Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Donald Hall's "The Ox-Cart Man"

Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 am–5:00 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 Book 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.

Fall Festival welcomes Northeast Seacoast Unit, Herb Society of America, making sachets & tussie mussies; 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.

Ron Raiselis: Cooper -- Strawbery Banke Museum’s on-site cooper, considered to be one of the finest craft interpreters in the country. Ron is internationally known with work in major museum and private collections throughout the United States.

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.

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.


Frank Rodrigues: Canvas 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.

Barbara Beeler: Oval 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.   

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

Penny LaCroix: Wool Spinner

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.

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.

Larry 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.

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

Charles Walker: Horn Work -- 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.

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.

Greg Morin: Leather Worker

Jennifer Roy: Broom Squire

Ken Hamilton: Native American Crafts

Tara Raiselis: Millinery Arts -- 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.

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.

Jones Gallagher: Animal 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.

Julie Hurley: DVM- Livestock 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.

Jean Ann St. Pierre: Rabbit Warden -- Owner of Cottontail Rabbitry, Jean Ann breeds rabbits and appears regularly at livestock shows and fairs. Her interpretation includes breed identification and care and feeding advice.

Tim Molinaro: Shepherds and Herding Dog Demonstrators -- Returning from Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds on the Banke with their sheep from Heartstone Farm.

Jay Mariacher: Sheep Shearer -- Jay is a three-time North American Champion Alpaca Shearer who shows and judges sheep throughout the Northeast. He is very active in area 4H sheep programs.

Jillian Strong: oxen

Peter Cook: Textile Crafts and Artisan Coordinator -- 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.


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.

2018 participating authors and illustrators included:

JoAnn Adinolfi,  Chilly Mr. Small
Susan Benedict, Hazel
Denise Brown, Memorial Bridge Cat
Shelby June, Patchwork
Gina Perry Carey, Too Much Not Enough
Nancy Donovan. Dolphin Rider
Lauren Levine (Deranian)
Carol Gordon Ekster
Abigail Halpin, Anne Arrives
Maria Kamoulakou, Sly Cloud
Crystal Ward Kent, Memorial Bridge Cat
Suzie Higley Konopka, Finnegan for Mayor
Carol Zall Lincoln, Sadie
Elizabeth Lorayne, Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island/Historical Heroines coloring book
Susan Murdoch, Plaid Frogs
Karly Rose, Furry Tail Matters
Joyce Shor-Johnson, Meet Me Where I’m At
Marcia Strykowski, Roller Boy
Sue & Bob Thoresen
Jacqueline Tourville, How to Build a Hug
Robin Vergato

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