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Rituals of Spring at Old World Wisconsin


An heirloom gardener tries out Old World Wisconsin's authentically reproduced garden engine, a wheelbarrow-like device filled with water and powered by a hand-operated pump for use in watering gardens

Not unlike their 19th-century counterparts, the farmers and gardeners of Old World Wisconsin will have their hands full of springtime chores on Saturday, May 15, when the outdoor museum celebrates its annual Rituals of Spring event. Visitors can expect to see farmers readying the farmsteads for planting. They'll also herd and hand shear sheep before farm women process the collected wool — just as Wisconsin settlers did in the late 1800s. In the Sanford House garden, visitors may want to try their hand at using the historic site's garden engine (pictured above), an authentically reproduced wheelbarrow-like device filled with water and powered by a hand-operated pump for use in watering gardens.

More New Site Features and Activities Visitors Will Enjoy

Another new site feature that visitors will enjoy is a walk along the Bluebird Trail to observe new bluebird boxes and their nesting families. The day's activities will also include a historic fashion show featuring men's and women's clothing from different time periods, plus an opportunity to speak with the museum's period clothing coordinator, a talk about spring on the prairie by naturalist "Prairie Bob," a demonstration of the small-animal treadmill, horse-drawn plowing demonstrations, soap making, flax processing and much more. For a complete schedule of activities and their times, view or download a detailed program (PDF 984KB) for this event.

Enjoy a Farmhand Buffet or a Rousing Barn Dance

Brand-new after-hours events begin at 5 pm with a Farmhand Buffet, open to all until 6:30 pm. From 6 to 9 pm visitors can kick up their heels at a rousing Barn Dance, with live music and a caller, guaranteeing an evening of old-fashioned fun, regardless of age or skill level.

For complete details on admission, location and contact information, visit the Old World Wisconsin visitor information pages.

:: Posted May 10, 2010

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