This Birdy has no attention of flying south for the winter...not when so many exciting things are happening at Slater Mill and around Pawtucket. Snow slushes along the sidestreets where artists have their studios in old stone mills and quirky industrial spaces. The new bridge over the Blackstone, lighted with 1950's Christmas bulb hues that decorate the night sky, creates a crown of color reflected in the water of the Blackstone River.
Christmas at 1793 Slater Mill is a sweet season of old and new traditions seasoned with the warmth of spiced cider and the sounds of mid-winter melodies. Children, parents, and grandparents wend their way through old Slater Mill as Santa's Workshop is in full swing. Elves Rosemary and Kasey direct the children as they decorate ornaments, write letters to Santa, and gobble sugar cookies from the oven of baker Elf Matt. Elf Richard dons the guise of Santa, while Elf Andrian leads moms, dads, and tots over the river and through the machine shop in Wilkinson Mill.
Next to Wilkinson Mill is the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House, a lovely Rhode Island gambrel with fireplaces galore, aglow with winter flames. An ancient receipt for "lambswool" is poured from antique jugs. Confits and comfits, cheeses and fruits grace pewter platers for guests arriving at the "Fireside Ordinary," the newest program at Slater Mill. Spinners sit at their wheels, musicians pluck their strings, and time supends its hold on work-week weary visitors who spend a Friday evening in the spirit of the season...where the past meets the present, drawn up like artisan Steve Emma's antique chairs beneath the scrubbed tops of tavern tables.
But wait! For what to our wondering eyes does appear? But a knitting class new...and Knitting Weekend quite near!!! Stay tuned for more Bird words to come re: Slater Mill's 6th Annual Knitting Weekend, featuring Gudrun Johnston, Thea Colman, and Ellen Mason, coming in January!
Happy Christmas and merry mid-winter....fondly, "Birdy"