2013 Programs

The programs listed below are presented by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead in partnership with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Choose an item below for more information or scroll down.

Sex and the Single Maple: Our Blooming Trees and Shrubs

Sunday, April 14th, 1:00 PM,  Morrill Homestead Education Center

How did the pussy willow get its puffs? Why do beautiful apple blossoms form fruit containing seeds with a trace of cyanide? Most of our flowering woody plants bear beautiful and inconspicuous blooms that often go unnoticed. From the delicate, crimson petals of hazelnut to the snow-white blooms of wild cherry, this program uses slides and stories to present the flowers and intriguing means of pollination of some common trees and shrubs. A program for general audiences, wildflower enthusiasts, naturalists and aficionados of botanical puns.

$10 adults – $5.00 under 14.

Please pre-register by calling the Homestead, 802-765-4288, or email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Wake Up the Garden: Restoring Morrill’s Historic Landscape

Saturday, May 25th, 9:00 AM, Morrill Homestead Education Center & Grounds

Work with Landscape historian and Head Gardener, Margie Carpenter on the reconstruction and maintenance of the gardens surrounding the home and ornamental farm of Vermont’s late Senator Justin Morrill, founder of the Land Grant College Act that was signed into law by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. This is the first of several 2013 projects designed to restore the colorful annual beds in the pleasure ground and expand the kitchen garden—Morrill’s laboratory for experimenting with plant hardiness that contains a variety of perennials, berry bushes, herbs and roses. Professor Leonard Perry of the UVM Extension Service is using part of the garden for trialing heirloom roses and varieties of perennials new to the market. In addition, Morrill Scholars from the University of Nebraska have planted native prairie grasses that are indigenous to their state and also make beautiful ornamentals.kitchen garden 5_19_2011-(1mb)

Come join us, and become a part of Vermont’s history as we build out the landscape of this very influential American. You can earn all of your Master Gardener outreach hours with us. Please consult our website regularly for other garden programs to be scheduled this summer.

All welcome. No registration required. For more information, please contact Margie Carpenter at: gardener@morrillhomesead.org

Open House: Justin Smith Morrill Homestead

Sunday, June 9th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Friends of the Morrill Homestead invite all to attend a free Open House. Come tour the house, stroll the trails and visit the lovely gardens. Refreshments and dessert are “on the house,” making this one sweet deal! As icing on the cake, the Friends are hosting a 3:00 pm musical performance, “Vermont History Through Song.” Singer and researcher Linda Radtke (dressed in period costume), accompanied by pianist Arthur Zorn, will perform traditional music, bringing Vermont history to life through song and engaging commentary.

This event is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It will be held in partnership with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation’s weekend-long “Vermont Days” — offering free visits for all Vermonters and “Vermonters at Heart” at State Historic sites, June 8th and 9th, 2013: www.historicsites.vermont.gov

Rustic Trellis (Sat) & Rustic Furniture (Sun) Workshops

Saturday & Sunday, June 15th & 16th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
In these one-day workshops at the Morrill Homestead you will take saplings and with simple joining techniques make an outdoor trellis or piece of furniture. They may be as simple or as intricate as you choose and time allows. No woodworking experience is necessary. Presented by Mark Ragonese and the League of NH Craftsmen.

$140.00 ($135.00 early registration), materials included.

To reserve a place or for more information, call Suzanne, 603-643-5384, or email: craftstudies@craftstudies.org

Drawing and Watercolor Workshop for Children and Teens

Monday-Friday, June 24-28,  9 a.m.-12:00 noon
Explore the fantasy of nature and architecture through drawing, writing, mapping, watercolor painting and more. Make your own handmade books for sketching and finished work. A great opportunity to imagine history while creating something new! Taught by Jennifer Brown and Anmari Kicza.

For kids ages 8-13,  $100

Monday-Friday, July 8-12,  9 a.m.-12:00 noon

This advanced class will focus on watercolor painting. We will explore color, value and methods to create depth in paintings.
We will use quick studies to practice our new ideas in handmade books. Working from ideas and skills documented in our books along with direct observation of the environment. Students will also have time to complete finished paintings.

For kids ages 10-15,  $100

Please pre-register by calling the Homestead, 802-765-4288, or email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Gallery in the Garden-

Sight Lines: Art Exhibit and Silent Auction. From the whimsical to the sublime, the Morrill Homestead’s annual Gallery in the Garden art show and silent auction features the works of fine artists from the Strafford community, the Upper Valley and beyond.

Art Exhibit — Saturday, July 6th through Sunday July 21st, Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00AM-5:00 PM

Silent Auction of Morrill Minis — Friday, July 5th 2013, 5:30 PM
Reception for the show’s opening begins at 5:30 PM with silent auction of “Minis for Morrill”—exquisite paintings by artists of regional & national reputation.

In 2013, a silent auction of miniature 4″×4” paintings will include works by these artists: Bob Bauer, Gerry Bergstein, Gail Boyajian, Jennifer Brown, Lucas Chute, Laura Clark, Ned Coffin, Kelly Coffin, Randy Coffin, Micki Colbeck, Christopher Dennis, Dierdre Dennis, Andrea Doughtie, Georgina Forbes, Lou Hance, Laura Karetzky, Pace Kendall, Ed Koren, George Lawrence, Ann Leeds, Jo Levasseur, David Macaulay, Lyal Michel, Andy Newman, Aline Ordman, Mary Louise Pierson, Deborah Frankel Reese, Stephanie Reininger, Patsy Root, Sherry Saint-Germaine, Lianne Thomashow, Adelaide Tyrol, Eric Walker, Rosemary Wells and others.

VIEW 2013 mini paintings being auctioned during the 2013 event.

Coralbells, Coneflowers and Cold Climate Perennial Trials

Saturday, July 20th, 10:00 AM,  Morrill Homestead Education Center

In addition to coralbells and coneflowers, UVM Extension Professor Dr. Leonard Perry is trialing dozens of new perennials each year for performance and hardiness, in perhaps the longest running such trial program in the coldest climate in temperate zones. In this talk he’ll highlight some of the best performing plants over the years, discuss new studies with a National Ornamental Grass Trials program and describe the work of his graduate student with pollinator perennials. We’ll then take a walk about the Morrill Homestead perennial trials—a joint collaboration which brings Justin Morrill’s enthusiasm for testing new plants in Vermont into the 21st century.

$10 adults – $5 under 14.

Please pre-register by calling the Homestead, 802-765-4288, or email: director@morrillhomestead.org

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The Emancipation of Higher Education: An Evening with Abraham Lincoln & Justin Smith Morrill

Sunday, August 4th, 7:00 PM,  Strafford Town House—Strafford, Vermont

For the first time in history, Abraham Lincoln will visit Strafford, Vermont to honor and celebrate the recent sesquicentennial anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and visit with friend and author of the Land Grant College Act of 1862, Senator Justin Smith Morrill. Lincoln will regale his audience with sharp political discourse and folksy humor while discussing the fight against slavery and how the Land Grant College Act became the first step on the road to making it possible for people of all cultures and social backgrounds to attend institutions of higher learning. Lincoln fought to free the slaves and Justin Smith Morrill helped to liberate their education. Don’t miss this historic event! Participants can ask questions of President Lincoln and Senator Morrill following their presentations.

$25 adult, $10 under 14. For reservations call: 802-765-4288, or email: director@morrillhomestead.org. Proceeds to benefit Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Since 1995 Steve Wood has portrayed Abraham Lincoln at Schools, libraries, historical societies and community events in Vermont, New Hampshire and afar, including West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa. He was awarded 2nd place in the Lincoln Look-Alike Contest held in Hodgenville, Kentucky and was named as Editor’s Pick for “Best Lincoln Look-Alike” by New Hampshire Magazine. Justin Smith Morrill will be portrayed by David McWilliams—a board member of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead and well-known Morrill recreator who was the opening attraction on Jun 26, 2012 at the American Association of Public and Land Grant University’s Morrill Sesquicentennial Celebration in Washington, D.C.

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Event Sponsor: Martha E. Diebold Real Estate

 

Watercolor Painting Workshop with Jennifer Brown (adults)

Thursday, August 15,  10 a.m.-3:00 pm

Explore the medium of watercolor while discovering the lovely gardens and grounds of the Morril Homestead. In this introductory class, students learn basic watercolor techniques through practice studies that they can employ to make a painting. Each artist will translate the unique surroundings of the Homestead into her/his own language of brushstrokes, washes and color. Bring your lunch, painting materials (materials list provided upon registration) and creative energies!

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Instructor Jennifer Brown is a longstanding illustrator for Stave Puzzles, teaches art at The Sharon Academy and is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. She studied watercolor painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, Art New England—Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bennington College and AVA. She exhibits with Long River Studios and Strafford Arts.

$65

Please pre-register by calling the Homestead, 802-765-4288, or email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Fiddleheads, Lamb’s Quarters, Nettles and Nuts: Wild Edible, Medicinal, and Poisonous Plants

Sunday, September 22nd, 1:00-2:30 PM

Can someone really become immune to poison ivy after drinking milk produced by a goat that has eaten that plant? What did young Quaker women use for rouge when their parents forbade them from wearing makeup? Which has more vitamin C-a glass of orange juice or a glass of pine needle tea? On this walk we’ll share Colonial and Native American folklore and information to learn about the myths and realities concerning the use of wild edible, medicinal, and poisonous plants. We will also sample many of these delectable treats. If Socrates had attended this workshop he may have realized that you can drink tea made from the boiled needles of the hemlock tree, but not from the small herbaceous plant called poison hemlock.

Michael Caduto—well-known as co-author of the Keepers of the Earth series—has written and taught extensively on herbalism and has studied the uses of plants among the indigenous peoples of the Northeast. His other books include Native American Gardening and Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life.

A 1.5-hour walk, including stories and sampling plants in the field as well as prepared wild edibles.

$10 adults – $5.00 under 14.

Please pre-register by calling the Homestead, 802-765-4288, or email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Fall Watercolor Painting at the Morrill Homestead (adults)

Saturday, September 28,  1:00-4:00 pm

The Homestead is offering this afternoon class by popular demand—an exploration of watercolor painting for the novice or those with some experience. Prepare for winter by appreciating and capturing the autumn landscape, approaching introductory techniques and solving basic challenges. Bring materials you have or request a suggested materials list. Instructor Jennifer Brown is a longstanding illustrator for Stave Puzzles, teaches art at The Sharon Academy and is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. She studied watercolor painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, Art New England—Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bennington College and AVA. She exhibits with Long River Studios and Strafford Arts.

$40

Please pre-register by calling the Homestead, 802-765-4288, or email: director@morrillhomestead.org

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19th Century Apple and Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 6th, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Bring the whole family to a harvest festival. Make cider in an antique press and sip the results, taste a variety of heirloom apples and hand-cranked ice cream, make apple prints, play period games, hike the lookout trail and play Valley Quest. Includes an apple pie contest! Americana music will be performed by the acoustical stylings of the ever-popular band Rockit Science, featuring Paul Kifner, Eric Reimanis and Mat Stevens. Includes lunch. Rain or shine.

$10 adults – $3 under 14.

Heirloom Apple Varieties

Heirloom Apple Varieties

 

Apple Pie Contest at the Apple Fest!

Any member of the general public may enter an apple pie (except for members of the Morrill Homestead Board). PRIZES will be awarded of gift certificates to popular local businesses—including Stone Soup Restaurant ($50) and King Arthur Flour ($35)—as well as a Maple Syrup Cookbook.

Pastry or Crumb crust pies accepted. Pies must be room temperature and brought to the Morrill Homestead for judging by 10:30am on Sunday, October 6th, 2013: 214 Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford, VT 05072.

In order to assure objective judging: Pleaes write the entrant’s name clearly on the outside of the pie container, but not on the dish or plate itself. For further information, please email Donna Hollinger at: pdeotnenra@comcast.net

 

 

drawn apple treeEvent Underwriter: Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont
Event Sponsor:
Flint, Blake, Boles Roofing, Sharon, Vermont

Gift Certificate Donation: Stone Soup Restaurant, Strafford, Vermont