Member Fridays & Dog Days

Friday, February 2, 2018 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, February 9, 2018 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Members Only

Old Sturbridge Village members are our family. With the Village holding Midwinter Mischief program on January 20-21 and 27-28 and February 3-4 and 10-11, we are providing members exclusive access to the museum from noon to 4:00 pm on Fridays, February 2, 9, and 16.

On these member-only Fridays, select historical buildings will be open and staffed - giving members the opportunity to visit with interpreters, take a walk, and enjoy the Village on a quiet winter afternoon. 

Members are also invited to bring their dog to the Village on these dates. Please review our Dog Days policies before coming to Old Sturbridge Village.

Special Demonstrations

February 2
Making a Pair of shoes - Shoe Shop
Weaving and Tailoring - Fenno House

February 9
Forging Kitchen Equipment - Blacksmith Shop
Straw Braiding and Bonnet Making - Bixby House

February 16
Forging a Carpenter's Hammer - Blacksmith Shop
Quilting on the frame and making quilted clothing at Towne*

*Please note that the originally planned demonstration with the smokehouse had to be postponed due to a weather-related postponement in butchering.

Special Classes and Tours (Advanced Registration is Required; Space is Limited)


February 2:

12:00-1:30 pm: Make a Wood and Tin Grater
($10/person to cover materials)
Hone your hand skills by crafting a cheese grater made from wood and tin. Takes place in the Museum Education Building.

1:00-2:00 pm: Tour of the Collections Storage Building 
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s Collections Storage. Meets at the Visitor Center.

2:00-3:00 pm: Hearth Cooking
($5/person to cover materials)
Make a 19th-century snack over an open hearth and enjoy your treat together as an afternoon snack! Takes place in the Museum Education Building.


February 9:

12:00- 1:30 pm: Dairy Taste Test
($10/person to cover materials)
Participants will experiment with dairy while making soft cheese, pounded cheese, and butter. Takes place in the Museum Education Building.

1:00-2:00 pm: Tour of the Cabinetmaking Exhibit
Take a tour of the Cabinetmaking Exhibit with one of the Village’s Curatorial staff members. Meets at the Cabinetmaking Exhibit

2:00-3:00 pm: Wooden Spoon SOLD OUT
($5/person to cover materials)
Craft a wooden spoon- an essential tool for any home cook! Takes place in the Museum Education Building.


February 16:

12:00-2:00 pm: Everything Is Better with Butter
($15/person to cover materials)
Spend half of the time working in our wood studio to craft a butter paddle. The other half of the time will be spent churning cream into butter and making cornmeal cakes- a delicious treat that goes perfectly with freshly churned butter! Takes place in the Museum Education Building.

1:00-2:00 pm: Tour of the Militia Exhibit
Take a guided tour of the new exhibit Armed and Equipped: Firearms and the Militia in New England. Meets at Militia Exhibit.

2:30-3:30 pm: Theorem Painting
($5/person to cover materials)
Using stencils and paints, create a decorative cloth using the technique of theorem painting. Takes place in the Museum Education Building.