BRIDGTON – The Bridgton Historical Society will hold its 15th annual Woodworkers and Artisans show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, at the society’s historic 1797 farmstead, Narramissic. Off Route 107 in South Bridgton, this event will be well marked with directional signs from all points.

As with last year’s event, the show will feature a broader spectrum of traditional disciplines, including iron forging, pottery, jewelry making and spinning.

The work on exhibit at the Woodworkers and Artisans show will include pieces produced by talented craftsmen and artisans from Maine. Many will be personally demonstrating their special skills during this event. Among pieces on display will be furniture, cabinetry, pottery, canoes, jewelry, sculpture, glass, tools and musical instruments.

There will be activities for kids too. In addition to watching a blacksmith at work or a cabinetmaker using his block plane, youngsters will be treated to kite making, and outdoor games. And in the background, spirited period music will enhance the feeling of being transported back to a 19th century fair.

Narramissic and its large Temperance Barn provide an ideal setting for this annual event. In addition to viewing the artisans at work, visitors can enjoy a tour of the historic farmstead as well as admire a spectacular view of the White Mountains. A concession will offer food and beverages.

Admission is $5 for adults (members – $4); children under 8 admitted free. Family tickets are available for $15. The fee includes a tour of the old farmhouse with its many artifacts.

The Bridgton Historical Society is a nonprofit, volunteer organization devoted to education and preservation of Bridgton town history and maintains two sites: The Research Center and Museum on Gibbs Avenue off Main Street, Bridgton; and Narramissic, a restored pre-Civil War farmhouse with out-buildings and fields.

Funding is provided through memberships, contributions and fund-raising events.


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