Family Fun, This Weekend at Fruitlands!

Celebrate the season with a variety of hands-on activities! Learn how to throw a Native American atlatl and create cornhusk dolls. Apple pie maven, Eileen Kronauer, will be on hand on Saturday to share her secrets for making the best apple pie, and the Nashoba Valley Weaver's Guild will have several types of looms for you to try your hand at on Sunday. See schedule of activities below.

Saturday, October 12, 2012 10am-5pm

10am-5pm, Bolton Bunny Club - Children and adults view and pet a variety of rabbits raised by members of the Bolton Bunny Club, a division of 4-H Massachusetts. Learn about rabbits, their care, behavior, and contributions as both domestic pets and livestock.

10am-5pm, Harvesting the Three Sisters - Visit the Longhouse and learn about the "three sisters" - squash, corn, and beans - grown by Native Americans of New England. Help Fruitlands harvest and grind corn in preparation for the cold weather ahead.

12am-5pm, The Hurling Ravens Atlatl Demonstration - Take part in target practice with members of the Franklin Pierce University Atlatl Team and see if you have what it takes to hit the mark.

1pm-4pm, Secrets of Apple Pie Making - Eileen Maher Kronauer, award-winning baker and author of Apple of Your Pie, will share her secrets for making the perfect apple pie in this outdoor demonstration.

1pm-4pm, Pomanders - Fashion a scented pomander using whole cloves, apples, and yarn. These fragrant and decorative crafts were once used to repel insects and add a pleasant scent to wardrobes, clothing, and indoor spaces during the winter months.

Sunday, October 13, 2012 10am-5pm

10am-5pm, Harvesting the Three Sisters - Visit the Longhouse and learn about the "three sisters" - squash, corn, and beans - grown by Native Americans of New England. Help Fruitlands harvest and grind corn in preparation for the cold weather ahead.

11am-4pm, Weaving Demonstration - Try your hand at weaving with members of the Nashoba Valley Weavers Guild. A variety of looms, fibers, and weaving processes will be demonstrated by professional weavers. Visitors are invited to make their own textiles, too!

11am-4pm, Plain View Farm Alpacas - Meet the friendly alpacas of Plain View Farm. Learn about these versatile animals and discover how their soft coat can be used in fabric production.

1pm-4pm, Blending the Perfect Herbal Tea - Concoct your own herbal tea mix and learn about great household uses of herbs from the experts of the Herbal Community of Central Massachusetts.

1pm-4pm, Pomanders - Fashion a scented pomander using whole cloves, apples, and yarn. These fragrant and decorative crafts were once used to repel insects and add a pleasant scent to wardrobes, clothing, and indoor spaces during the winter months.

Museum Mondays - Special Columbus Day Class:

"That Tricky Raven"

Monday, October 14, 2013 10-11AM

Drop-in registration $10M/$12NM, adults are free

Join us for a special Museum Monday featuring seasonal Native American legends about the raven, a playful trickster! Your child will make a simple craft, listen to traditional stories, and observe Native American art in this hour-long interactive experience.

Best for Children 18 months to 5 years old.