Evening Harvest Party and Pottery Firing at Old Sturbridge Village Sept. 27, 2014
Hayrides, bonfire, barn dance, music, and more
Crisp fall air and the crackle of a bonfire will set the mood for Old Sturbridge Village’s annual Harvest Party from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Highlights include horse-drawn hayrides, a bonfire on the Common, an old-fashioned barn dance, live music, and the annual lighting of the Village's 24-foot-high brick kiln to fire more than 800 pieces of pottery. Paths will be lit by lanterns, the Millpond will be illuminated with a blazing "water fire" display, and on the Village Common, visitors can hear Native American storytelling by the "Indian Doctress."
Musical performances include the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers, Quintebrass, the Celtic band Full Gael, and Vic and Sticks. Visitors can see hearth cooking and watch the blacksmith, potter, and tinner at work, and the cooper will demonstrate barrel firing – the finishing process for barrel-making when the boards are bent into their final shape. Food and beverage tents will offer chili, clam chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, and other beverages. Harvest Party tickets are $12 per person; $10 for OSV Members. Details: www.osv.org; 800-SEE-1830.
Once a year Old Sturbridge Village potters light up the Village's massive 24-foot-high to fire 800 freshly glazed redware pots stacked 10 feet high. Sparks fly into the night sky and the bricks glow as potters continually stoke the fire all night to keep the fire up to the required 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Of all the activities we demonstrate at the Old Sturbridge Village, firing the potter’s kiln is surely the most dramatic,” notes Jeff Friedman, of Princeton, Mass., assistant coordinator of men's crafts at OSV.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. The Village offers free parking and is open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. For times and details of all OSV activities visit: www.osv.org or call 1-800-SEE-1830.