2016 Reunion Childrens' Program
For the last 5 reunion meetings children who have attended with their families have been treated to a special opportunity to “walk in the footprints of their ancestors.” This beginning for this program was stimulated by one (mine) 2 year old grandson’s entertaining the meeting attendees with a piano solo during the meeting. So, when the meeting starts on Saturday AM the children are whisked 300 years back in American colonial history!
We all love our history and are encouraged to pass along some of the colonial life to our next generation. With the able leadership of our children’s committee, Historic Deerfield, Inc. has supported this program with their staff to teach our children some of the activities of early Americans.
Making ink and writing with feather pens as well as making paint from fruit and vegetable colors are only a few of the activities. Making cornbread using the palm of our hands to measure ingredients, learning to weave wool by combing the wool fibers, twisting it into yarn with a spinning wheel, and weaving cloth on a loom also added to educational fun.
In the garden we taught our children how to make basic medicines and we made linen from flax. Bookmarks and prints were made by pressing flowers on cloth. They dressed in colonial garb and were able to learn the songs available only to our early Colonists in the 1600’s.
All children coming to the meeting are welcome to attend this special morning and participate in the fun! So be sure to bring your children and grandchildren!
Patty Frary. Program chair