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4-16-05          Heritage Arts and Crafts Bees
planned for Saturday, April 16
at Gilford’s Historical Society

Thompson-Ames Historical Society will offer "Heritage Arts and Crafts Bees" on Saturday morning, April 16th at the Grange Museum Building, 8 Belknap Mountain Road, in Gilford Village.

Upstairs, in Grange Hall, the heritage craft of knitting will be introduced while those people who wish to continue with their rug-braiding projects may do so. Novices as well as those experienced with these crafts are welcomed to attend as are participants of all ages. Each participant is asked to bring the materials he/she will need. For those who just wish to try their hand at the process, some knitting needles and yarn as well as a rug-braiding stand and strips of wool will be available.

Downstairs, the initial session of "Wooden Toys of Historic Design" will meet. Over the past month, volunteers have been meeting weekly in preparation for "Heritage Arts and Crafts" that focus on wood and have suggested "Will-o'-the-Wisp" as a first project. These volunteers will precut the wooden pieces needed so that on Saturday morning enough materials will be ready for each pair of participants - one youngster paired with one adult - who will then follow the printed directions in order to assemble the toy. A small fee will be charged to cover the cost of the materials.

"Heritage Arts and Crafts Bees" are offered to the public by Thompson-Ames Historical Society to help keep alive an appreciation, understanding, and use of the arts and crafts that historically were handed down from generation to generation as part of our heritage but which could become extinct if not provided for in some way. Light refreshments are served at these Bees -- social gatherings which offer an opportunity to work while enjoying the companionship of others.

Persons interested in learning more about these "Heritage Arts and Crafts Bees" or becoming a volunteer or signing up for a session are asked to telephone T-AHS at 527-9009. Please leave your name, telephone number and a short message about your interest, and some one will call you back.

Copies of Thompson-Ames Historical Society's 2005 Programs are now available. Also the calendar of events is posted on the society's www.gilfordhistoricalsociety.org website.