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A Trip Back in Time

Oldham County Historical Society’s Colonial Faire adds color to arts weekend

Re-enactors, demonstrations, family fun part
of annual event

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2018) – Bringing the spirit of the past alive is one of the things for which the Oldham County History Center is best known. The first weekend in June will showcase the 18th century in Kentucky with the eighth annual Colonial Trade Faire from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on June 2-3. It is held in conjunction with the Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.
The Colonial Trade Faire will once again feature merchants dressed in period clothing, selling handcrafted 18th century wares. Trade Faire participants will be camped on the History Center grounds adjacent to the Oldham County Courthouse. Admission is free to the Colonial Trade Faire.

Photo by Helen E. McKinney

Living Statues portray The Marquis de Lafayette and his wife at last year’s Colonial Faire.

“The purpose of the Colonial Trade Faire is to educate the public to the lifestyle and ideology of the people who lived in 18th century Kentucky,” said event organizer Helen McKinney, Educator and Genealogist for the History Center.
Saturday’s lineup will be full of unique events, beginning at 10 a.m. Period artisans will display hand-crafted goods such as hand-dyed yarns, loom woven items, lanterns and beeswax candles. Day-long, on-going demonstrations of heritage skills will include spinning, weaving, cooking, flax, militia life, 18th century cannon demonstration by the Painted Stone Settlers and the Colonial Garden. Throughout the weekend there will be children’s activities. Members of the Sons of the American Revolution will display historic flags and colonial surveying equipment. Stilt walker extraordinaire Beth Godshall will be on hand. And there will be a special children’s book reading and activity by local author Betty Stokes.
A few modern artisans will have their handcrafted items for sale also, such as Rattlesnake Hill Farm (garlic products), Singing Vine Studio (musical instruments made from gourds), Cindy Moore (vintage lace fabric bracelets and prayer flags), and Jan Malone Sowder (quilt wall-hangings, wool sculptures). The Marquis de Lafayette and his wife will appear courtesy of Living Statues from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday. Magician David Cottrell will astound the crowds from noon – 3 p.m. Sunday. The Little Kentucky River Winery of Bedford, Ky., will be selling its wines as well throughout the weekend. The museum will be open throughout the weekend.
Also included in the Colonial Trade Faire offerings will be several Kentucky authors who devote their time to writing about Kentucky’s rich history. Writers scheduled to appear throughout the weekend at this time include:  Lynwood Montell, Eddie Price, Col. Bob Thompson, Terry Food, James Larry Hood and Terry Chambers.

• For more information, call the History Center at
(502) 222-0826.

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