If you are looking for something fun and educational to do this summer, you might want to check out the new beekeeping exhibit at Old Sturbridge Village. Just launched last year, the exhibit provides visitors with a close-up look at the history of beekeeping as well as modern beekeeping practices and concerns. The village will also be hosting many fun events next month, giving you plenty of opportunities to learn while having fun.
The new exhibit showcases a colony of bees as works on building a comb, storing pollen and nectar, capping honey and raising their young. The exhibit, which is housed in a corn barn that was constructed in the early 1800’s, also features illustrations from the 1830’s that can be used to help identify the queen, the drones and the workers within the hive.
The Old Sturbride Village also has many exciting events planned for next month. On August 2nd and 3rd, for example, the village will be hosting its Redcoats and Rebels event. Boasting nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Scottish, French, Spanish and Colonial troops, the event is the largest military re-enactment in New England. During this weekend, the village is transformed into a military camp and a variety of special events take place throughout the day, such as mock battles and skirmishes, canon demonstrations, musket drilling, martial music and 18th-century baseball.
The following weekend, a Members Only event called Take a Closer Look: Needle Arts will take place on August 9th and 10:00. This event, which will take place in the recently opened textile exhibit, will demonstrate needle skills that were utilized by women and girls in 19th century New England. The focus on textiles will continue on August 16th and 17th with the Textile Weekend event. This annual event focuses on various aspects of 19th-century textiles. Past events have focused on topics such as needlework, quilting, 19th-century clothing, and women’s domestic textile production.
The Family Fun Days event, which takes place each year during Labor Day Weekend, will be shortly after. This year’s event will feature crafts, games and puppet shows. Featured entertainers will include the 19th-century magic with Bob Olson, the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers and the Old Sturbridge Village Singers.
Located at 1 Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum depicting the life of early 19th-century rural village in New England. Admission is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors aged 55 or older and $8 for children between the ages of 3 and 17. Children 2 and under are admitted for free. To reach the village from Boston, take I-90 West toward Springfield for approximately 55 miles. Take Exit 9 to I-84 West and then take exit 3B towards Sturbridge. Merge onto Route 20 West and follow the signs to Old Sturbridge Village.