Colonial Spring Frolic is Saturday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Rowan Museum will sponsor its third annual Colonial Spring Frolic on Saturday, in celebration of spring and the re-opening of the 1766 Old Stone House for the season.
Included in the festivities are tours of the only surviving colonial house in Rowan County with guides in period costumes. Historical interpreters will offer crafts, including dying Easter eggs with natural dyes and guests may participate. Muskets will be fired , along with woodworking, weaving, spinning, tatting, candle making, open fire cooking and tastings, children’s games, colonial dancers and music. There may be animals, and there will certainly be treks to the creek and to the family cemetery down through the woods on the property.
”It’s a great way to herald spring in a simpler fashion as our ancestors did many years ago,” says Kaye Hirst, director of Rowan Museum.
“They picked violets and used them to create a beautiful blue dye; onion skins made a yellow dye…all for coloring eggs.
They cleaned out the root cellar…..we will make a soup they made many years ago, ”Scrag End Soup.” The left- over end of a hambone from the smokehouse, beans that were dried and not used over the winter, potatoes and carrots from the root cellar, and dandelion greens from the yard and fields, and maybe some greens in the garden — cooked over an open fire. It’s delicious!”
The Old Stone House is located only one half mile down Old Stone House Road off Highway 52 in Granite Quarry.
Activities are 10 am until 4 pm. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call the museum at 704-633-5946 or email