Mill Museum wraps up the holidays

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
Karyn Eves works the Windham Textile and History Museum wrapping booth on Black Friday, Nov. 29. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Karyn Eves works the Windham Textile and History Museum wrapping booth on Black Friday, Nov. 29. Photos by Melanie Savage.

This is the first year that the Windham Textile and History Museum has opened its wrapping booth at the Eastbrook Mall as early as Black Friday. According to Karyn Eves, who was manning the booth on Nov. 29 solo after her father-in-law, Jamie Eves, was called to an HVAC emergency at the museum, traffic had been light as of mid-morning.

“A lot of Black Friday shoppers don’t know yet who they’re going to give their gifts to,” said Eves. “They’re coming out with these bags full of stuff but they aren’t ready to have them wrapped yet.” But lines inside Kohl’s still reached more than two-thirds of the way around the perimeter of the store, so there was still hope for Black Friday success.

The gift-wrapping booth is one of the major fundraisers for the Mill Museum, but it is also an opportunity for museum volunteers to interact with the community and promote the museum’s goals and activities. The booth will tackle any gift in return for a donation, which goes toward the running of the museum. Volunteers generally sign up for three-hour shifts.

“We have lots of opportunities for people to come to volunteer,” said Eves. Eves herself was working a 12-hour shift, and planned a second for Christmas Eve. “I needed to fit it in around my work schedule,” she said. Eves said she’d seen many Keurig coffee makers coming out of the store. “I’ve wrapped a lot of Keurigs over the years,” she said.

The museum has a Facebook page (see The Mill Museum), which will be updated daily specifying coverage still needed. Or, contact Kit Eves at 860-617-4364 or or to volunteer.

The booth will be in operation on Saturday, Dec. 7, Sunday, Dec. 8, Saturday, Dec. 14, Sunday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 19, through Tuesday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. until the mall closes. This year the booth is located outside of the entrance to Kohl’s.

Upcoming events at the museum include a History and Christmas and the Winter Holidays in New England exhibit, on Dec. 13, 14 and 15, and Dec. 20, 21 and 22. For other events see the museum website at

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