This has been a very busy, yet relaxing weekend spent at the Waterford Historical Society’s “Log Cabin Days”. I spent from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday demonstrating knitting, and from 12:30-5 on Sunday. This was a very interesting time with lots to see and do (and eat!). I met lots of lovely people and coerced several to ‘knit with me’ on a scarf that will be donated to the Society when completed, for them to raffle off in the Fall. I got to visit, up close, 2 very cute and friendly Alpacas, which made my day. The owner/handler actually brought them around the area on leads for their ‘walk’ and came up into our pavilion. I was so amazed to see them so close that I totally forgot to take a photo (photo is them in their enclosure). During the two day event several of our ladies from my knit group stopped by to knit and chat. We were fortunate to be located right next to a lovely lady ‘wool spinner’ named June who offered to give me some lessons on learning to spin wool.
(I declined…spinning wheels start at over $100 and the actual spinning takes time and dedication to produce uniform yarn). We were also well-fed, as the society president gave us all food vouchers for each day. We feasted on hot dogs, pop or water, coffee & donuts AND wonderful strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream! (My friends were teasing me that I chose to eat my dessert first!…I’m no dummy: “Life’s short-eat dessert first!”)
OK-I’ve mentioned the ‘beasties’ (alpacas) and knitting…all that’s left is “THE BELL”! To say that a small brass bell could easily drive a sane person crazy is putting it mildly. Located right next to our pavilion was a lovely donated wooden train, made for children to play on. Located in the engine compartment was said bell, which all children (and some adults) could not stop themselves from ringing…over and over and over…ad infinitum.
the “offending bell”
There was a wonderful 80 piece band consisting of mostly senior citizens with some high schoolers in the mix who played long sets of a huge variety of music from Cole Porter, to “Stars and Stripes Forever” and a little modern music thrown in, as well. We had gorgeous weather, a great location (our pavilion was right next to the river so we got a nice breeze both days) and a very enjoyable experience. All of my group said that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and will all be back to volunteer again next year…me included.
Hope you had a great weekend;