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The Big E

Step back in time to 1840...

Take a tour of our living history museum that features historic buildings from Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Storrowton is a unique oasis assembled around a traditional village green by Helen Storrow in 1930. Talk with our friendly costumed guides and demonstrators to learn about how the 18th and 19th century connects to the 21st century. Open daily from 10am to 9pm.

Early american Crafters Schedule

Chair Making with A.K. Phillips – Daily at 10, 12, 2:30 and 5:30
Tinsmithing with Lance Kozikowski – Daily at 10, 12, 2:30 and 5:30
Pottery with Erich Steinhagen – September 20-29 at 10, 12, 2:30 and 5:30
Spinning and Weaving with Janice Steinhagen – September 20-29 at 10, 12, 2:30 and 5:30
Glassblowing with Ryan Gothrup of Mobile Glass Studios – Glassblowing demonstrations daily from 1 to 7pm
Broom Making with Bob Aborn – TBA

HOMESTEADING DEMO SCHEDULE

19 Century Food Preservation with Betsy Wood - September 17, 10-2pm
Cooking with Maureen Richard - September 23 & 25 from 10-6pm
Quilting with Cynthia Puza - September 18, 22, 29 from 10-2pm
Needlework with Kathleen Dugan - September 25 from 6-9pm
Spinning with Betsy Woods - September 19, 24, 29 from 10-2pm
Cooking with Nancy Stefanik - September 21 from 10-2pm

Featured exhibits

Swift River Valley Historical Society: Lost Towns of the Quabbin Valley – Gilbert Farmhouse Sitting Room
Beyond the Green: Helen Storrow's Life & Work Outside of Storrowton Village – Gilbert Farmhouse Parlor

Special events

Games on the Green – Daily at Noon
Timeless children’s activities such as hoop-rolling and three-legged races take place every day.

Yoga on the Green – September 14, 21 and 28 from 9-10am
Have you ever wanted to do sun salutations or a mini meditation on the green in the peaceful setting of Storrowton Village Museum? Well, now you can! Join us every Saturday during The Big E from 9am - 10am for our version of #MuseumMindfulness. Free with your admission ticket for the day and yoga mats will be provided for the first 24 participants. Instructor Cari Kaeding.

Storrowton Day – September 15
Celebrate the Village’s special day at the Fair! Explore the Village on a tour, learn about homesteading and the “lost arts” of blacksmithing and shoemaking. Learn about shoemaking with Dennis Picard from 10-6pm. Stop by for The Big E Book Storytime with author Ashley Kelleher at 11:30am then the author from 12-5pm. Check out Mad Science at 1:45pm and Victorian Fashion with Kandie Karle at 2:30pm.

Helen Storrow's Birthday – September 22
How do you fit 155 candles on a birthday cake? Find out on the day we celebrate the amazing founder of our Village.

ASL Sign Language Tours – September 28
Visit and discuss our Village on a tour led in ASL by Michael Bane, American Sign Language teacher and Storrowton Village volunteer.


THE SHOPS AT STORROWTON

Storrowton Village Gift Shop – Phillips House
The Storrowton Village Gift Shop has familiar favorites and unique surprises. Finds include: Chala bags, totes & wallets; towels, signs and socks; recycled canvas bags & totes; plus jewelry in sterling, stainless steel, copper, porcelain & wood. Plus – The Big E Book, an illustrated, laugh-out-loud journey through The Big E.

Gears & Fears Steampunk Station and Christmas Shop – Potter Mansion
Find traditional and trendy holiday gifts and ornaments. Byers’ Choice collectibles. Toys, stuffed animals, games & puzzles. Nostalgic wood & tin ornaments.

Storrowton’s Yankee Candle Shop – Lower Level of the Grange Building
Take a sniff of six new fragrances – Ciderhouse, Farmstand Festival, Golden Chestnut, Sweet Maple Chai, Apline Morning and Candlelit Cabin – and get Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off on all fragrance products, excludes accessories. Higher price prevails. Must buy two items to apply discount. Offers cannot be combined.


Food & Drink

Storrowton Tavern
Grab a seat in a historic setting for classic New England dining from 11am to 9pm. Enjoy music and an alfresco menu on the Tavern Terrace from 11am to 11pm. Get hot and cold homemade soups to go at the Storrowton Soup Shack on New England Avenue.

Sam Adams Beer Garden
Brews and tasty pub favorites located behind the Storrowton Village Gift Shop.

GAZEBO ENTERTAINMENT

The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra – 9/17 at 3:30pm
Tommy Vee Hypnotist Extraordinaire – 9/13-18 at 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30pm
Twinkle Time – 9/19-23 at 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30pm
Songs Across America – 9/24-29 at 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30pm
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