Spinning wheels got to go round
More than 35 antique spinning wheels will be in a living display at the Old Aurora Colony Museum March 10-11.
The Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase returns through the efforts of the museum and the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild.
Every wheel on display is fully functional and will be in constant use by spinners dressed in period costume. Museum spinning wheels will also be on display, including a rare oscillating pendulum wheel developed in the Aurora Colony. Only five of these are known to exist, and a replica will be used in demonstrations.
"Guild members make this a fun event with their period costumes and antique wheels. The museum becomes a bustling, busy hive of activity," said Patrick Harris, executive director of the Old Aurora Colony Museum. "There seems to be renewed interest in spinning along with all the other fiber arts such as knitting, crocheting, and weaving, so the Spinning Wheel Showcase is a great opportunity to see spinning up close and get some hands-on experience. You can do more than watch; you can actually try your hand at spinning. The members of the guild will help visitors learn how to handle fibers and demonstrate all the steps that take it from raw material to finished product,"
Most of the wheels on display are owned by past and present Guild members and are at least 100 years old. Each year several hundred people attend the event.
"It's a great family event," said Elizabeth Corley, a guild member. "Kids love the experience of touching the wool. They can try carding wool, and there is a spinning wheel in the washhouse where they can learn to spin."
Cost for the showcase is $6 for adults, $5 AAA, students, seniors, members, and children ages 5 and under are free. There is also a special family rate of $20.
For more information, call 503-678-5754 or check the website at http://auroracolonyhandspinners.com/wp/welcome-2/showcase/.