The 1827 meeting house features trompe l’oeil or “fool-the-eye” painting which gives the illusion of real objects. These unusual paintings were done by artist Charles Schumacher in the 1800s throughout New England. The meeting house features several antique, stained glass windows many of which have been restored. Restoration plans include foundation work and repair of the steeple clock.

The donated vintage braided wool rug comes from the home of the late Mary Townsend Hock, and was donated by Hock’s daughter who said her mother was a strong supporter of the Meeting House.

Nancy Young, of Winthrop, a long-time rug braider, will give a talk on rug braiding at 1 p.m. Several other braiders will be on hand to demonstrate rug making.

According to Young, braided rugs have been part of the New England tradition since colonial time. The craft became less popular in the late-20th century when mills started to close.

Owners of braided rugs in good condition are invited to bring them for display during the show. Rugs should be dropped off between 7-9 a.m. Saturday morning prior to the show. Rugs can be picked up after 4 p.m.

There is no admission fee. Donations to the Meeting House restoration are welcome.

For more information, call 207-685-4725 or email [email protected]


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