Colonial Day enters second year
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Sep. 21, 2011
As Country Carpenters gears up for its second annual Colonial Day on Sept. 24, there are a couple of new features in the works for the event. One is a cabin being built by Country Carpenters to replicate a one-room schoolhouse from the Colonial era. The cabin will be furnished with desks, chairs and other schoolhouse implements. “They are accurate reproductions of that time period,” said Colonial Day founder Fred Brehant.
Also new this year will be an area dedicated to local farming activities of the Colonial era. “We’re starting off small,” said Brehant. The area will be staffed by RHAM seniors Parker Aubin and Nate Baribault, who will talk about Hebron farming and demonstrate some implements. “We might have a goat,” said Brehant. “Basically we’re showing what life was like on a farm in Hebron during that time period [1750-1800]. We might talk about products grown, what daily life was like, that kind of thing.”
Last year, more than 700 residents attended the first Colonial Day, and many of the same activities will be offered again for 2011. This year’s Colonial Day will again feature demonstrations on brain-tanning, historical artifacts, textiles and quilting, blacksmithing, candle-making, toys and games, and furniture-making. All hosts and volunteers will be dressed in clothing specific to the Colonial era in Hebron history.
“This year the Colonial Day Committee decided to write a Mission Statement,” said Brehant. “We feel that this event educates and shares the history of Hebron and what life was like 200 years ago in our town. We want to pass that knowledge along to the current generation of residents and visitors who are interested in learning more about Hebron and more about daily life from 1750 to 1800.”
James Easton, another member of the Colonial Day Committee, stressed that the primary mission of Colonial Day is to have people observe Colonial crafts at close range and feel free to ask questions of an experienced docent. “While some of our crafts people will sell some of the wares they are demonstrating, this is not a craft show or fair,” he said. The toys and games area was highly successful last year, and Country Carpenters will be selling a limited number of those toys at cost so that children can enjoy them year-round.
Colonial Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sept. 24. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Free parking is located immediately adjacent to Country Carpenters, 326 Gilead St., in the Hebron Lions parking area. For more information, call Brehant at 860-228-2276.