BAILEY PARK — West Shore Fishing Museum invites the public to Heritage Crafts Day Sunday from 1-4 pm CT.
The rich history of 19th and 20th century life will come alive in the showcase of artisans and volunteers demonstrating skills and practices of bygone eras, according to a press release. This event is the major museum fundraiser of the summer.
The spacious grounds of the museum will ring with the sounds of blacksmith George Potvin of 10 Mile Creek Forge in Bark River. Jim Champion will demonstrate net making, with local commercial fishermen to share stories. The Anderson family will bring miniature horse Chocolate Chip for a demonstration of old-fashioned plowing.
In the pavilion, area wood carvers will demonstrate and sell hand carved items; Stephanie Nelson will display Angora rabbits and spin Angora yarn. Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition will share information on controlling invasive species. Joe VanEvera will display his unique sewing machine tractors.
In the Bailey home and on the grounds, Susan Bork and Cheryl Hansen will spin wool yarn; volunteers will churn butter, and Karen Petersen will try weaving. Beth Bruce will display vintage clothing from the 1920s through 1940s. On the grounds, volunteers will show various needlework arts in a Sewing Circle tent, Linda Caylor will demonstrate basket making, and Amanda Winnecke will illustrate the complex art of bobbin lace making.
New to the event this year is a silent auction offering more than a dozen valuable prizes donated by museum supporters. The auction will conclude at 3 pm Participants must be on site to win. Payment will be by cash or check only.
The Welcome Center Gift Shop offers vintage treasures with some on sale. Museum volunteers will be selling plants from the museum gardens. Master Gardener Kathy Coppock will open her large day lily garden for viewing and sales of over 700 varieties.
This event and the West Shore Fishing Museum celebrate life on Green Bay waters in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on commercial fishing, a major industry in the region. The restored Bailey home, exhibit buildings, commercial fishing boat displays, gardens, and nature trails provide a pleasant and relaxing step back into local history.
The museum runs on donations; there is no admission or parking charge. Most areas are handicapped accessible. It is located off M-35 inside Bailey Park, 15 miles north of Menominee or 7 miles south of Cedar River. Drive into Bailey Park to enter the museum grounds.