Harmony Historical Society Holds Fall Festival

BLOCKVILLE – The Harmony Historical Society recently held the annual fall festival on their historical society grounds on the Open Meadows Road in Blockville.

The weather on Saturday was a beautiful warm weather day. The festival which is now more than 20 years old, features much music, food of all kinds, crafts, a quilt show, “Grandma’s bargain attic of used items,” book sale, cooking demonstrations, wagon rides, genealogy booth, metal working, steam engine demonstrations, log hewing, historical displays, and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, knitting and tatting in the Nagel Weaver’s Shed.

Susan W. Sipos of Cassadaga, demonstrated the old art of spinning wool during the event.

Using Jacobs wool, much yarn was spun during the event. Mrs. Sipos uses a hand made spinning wheel, crafted by the late Sydney Withers of Jamestown. The yarn then may be used for weaving or knitting. Mrs. Sipos has been spinning wool on her spinning wheel for nearly 30 years. The spinning wheel design is a compact wheel which was used on ships to make yarn for sails, and the spinning wheel dates back to 1400s. The festival completed its two-day event with drawings and awards.

The fall festival is held on the first weekend each year in October and welcomes all visitors.