BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - Spinning, weaving, knitting, quilting, good music, and talented North Country artisans will take center stage at the Adirondack Museum for a celebration of traditional and contemporary fiber arts at the Adirondack Fabric & Fiber Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Activities are planned from 10 am - 4 pm at the Adirondack Museum. All are included in the price of general museum admission.
The Festival will include demonstrations, textile appraisal, songs and stories about quilts, an artisan marketplace, a "knit-in" as well as the museum's beautiful new exhibit, "Common Threads: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters."
The celebration will also showcase a special display, "Artifacts of Almanzo Wilder's Time," featuring coverlets, linsey-woolseys, and hands-on activities.
Participants include the Serendipity Spinners, members of the community-based needlework group Northern Needles, the Adirondack Regional Textile Artist's Association, as well as felt makers and fiber artists Sandy Cirillo and Robin Blakney Carlson.
Two sessions of a very special musical program will be offered at 1 and 4 pm. Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan will present "A Stitch in Time; Songs Celebrating the Art and Heritage of Quilting." The duo will be joined by museum Curator Hallie Bond.
Museum visitors can discover more about personal antique and collectible fabric pieces with textile appraiser and historian Rabbit Goody of Thistle Hill Weavers, Cherry Valley, N.Y. For a small donation to the Adirondack Museum. Appraisals will be held from 10 am - 1 pm.
The Fabric and Fiber Festival will feature a "knit-in" in the Visitor Center from 10 am - 2 pm. Folklorist and knitter Jill Breit will host the activity. This will be an opportunity for knitters to work on a project in the company of other knitting enthusiasts, and to exchange tips with participants about how to tackle tricky techniques.
Regional artisans and crafters will offer handmade and specialty items for sale in a day-long marketplace.
Visitors of all ages can use vintage treadle sewing machines to make souvenir balsam sachets in the Mark W. Potter Education Center from 11 am - 3 pm.
The Adirondack Museum is pleased to support the work of STOP Domestic Violence by holding a collection drive as part of the festival.
Visitors are asked to bring donations of new or gently used bedding, blankets, towels, and washcloths to support STOP Domestic Violence, and learn more about valuable services provided in the North Country.
STOP Domestic Violence began as a grass root membership organization called Women, Inc. in 1977-78. The group offered the first organized service for battered and abused women in Clinton County and provided use of a temporary refuge room where women could come with their children in an emergency for a few days.
For information about this and all that the museum has to offer, please call 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.