Spring clean-up and the work of building the new viewing deck has begun at the Joel Hill Sawmill. We have decided to use locust planks for the decking because it is a native tree and a long-lasting lumber. Head Sawyer Chuck Heyn has been able to find a local supply of locust and we plan to saw the logs at the mill. We also obtained some extra saw logs for demonstrations, thanks to Jim and Elaine Wells. We are replacing the belt that runs the edger with a new wider belt, to make it more efficient and reduce slippage.
A real bright spot over the winter was the First Friday meeting each month at the Calder Cafe. It was people sharing their talents to the enjoyment of all. Despite a few days of sloppy, mixed weather (snow, rain, and sleet), we had some terrific evenings, with attendance growing each month until the room was full, and we could offer standing room only.
Pat Wilson (in photo) dreamed up the great idea of providing a space for residents to gather throughout the dark winter months - and thus, First Fridays were born. A few volunteers joined Pat in the planning; the performers gave it substance; and the residents of our small community of friends helped it become our own “reality show.”
The programs have been so happily received, it was extended to May 4th.
This is the one hundred and fiftieth year anniversary of the Civil War (1861 – 1865). Our program theme this year will commemorate that era of American history. A highlight will be an encampment by Civil War Reenactors on the Equinunk United Methodist Church grounds on September 29th.
In recent months, a number of our long-time friends and family have passed away. They include Madelyn Houghtaling, Joan K. Gleim, Milda Sebris, and Alton D. Quinn.
We have had a good year both in our museum programs in the sawing demonstrations and tours at the Joel Hill Sawmill. Looking back over the past summer, our spacious new meeting room in the south wing of the museum has worked out well. It is an ideal area for programs, board meetings, displays, etc. We added a new and exciting exhibit to complement our Native American dugout canoe on the first floor. It's a collection of projectile points, tools and other articles made mostly from flint. It is showcased in a beautiful large display. We need donations to help repay the general fund for moving, refinishing, and the setting-up of the display. We are about $700.00 short of our goal. Thanks in advance.
I would like to say how much I appreciate all the volunteers in the various aspects of EHS; the Calder Shop, the Car Show, museum workers, and the crew at the Hill Sawmill, and the many others who help so willingly. Good job, everyone! I wish you a great holiday season. Enjoy your family and friends.