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Yarn-spinning demonstration to accompany Oct. 10 talk at Old Colorado City History Center

Charlease Elzenga demonstrates yarn-spinning in a rustic setting.
Courtesy of Old Colorado City Historical Society
       A spinning wheel demonstration will be a featured part of a presentation by Charlease Elzenga Friday, Oct. 10 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       The event, sponsored by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), will start at 11 a.m. Admission is free to OCCHS members, $5 to others. Light refreshments will be served.
       According to a press release, “Yarn spinning has been a basic life skill since prehistory. Even when the Industrial Age mechanized the process, spinning wheels still found their way to home and hearth. This program will describe and demonstrate the history of spinning from ancient time to present day, with a look at how spinning wheels were a part of the westward migration. Time permitting, attendees will have a chance to try their hand at spinning as well.”
       Elzenga is an OCCHS member who has also worked with the Society for Creative Anachronism and Pioneer Fiber Workshop. With the latter group, she made two trips with the USAID Farmer to Farmer Program to teach spinning and natural dyeing in Kyrgyzstan in 1993 and 1994, the press release explains.
       In addition, Elzenga is a violinist who played for years with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and currently holds the position of past president on the Chamber Orchestra Board of Trustees.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 10/2/14; Community: Old Colorado City History Center)

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