Monday, April 2, 2012

SPRING INTO FAMILY FUN AT ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER'S ANNUAL SHEEP TO SHAWL FESTIVAL - FAMILY PASS GIVEAWAY






- Explore A Variety of Immerse Family Activities, Demonstrations, Docent Led Tours, Music, and More - 
Kick off your family's springtime adventures with a little time travel. Blacksmithing, candle dipping, open-hearth cooking, and sheep shearing are just a few examples of fun and immersive activities at the Atlanta History Center's annual Sheep to Shawl festival on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

  
The journey from sheep to shawl begins at Smith Family Farm, where you are transported to the 1860s to explore the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Georgia farm.
At the Smith Family Farm barnyard, learn the importance of shearing sheep’s wool each spring as you observe shearing demonstrations at 11:00 AM; 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM. Children receive a handful of wool as a keepsake before taking part in a variety of entertaining hands-on activities and demonstrations that illustrate the process of wool being washed, sorted, carded, spun, dyed, and woven into a shawl – literally, from sheep to shawl. 
 

While at the farm, interact with a variety of costumed living history interpreters presenting authentic demonstrations of blacksmithing, pottery, candle dipping, woodworking, open-hearth cooking, and other crafts and chores. Listen to Southern folktales spun by Betty Ann Wylie and enjoy the sounds of traditional bluegrass with Cindy Musselwhite and Friends on the front porch of the Smith farmhouse. Take a guided tour of the Smith farmhouse and explore the living quarters of the Smith family. Most important, don’t forget to stop by the barnyard for the petting zoo
 

Steps away from the farm, enjoy guided tours of the Atlanta History Center's Historic Quarry Garden at 11:15 AM and 1:15 PM., and discover the beautiful springtime blooms and plant life in the state’s largest collection of native Georgia plants. 
 

At the Mable Dorn Reeder Amphitheatre at 11:30 AM, 1:30 and 3:30 PM visitors can enjoy a performance of Clay: Palm to Earth, the story of Dave Drake. Born enslaved in 1801, Drake – traditionally known as Dave the Potter – was taught to turn pots and learned to read and write, often signing much of his pottery and inscribing them with poems. 

After the performance, step inside the museum to admire the work of Dave the Potter on display in the Atlanta History Center's Southern folk arts exhibition, Shaping Traditions. 


Guided tours are available at 12:30 and 3:00 PM. Hear musical performances by In Town Down Home Band in the Garden Overlook at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Sheep to Shawl is sponsored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council and supported by the Poppy Garden Club.
This special program is included with the price of general Atlanta History Center admission; free to members. For information call 404.814.4000 or visit www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/S2S.

Girl Scouts can purchase a special Sheep to Shawl patch for participation in the day’s activities. For a group rate for Girl Scouts call 404.814.4062.

WIN TICKETS

The Bluebird Patch is giving away 2 family passes good for 2 adults and up to 4 children. To enter, just leave us a comment telling us what's your favorite thing about the Atlanta History Center on the section below. Best of luck!!  


Important Information:

Please note that we removed our Rafflecopter widget because some people were not able  to comment. Please understand that unless I know who you are I am unable to contact you in case you are the winner. You need to leave us your email or twitter handle unless you have an active profile that can lead me to your blog, and email. If you want to submit your email privately you can always use or contact form http://www.thebluebirdpatch.com/p/contact.html. This giveaway ends on April 11, 2012 at 4pm.


ABOUT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER:
Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, thirty-three-acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola CafĂ©, a museum shop, and acres of Historic Gardens with paths and the kid-friendly Connor Brown Discovery Trail. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House. Located in Midtown Atlanta, the two-acre campus features tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone With the Wind, an exhibition highlighting the life of Margaret Mitchell, a Gone With the Wind movie exhibition, and a museum shop. For information on Atlanta History Center offerings, hours of operation and admission call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com 


Update: April 11, 2012 
Drum roll please. Our 2 winners are Bernice Brown and Kari Apted. Congratulations!! I will be contacting you via email.  



 
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