Winter Fair 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 26, 2019 – Saturday, December 28, 2019 (9:30 AM – 4:30 PM) and Sunday, December 29, 2019 (1:00 PM – 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 annual “Old Salem Winter Fair” Fundraiser.  This 4-day event will help fund our EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS throughout the year. The Fair will be a time of live folk music 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 Come Hear NC and 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26th, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gunsmith’s Shop: Sneak around to the side door and watch the ironwork taking place right before your eyes.
  • 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!
  • Joiner’s Workshop: Take a “turn” on our spring pole lathe and learn how a violin is made.
  • Miksch House: Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.
  • 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!
  • Single Brothers’ House: Snug as a bug in a rug! What’s a bed rug? See how cozy can a bed rug be!
  • John Vogler House: Enjoy quilting and watercolor illuminations.
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: MESDA will have two hands-on activities plus a “Closer Look” in the lobby area and the Moravian Gallery.  “Closer Look” in the lobby examines period receipts, while “Closer Look” in the Moravian Gallery focuses on tools for baking.  The two hands-on activities in the lobby will focus on period quilt design and hand-coloring a reproduction fraktur.
  • Winkler Bakery: Join us for Winkler Bake Day and make some treats!  Sing and dance your way through cookie making with Sister Melodie! Brasstown Chocolates at 2nd Floor of Winkler Bakery – visit one of Old Salem’s newest partners and try some special chocolate treats.

“Mountain Mike” Chainsaw Artist (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Watch Mountain Mike create a sculpture of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask (original can be seen at MESDA), 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM,  Historic Tavern Barn. MORE INFORMATION

Out of Bounds Contemporary Art Exhibition (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

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

  • “Salem Waterworks & Trade Architecture of the town of Salem” walking tour. Starting at 11:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • SECRET SPACES from Cellar to attic tour of the DOCTOR’S HOUSE,  Robbie King, Director of Interpreted Environments and Restorations, 2:00 PM -3:15 PM.  MORE INFORMATION

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

  • “Reexamining the Legacy of John F. Holland (1781-1843): Salem’s Third Master Potter”, Geoff Hughes, Contract Archaeologist, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Starting at 2:00 PM, Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center. MORE INFORMATION

Music (Funding provided by Come Hear North Carolina: NC Arts Council & NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Resources, Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Informal Fortepiano & Clavichord concert, Scott Carpenter, Old Salem Music Director, starting at 11:00 AM, Boys School.  MORE INFORMATION
  • Hilary Masterson.  Enjoy traditional music on guitar, fiddle, and banjo set among the historic tools of the trade in the Joiner’s Shop. Blum House Joinery, Main Street, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, The folk(ish)/Americana group fills the atmosphere of Vogler House with its music rooted in the past but offering a contemporary twist here and there. Appalachian Traditional Folk Instrumental (banjo, guitar),  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Vogler House, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION
  • Swingset, The Brothers House will be swinging to the sounds of light swing music played on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. Appalachian Traditional Folk Instrumental (banjo, guitar), 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Single Brothers House, Saal, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION

Old Salem Research & Archaeology Lab (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Stop by and learn about how we use archaeology and primary research to help us better understand the free & enslaved inhabitants of the town of Salem. 11:00 AM -1:00 PM: Director of Research & Archaeologist will be present; 3:00 PM -4:30 PM Research Director will be present, Visitors Center. MORE INFORMATION

“Seeds with Stories” Horticulture Lab (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Visit our new Horticulture & Garden Lab and hear all about the “SEEDS with STORIES” seed saving initiative and how we plan our historic district gardens, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM with special workshop offerings, Herbst House, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION

“Learning in Place” Hands-on Workshops – ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED (Start times noted)

  • An Old Fashioned Quilt Turning: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) 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. MESDA, Starting at 10:00 AM, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.  MORE INFORMATION
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The antique furniture in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Collection; $20.00 additional ticket price. Starting at 11:00 AM, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.  MORE INFORMATION
  • White Gloves Tour of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, $20.00 additional ticket price. Starting at 2:00 PM.  MORE INFORMATION
  • Redwork, a  popular 19th-century embroidery: $50.00 additional ticket price. Salem Stitches. Starting at 1:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Muddy Creek Cafe

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 2020 workshops to fulfill your New Year’s resolution of being more creative or learning a new skill. Located lower level of Moravian Book & Gift Merchants with access from the Muddy Creek outdoor stage area. MORE INFORMATION

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27TH, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gunsmith’s Shop: Sneak around to the side door and watch the ironwork taking place right before your eyes.
  • 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!
  • Joiner’s Workshop: Take a “turn” on our spring pole lathe and learn how a violin is made.
  • Miksch House: Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.
  • 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!
  • Single Brothers’ House: Snug as a bug in a rug! What’s a bed rug? See how cozy can a bed rug be!
  • John Vogler House: Enjoy quilting and watercolor illuminations.
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: MESDA will have two hands-on activities plus a “Closer Look” in the lobby area and the Moravian Gallery.  “Closer Look” in the lobby examines period receipts, while “Closer Look” in the Moravian Gallery focuses on tools for baking.  The two hands-on activities in the lobby will focus on period quilt design and hand-coloring a reproduction fraktur.
  • Winkler Bakery: Join us for Winkler Bake Day and make some treats!  Sing and dance your way through cookie making with Sister Melodie! Brasstown Chocolates at 2nd Floor of Winkler Bakery – visit one of Old Salem’s newest partners and try some special chocolate treats.

 

“Mountain Mike” Chainsaw Artist (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Watch Mountain Mike create a sculpture of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask (original can be seen at MESDA), 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM,  Historic Tavern Barn. MORE INFORMATION

Out of Bounds Contemporary Art Exhibition (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • King Nobuyoshi Godwin, Explore the first art exhibition of Old Salem’s new OUT OF BOUNDS Contemporary art initiative, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Butner Hat Shop, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION

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

  • Streets of Old Salem (Architecture) walking tour. Starting at 11:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • SECRET SPACES from Cellar to attic tour of the SINGLE BROTHER’S HOUSE,  Robbie King Director of Interpreted Environments and Restorations, meet at the Market Fire House in Salem Square, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM. MORE INFORMATION

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

  • Intangible Heritage:  Jonkonnu, Kwanzaa and the Lovefeast  Cheryl Harry, Executive Director, Triad Cultural Arts, starting at 2:00 PM, Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center. MORE INFORMATION
  • Heirloom Plants of Old Salem, Eric Jackson, Head Gardener Old Salem Museums and Gardens, starting at 2:00 PM, Seed Saving Lab (Herbst House), Main Street.  MORE INFORMATION

Music (Funding provided by Come Hear North Carolina: NC Arts Council & NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Resources, Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Informal Fortepiano & Clavichord concert. Scott Carpenter, Old Salem Music Director, starting at 11:00 AM, Boys School.  MORE INFORMATION
  • Hilary Masterson.  Enjoy traditional music on guitar, fiddle, and banjo set among the historic tools of the trade in the Joiner’s Shop. Blum House Joinery, Main Street, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, The folk(ish)/Americana group fills the atmosphere of Vogler House with its music rooted in the past but offering a contemporary twist here and there. Appalachian Traditional Folk Instrumental (banjo, guitar),  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Vogler House, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION
  • Fraidy Cats, This all-girl group features memory-evoking music on guitar, bass, and mandolin combined with engaging 3-part harmonies, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM,  Miksch House, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION
  • Day Old Bread, Bluegrass takes over the Single Brothers House for the afternoon – be sure to sit a spell and enjoy! Traditional (mandolin, guitar, fiddle), Single Brothers House, Saal, Main Street (2:00 – 4:00 PM). MORE INFORMATION

Old Salem Research & Archaeology Lab (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Stop by and learn about how we use archaeology and primary research to help us better understand the free & enslaved inhabitants of the town of Salem. 11:00 AM -1:00 PM: Director of Research & Archaeologist will be present; 3:00 PM -4:30 PM Research Director will be present, Old Salem Visitor Center. MORE INFORMATION

“Seeds with Stories” Horticulture Lab (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Visit our new Horticulture & Garden Lab and hear all about the “SEEDS with STORIES” seed saving initiative and how we plan our historic district gardens, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM with special workshop offerings, Herbst House, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION

“Learning in Place” Hands-on Workshops – ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED (Start times noted)

  • Natural Dye Class: Create beautiful colors of wool yarn with natural ingredients; $50.00 additional ticket price.  Starting at 10:00 AM, Single Brothers’ House. MORE INFORMATION
  • Pottery (Slip Decorating): $75 additional ticket price. Potter’s Workshop, starting at 10:00 AM. 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! $20.00 additional ticket price. At MESDA, starting at 10:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The antique furniture in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Collection; $20.00 additional ticket price. At MESDA, starting at 11:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • White Gloves Tour of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, $20.00 additional ticket price. At MESDA, starting at 2:00 PM. 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 Boys’ School at 11:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • EPP the Brimfield Way (English Paper Piercing using Brimfield Awakenings: Two friends, Kim and Nisha discovered a bag of old, forgotten textiles at the Brimfield Massachusetts Antiques Show in 2017. Inside were orphan quilt blocks and hours later, a new venture was born to bring orphaned Brimfield blocks into a new century – “Brimfield Awakening.” Using your choice of one of their Brimfield Beginnings kits, you will learn an easy, relaxing and fun English Paper Piecing technique. All supplies included for this easy hand sewing project. You’ll leave with a template pack for the Mayflower, Soleil or Meera Block and one completed block. Beginners welcome.  Salem Stitches. 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.  MORE INFORMATION

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 2020 workshops to fulfill your New Year’s resolution of being more creative or learning a new skill. Located lower level of Moravian Book & Gift Merchants with access from the Muddy Creek outdoor stage area,  MORE INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28th, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gunsmith’s Shop: Sneak around to the side door and watch the ironwork taking place right before your eyes.
  • 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!
  • Joiner’s Workshop: Take a “turn” on our spring pole lathe and learn how a violin is made.
  • Miksch House: Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.
  • 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!
  • Single Brothers’ House: Snug as a bug in a rug! What’s a bed rug? See how cozy can a bed rug be!
  • John Vogler House: Enjoy quilting and watercolor illuminations.
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: MESDA will have two hands-on activities plus a “Closer Look” in the lobby area and the Moravian Gallery.  “Closer Look” in the lobby examines period receipts, while “Closer Look” in the Moravian Gallery focuses on tools for baking.  The two hands-on activities in the lobby will focus on period quilt design and hand-coloring a reproduction fraktur.
  • Winkler Bakery: Join us for Winkler Bake Day and make some treats!  Sing and dance your way through cookie making with Sister Melodie! Brasstown Chocolates at 2nd Floor of Winkler Bakery – visit one of Old Salem’s newest partners and try some special chocolate treats.

“Mountain Mike” Chainsaw Artist (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Watch Mountain Mike create a sculpture of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask (original can be seen at MESDA), 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM,  Historic Tavern Barn. MORE INFORMATION

Out of Bounds Contemporary Art Exhibition (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

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

  • Streets of Old Salem (Architecture) walking tour. Starting at 11:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • SECRET SPACES from Cellar to attic tour of the TAVERN MUSEUM,  Robbie King Director of Interpreted Environments and Restorations, meet at the Market Fire House in Salem Square, 2:00 PM -3:15 PM. MORE INFORMATION

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

  • The Hidden Town Project: Revealing the History of Enslaved and Free People of African Descent in the Town of Salem, Martha Hartly, Director of Moravian Research, Old Salem Museums and Gardens,  Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center. Starting at 2:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Seed Saving 101, Eric Jackson, Head Gardener Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Seed Saving Lab (Herbst House), Main Street. Starting at 2:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

 

Music (Funding provided by Come Hear North Carolina: NC Arts Council & NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Resources, Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Sarah Bryan, Informal fiddle and banjo tunes from the Northwest NC Piedmont! Sarah Bryan, Executive Director, N.C. Folklife Institute. This fun fiddle player will make appearances at several buildings in Old Salem as she delights all with treasured folk tunes. Starting at 10:00 AM and continuing throughout the entire historic district all day.  MORE INFORMATION
  • Informal Fortepiano & Clavichord concert. Scott Carpenter, Old Salem Music Director. Boys School, starting at 11:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Hilary Masterson.  Enjoy traditional music on guitar, fiddle, and banjo set among the historic tools of the trade in the Joiner’s Shop. Blum House Joinery, Main Street, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, The folk(ish)/Americana group fills the atmosphere of Vogler House with its music rooted in the past but offering a contemporary twist here and there. Appalachian Traditional Folk Instrumental (banjo, guitar). Vogler House, Main Street, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, and 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • 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. This a cappella group offers a fascinating introduction to shape-note singing, an early American way of singing. In partnership with NC Folklife Institute. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Wake The Parson. Acoustic trio playing traditional folk music with a fresh spin. In partnership with NC Folklife Institute.  Historic St. Philips African Moravian Church.  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Appalachian Strings,  The Brothers House will be filled with the simply beautiful sound of mountain dulcimers, Single Brothers House, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Old Salem Research & Archaeology Lab (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Stop by and learn about how we use archaeology and primary research to help us better understand the free & enslaved inhabitants of the town of Salem. 11:00 AM -1:00 PM: Director of Research & Archaeologist will be present; 3:00 PM -4:30 PM Research Director will be present, Old Salem Visitor Center. MORE INFORMATION

“Seeds with Stories” Horticulture Lab (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Visit our new Horticulture & Garden Lab and hear all about the “SEEDS with STORIES” seed saving initiative and how we plan our historic district gardens, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM with special workshop offerings, Herbst House, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION

“Learning in Place ” Hands-on Workshops – ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED (Start times noted)

  • Museum of Moravian Mysteries: 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. $20.00 additional ticket price. MESDA, starting at 10:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Chief Curator tour of Moravian Galleries Collections at MESDA. Robert Leath, Chief Curator, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. MESDA, starting at 11:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION
  • White Gloves Tour of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, $20.00 additional ticket price. MESDA, starting at 2:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Hexies & English Paper Piecing: Hexagon Quilt Shapes, known as “Hexies,” have been a favorite in Salem for over a century. Join us 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. Salem Stitches, starting at 1:00 PM.  MORE INFORMATION

Muddy Creek Cafe

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 2020 workshops to fulfill your New Year’s resolution of being more creative or learning a new skill. Located lower level of Moravian Book & Gift Merchants with access from the Muddy Creek outdoor stage area. MORE INFORMATION

Muddy Creek @ Old Salem Music Hall Winter Fair Concert – ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Celtic Christmas with CandelFirth

Sharing the season’s cheer and joy, CandelFirth (Randy and Susie Firth Candelaria) will be bringing a selection of Christmas music from the old countries, along with other Celtic tunes and original compositions on a variety of instruments including Celtic harp, Irish bouzouki, penny whistle, flute, fiddle, hurdy gurdy and… electronic bagpipes???

CandelFirth is a musical duo that explores traditional Celtic music through unique rhythms, arrangements and expressions. Randel Candelaria (fiddle, guitar, recorder, bodhran & octave mandolin) has been playing Celtic music for over 30 years with a number of bands including Naomi’s Fancy (having the distinction of performing for a US presidential visit) and the Celthix (which opened up for the Tannahill Weavers on two evenings), and has recently played in pubs across Ireland including sessions with Friar’s Green and the legendary Irish group De Danann. Susie Firth Cooper owns and has played on a variety of harps for over 20 years and performs on flute, penny whistle, djembe, and Native American flutes. She has been a solo artist for years and has performed most recently with the band Ashgrove. Her love for Celtic music has extended for the past 30 years or more. Both have joined together to bring their unique approaches and dedication of the music of the British Isles in a blended and dynamic presentation reflecting their appreciation and fondness for the Celtic musical tradition

TICKETS LINK

All ages show; $15 advance/$20 door; Concert Time is 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem-Visitor Center
900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem NC 27101

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29th, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Daily Explorations (All start at 1:00 PM unless otherwise noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gunsmith’s Shop: Sneak around to the side door and watch the ironwork taking place right before your eyes.
  • 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!
  • Joiner’s Workshop: Take a “turn” on our spring pole lathe and learn how a violin is made.
  • Miksch House: Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.
  • 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!
  • Single Brothers’ House: Snug as a bug in a rug! What’s a bed rug? See how cozy can a bed rug be!
  • John Vogler House: Enjoy quilting and watercolor illuminations.
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: MESDA will have two hands-on activities plus a “Closer Look” in the lobby area and the Moravian Gallery.  “Closer Look” in the lobby examines period receipts, while “Closer Look” in the Moravian Gallery focuses on tools for baking.  The two hands-on activities in the lobby will focus on period quilt design and hand-coloring a reproduction fraktur.
  • Winkler Bakery: Join us for Winkler Bake Day and make some treats!  Sing and dance your way through cookie making with sister Melodie! Brasstown Chocolates at 2nd Floor of Winkler Bakery – visit one of Old Salem’s newest partners and try some special chocolate treats.

“Mountain Mike” Chainsaw Artist (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Watch Mountain Mike create a sculpture of the renown Moravian Squirrel Flask (original can be seen at MESDA), 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM,  Historic Tavern Barn. MORE INFORMATION

Out of Bounds Contemporary Art Exhibition (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • King Nobuyoshi Godwin. Explore the first art exhibition of Old Salem’s new OUT OF BOUNDS Contemporary art initiative, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Butner Hat Shop, Main Street. MORE INFORMATION

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

  • SECRET SPACES from Cellar to attic tour of the VOGLER HOUSE,  Robbie King Director of Interpreted Environments and Restorations. Meet at the Market Fire House in Salem Square. 2:00 PM -3:15 PM. MORE INFORMATION

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

  • Where Technology, History, and Imagination Meet: Reconstructing Colonial Bethabara in the Virtual World, Samantha Smith, Supervisor, Historic Bethabara Park, Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center, starting at 2:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION
  • Heirloom Plants of Old Salem, Eric Jackson, Head Gardener Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Seed Saving Lab (Herbst House), Main Street, starting at 2:00 PM.  MORE INFORMATION

Music (Funding provided by Come Hear North Carolina: NC Arts Council & NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Resources, Start times noted and are available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Informal Fortepiano & Clavichord concert. Scott Carpenter, Old Salem Music Director. Boys School, starting at 1:00 PM.  MORE INFORMATION
  • Hilary Masterson.  Enjoy traditional music on guitar, fiddle, and banjo set among the historic tools of the trade in the Joiner’s Shop. Blum House Joinery, Main Street, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  MORE INFORMATION
  • Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, The folk(ish)/Americana group fills the atmosphere of Vogler House with its music rooted in the past but offering a contemporary twist here and there. Appalachian Traditional Folk Instrumental (banjo, guitar). Vogler House, Main Street, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM  MORE INFORMATION
  • Gospel Music: Ralph Meadows & Eddie Bines,  Nourish your soul with beautiful gospel melodies sung in the only historic African Moravian church in the country.  Historic St. Philips African Moravian Church, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  MORE INFORMATION
  • 1800 Tannenberg Organ Concert at the James A. Gray Auditorium,  Old Salem Visitor Center, starting at 3:30 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Old Salem Research & Archaeology Lab (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Stop by and learn from our Research Director about how we use archaeology and primary research to help us better understand the free & enslaved inhabitants of the town of Salem.  Old Salem Visitor Center, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM.  MORE INFORMATION

“Seeds with Stories” Horticulture Lab (available to all daily ticket purchasers)

  • Visit our new Horticulture & Garden Lab and hear all about the “SEEDS with STORIES” seed saving initiative and how we plan our historic district gardens.  Herbst House, Main Street, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM.   MORE INFORMATION

“Learning in Place” Hands-on Workshops ADDITIONAL COST REQUIRED (Start times noted)

  • White Gloves Tour of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, $20.00 additional ticket price. MESDA, starting at 2:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

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