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Learn how to make a cobweb chaser


Sat, Oct 15th 2016 07:00 am

In the spirit of autumn, residents are invited to discover the interesting background behind a cobweb chaser.

A free demonstration, "How to Make a Cobweb Chaser," will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Nature Center, located in the rear of the Warming House at Bond Lake Park, 2571 Lower Mountain Road in Lewiston.

What is a cobweb chaser, you may ask? For those unfamiliar with the term, it is an old-fashioned, Appalachian-style broom.

Guest speaker Karen Koch will share the history of this broom with the audience. She will discuss the materials and manufacturing process, and share different styles of other Appalachian brooms.

The event is presented by the Bond Lake Park environmental and beautification committee. Members note Koch's credentials in this area of making brooms are extensive, as are her public presentations on the subject.

Those with an interest in American history or early American household tools will find the session helpful, as will those seeking to create a unique, homemade holiday gift.

Koch will also hold a broom-making class from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, again in the Warming House at the Nature Center. Space is limited and registration is requested.

The Bond Lake Park environmental and beautification committee sponsor both programs.

For more information, contact Karen at 716-435-6142.

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