Saturday May 19th, 2018

SOMMERSONNENWENDE Summer Membership Meeting

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Old Aurora Colony Museum Courtyard

Call the museum at 503.678.5754

Sommersonnenwende is German for summer solstice, and we’ll gather on the longest day of the year for fellowship and a celebration of Aurora’s heritage. There will be “winebibbing” with German-style wines from Christopher Bridge Winery in Canby, plus beer, beverages, and tasty nibbles in the courtyard. Executive Director Patrick Harris will give a history talk and an update on our soon-to-be-built Preservation & Research Center, and there may even be a short walking tour of Aurora for those who wish to venture out.

Saturday March 09th, 2019

Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday, March 10, 2019, Noon - 4:00PM

The Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild welcomes all to the annual “Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase.” This event transforms the Old Aurora Colony Museum into a bee hive of spinning activity. This family-friendly event features not only a myriad of antique and historical spinning wheels but hands-on activities like drop spindle techniques, carding and dying that will introduce visitors to the art and craft of spinning. Enjoy yummy treats in the 1876 Steinbach Log Cabin.

There will be many varied antique spinning wheels in a living display—every wheel is fully functional and will be in constant use by the owners &/or guild members, dressed in period clothing. Also, spinning wheels that belong to the museum will be on display, including the rare oscillating pendulum wheel, of which there are only five known to be in existence. This wheel was developed right here in the Aurora Colony, and a replica of it will be in use during the showcase.

Most of the other wheels are owned by past and present members of the Handspinners’ Guild, and great pride is taken in maintaining and operating these wheels, all with a minimum age of 100 years. While viewing the wheels and talking with their operators, you will also have the opportunity to view the wonderful displays in the many buildings of the museum.

SOMMERSONNENWENDE Summer Membership Meeting

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Old Aurora Colony Museum Courtyard

Call the museum at 503.678.5754

Sommersonnenwende is German for summer solstice, and we’ll gather on the longest day of the year for fellowship and a celebration of Aurora’s heritage. There will be “winebibbing” with German-style wines from Christopher Bridge Winery in Canby, plus beer, beverages, and tasty nibbles in the courtyard. Executive Director Patrick Harris will give a history talk and an update on our soon-to-be-built Preservation & Research Center, and there may even be a short walking tour of Aurora for those who wish to venture out.