By Lori Carroll
A local group of volunteers called “Friends of the Old Barn” announce the last 2nd Saturday Open House of 2018, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11:00AM to 3:00PM at the Old Barn. The barn property can be accessed from Cedar St. and from Harmony Lane off Houser St. Both parking and restrooms are available, and there is no charge for the event.
The theme for this open h ouse is “Youth Day,” with a special invitation issued to all students involved in 4H and/or FFA. Any of those students who bring something related to their project work will receive a free t-shirt from the Friends of the Old Barn.
The Friends are creating a whole new category of youth participation for next year’s county fairs for displays about long-time family farm operations or agricultural businesses. The hope is that these student-produced displays will be portable and can be taken to meetings, libraries, and other venues.
This open house will feature something new: local artist and retired elementary art teacher Kay Flanders will be leading a painting class for interested adults and older children, in which she will guide them through painting some view of the barn, using photographs. All supplies will be provided; to offset the cost of supplies, adults will be charged $15. (Children’s cost will be covered by the Friends of the Old Barn.) The class will begin at 1:00 PM and will last 60-90 minutes.
There are already several displays of local long-time farm families created by Friends members, but anyone who has interesting photos, artifacts, or stories to share is invited to stop by the open house to add their family to the displays. Also, as always, new volunteers and/or financial donors will be enthusiastically welcomed; ways to volunteer include serving on the Board, help with fundraising, hosting Old Barn events, and working on interpretive displays.