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Dave the oxen looking over fence
Photo by Janet Dudley.
News & Events

2011 EVENTS
· December 3, 2011
Holiday Open House & Market
St. Nicholas at The Dudley Farm Museum’s Holiday Open House 2011
Photo by Barbara Hanson.


   Museum Activities 10 AM to 2PM
Tour the museum farmhouse decorated for the Holidays. Experience the farm in winter and enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies in the dining room. Bring the children for a visit with St. Nicholas.
Farmers’ Market 9 AM to 2 PM
Join us in the Munger Barn for the 2011 Holiday Market. Our holiday treats and treasures feature baked goods, crafts, eggs, fibers, fresh holiday greens and wreaths, honey and maple syrup, jams and jellies, naturally-raised meats, pickles, and soap. Check Market Schedule for latest information on special events.

Maple Candy demonstration.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.

   Maple Candy Demonstration 11 AM
(Rescheduled from October 29.)

Buster Scranton presents a Maple Candy demonstration. Maple syrup can be used in many ways, not just on pancakes. Join Buster as he brings chemistry, physics, skill, and a little luck together to turn maple syrup into pure maple candy. Watch the process, enjoy the aroma, and sample the end product.

· October 29, 2011
Harvest Day
Museum Activities 10 AM to 2PM
(Museum Activities canceled due to storm forecast.)
Step into the late 1800s and help churn butter, feed the chickens some freshly shelled corn and enjoy cider & cookies in the dining room of the museum farmhouse. Stock up at the last regular Farmers’ Market of the season and get your Halloween Pumpkin! Demonstrations, Food, Music and More!
Farmers’ Market celebrates Harvest Day 9 AM to 12:30 PM
The Farmers’ Market offers the following special events on Saturday, October 29, in conjunction with The Dudley Farm Museum’s celebration of Harvest Day. Come join us on our last day of the Summer Market, which takes place from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Event start times are approximate.

Birdhouses and Feeders Demonstration
Photo by Barbara Hanson.

   Birdhouses and Feeders 10 AM
Tom Kehoe of Nature’s Crib presents a demonstration on birdhouses and feeders. Tom will also share information on how to attract different birds, installation of poles, and accessories. Handouts will be available.

Maple Candy Demonstration 11 AM (Canceled due to storm forecast.)
Buster Scranton presents a Maple Candy demonstration. Maple syrup can be used in many ways, not just on pancakes. Join Buster as he brings chemistry, physics, skill, and a little luck together to turn maple syrup into pure maple candy. Watch the process, enjoy the aroma, and sample the end product.

· October 27, 2011
Annual Meeting and Carry in Supper 6:30 PM in the Munger Barn
This is a “green” event. Please bring a main dish to share and your own place setting and silverware. Beverages and Checkerberry Sodas provided compliments of the Dudley Foundation. Dinner followed by annual meeting and election of officers. Preview display & presentation by book committee: Voices of North Guilford.

· October 22, 2011
Scanner Photography demonstration.
Photo by Michael Russo.

   The Art of Scanner Photography 10 AM
Ellen Hoverkamp presents The Art of Scanner Photography. Ellen will demonstrate her use of the flatbed scanner as a camera to create dramatic, detailed, 3-dimensional prints. She uses natural materials gathered from the gardens of friends, family and neighbors.

· October 8, 2011
Corn Relish Demonstration
Photo by Barbara Hanson.

   How To Make Corn Relish 10 AM
Phyllis Naples-Valenti presents How To Make Corn Relish. Phyllis will demonstrate all the steps necessary to make corn relish, up to the canning process. Handouts will be available. Phyllis has been canning since she was a little girl helping her mother. She has attended classes to bring her skills up-to-date, has taught canning for over 20 years, and done numerous demonstrations.

· September 24, 2011
Soap-making Demonstration
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
   Soap-making Demonstration 9 and 11 AM
Liz and Rick Rinaldi of Flat Brook Farm demonstrate soap-making using the fresh milk from the goats they raise on their farm in East Hampton. They raise and show their registered goats and have been making hand-crafted soap and lotion for several years.

Knitting demonstration
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
   Introduction to Knitting 10 to 10:30 AM
Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt presents Introduction to Knitting. Jamie will talk about basic knitting tools, and choosing the right yarn, needles and pattern for your first project. She will demonstrate various stitches, casting on and casting off. Handouts will be provided and there will be a free raffle for a beginning knitting basket. Questions are welcome.

Woodturning demonstration
Photo by Barbara Hanson.

   Creative Woodturning 10:30 to 11 AM
David Wendt, Sr. presents Creative Woodturning. David will show the many steps it takes to make one of his unique segmented wooden bowls. Handouts will be provided and questions are welcome.

· September 17, 2011
Tai Chi Demonstration by
Master Zhang Zhao Xun.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
   Tai Chi Demonstration 10 AM
Master Zhang Zhao Xun will demonstrate Hun Yuan Tai Chi Chuan. Master Zhang is a former live-in student of Grand Master Feng Zhi Qiang and has trained in the traditional styles since the age of 6. A lifetime martial artist, dedicated to daily practice and sharing his art, Master Zhang embodies the essence of Tai Chi like no one you have ever seen.

Hun Yuan Tai Chi Chuan is the most recently developed and very well accepted style of Tai Chi Chuan. It incorporates elements of Chen style Tai Chi Chuan, qigong, Xing-yi, Bagua Zhang and Tongbei.
 
  

· August 27, 2011
Antique cooking stove.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
   How To Cook It 10 AM
Judy Stone, coordinator of the Dudley Farm Community Garden and experienced cook, will present ways to cook a variety of in-season vegetables. Judy will have examples of locally-grown vegetables and edible wild plants. She will discuss both simple and more complicated ways to cook them, using a variety of antique and modern cookbooks for consultation. Handouts will be provided and vegetables will be available for purchase at the market.
 
  

Guilford’s Night Sky 6 to 9 PM, Rain or Shine
(This event canceled due to Hurricane forecast.)
Presented by Guilford Conservation Commission and The Dudley Farm Museum
Where: The Dudley Farm Museum
Free, but registration is required—space is limited.
Call 203–457–0770 or email info@dudleyfarm.com to register.
The first 25 individuals or families to register get a free bat box in honor of the United Nations’ International Year of The Bat.

Have you ever wondered why stars sparkle, how owls hunt at night, if fish sleep? Have you ever participated in a moth catch and release event? Have you ever wondered if coyotes sing only at the full moon?
Join us for this family friendly event and find out the answers to these questions. Learn about nocturnal mammals and birds, the importance of appropriate lighting levels at night, the night sky and more! Activities for all ages and abilities. In the event of inclement weather all activities will be indoors in the Munger Barn.


· August 13, 2011
Spinning demonstration
Photo by Helen Wendt.

   Spinning Demonstration 9 AM to 12 PM
Ongoing spinning demonstration by Fiona Fine and Carol Gilbert. They will use a variety of fibers to demonstrate wheel and drop spindle techniques, from preparation to roving to yarn. Fiona raises sheep and angora rabbits and sells handspun yarns; she knits and crochets with both handspun and commercial yarns. Carol and her family own the Double “G” Alpaca Farm located in Portland, CT, where they breed Alpacas and sell fleece and spun yarn; she also does wet felting and needle felting.

Flower arranging talk
Photo by Helen Wendt.

   The Art of Flower Arranging 10 to 10:30 AM
Janet Dudley presents The Art of Flower Arranging. Janet will talk about growing, selecting and arranging cut flowers and will provide hints and tips to enhance your floral projects.

· August 6, 2011
Soap-making Demonstration
   Soap-making Demonstration 9 and 10 AM
Liz and Rick Rinaldi of Flat Brook Farm demonstrate soap-making using the fresh milk from the goats they raise on their farm in East Hampton. They raise and show their registered goats and have been making hand-crafted soap and lotion for several years.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
    


· July 30, 2011
Candle-making Demonstration
   Candle-making Demonstration 9 to 11 AM
Bob Whatley will demonstrate 18th century candle-making. Bob is a Revolutionary War Time-period Historical Reenactor and will use a handmade “candle wheel” that replicates one in the Leffingwell Museum in Norwich, CT.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
  

Psaltery Concert
   Psaltery Concert 10 to 11 AM
Melodye Whatley will play the bowed psaltery, a stringed instrument in the harp or zither family. Melodye is a long-time psaltery player and instructor, and a direct descendant of William Dudley, one of the first settlers of the North Guilford area.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
  

Braided red onions.
   Understanding Organic Gardening 11 AM to 12 PM
Alex Lowry presents Understanding Organic Gardening. Alex has been farming 2 acres on the Lowry Family Farm in Madison for 4 years. He will talk about soil fertility, companion planting, crop rotation, biodiversity, understanding nature, and putting it all together in an organic garden.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
  


· June 18 & 25, 2011
Bumble Bee on flowers.
   Pollinator Workshop at the Market 11 AM
This is a two part workshop. You will learn who the pollinators are, how important they are, why they are at risk and what you can do to help them.
Help celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 20–26, 2011.
Photo by Christina Pen.
  


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