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    HOT OFF THE PRESS!   —   Our Fall Newsletter 


 Grinch Birthday Party

Dec. 18, 2016

downloadThe Windham Textile & History Museum will celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the Grinch movie on Sunday, December 18 from    2-4 p.m.  A scene of Whoville has been created and some of the houses were made by members of the Museum Kid’s Club.  Visitors who attend the party will see Whoville and participate in activities. There will be prizes for the best costume of any  character from the story.  There will also be prizes for best dramatic reading from book, adult, youth and children    (reading excerpt not to exceed 4 minutes) The program is at  3  p.m. Birthday cake and whohash will be served.  The Grinch Who Stole Christmas story first appeared in 1957.    The  Movie: How The Grinch  Stole Christmas (1966) is celebrating 50 years.  Admission is $7 Adults,  $5 for students and seniors, under 5 is free. Admission also includes the Trains , Trees and Toys exhibit in the main exhibit Hall.  Windham Textile & History Museum is located at 411 Main Street, Willimantic.      860-456-2178     millmuseum.org


Do not miss Trains, Toys, and Trees at the Mill Museum.

Dec. 2, 3, 4; 9, 10, 11; 16, 17, 18; 30; and  Jan. 6, 7, and 8.

The Mill Museum teams up with The Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum to bring you the 2nd annual Trains, Toys & Tree Exhibit. Exhibit features model trains, historic toys and a bit of local history all in a Christmas style setting.


Distaff Day at the Textile Museum

Saturday, January 7, 2017 – 10 AM – 2 PM

A “distaff” is a stick or spindle used to hold loose fiber (wool, flax) to spin into yarn or thread. The word now refers to the female side of the family.
In the Middle Ages, Distaff Day (also known as Roc Day) was a folk holiday marking the day after the Christmas holidays ended (Epiphany , or now three Kings Day) when women were to resume their important work at the spinning wheel.
To add to the Textile Museum’s monthly spinning meetings organized by Peggy Church, we offer you our first ever Distaff Day.
On Saturday, January 7, 10-2 (Snow date Jan. 8), please bring your fiber project fo Dugan Hall (157 Union St., Willlimantic) for a casual, calm morning of spinning, weaving, sewing and “Yarning”.
Bring a pot luck lunch and the museum will offer hot and cold beverages.
The “Perhaps” list includes music, a storyteller, a door prize, vendors of enticements,and a silent auction? No admission fee.
So — Please help us plan by saying YES, I would love to come and pass this info onto others. And for sure, reply to the organizers shown below with your own suggestions.
Faith Kenton  –  phiona8@sbcglobal.net  860-456-0817
PeggyChurch   –  peggychurch@earthlink.net  860-455-0724


Saturdays at the Mill Museum

1st Saturdays at 1 p.m. Hysterical Historicals

If you love Willimantic history come by for an informal meeting. There is discussion and show and tell about local history. Bring mystery photos, family letters, business mementos to evoke memories. Free. Coffee.

2nd Saturdays at 2 p.m. Kids’ Club

Nov. 12. Dye cotton T-shirts and create Who houses for Whoville.

Dec. 10. Gingerbread Holiday and 50th Birthday Party for the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

3 rd Saturdays at Museum Lyceum

A new topic of interest every month

4 th Saturdays Spinning / Fiber Arts – November, Change to Second Saturday

Every 4th Saturday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your spinning wheel or your knitting and drop by for this Spinning get together. This exciting new program will be organized by professional weaver Peggy Church (email peggy.church@earthlink.net).

4 th Saturdays Mill of the Month

Each month we visit and learn about area Mills.

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