Betsy Raymond will demonstrate the craft of needle felting on Thursday, August 4, at 1 p.m. at the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society. (Submitted photo)

BETHEL — The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society on Broad Street in Bethel have announced the presenters for this summer’s Mill Brook Craft Series.

Each Thursday afternoon in August at 1 p.m., skilled craftspeople will lead workshops in the Twitchell Education Center, a replica (on the exterior) of Dr. Moses Mason’s 19th century library building. Each week, a different craft will be highlighted, with historical background, demonstrations, and opportunities for hands-on experience provided to participants.

August 4 – Needle felting with Betsy Raymond. Betsy was taught to knit, crochet, and sew as a young girl by her mother and aunt, and has enjoyed crafts of all kinds ever since. She recently added needle felting to her list of fiber hobbies.

August 11 – Weaving with Adele Harvey. A seasonal resident of Bethel, Adele has been a weaver for more than 50 years, producing functional household textiles for her own and friends’ use.

August 18 – Cheese-making with Heather Vail. A lifelong resident of Newry and Bethel, Heather has been raising dairy goats and making cheese for 30 years. She will give a brief history of cheese-making, describe the process, and offer a taste of the finished product.

August 25 – Basket-making with Wendy Hutchins. Wendy first learned to cane chair seats through adult ed classes with master caner Hans Paulsen, and took up basket-weaving after discovering the similarities in the materials and techniques used.

All workshops begin at 1 p.m. The Twitchell Education Center is located next to the Dr. Moses Mason House at 14 Broad Street in Bethel. There is no charge for these programs, but donations are gladly accepted.

The 2022 Mill Brook Craft Series is supported by the Florence Bickford Hastings Traditional Crafts Fund and presented in memory of beloved volunteer and educator Tineke Ouwinga.

For more information, please call the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society at 207- 824-2908 or email [email protected]

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