demonstrations

BUTTER CHURNING

CHECK OUT GRANDMA BUTTER AND AUNTY HERB BUTTER CHURNING

 

Grandma Butter and Aunty Herb

Grandma Butter, Jolene Hawkins, does butter churning demonstrations, needle felting demonstrations, photography (found at JoHawk Photography) hula hoop weaving for kids and is a dedicated volunteer of the Concord Historical Society specializing in genealogy research at the Lucy Bensley Center. She also volunteers her time for countless Springville organizations including Echoes Through Time Learning Center and is a freelance writer for the Springville Times.

Aunty Herb, Jennifer L.S. Weber, adds the fresh herbs from her garden to the equation as an active gardener and amateur herbalist.  She is a historical reenactor for the French & Indian War, War of 1812 and Revolutionary War time periods.  Also, Jennifer is a freelance writer for the Springville Times and avid blogger at All Things Jennifer and volunteers with many local organizations including the Concord Historical Society, Inclusive Theater of WNY, Leadership Niagara, Old Fort Niagara, Springville Center for the Arts and the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation.

 

 

demonstrations

BLACKSMITH

 

John Riese - BlacksmithVisit local Black smith John Riese to learn more about this important trade.

The role of the Black smith to Village life was very important and very diverse. He was the local toolmaker but was often times called upon to do dentistry, surgery, veterinary medicine, horse dealer and undertaker.

The Black smith often held important offices in the village such as magistrate or Church warden. He was the obvious choice for these positions because his blacksmithing background meant he had a certain level of intellect, math skills and business sense.