Historic Bath workshops feature two local artistsPublished 8:49pm Wednesday, March 5, 2014
BATH — Due to the popularity of its Winter Workshop series, Historic Bath State Historic Site has scheduled two additional programs for March 12.
These latest workshops will focus on tobacco stick art and punch needle crafts, according to site manager Leigh Swain. Earlier this year, the site hosted candlewicking and quilling workshops.
Beaufort County artists Sam Taylor and Dottie Walker will lead next week’s programs. Their generosity will also allow Historic Bath to offer special activities for youngsters later this year.
“It was their idea to do these workshops, and they wanted to do it in honor of Bea,” said Swain, referring to the late Bea Latham, the historic site’s assistant manager who passed away in December. “The site will use the proceeds specifically for children’s programs, which were so important to Bea.”
The workshops are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to noon for the morning session, and 1 to 4 p.m. for the afternoon session. Cost per student is $15, with all proceeds donated to Historic Bath State Historic Site.
Taylor will guide students in creating a decorative star using old wooden tobacco sticks. Walker will lead a workshop during which participants will make their own punch needle decorative jar lid cover.
“This is a nice gesture that they’re donating their time and their knowledge by doing these workshops,” Swain said of Taylor and Walker.
A maximum of five students will be accepted per session, and all materials will be provided. To register, call the historic site visitor center at 252-923-3971.
“These workshops are not limited to women,” Swain noted. “This would be a good opportunity for couples to come out and learn a craft that has historic ties.”
Proceeds from the workshops are earmarked for children’s programs that will be tied in with this summer’s Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit. Historic Bath will host that exhibit June 13 to July 26, according to Swain. More details will be announced at a later date.
*For more information about Historic Bath State Historic Site and its schedule of events, visit www.ncculture.com.