Saturday, September 12, 2020

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Cost: You must be a member of Old Sturbridge Village or Coggeshall Farm Museum to participate in Friends' Day. The Gourmet Boxed Lunch is an additional fee.

MEMBERS ONLY

Old Sturbridge Village would like to invite you, our valued Members and Friends, to celebrate in a day full of exclusive members-only programming, both online and in person. Activities will include special programs for members of all ages and the Annual Friends’ Day Meeting with the Village’s President and CEO Jim Donahue.

We are working to bring you the best experience possible while adhering to safety regulations and guidelines related to COVID-19. Please note that this year, due to capacity restrictions, the Annual Friends’ Day Meeting with Jim Donahue will be a virtual, live-streamed meeting on September 5 at 10:00 am.

See below for more information and to register for both in-person and virtual programs. Schedules are subject to change. Capacity for in-person activities is very limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-registration is required for most programs; see below for details. 

Virtual Meeting with Jim Donahue | September 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

Annual Friends’ Day Meeting with President and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village, Jim Donahue:

Saturday, September 5, 2020 | 10:00 am

Join us online for Jim Donahue’s Annual Friends’ Day Meeting, including the opportunity to ask Jim your questions directly. At the conclusion of the meeting, Jim will draw this year’s raffle winners. Members are encouraged to submit their questions in advance during registration. *Note: you must be registered for at least one Friends’ Day activity (either a live virtual event or an in-person program) to be entered into the raffle drawing.

Pre-registration is required; register here

In-Person Programming | September 12, 2020

To manage capacity in accordance with Massachusetts guidelines, all in-person events require pre-registration online or by phone at 508-347-0210.

All members who are pre-registered for at least one program (virtual or in-person) will be entered in the Friends’ Day raffle, drawn during the virtual Annual Friends’ Day Meeting. Raffle winners will be notified by email and may pick up their prize on Friends’ Day or, if they are not attending on September 12, an alternative arrangement will be made.

All Friends attending the in-person programs are expected to follow our new safety policies and visitor guidelines, available for review here.

Program Descriptions:

In addition to the regular daily program, the following programs are exclusively available to members on Friends’ Day. (Regular daily program information will be available on the map guide upon arrival at the Village on Friends’ Day.) All programs last 45 minutes – 1 hour unless otherwise noted. All programs require pre-registration unless otherwise noted.

CLICK HERE to Register to visit the Village and/or Coffee 

JUST ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: The Love and Care of Cheeses: A Closer Look into Dairying at OSV

Attend this talk for an in-depth look at the care and maintenance of the uniquely Old Sturbridge Village cheese produced at the Freeman Farm. Using period sources and techniques, Victoria Haynes, Coordinator of Households and Foodways, will discuss the tools, methods, and challenges of 19th-century dairying and cheese making.

Meets at 3:30 at Freeman Farm Yard – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

 

JUST ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: Early 19th Century Tinware from the Old Sturbridge Village Collection

Join Rich Eckert to view a sampling of the early 19th-century tinware from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection.

Meets at 11:00 am in the Parsonage Barn – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

Meets at 2:30 pm in the Parsonage Barn – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

 

JUST ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: Fancy, Ferrous, and Functional: A Look at Wrought Iron Door Latches from the OSV Collection

Join Derek Heidemann to learn about and view some of the many wrought iron door latches from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection.

Meets at 10:00 am outside the Blacksmith Shop – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

Meets at 2:00 pm outside the Blacksmith Shop – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

 

JUST ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: A Look into the Collection: How OSV Reproduces Knitted Clothing

Interested in getting a special look into the textile collection of OSV? Join Jean Contino, Coordinator of Domestic Crafts, in a discussion of our museum’s process for making reproduction textiles based on artifact pieces in the collection.

Meets at 3:30 pm at Salem Towne House Garden – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

 

JUST ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: Nurturing the Herb Garden

Join us to learn about the plants in the OSV herb garden, how they are nurtured through the winter, including how they are transported between the garden and the greenhouse.

Meets at 9:30 am in the Herb Garden – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

Meet at 10:30 am in the Herb Garden – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

 

JUST ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: Friends’ Day Photography Tour

Meets at 10:00 am in the Visitor Center – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

Meets at 11:30 am in the Visitor Center – sign up for this program here. [SOLD OUT]

Join long-time volunteer Cheri Fisher for a photography tour of the Village. Tripods welcome, but they must stay in your vehicle until the tour begins and be returned to your vehicle once the tour is complete. This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

 

Sunrise Photography Tour of the Village
Meets at 8:00 am at the Visitor Center [SOLD OUT]

Join long-time volunteer Cheri Fisher for an early morning photography tour of the Village before it opens for the day. Tripods welcome, but they must be returned to your vehicle once the Village opens at 9:30 am. This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

 

New Member Coffee
Meets at 8:30 am at Time Square outside of the Visitor Center

Members in their first three years of membership are invited to join us for complimentary coffee and pastries. Get to know some staff members and fellow members before you begin your day in the Village.

 

A Look into the Collection: How OSV Reproduces Knitted Clothing
Meets at 9:30 am [SOLD OUT] and 1:30 pm [SOLD OUT] in the Salem Towne House Garden

Interested in getting a special look into the textile collection of OSV? Join Jean Contino, Coordinator of Domestic Crafts, in a discussion of our museum’s process for making reproduction textiles based on artifact pieces in the collection.

 

Meet Red and Don, OSV’s Newest Team of Oxen in Training
Meets at 10:00 am [SOLD OUT] and 3:00 pm [SOLD OUT] at the Sawmill

It is time for Red and Don to make their debut! Born this spring during the COVID-19 closure, Red and Don are getting to the age and size when they begin training to become oxen. Watch Agricultural staff work the new team in yolk and learn about the process of training up a team of young steers into a working team of oxen. Meeting by the Sawmill at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

 

The Love and Care of Cheeses: A Closer Look into Dairying at OSV
Meets at 10:00 am [SOLD OUT] and 1:30 pm [SOLD OUT] at the Freeman Farm Yard

Attend this talk for an in-depth look at the care and maintenance of the uniquely Old Sturbridge Village cheese produced at the Freeman Farm. Using period sources and techniques, Victoria Haynes, Coordinator of Households and Foodways, will discuss the tools, methods, and challenges of 19th-century dairying and cheese making.

 

Story Readings and Children’s Games
Meets at 10:30 am [SOLD OUT] and 12:30 pm on the Common [SOLD OUT]

Join us on the Common for a few children’s story readings, as well as some classic 19th-century children’s games such as “The Minister’s Cat” and “Thus Says the Gran Mufti!” All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Restoring the Davenport Collection: A Tour of the Towne Orchard
Meets at 11:00 am [SOLD OUT] and 1:00 pm [SOLD OUT] at the Cider Mill

The Davenport Collection holds 119 antique apple varieties stewarded by horticultural institutions such as Old Sturbridge Village, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, and the Mass Horticultural Society. Join Ruth diBuono, Coordinator of Horticulture, for a tour of the Towne Orchard, a discussion on the history of the Davenport Collection, and learn about the restorative work happening to the Davenport Collection and orchards of OSV.

 

Academy Art at the Towne House Garden
Meets at 11:00 am [SOLD OUT] and 3:00 pm [SOLD OUT] in the Salem Towne House Garden 

Join Monique Schlegel, Lead Interpreter of the Small house, as she talks about Academy Art, and demonstrates her skills in botanical water coloring.

 

Toy Hot Air Balloon
Meets at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm on the Common; No pre-registration required

Join us for a demonstration (or two!) of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight! Pre-registration is not required for this activity.

 

A Tour of the Newly Rebuilt Kiln
Meets at 12:30 pm [SOLD OUT] and 2:30 pm [SOLD OUT] at the Pottery Shop

Many visitors enjoy the annual firing of the kiln at the Pottery Shop. Join this tour for a closer look at the 2020 rebuild of the kiln, as well as the process of loading and preparing the kiln for firing.

 

Who Was Oliver Wight? A Closer Look at Oliver Wight and His Home
Meets at 3:30 [SOLD OUT] and 4:15 pm [SOLD OUT] on the lawn outside the Oliver Wight House (Old Sturbridge Inn)

Built in 1789, the Oliver Wight House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built for cabinetmaker Oliver Wight, the Federal style “mansion house” is home to recently restored stunning Rufus Porter murals. Join our Curatorial staff to learn more about the man and his mansion, which today serves as the Old Sturbridge Inn, and then step inside to view the murals for yourself. *This event is not located within the Village – it is a short 10-minute walk from the Village or quick drive on Rt. 20 to the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges. Program lasts 30 minutes.

Lunch:

Sorry – Reservations for lunch are now closed.

Enjoy a gourmet boxed lunch outside at one of our picnic tables, on a bench, or in a shady spot on the grass. Orders and meal selections must be received in advance. Two pick-up times at the Grove: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, or 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. All lunches include chips, a famous OSV cookie, and a choice of bottled beverage.

$16 for adults; $8 for youth

Choose from:

  1. Roast Turkey with cranberry mayonnaise, baby spinach and tomato on a fresh croissant
  2. Beef Tenderloin with horseradish aioli, arugula, and tomato on rosemary artisan bread
  3. Grilled Vegetables with hummus spread, lettuce, and tomato on a French baguette
  4. Youth lunch option: PB&J Uncrustable and fruit cup

Craving something warm, like roast chicken, shepherd’s pie, chowder, or even pizza? Grab lunch at Bullard Tavern. Enjoy our new nitro cold brew coffee or kombucha while you are there. Dining is available inside and outside. No need to order in advance. Bullard Tavern is open daily with a full hot and cold menu from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and beverages are available until 4:00 pm.

CLICK HERE to Register for In-Person Programs and/or Coffee

 

Virtual Programming | September 12, 2020

All live virtual programs will be recorded and made available to members after the live broadcast. These live virtual events require pre-registration. 

All members who are pre-registered for at least one program (live virtual or in-person) will be entered in the Friends’ Day raffle, drawn during the virtual Annual Friends’ Day Meeting. Raffle winners will be notified by email and may pick up their prize on Friends’ Day or, if they are not attending on September 12, an alternative arrangement will be made.

Additional prerecorded virtual programs will be released on Saturday, September 12, and do not require pre-registration. You will receive your members-only link to the prerecorded content by email on September 12. If you do not currently receive our emails and want to ensure you receive the link, please send a message to membership@osv.org.

Live Webinars

Making Caraway Cakes and Lemonade with Museum Educator Jen Silverio
Saturday, September 12 – 10:00 am

Want a taste of the 1830s? Join us for this live cooking demonstration where expert hearth cook and museum educator Jen Silverio will demonstrate making caraway cakes and lemonade using 1830s cooking techniques, tools, and receipts. View the period receipts with accompanying modern translation so you can cook along!

Caraway Cakes:

Take half a pint of flour, half a cupful of sugar, four spoonsful butter, a spoonful of rosewater, one egg and one teaspoonful of caraway seed – the materials well rubbed together and beat up. Drop them from a spoon on a tin sheets and bake them brown in rather a slow oven. Twenty, or half an hour, is enough to bake them.

CLICK HERE to Register for Making Caraway Cakes and Lemonade

Cider Making with Tom Kelleher, Historian, and Curator of Mechanical Arts
Saturday, September 12 – 2:00 pm

Interested in cider making? Join Tom Kelleher, Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts, for this live webinar on cider making in the 1830s. Whether you are an apple grower, homebrewer, or just a cider drinker, there is something for all to learn about the New England tradition of cider making!

CLICK HERE to Register for Cider Making


Pre-recorded Virtual Programs

These programs will be released on September 12, 2020 and do not require pre-registration.

Three Easy Ways to Make Soft Cheese: Soft cheeses are a quick and easy way to make use of excess milk, and create a delicious, fresh, and healthy protein source to serve alongside almost any meal. Watch as our experienced hearth cooks test and compare three different techniques for making this simple cheese. Video link will be sent to members via email on September 12, 2020.

Meet Red and Don, OSV’s Newest Team of Oxen in Training: It is time for Red and Don to make their debut! Born this spring during the COVID 19 closure, Red and Don are getting to the age and size when they begin training to become oxen. Watch Agricultural staff work the new team in yolk and learn about the process of training up a pair of young calves into a working team of oxen. Video link will be sent to members via email on September 12, 2020.

Hidden Village: A Tour of the Salem Towne House Attic and Cellar: Join Victoria Haynes, Coordinator of Households and Food Ways, as she takes you for a behind the scenes look at the Towne House attic and cellar. Get a special look at the large attic and cellar spaces of one of the most popular homes in the village, the Towne House. Video link will be sent to members via email on September 12, 2020.

 

Special thanks to Southbridge Credit Union for sponsoring Friends’ Day 2020!

Southbridge Credit Union

 


Save the Date for 2021!

Next year, we plan to extend Friends’ Day to a full weekend: September 11 & 12, 2021