Old Sturbridge Village continues its celebration of autumn with a traditional evening Harvest Party on Saturday, Sept. 21, complete with horse-drawn hayrides, a bonfire on the Common, an old-fashioned barn dance, live music, and the annual lighting of the Village's 24-foot-high brick kiln to fire more than 800 pieces of pottery. The Village Millpond will be illuminated with a blazing "water fire" display, and on the Common, visitors can hear Native American storytelling by the "Indian Doctress."
Musical performances include the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers, Quintebrass, the Celtic band Full Gael, and Vic and Sticks. Visitors can see hearth cooking and watch the blacksmith, potter, and tinner at work, and the cooper will demonstrate barrel firing - the finishing process for barrel-making when the boards are bent into their final shape. Food and beverage tents will offer clam chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs, cider, donuts, beer, and other beverages. Harvest Party tickets are $12 per person; $10 for OSV Members. Details: www.osv.org; 800-SEE-1830.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. The Village offers free parking and is open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. For times and details of all OSV activities visit: www.osv.org or call 1-800-SEE-1830.