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Grinch Birthday Party
Dec. 18, 2016
The 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.
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 – email@example.com 860-456-0817
PeggyChurch – firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com).
4 th Saturdays Mill of the Month
Each month we visit and learn about area Mills.