Old Salem Museum & Gardens – Salem Saturdays in Winter: Escape the Winter Blues!
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JANUARY 21, 2019) — Salem Saturdays in Winter: Repair, Plan, and Create (Tools, Gardens, and Needlework) are the perfect way to escape the winter doldrums. Come to Old Salem Museum & Gardens on Saturdays from January through March and take part in immersive, interactive fun suitable for all ages. Discover the past and experience hands-on history at Old Salem. Salem Saturdays in Winter take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most activities are included with the purchase of a “All-in-One” ticket. The Hands-on Workshops and White Glove Tours have an additional charge.
In many ways, winter was one of the busiest times of the year in 18th– and 19th-century Salem. The winter season was full of hidden activity and behind-the-scenes preparation for the long hot days of summer. The first cold months of the year were spent planning the gardens and crops, fixing the heavily-used tools, building and repairing furniture, mending and producing domestic textile materials for use, and continuing the education and apprenticeships for the young members of the town.
Bring your family to Salem Saturdays in Winter: Repair, Plan, and Create (Tools, Gardens, and Needlework) and learn about these fascinating, rarely seen, preparations and repairs at the new Old Salem for an all-day (or two-day) experience. Spend some quality family time exploring all of the history within the new kid-friendly “please touch” buildings, take one of the popular “Hands-On-Workshops,” stroll Main Street, and do a bit of shopping in our fabulous “Merchants of Old Salem” (a new batch of our bespoke Salem pottery will be waiting for you). It truly is a special time at Old Salem—just for you and your family.
Among the activities included in an All-in-One Ticket on Salem Saturdays in Winter are a scavenger hunt for young kids; hands-on experiences with the joiners, gunsmiths, and potters; hands-on quilting; learning how food was preserved for the winter and what types of foods were served in winter; exploring objects in the MESDA galleries; learning about the apothecary; visiting the “Hidden Town” Room of Meditation & Reflection dedicated to those who were enslaved in Salem; and more. For a full list of activities visit oldsalem.org.
Winter Organ Concerts on the 1800 Tannenberg Organ will take place on Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Feb. 23, 3 – 3:30 p.m.; Mar. 9 & 23, 3 – 3:30 p.m.; Scott Carpenter, Old Salem Director of Music, will play and allow guests to peek behind the scenes.
All-in-One Tickets are $27 for adults and $13 for children and can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road.
Each season Old Salem Museums & Gardens curates specially designed fundraising events that involve hands-on experiences and history as a way to directly help us in our mission of providing high-quality visitor engagement for school children year-round. The income derived from our events, such as these workshops, goes toward facilitating all aspects of our core initiatives.
Salem Saturdays in Winter White Glove Tours
Made in the South, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m., $20 per person
Get up close and personal with the centuries-old objects at MESDA and learn about the diverse craftsmen who made them, the families who cherished them as precious heirlooms, and how we preserve these works of art for the future.
Hidden in Plain Sight African American Craftsmen in the Early South, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 at 11 a.m., $20 per person
Explore the often-hidden stories of African American craftsmen like cabinetmaker Thomas Day, enslaved potter David Drake, and others whose names are lost to history. This tour is part of Old Salem Museums & Gardens Hidden Town initiative.
Salem Saturdays in Winter Workshops:
Museum of Curious Things, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Horton Museum Center, $50 per person
A bonnet weaved from human hair. A 150-year-old biscuit preserved in a canning jar. Magic tricks used by Gus Reich, the Civil War magician, and traveling showman. A stone taken from the liver of a deer that was thought to cure rabies. These are just some of the curious things in the Old Salem collection that are almost never on exhibit.
18th Century Wooden Lantern Workshop, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Single Brothers’ Workshop, $120 per person
Make a wooden lantern based on a lantern commonly used in 18th-century Salem. Some woodworking knowledge is helpful but not required. One-hour lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. All lantern parts provided.
Dyeing with Natural Ingredients, Feb. 9, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Single Brothers’ House, $50 per person
Learn how the blue dyer made indigo dye as well as onion skin and other natural dyes and learn how to over-dye some skeins for different color variations. Take home 5 small skeins of naturally dyed wool.
Sampler & Textile Exploration, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MESDA, $50 per person
In this special tour, explore MESDA’s amazing collection of Southern needlework including rarely seen samplers in the Textile Storage area. Stitched by girls as young as six years old.
Gourd Painting Class, Feb. 16, 1 – 2:30 p.m., African Moravian Log Church at St. Philips Heritage Center, $50 per person
Painting African Gourds. Participants will paint a gourd using acrylic paints from start to finish. Use your own pattern or one of ours.
Garden Planning and Seed Saving Workshop, Feb. 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Old Salem Visitor Center, $50 per person
Learn how to plan your garden to maximize beauty and productivity for the coming seasons. Visit Old Salem’s horticulture lab for an up-close look at the historic seed collection and to get hands-on experience cleaning seeds. Take home a collection of Old Salem heirloom seeds.
Hearth Cooking Class, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Single Brothers’ Workshop, $60 per person
Learn how to use the hearth and 18th-century cooking methods to cook a small meal including 18th-century seasonal favorites, dessert, and drinking chocolate.
Wood Toy Class, Mar. 2, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Boys’ School, $50 per person
Carve two wooden animal figures from a specially prepared turned wooden ring, a traditional German method of making wooden toys. Class will focus on carving, with a ring turning demonstration on a lathe.
Blacksmithing Apprenticeship Mar. 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., OR 1 – 3 p.m. Gunsmith’s Workshop, $100 per person.
A beginning blacksmithing course. Learn to work on a bellows driven coal-fired forge and work in the smithy. Learn basic processes such as heating iron, shapes, and decorative twists and complete a simple project.
Fiddle Back Candle Wall Sconce, Mar. 16, 12 – 3 p.m., Boys’ School, $50 per person
Create a fiddle back candle wall sconce using several patterns used in Salem. All sconce parts will be provided.
Pottery – Lions, lambs, and molds – oh my! Mar. 23, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Potter’s Workshop, $60 per person
Work with some of our historic press molds to learn about toys from Salem’s past in this kid-friendly workshop for ages 6 and up.
Textile Lab: Tape Loom, Mar. 23, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Single Brothers’ Workshop, $50 per person
A tape loom was used to make a thin woven strip of cloth called “tape” in a variety of colors and patterns. Tape was used for ties, hat bands, straps, etc. Learn how to use a tape loom and make a length of tape to take home!
To sign up for a White Glove Tour or a Hands-on Workshop visit oldsalem.org/salem-saturdays-in-winter-hands-on-workshops//.
About Old Salem
Voted the 2019 #1 Tourist Attraction in North Carolina (AAA), Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a unique living history site with a tactile-driven, immersive visitor experience. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem are quickly becoming nationally known for innovative and novel interpretive models and programs. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.