BAILEY PARK – The West Shore Fishing Museum invites the public to Heritage Craft Day Sunday from 1-4 p.m. CT.
The rich history of 19th and 20th century life will come to life in the showcase of artisans and volunteers demonstrating skills and practices from bygone eras, according to a press release. This event is the museum’s big fundraiser of the summer.
The expansive grounds of the museum will echo with the sounds of blacksmith George Potvin of 10 Mile Creek Forge in Bark River. Jim Champion will demonstrate netting making, with local commercial fishermen sharing stories. The Anderson family will bring a Chocolate Chip miniature horse for an old-fashioned plowing demonstration.
In the pavilion, local woodcarvers will display and sell hand-carved objects; Stephanie Nelson will exhibit Angora rabbits and spin Angora yarn. Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition will share information on controlling invasive species. Joe VanEvera will be exhibiting his unique sewing machine tractors.
In the Bailey house and in the field, Susan Bork and Cheryl Hansen will spin yarn; volunteers will churn the butter and Karen Petersen will prove the weaving. Beth Bruce will display vintage clothing from the 1920s to the 1940s. On the grounds, volunteers will demonstrate various sewing arts in a sewing circle tent, Linda Caylor will demonstrate basket making, and Amanda Winnecke will illustrate the intricate art bobbin lace.
New to the event this year is a silent auction featuring more than a dozen valuable prizes donated by museum donors. The auction will end at 3 p.m. Entrants must be there to win. Payment will be made only in cash or by check.
The visitor center gift shop offers vintage treasures, some of which are for sale. Museum volunteers will be selling plants from the museum gardens. Master Gardener Kathy Coppock will open her large water lily garden for viewing and selling over 700 varieties.
This event and the West Shore Fishing Museum celebrate life on the waters of Green Bay in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on commercial fishing, a major industry in the area. The restored Bailey House, exhibition buildings, commercial fishing boat displays, gardens and nature trails provide a pleasant and relaxing walk back into local history.
The museum operates thanks to donations; there are no admission or parking fees. Most areas are handicapped accessible. It is located on M-35 inside Bailey Park, 15 miles north of Menominee or 7 miles south of Cedar River. Drive through Bailey Park to enter the museum grounds.