Essex Region Conservation is providing an opportunity to become immersed in maker culture. Join the John R. Park Homestead and over 40 local artisans and demonstrators for the annual Lost Arts Festival, a unique and family-friendly event to see and experience different forms of artisanship from years gone by.
The event, which will be hosted on Sunday, August 11 from Noon to 4pm, has been running since the 1980s. At this popular, annual event the Homestead invites you to participate in a day of doing things the old-fashioned way.
Watch as the blacksmith uses the Homestead forge to turn raw iron into detailed pieces, learn about native plants and pollinators in the garden, or enjoy an architectural tour of the 1842 Park family home. Other demonstrations include beekeeping, print making, butter making, textile weaving, and so many more – all of which will give guests the chance to meet the artists and learn how to fit one of these ‘old’ hobbies into modern life. Guests will also get a chance to try their hands at various art forms, to purchase items to take home, and to tap their toes to live music from the Essex County Ramblers throughout the day.
New this year is an appearance by Dr. John Carter, an esteemed historian, and the Homestead’s first Curator from the museum and conservation area’s early days.
Dr. Carter will be on-site during the festival with his new book “The Perils and Pitfalls of the Steamer Ploughboy”.