Saturday, March 12 Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Free admission to Sigal Museum with ticket from SmithsonianMagazine.com/museumday site. Print it, bring it in that Saturday. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two guests. In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.
Friday, March 18 “Inspiration for Faces of Northampton County,” talk by artist Kristen Wieder, 7 pm. Northampton County is nestled between New York and Philadelphia, two major East coast melting pots overflowing with diversity. But these two major cities are not the only ones with diverse heritage in the region. Within Northampton County limits and the greater Lehigh Valley people from all walks of life: different socio-economic backgrounds, cultural heritage, ethnicities, and stories make up the breadth of our community. In this exhibition of portraiture, Kristen Wieder presents us with photo-journalistic stories of interesting locals who make up the greater population of our county and the Lehigh Valley. The exhibition continues until April 12 during regular museum hours.
Continuing until March 30 “Here Come the Brides,” exhibit of an array of wedding gowns, suits, and tuxedos from the collections of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society that tell the stories of Northampton County brides and grooms. Spanning from 1840 until 1964, the gowns portray the fashion dictates of each era, from Victorian through Camelot. Free with regular museum admission.
Saturday, April 16, “Courthouse Quilters and the Patchwork Tradition,” exhibit runs to August 1 during regular museum hours. The Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS) has given the members of the Courthouse Quilters their 2016 challenge: Create authentic artisan quilts inspired by the Society’s own rich collection of quilts! This textile challenge and exhibition happily celebrates the patchwork tradition of Northampton County. Why do we quilt? How has quilting changed over the years? And why have popular quilting blocks stood the test of time? These are questions the Courthouse Quilters and Patchwork Tradition exhibition will cover, with hands-on opportunities for visitors, unique programming and one-of-a-kind quilts. The Courthouse Quilters’ creations utilize a variety of techniques and styles like applique and spider web designs from popular Victorian crazy quilts. From April 16-July 31, 2016, these colorful one-of-a-kind Courthouse Quilts, in conjunction with NCHGS’ unique collection of quilts, will be on display exclusively at the Sigal Museum in Historic Downtown Easton. Free with museum admission.
Sunday, April 17, 1-3 pm Courthouse Quilters members demonstrate quilting techniques. See April 16.
Saturday, April 23, 6 pm ACE (Art Community of Easton) Spring Show opening reception. Small Works Show on display until June 1. Exhibit free with museum admission.
Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 11 am – 5 pm ACE Tour, see displays around city of Easton. The event features a walking tour of the studios of ACE artists in downtown Easton, PA
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 11am to 5pm. Arts Community of Easton members will be opening the doors to their studios and galleries, and some will offer demonstrations of their craft, and explanations of their processes. Patrons, collectors, and enthusiasts are invited for this FREE event.
Saturday, April 30, 1 pm “Early America’s Favorite Drink: Researching and Recreating Historical (Hard) Cider,” Damian Siekonic and Mark Turdo. Damian Siekonic and partner in brewing, Mark Turdo, will share their research on early American cider production and consumption. They will provide recreated ciders made from historical recipes. Siekonic is the owner of Blackledge Winery. When not making wine for Blackledge he is managing producer of Privateer Media, LLC, a historical production and resource company. He has worked in the commercial wine industry and has over twenty years of winemaking experience. He has a journalism degree from Boston University and is a published author on subjects of early American history. Mark A. Turdo is the guest cidermaker at Blackledge Winery. The rest of the time he is a museum curator with over thirty years of museum experience (professional and otherwise) with a lifelong interest in studying and recreating various aspects of early American history. He experiments with historic cider recipes at home, researches the history of cider in America, and writes about both on his blog, “Pommel Cyder.” Free with museum admission or $5 donation for talk only.