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November/December 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Presentations and Events

We have several presentations and events coming up in November and December. Click on the images below to learn more about each event and to register.

Slatersville Screening with Filmmaker Q & A: Join us for a screening of Slatersville, Episode 1: “The Mental Smugglers”, then partake in a Q & A with filmmaker, Christian de Rezendes. Sunday, November 12, 2:30-4 p.m. Advance registration preferred, register here.

Leno Marketbag Weaving Class: Leno is a finger-controlled lace technique. We will use a 2×2 Leno in an open shed to create a lace design. The design for the market bag is adapted from “Leno Hemp Market Bag” Little Looms, Spring 2022. This is a one-day intermediate weaving class that will be held Saturday, December 2, noon – 3:30 p.m. We will also be holding another introduction course for beginners on January 13, 20, and 27, noon – 3:30 p.m. Looms will be available to rent. Advance registration required. Email admin@samuelslaterexperience.org or call 508-461-2955 to sign up.

Santa’s Visit: Enjoy a trolley ride with Santa on Sunday, December 3, during our extended open hours of 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event is included in museum admission, children 12 and under can attend for free.

Holiday Shop Hop: We, along with other businesses in Webster and Dudley, will be participating in a Holiday Shop Hop on December 10, from noon to 4 p.m. We will have a special promotion in the gift shop that day. Watch our Facebook page for more details.

Very Merry Dickens Carolers: Enjoy the sounds of Christmas with the Very Merry Dickens Carolers right on our circa 1915 Main Street, Webster. The event will take place Sunday, December 10, at 5 p.m. Admission includes refreshments. Tickets available here.

Holiday Hours:
We will be open our normal hours the weekend after Thanksgiving, November 24-26. Join us that Sunday, November 26 for Museum Store Sunday! We will have special promotion in the gift shop that day.

The week of Christmas, from Thursday, December 21 – Saturday, December 23, we will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Last admission on all these days is 3 p.m.

We will be closed December 24-27.

We will open again the last week of December from Thursday, December 28 to Saturday, December 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Last admission on all these days is 3 p.m. We will be closed on Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1, 2024.

Stop in with your out of town guests for a visit, or to find that perfect, last-minute gift!

Events Recap

SSE In the News

Gus Steeves of the Webster Times covered the Stalking the Doctors, Fabrications, and Lithic Trail presentations.

Weaving Courses
Check out some pictures from our introductory course for beginners, which started on October 28. We are excited to see what they make. If you are interested in joining one of our weaving courses we have an intermediate level Leno Market Bag Class coming up in December, and another introductory course in January. Details are above.

Presentations

We had many presentations this fall, including Stalking the Doctors of the Full Moon with Drs. Sande Bishop and Dale Magee, an updated version of Joe Iamartino’s Discover the Nipmuc Lithic Trail, and Trolley Talk with John Mrazik and Curtis Cleaves of the Webster-Dudley Historical Society. Each event was well attended and we learned so much from these presentations.

Our Trolley Talk presentation also featured an original piece of the trolley track on display, courtesy of Ray Belsito of Webster Garage, the location of the original trolley barn.

Fabrications Art Exhibit

From September 22 to October 9, we featured a gallery of selected works by Richard Moninski, a former Webster resident and Bartlett graduate. His work juxtaposes indigenous names, places, and people with European decorative traditions.

We also hosted more than 40 Bartlett students who came to learn more about Moninski and his creative journey. 7th and 8th Graders from All Saints Academy also visited to see Moninski’s work.

Group Visits

We were delighted to have the Worcester sector of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), members of the West Boylston Historical Society, and folks from the Foxborough Council On Aging & Human Services visit us in October.

Webster-Dudley Business Alliance Annual Meeting

We were honored to host the Webster-Dudley Business Alliance’s annual meeting for the third year in a row. The event included a dinner catered by local restaurant Monte Bianco, and a presentation by Kim Walker of “Basically Lean.”

Wheels to Learning

We are so excited to announce that we are a designated venue for the Wheels to Learning grant program. This great program provides transportation funding for field trips for public schools in Windham County, Connecticut. Reach out to us at admin@samuelslaterexperience.org to start planning your trip now.

NARM – North American Reciprocal Museum
We are also excited to announce that we have joined the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association. Current NARM members can visit Samuel Slater Experience for free. You can also join NARM by purchasing a membership with us. Details are here.

Sheep Update

The Christopher Heights sheep can now be found grazing on the lawn of Webster EMS! Thank you to Dave Chapdelaine from DC Cleanouts and Handyman Services for assisting with the installation.

We are delighted to announce that due to initial excitement for the first wave of sheep, we decided to purchase five more do a second wave of painted sheep sculptures. We are looking for sponsors for these five sheep, so if you would like to sponsor one for your business or organization, please contact admin@samuelslaterexperience.org or call 508-461-2955.

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Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

Latest Admission is 3 p.m.

Average tour time: 1.5 hours

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