J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Monday, January 03, 2011

The Hive Schedule for Early 2011

This upcoming weekend marks the opening of this season’s Hive Sessions and Workshops. These are workshops in tailoring and other crafts designed to improve the authenticity of people’s appearance at the Battle of Lexington and Concord and other reenactments in the spring. They are presented by the Ladies of Refined Taste & Friends, in partnership with Minute Man National Historical Park.

The sessions take place in Minute Man Park at various buildings: Noah Brooks Tavern, Samuel Brooks House, and the Lexington and Concord visitor centers. The advanced workshops take several hours, and involve fees, material costs, and advance registration. Lectures and clinics are free and open to park volunteers and members of the living history community, though there might be materials fees involved.

More detailed descriptions, fees, and registration instructions are on the Hive website, but here are the courses offered. Asterisks denote the advanced courses.

8-9 January
* Great Coat, with Henry Cooke
* Sacque Back Gown, with Hallie Larkin and Steph Smith

15 January
* Powder Horn 101, with Mike Burke

16 January
Cartridge & Ammo Boxes, with Roy Najecki and Joel Bohy
Potent Potables: Tea, Rum & Spirits, with Emily Murphy
Selecting 18th-Century Lace, with Sue Felshin
18th-Century Swatchbook, with Hallie Larkin
Kit Tune-up/New Reenactor Clinic
Making Your Breeches Fit
Sewing Bee
Leatherwork 101: Making a Hammerstall, with Roy Najecki

15 & 29 January
* Unlined Frock Coat, with Henry Cooke
* Open Front English Gown, with Hallie Larkin and Steph Smith

12-13 February
* Provincial Cartridge Box, with Roy Najecki and Joel Bohy
* Powder Horn Carving, with Mike Burke

13 February
Don’t Make a Spectacle of Yourself: 18th-Century Eye Wear, with Greg Theberge
Carrying Your Burdens: Baskets & Bags, with VivianLea Solek
Men’s Jewelry & Watches, with Bill Hettinger
Carve Your Love a Busk for Valentine’s Day, with Chris Anderson
Knitting a Monmouth Cap, with Colleen Humphreys
Hair Tricks for Women, with Hallie Larkin and Steph Smith
Horsehair Neckstock, with Roy Najecki

26 March
* Tailoring: The Advanced Course, with Henry Cooke

26 or 27 March
* Gun Tune-up, with Jim Casco

27 March
Foodways: “Rising to the Occasion,” with Sandie Tarbox
Spinning Myths, with Gina Gerhard
Raising Babies the 18th-Century Way, with Sharon Burnston
Cross-Stitch for Children: Marking Your Shift, with Colleen Humphreys and Deana Peterson
Making a Petticoat, with Sue Felshin
Making a Baby/Toddler Banyan, with Sharon Burnston
Intro to Spinning, with Gina Gerhard
Norfolk Drill

7 May
* Banyans, with Edward Maeder

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