Saturday, Nov. 30th
Sunday, Dec. 1st
Saturday, Dec. 7th
Sunday, Dec. 8th
Tenth Annual Holiday Shops Craft Fair
The Mill Museum presents its 10th Annual Holiday Shop. A dozen local artisans will offer quality handmade items, just in time for the holiday season. Fabric art, tea baskets, alpaca fuzzies, illuminated bottles, jewelry, God’s Glory photographs, knitted notions, seasonal greens, and more. No admission charge. Free cider.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sundays 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 through Tues., Dec. 24
Holiday Gift Wrapping at the East Brook Mall
Have your holiday gifts wrapped by Mill Museum volunteers! We will be at the East Brook Mall in Mansfield, CT, just outside of Kohl’s. For a donation to the Museum (we know you will be generous!), our volunteers will wrap your gifts. 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 14
Gingerbread Holiday Family craft workshop at the Museum.
Make gifts, decorations and candy houses. $8 per child , open 2 to 4 p.m. Dugan Hall Union Street entrance of the Mill Museum, 411 Main Street, Willimantic 860-456-2178 millmuseum.org
Saturday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 5
Trains, Trees and Toys:
Saturday, Jan. 4
Saint Distaff’s Day (Roc Day)
On Saturday January 4th, hand spinners gather all over the world for St. Distaff’s Day (also known as Roc Day) to share their joy in spinning. Once again the Mill Museum in Willimantic will host a St. Distaff’s Day gathering from 10 to 2. (Snow day, Sunday, Jan. 5, from 10 to 1.) Enjoy the fellowship, the music, and the food — and bring a dish to share!
We meet in Dugan Hall, 157 Union Street, Willimantic, just up the hill behind the museum. Easy street parking. Bring your wheel or spindle, or even just your knitting. Beginners are most welcome!
If you are bringing a dish, please RSVP and let us know what you will bring, so we can fill in the gaps! (email@example.com)
In the Middle Ages, the first day after the Christmas holidays was known jokingly as St. Distaff’s Day. The distaff was a tool used in the spinning of flax or wool fibers, which were wrapped around the distaff to keep them untangled before spinning them into thread by hand, using a drop spindle. (The spinning wheel, an Asian invention, did not reach Europe until the 1500s, during the time of King Henry VIII.) Because women traditionally did the spinning, the term distaff eventually came to be used in reference to the female side of a family, “the distaff side.”
One authority writes: “Distaff Day was the first day after the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas and marked by women, because their work at the distaff was then meant to be resumed.” Adds another, “The duty seems to have been considered a dubious one, and when it was complied with, the ploughmen, who on their part scarcely felt called upon on this day to resume work, made it their sport to set the flax a-burning; in requital of which prank, the maids soused the men from the water-pails.”