Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Storrowton Village Museum's "Tales From Haunted New England"

Interactive Spooky Tales at Storrowton Village

Storrowton Village Museum presents its annual Halloween happening, “Tales From Haunted New England,” Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the Meetinghouse on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass.

Jessica Fontaine, director of Storrowton Village Museum, and museum staff members Sarah Platanitis and Jay Blaine, will join forces to present interactive storytelling in the candlelit Meetinghouse.
It all begins with an interactive activity where guests will join in to recreate a gentle rainstorm using anything they can as a percussion instrument (hands, feet, shoes, etc.). The tempo builds until the noises converge to become a deluge, echoing off the walls of the historic Meetinghouse. Let the spooky story begin as Fontaine embarks on a journey as a New England urban legend unfolds.

Platanitis and Blaine will lead the participants in storytelling as they impart haunted experiences of the time and offer guests the opportunity to improvise and share their own stories.

Families are encouraged to join in this fun and bewitching tradition of Halloween in Storrowton’s unique, eerie setting.

Admission to this one-hour experience is $10 and tickets are available online at www.storrowtonvillage.com/p/tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door. Reservations are not required, but are strongly encouraged. To reserve your spot, please contact Storrowton Village Museum at 413-205-5051. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

8th Annual Fiber Festival at Eastern States Exposition Nov. 4 & 5, 2017

Fiber enthusiasts are coming together for the seventh annual Fiber Festival of New England, Nov. 4 & 5 in the Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition. Hours are Sat., 9am - 5pm and Sun., 9am - 3pm. The event, co-produced by the Exposition and the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association, promotes the use of wool and other natural fibers and related products to the general public.

More than 150 New England exhibitors will be showcasing their products including clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels and more. Workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, rug hooking and more will be held both days.

In addition to being an ideal holiday shopping opportunity with handmade items from over 200 vendor booths, The Fiber Festival is a great educational experience for visitors to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through live displays of llamas, alpacas, sheep, and rabbits.

Activities include:
  • The Make It with Wool Competition is a national competition in which contestants select, construct and model their own garments. Make It With Wool promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns and encourages creativity in sewing, knitting and crocheting. The competition is open to entrants of all ages.
  • Fleece Sale will be ongoing throughout the Festival and is open to all. Be the first in line to purchase a fleece. Those interested in contributing fleeces should send them to arrive on or before Friday, Nov. 3, or bring them to the Mallary Complex Nov. 3, 9am to 8pm. Please include the date shorn, breed of animal and producer information.
  • Sheep Shearing demos will also take place throughout the weekend.
Admission to The Fiber Festival of New England is $7 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information and tickets, or to sign up for a workshop, please visit FiberFestival.org.