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Family Day brings ‘Colonial Faire’ to NE Ga.

POSTED: July 14, 2013 11:42 p.m.

America’s Colonial era came to life Sunday at the Northeast Georgia History Center’s monthly Family Day.

July’s “Colonial Faire and Muster” theme featured demonstrations of various activities such as quilting, weaving and carpentry/woodwork, as well as re-enactments of life during the Colonial period.

Julie Carson, education and volunteer coordinator of the history center, said it was nice to see new faces.

“We started (Family Day) to reach families, so that they know there’s a place to come and learn,” she said. “Not only would they get to see things, but they would engage in hands-on activities. We have so much fun doing this. Our mission is to preserve and share the history of Northeast Georgia.”

She added that Family Day has become more than just a day for kids, and more families are coming out and becoming involved with the activities the center provides.

Clyde Self and his wife brought their three children, niece and nephew to experience history.

Self said his family regularly attends events at the history center because it does a good job in bringing the past to life.

“Getting to see these things is so awesome and cool,” he said. “Today was one of my family’s favorite days to come. The kids and I get so accustomed to going to stores and buying what we need. Back then, they had to make everything.”

He added that Family Day allows people to “touch and know” history without going back in time.

“I consider this place one of Gainesville’s hidden treasures,” he said.

Self’s 6-year-old son, Buddy, said he had a lot of fun. He worked with carpentry/woodwork demonstrator Clint Daniel. Daniel taught Buddy to a make a maul, similar to a sledgehammer, the way people made them during the Colonial period.

Buddy said his favorite parts about history are getting to see all the “cool” stuff about the period, like the blacksmith, or helping to build a tool.

The next Family Day is Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. It will feature a 1980s theme, and include look-alikes of celebrities, contests and more. Admission is free.

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