Archive for June, 2018

Coming Soon – Original artwork by Eric Sloane, N.A.

June 18, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Coming Soon – Original artwork by Eric Sloane, N.A.

Coming Soon – Original artwork by Eric Sloane, N.A.  In the meantime, please scroll down to see works by Eric Sloane currently offered by Eric Sloane.  You’ll find our knowledge and service second to none, and we are always pleased to answer all of your questions.

Mortise and Tenon Magazine at the Eric Sloane Museum

June 11, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Mortise and Tenon Magazine at the Eric Sloane Museum

Among the many new faces I was privileged to meet Saturday was Mike Updegraff, Editorial Assistant for a newer publication entitled Mortise & Tenon Magazine ). More than an incredibly informative work of literature, the magazine is a work of art. Good job, guys!

Thanks to our members and supporters, who help us to keep alive the Legacy of Eric Sloane

June 10, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Thanks to our members and supporters, who help us to keep alive the Legacy of Eric Sloane

With gratitude to our new and returning members, supporters, and donors:
Bruce Perry, Sponsor, Volunteer and All Around Big Help
Robin Dill, House of Books in Kent, CT, Sponsor, Donor, and VERY generous – she decorates the front window of House of Books in Eric Sloane every autumn
Harold and Marie Stewart, Sponsors and Donors from across country
Carol and Peter Kern, Long time members and donors
Dayna Wenzel, Member and talented artist
Samuel and Nancy Hipsher, Members
Richard L. Mandel, Inc., Member
Clayton Preston, Artist and Member
Charles Burroughs, Author, Member, and Long time suppor
Bill and Catherine Bachrach, Long time members and supporters
Spencer Parrish, artist and long time member
George Stickels, long time member, supporter, and donor

Thank you for all that you do!

Working at the Eric Sloane Museum

June 10, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Working at the Eric Sloane Museum
Here are a few photographs of John Pennings describing the work involved in hewing roofing shingles from a bolt of wood using traditional tools. Many visitors were able to try it themselves!
 
We’re already looking forward to our next event, which will be held on Wednesday, July 4th, from 11-3. We’ll host an Independence Day Celebration with grilled hot dogs and drinks, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a bell ringing ceremony at 2 p.m., and we’ll celebrate our artists who will participate in the annual community art exhibit, contest, and sale which runs from Friday June 29th until Sunday, July 1st). We will also try to get some hewing and shingle making in during this celebration, so please plan to join with us and be a part of building the Noah Blake cabin.

Annual Art Exhibit, Contest and Sale at the Eric Sloane Museum

June 8, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Annual Art Exhibit, Contest and Sale at the Eric Sloane Museum

The Eric Sloane Museum and the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum are pleased to invite you to participate in our community centered art show, 2018. The theme this year is “Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin”.

For his fifteenth birthday, Noah received a small wood-backed leather diary where he chronicled his daily activities on his father’s farm for about one year. The book, Diary of an Early American Boy, written in 1962 by Eric Sloane, gives readers a glimpse of bygone days in 1805. In the book Eric details the developing Blake homestead and common tasks performed such as nail-making, constructing a bridge, splitting shingles, spring plowing, maple-sugaring, farming, milling and foraging. It also describes the cabin Noah and his family lived in; how special his four glass paned window was (as glass was hard to come by), and how designs were “scratched” into the dirt packed floor surfaces for special occasions. It also tells about how Noah takes a fancy to Miss Sarah Trowbridge, who he meets at an Easter Sunday service, and their evolving relationship.

Up to three pieces of artwork in some way connected to the story of Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin, or his life in 1805 will be accepted on Friday, June 22th, Saturday, June 23rd, and Sunday, June 24th between the hours of 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Please have artwork to be hung prepared for hanging.

Please join us for an Artist Reception on July 4th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You are welcome to stay on for a reading of The Declaration of Independence and Bell ringing shortly before 2:00 PM.

The show will run from Friday, June 29th through Sunday, July 8th. Artists may pick-up their artwork on Friday, July 13th, Saturday, July 14th, or Sunday, July 15th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Please give us a call with any questions (860) 927-3849. Thank you very much for your help in creating a great exhibition and for your support of the Eric Sloane Museum!

If you would like to learn how to split shingles and hew logs while working with some interesting people, several “Friends” members will be on site on July 4th also. They will provide instruction and historical background, safety equipment and an interesting opportunity. Please provide proper attire for working outside with sharp tools, a sense of humor, and a willingness to learn and work.

2018 Calendar of Events at the Eric Sloane Museum

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2018 Calendar of Events at the Eric Sloane Museum

Saturday, May 5, 2018                     CAMA Spring Power-Up.  Hewing & shingle making with Friends members on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum, 11-3 p.m.  Discount/Donation Admission 5/5/& 5/6

Saturday, May 12, 2018                   Make a Trug with Joe Brien, Two Sessions 1:00 PM – 2 and 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.   Children will hand craft a trug, or garden basket, to be used for harvesting, foraging and collecting.  Ten person limit, $10 per student.  Best for kids 6 and up, accompanied by an adult.  *Please call or email to reserve your spot.

Saturday, June 9, 2018                    Connecticut Open House, Free Admission.  Hewing & shingle making with Friends members on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum, 11-3 p.m.

Sunday, June 17, 2018                     Make a Back Scratcher (a 20 minute project) with Joe Brien, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Just stop in to fashion a back scratcher using real hand tools.  Perfect for Father’s Day!  Best for kids 6 and up, accompanied by an adult.   No extra charge for this activity.

Friday, June 22 – Monday June 25   Accepting Artwork for Community Art Exhibit, Show, and Sale. Theme this year: Noah Blake and his Wonderful Cabin.  Up to three pieces of artwork connected to the Noah Blake cabin and story, Diary of an Early American Boy. Art will be accepted from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Friday, 6/29 – Sunday, 7/1             Community Art Exhibit, Sale and Contest – Visitors vote for Best In Showin three categories.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018                 Independence Day Celebration.  Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Bell Ringing at 2:00 PM, Artists Reception for those artists who participated in the Community Art Exhibit, Show, and Sale. (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.).  Hewing & shingle making with Friends members on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum, 11-3 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday July 7&8, 2018            Artists pick up artwork. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Saturday, August 4, 2018                Build a Tool Box with Joe Brien.  Two sessions: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM and 2:00 to 3:00 PM.  Learn how to safely use hand tools to craft your very own wooden tool box for woodworking tools, art & craft supplies, garden tools and collectibles.  Best for kids 6 and up, accompanied by an adult.  Ten person limit, $10 per student.  *Please call or email to reserve your spot.

Friday, August 10, 2018                   Hewing & shingle making with Friends members on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum, 11-3 p.m.

Saturday, August 18, 2018              Make a Paddle Boat (a 20 minute project) with Joe Brien, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Just stop in and build and race your very own, high performance, rubber band-powered paddle boat!  Great fun for the whole family!  Best for kids 6 and up, accompanied by an adult. No extra charge for this activity.

Friday, September 7, 2018              Hewing & shingle making with Friends members on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum, 11-3 p.m.

Friday – Sunday  9/28, – 9/30           CAMA Fall Machinery Show.  Discount/Donation Admission

Saturday, September 29, 2018       Hewing & shingle making with Friends members on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum, 11-3 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2018               Whittle a Spoon with Joe Brien, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Learn how to whittle a spoon with a knife and hollow the scoop of the spoon using an ember from the campfire. Lunch Included! The group will prepare soup on the campfire and eat it with your new spoons!  Best for kids 10 and up, accompanied by an adult.  Limit 15.  $20 per student. *Please call or email to reserve your spot.

Sunday, October 28, 2018               Museum Closes for the Season.

Volunteer to work on Eric Sloane’s Noah Blake Cabin!

June 4, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Volunteer to work on Eric Sloane’s Noah Blake Cabin!
Looking forward to spending time with volunteers this Saturday, June 9th, on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum. We’re interested with connecting with you if you have a desire to learn or to hone skills in hewing logs and splitting shingles. This Saturday, we will be working on the post and beams, as well as the shingles, for Noah’s room in the Noah Blake cabin.
 
If you can’t make it this Saturday, we are hosting several volunteer days throughout 2018. We will provide instruction and historical background, snacks, safety equipment, and the opportunity – you provide your own boots, proper attire for working outside with sharp tools, a sense of humor, and a willingness to learn and work. Check out the 2018 calendar of events at the Eric Sloane Museum for more information:
 
Come to a Hewing and Shingle-Making Event at the Eric Sloane Museum, held from 11-3 p.m. on any of the following days:
 
Saturday June 9th, 2018
Wednesday July 4th, 2018
Friday August 10th, 2018
Friday September 7th, 2018
Saturday September 29th, 2018