by Betty Mulholland (ret. 1996 from Riverfield)
When I retired, I missed spending time with the children. As it happened, I visited Boothe Park in Stratford, close to my home. The park is set on many acres of land and has some 10 or so buildings.
The Boothe Brothers left a wealth of history in those buildings.
I met with Bessie Burton, who runs the volunteer
program and just about everything else at the park. She told me about the school program they have for second and fifth graders. It sounded like something I would enjoy, being a retired teacher.
The program involves a morning at the farm. There are usually six stations that the children visit. They learn about different aspects of farm life. Since
I had an interest in weaving and spinning, I became involved with those two stations. I weave rag rugs with the children. We use a big two hundred year old loom. I also show the children the process of getting wool from the sheep and
ultimately spinning it into yarn for knitting, weaving or crocheting. Remember the Sheep to Shawl program for second graders.
The other stations include touring the homestead, working in the kitchen making pancakes, apple cider, and/or sausages depending on season and grade level. There is a blacksmith shop component, transportation, farming
The program runs in the spring and fall. It is handled all by a wonderful group of volunteers. When the school
program is over, many of the volunteers find odd jobs to do around the park to keep it shipshape.
if you are looking for a great place to do some volunteering, please come to Boothe and see us in action. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for
more info or call me at 203-556-7278.
Editor's note: Check out Boothe Park on the Volunteerism blog page.