Are you a fan of the television show “Forged in Fire” or the Minecraft
video game? Come to Storrowton Village Museum May 12 for an exciting new event
called Blacksmith Collective.
The event offers visitors an interactive look at the trade and artistry
of blacksmithing in New England from the 17th to 21st century. The day will be
filled with demonstrations in the busy Clark Blacksmith Shop and on the Village
green by visiting smiths from throughout New England.
Visitors will be able to talk with smiths about their tools, techniques
and traditions as they work at their forges. The event is suitable for all ages
-- adults will get a practical view of the art and craftsmanship of the trade
while the children’s activity area provides a hands-on look at the tools and
toys made by blacksmiths as well as a clay molding activity that teaches the
science behind molding metal.
Storrowton Tavern will offer $12 boxed lunches as a grab-and-go option
as well as a regular meal service. Boxed lunches will include a sandwich, bag
of chips, fresh fruit, two homemade cookies, a granola bar and condiments. The
Shops at Storrowton will be open and smiths will offer items for sale. Visitors
can also purchase tickets for the Hammer & Anvil Raffle, with 100% of
proceeds to benefit Storrowton Museum’s education programs. Winners must be
present to receive prizes that will be drawn hourly.
Special guests include the 3rd Massachusetts George Washington
Continental Army Unit reenactment group, leading demonstrations and discussions
on the role of blacksmithing during the American Revolution.
The Blacksmith Collective is open to the public
and runs from 11am to 4pm. Tickets are $8 in advance via storrowtonvillage.com
(through 5/11/18 at 11:59pm) or $10 on the day of the event.
Storrowton Village Museum, an educational arm of Eastern States Exposition (a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization) and located on its grounds in West Springfield, Mass., presents hands-on school programs and guided tours of its historic buildings throughout the year as well as seasonal 19th century-themed events. It is the site of Storrowton Tavern/Carriage House, The Shops at Storrowton and is a popular site for weddings. For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com or call 413-205-5051.