on our spring pole lathe and learn how traditional wooden toys were made.
  • Gunsmith’s Shop: Sneak around to the side door and watch the ironwork taking place right before your eyes.
  • St. Philips Heritage Center: Early African Moravian congregations used paper strips to make a chain garland to use as decoration. Join in the fun of making a paper chain out of colorful strips of paper!
  • Vogler House: Enjoy quilting and paper quilling.
  • Single Brothers House: Snug as a bug in a rug! What’s a bed rug? See how cozy can a bed rug be!
  • Doctor’s House: See how the doctor would fill the apothecary with winter aromas by distilling medicinals. Try out a mortar and pestle. Explore a variety of plants that can fill your home with holiday fragrances.
  • Salem Stitches: Stop in Salem Stitches, the new gathering spot for quilters, sewists and stitchers, located in the lower level of the Moravian Book & Gift Shop. View the collection of quilts on display for your enjoyment. Discover 2019 workshops to fulfill your New Year’s resolution of being more creative or learning a new skill.
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: Take a “Closer Look” at rarely seen objects from the MESDA and Old Salem Collections. “Receipt Books” were the cookbooks of the day. Recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries will be on view. See how they made peppermints, gingerbread, and a Holiday Hedgehog!

Walking Tours (Start times listed and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Chief Curator tour of Moravian Galleries Collections at MESDA. Robert Leath, Chief Curator, Old Salem Museums & Gardens (Starting at 1:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Architecture of the Schultz Shoe Shop and its Restoration (a walking tour).  Robbie King, Director of Restoration & Interpreted Environments, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 11:00 AM)
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the new geothermal system at the Boys’ School. (Starting at 11:30 AM)

Masters Class History Lectures (Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • To Distant Nations: History and Culture from Moravian Missionary Artifact Collections: An Anthropological Collections Perspective. Andrew W. Gurstelle, Assistant Teaching Professor & Academic Director Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology. (Starting at 2:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Early Furniture from North Carolina’s Piedmont Region: “Some of the nicest furniture . . . ever [you] did see.” June Lucas, Director of Research MESDA/ Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 10:30 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Neat and Simple Elegance: Moravian Decorative Arts in North Carolina 1753-1850. Johanna Brown, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Starting at 12:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION

Music (Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Shape Note Singing at Historic St. Philips African Moravian Church. Shape note singing is a method of teaching choral singing dating back to the 19th Century; concert features demonstration & invites participation. In partnership with NC Folklife Institute. (Starting at 11:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Camel City Strummers  (Mountain Dulcimer) at the Single Brothers House. Enjoy learning about this beautiful Appalachian instrument while listening to lovely melodies. (Starting at 1:30 PM)  MORE INFORMATION
  • Informal Clavichord & piano concert at the Boys’ School ( Starting at 11:00 AM)
  • 1798 Tannenberg Organ Concert at the Gray Auditorium (Starting at 3:00 PM)

Hands-on Workshops ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED (Start times noted)

  • Pottery (Molded leaf plate):  $50.00 additional ticket price (Starting at 10:00 AM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Bake class as Winkler Bakery: Traditional Moravian Sugarcake & Ginger cakes. $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 1:00 PM) MORE INFORMATION
  • Hexies & English Paper Piecing: Hexagon Quilt Shapes, known as “Hexies”, have been a favorite in Salem for over a century. Join Judi Lowe, a local quilt instructor for an afternoon and learn the relaxing art of making hexies. A kitchen towel bordered with your completed hexies will be yours to bring home. Ages 10 +. $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 1:00 pm)  MORE INFORMATION
  • Museum of Curious Things: Old Salem’s collection is like the community attic of Salem, a cabinet of curiosities for our local history. Used by researchers around the world, this is your chance to join Moravian Decorative Arts Curator Johanna Brown for an exciting look at some of our seldom-seen treasures. $50.00 additional ticket price. (Starting at 2:00 PM), MORE INFORMATION

 

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