The Ox-Cart Man Turns 40!

Saturday, October 12, 2019,  10 am–5 pm

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Strawbery Banke’s Fall Festival showcases traditional New England handmade crafts, heritage breed and farm animal demonstrations, and the museum's heirloom gardens and seed-saving program. The event also incorporates the 5th Annual Children's Authors Festival, featuring 20+ local authors and illustrators. In the TYCO Visitors Center, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Children under 17 admitted FREE all day thanks to a grant from Berwick Academy. Museum members and military also free. Event admission for adults is the same as regular daily admission, $19.50.

Parking at the Museum is reserved for HANDICAP ONLY during designated special eventsAll other visitors should utilize off-site parking.  For a downloadable PDF map of public parking, click here.* 

Fall Festival welcomes the NH Wheelmen, antique bicycle demonstration; Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild's exhibit of newly-made quilts, and Slow Food Seacoast with an heirloom seed share. And, dozens of traditional craftspeople and heritage livestock breeders, including:

William Wasson: Rope Maker* -- An accomplished decoy carver, blacksmith and rope maker, he is also a licensed Maine Guide. Sea captain Wasson brings 40 years of experience and research to his craft interpretations throughout the mid-west and Northeast.

Judy Wasson: Basket Maker -- Judy’s baskets are sold in museum shops and at high-end craft fairs. She demonstrates all processes from bark removal to varied weaving processes and is known for the variety of basket forms she produces.

Daniel LaCroix: Joiner-Planer -- Daniel, a consummate wood-worker, prized by museums and re-enactors, demonstrates plane making while explaining his tools and techniques.

Penny LaCroix: Wool Spinner

Lawrence Leonard: Tinsmith -- Tin craft interpreter at historic sites and historical encampments, Larry presents a wide variety of tinware used in 18th and 19th century New England homes.

Charles Walker: Horn Smith -- Skilled in the rare craft of working with horn, Charles is active with reenactment groups in making colonial items such as cups, knives, combs and cooking items.

Jeffrey Miller: Blacksmith -- Jeff is the owner of Flintlock Forge and is a full-time professional blacksmith, gunmaker, museum and re-enactor blacksmith craft interpreter, with work is in private and public collections of colonial material culture.

Louise Miller: Colonial Needlework -- Louise is a specialist in textile and fiber arts who has published extensively and interpreted textile crafts for museums for many years.

Frank Rodrigues: Rigger -- Steeped in the maritime history of New Bedford, Frank is an extremely versatile craftsman working with canvas and an assortment of ropes and fasteners. His work is prized by maritime and shore-side audiences.
William Payson: Springpole Lathe*

Jones Gallagher: Pig Pen Wrangler -- “Jonsy” Gallagher is a self-sustaining farmer and woodworker, circulating the grounds to support the livestock wranglers and enclosures he built. He raises sheep, poultry, swine, turkeys and most of his own food through his extensive organic gardening.
William Jenneson: Cornhusk Dolls*
Jennifer Roy: Broom Squire
Gregory Morin: Leather Worker
George Calef: Bird Carver -- George is a nationally known blue ribbon award-winning bird carver with work – the curators’ choice for authenticity -- in major public and private collections. He has also received Presidential awards for community service.

Peter Cook: Flax Preparation and Spinning* -- Peter is a retired museum curator and administrator. He is a specialist in pre-industrial textile technology. He and his wife, Nancy, own Tare Shirt Farm, dedicated to craft interpretation and raising early breeds of domestic livestock.

Nancy Cook: Weaver -- Nancy is a textile specialist and historic museum costume and furnishings educator with degrees in artisanry and education. Her well-researched and crafted window treatments, bed furniture, and other textile materials are found in museums, historic sites, and private collections. 

Tara Raiselis: Seamstress -- A professional museum administrator, scholar, and accomplished needlewoman Tara has sewn work for historical events and exhibitions for many years and is a specialist in curatorial practices.

Jay Mariarcher: Sheep Shearer*

Julie Hurley, DVM: Wool Interpreter* -- Dr. Hurley is a licensed veterinarian who is a specialist in sheep husbandry. She provides commentary for the sheep shearing and wool processing program.

Tim and Lisa Mollinaro: Sheep Herding with Border Collies -- Returning from Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds on the Banke with their sheep from Heartstone Farm.

Stephen Woodman: GunMaker -- Blacksmith, gunmaker and long-arms historian, Steve brings 30 years of knowledge and experience to his interpretations at historic sites throughout New England on 17th and 18th-century gun-making, maker history.

Mandy McDonald: Rabbit Keeper*

Barbara Beeler: Pantry Box Maker -- Barbara is well known to museum shops and craft shows for her decades of experience making oval boxes and interpreting the historic craft.  

Lisa Huestis: Quilter* -- A lifetime quilter, Lisa is a regular participant in quilting guilds and textile craft groups and interprets the craft for historic house museums and regional craft festivals. She frequently involves her audience in the quilting process.

Peter Oakley: Shoemaker

Linda Oakley: Historic Sewing

* denotes artisans who invite audience participation in craft demonstrations

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The Children’s Author Festival welcomes local children’s book authors and illustrators to read from and sign their books, available for purchase at the event.

2019 participating authors and illustrators include:

Joanna Brode
Denise Brown
Kirstine Call
Kim Chaffee
Nancy Donovan
Valerie Egar
Carol Gordon Ekster
Terry Farish
Janis Hennessey
Carolyn Hughes
Diane Jones
Maria Kamoulakou
Lauren Levine
Carol Lincoln
Christy Mihaly
Brian Macdonald
J.L. McCreedy
Susan Murdoch
Donna Seim
Maria Strykowski
Sue Thoresen
Robin Vergato

For a short video of the NH Fall Festival, click here.