Daylight Savings Time in Rhode Island has anchored autumn, once again, as a season of delight at Slater Mill. Birdy here to file a mid-fall report of comings and goings since last I wrote, with summer in full swing! That July Sunday was a an idyllic moment to savor a peaceful reverie as we headed into preparations for Slater Mill's participation in the Pawtucket Arts Festival.
For fifteen years, PAF has raised a curtain on the arts and community in this old textile town, loaded with charm and promise. After celebrating a 25th anniversary in 2012, the Labor & Ethnic Heritage Festival returned and filled the stages with folk music, song, and dance. And in the spirit of "someplace old-something new," we inaugurated a new arts event with support from Pawtucket Arts Festival...the Slater Mill "In-OVATION FESTIVAL" which blended a variety of genres of music or new performers or seasoned favorites who returned to our stages with new songs or tunes to share! With a PAF opening weekend around the grounds of Slater Mill dressed in the most glorious weather...success was in the air and matched the brilliance of Rhode Island's own international and regional stars of folk, jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Artisans joined forces with performers to create and capture the work of Slater Mill's Community Guilds Studio where knitters, weavers, spinners, and chair caners keep and teach the heritage arts as a source of inspiration for both traditional and contemporary fiber arts.
But wait....Birdy has news!!! Mary Lee Partington (email@example.com) and Ruth Sunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) have returned to their creative posts at Slater Mill, this first week of November!! Ruth resumes her efforts to develop and direct the amazing Community Guilds Studio, and Mary Lee will guide programming that embraces the many possibilities of engaging with and enjoying the many stories that tell the Slater Mill tale of industry and innovation, farms and factories, and the beginning of it all by the banks of the "Working River"...the Blackstone!!!
Ruth will be offering a new knitting class in just a few weeks!! And where Mary Lee goes, music is sure to follow!! Rumor has it that a new Guild is about to be born...especially for those who like to sing or dance. And something special may be brewing in the charming 1758 Sylvanus Brown House!!! So...stay tuned and contact Mary Lee and Ruth to say "hello" or welcome back...we look forward to seeing you for new events, the latest Guild updates, and Knitting Weekend in January...almost sold out...here, at Slater Mill Museum!