Saturday, September 28, 2019
Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. See the below for a schedule of activities and programs throughout the day.
Cost: Must be a Village Member to participate. The luncheon and hands-on craft classes are an additional fee. See below for more information and to register.
Throughout the Village
Join us as we celebrate our amazing community of members on Friends’ Day with exclusive programming, hands-on crafts, a photography tour and a delicious buffet at the Oliver Wight Tavern. Members celebrating a milestone anniversary will be sent an invitation to pick up a special gift at the Visitor Center from 9:30-3:00.
Membership support helps Old Sturbridge Village care for historic buildings, the collection of early American artifacts, heritage breed animals and heirloom gardens, and provides expert costumed interpreters and outstanding educational programs for both the general public and school children alike. Benefits of OSV membership include unlimited standard daytime admission to the Village as well as discounts at the Village shops and members-only specials on programs and events throughout the year. Learn more about becoming a member here and join us on this special day.
Download the Friends’ Day brochure here.
Enjoy a special buffet luncheon for members only at the Oliver Wight Tavern. The luncheon begins at 11:00 am. Preregistration is required; register here.
Adults $24.50; Children $13.00 (ages 4-12); Children 3 and under FREE
Deconstructed Salad Station
Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque
Yankee Pot Roast
Lemon Thyme Chicken
Roasted Root Vegetables
Rolls with Whipped Butter
Hot Apple Crisp with Whipped Cream
Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks
President and CEO Jim Donahue will host the Annual Friends’ Meeting where he will highlight the Village’s recent accomplishments, programs, and vision for the future. Raffle winners will be announced and must be present.
Friends’ Day Craft Classes
$5 per person │ Ages 6 through Adult welcome
All workshops take place at the Museum Education Center. For 9:30 workshops, we recommend parking at the Museum Education Center.
Preregistration is required; register below.
Hearth Cooking: (1 hour, $5 per person)
Work together to create a delicious, 19th-century recipe to share. During this workshop, participants will make apple pancakes in a hanging skillet over an open hearth, churn butter using a pottery churn, and make a historic beverage. Participants will enjoy their snack together while learning about dining customs and foodways.
Printing and Paper Marbling: (1 hour, $5 per person)
Have you ever wanted to work in the Printing Office? Here’s your chance to try your hand at using a printing press, marbling a notecard to take home, and practicing 19th-century script with a quill pen, all while learning more about the trade of printing.
Other Activities and Special Tours
In Village Activities:
9:30-12:00: Tailoring – In the Parsonage
9:30-11:00: A Cabinetmaker at Work – in the Cabinetmaking Shop across from A Child’s World
10:00-12:00: Grinding Apples – Cider Mill
10:00: Cutting Timbers for the Cabinetmaking Shop – Sawmill
10:00: Talk with a Bee Keeper – By the Cider Mill
10:30: Preserving your Harvest – Root Cellar Tour – Freeman Farm
11:00: Unloading the Kiln – Pottery Shop
11:30: Windsor Chairs and Chairmaking: A Guided Tour- meets at the Planed Grained and Dovetailed exhibit
12:00: Tour of the Towne House Garden
2:30-3:30: Help tend the Garden – Freeman Farm
All special tours leave from the Visitor Center. Capacity is limited so please sign up at the Visitor Center on the morning of Friends’ Day.
10:00: A Look behind the scenes – Research Library Tour
10:00: A Look behind the scenes – Collections Storage Tour
10:00: Woods and Fields: Tree and Mushroom Walk – Learn more here.
12:00: A Look behind the scenes – Research Library Tour
12:00: A Look behind the scenes – Collections Storage Tour
2:30: A Look behind the scenes – Costume Office Tour
If you have questions regarding Friends’ Day please contact email@example.com or (508) 347-0294.