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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thames (NZ): Heritage Festival - Living Museum
A wonderful idea to bring history alive is happening as I write in Grahamstown, it is the 'Living Museum.'
Thames, The Living Museum is a concept that incorporates interactive demonstrations of crafts, as well as a chance to meet on the street people who inhabited Grahamstown at the turn of the century. Each week day between 10.00am and 2.00pm you will be transported back to the days when the lure of gold was potent and the town was alive with intrigue. Visit a working metalsmith shaping a piece of fine jewellery at Debrasic, a milliner displaying hats and clothing from early 1900's (at Embellish), watch the making of a traditional Maori feather cloak (at Embellish), see spinners and knitters in action. There will also be street entertainers and the chance to heckle the street corner orators.
Venue: Grahamstown, Thames
With one day to go, if you can make a visit between 10am and 2pm today (Thursday) and Friday 21/3/2014, you will not be disappointed.
Mr Severn was busy assembling his telescope when I visited. The Captain of the ps Wakatere was due in from Auckland at any moment. I noted that Miss Lush had signed up to possibly forming an astronomy club at The Thames. Mesdames Macdonald, Mackay and Lush may have been at a Benevolent Society meeting, but were also due to return at any moment.
A wonderful idea - special thanks to all who are involved