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Maplewood's Durand-Hedden House and Garden to Host Three Events

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Durand-Hedden House and Garden, Maplewood’s historic house museum, has three upcoming programs, all which take place on selected Sundays.

Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

From Fleece to Cloth: Shearing, Spinning, Weaving

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Explore how cloth is made at this fun, interactive Durand-Hedden House event. Cloth begins with thread, often spun from wool; and the source of wool is often sheep. Spinning--twisting fiber like wool into useable thread or yarn--and weaving with the thread to create cloth--date back 1000’s of years. Watch a shearer collect wool by shearing the fleece of two woolly-coated visitors from Kafka Farms. Members of the Essex County Spinners Guild will demonstrate that the craft of hand spinning to create yarn from a sheep's fleece is still alive and well in the 21st century. Weaving students from Columbia High School's fiber program will show the basics of how thread is next woven together into cloth and lead young visitors in a weaving activity. Durand-Hedden’s frame loom, spinning wheels and other apparatus, once commonplace in 18th and 19th century houses will be showcased.

Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m. to  4 p.m.

Durand-Hedden House From Parlor to Attic

An informal afternoon during which visitors can explore many of Durand-Hedden’s nooks, crannies and collections and seek answers to questions like: When was the house built? Who lived here?, Did famous artist Asher B. Durand have anything to do with it? What was this room used for? What was that used for? Was the house restored and if so, how did it look before? Who runs Durand-Hedden and can I be a part of it?

Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of N.J.

Notice how dragonflies often visit water, whether ponds, lakes or rivers, even bird baths in the summer? Ever-fascinating, they are voracious predators as larvae, in freshwater habitats, and as adults, where they consume flies and other insects. Here in NJ we have an abundance of dragonfly and damselfly species, and Dr. Jessica Ware, a professor of evolutionary biology at Rutgers Newark, will lead us on a journey to learn about their amazing life histories and where to find them across the Garden State. Dr. Ware is the past president for the Systematics section of the Entomological Society of America and the current secretary for the World Dragonfly Association

Visitors are encouraged to check www.durandhedden.org or to call 973-763-7712 for exact times and locations of the events.

The House, along with an expansive herb garden maintained by the Maplewood Garden Club, and the Country Store. are located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood.

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