On Saturday we loaded up our crew + 1 and headed out to Algonquin Mill. One of my favorite things about October is there is a fall festival every weekend with a lot of craft vendors, food, and genuine good, clean fun for the whole family.
Our friend L, from Ewenique Fibers, was also there - spinning wool into yarn on a spinning wheel.
They had an activity for the kids - making friendship bracelets using a method called Kumihimo, which is a Japanese form of braiding. Kids had a lot of fun, even if the adults stepped in to help speed things along lol. Each left with a bracelet they had crafted themselves.
After making their bracelets the kids visited and fed the group of Shetland Sheep temporarily housed in a wagon and cattle panels.
Steam powered bottle rockets. They flew fairly far, too! People were ducking to avoid being hit in the head with 20 oz and 2 liter pop bottles!
We watched some lard being rendered. We purchased 4 gallons of the freshly rendered yard for our own use. I cannot wait to make some pie crust with it!
Kettle of Apple Butter!!
Friend B and our kid crew! (notice the bucket of lard!)
We watched the Chandler dipping candles. I remember doing this on a field trip to Zoar when I was in second grade.
Even though we keep bees in our own backyard, the kids were thrilled with this display, and immediately picked out the queen on the frame.
|Finding the Queen|
The black smith was making a button hook for a customer.
He has a very hot job!
We strolled up the hill to see the saw mill run from a steam Engine in action....
but they were having some technical difficulties at the moment and not running..
But the kids managed to get a piece of shingle lumber and stamped it with the Algonquin Mill stamp. They were thrilled.
Then it was on to the Paulette Fur Company where I may or may have not done some early Christmas shopping for 4 boys....
There was a barn full of crafters and vendors, but we were not allowed to take any photos inside. I may have snuck this one in anyway..
We had a full, fun, busy weekend! The week is going to follow suit, with baking, brunch with friends, and another fall festival this coming up weekend!