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Tired of the cacophany of the modern world? On Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., head to the Blue Ox Historic Park for the 19th annual Craftsman's Days Living History and Artisan Faire ($10, $9 with food donation, free to kids under 12).

Listen to the ping of the blacksmith's hammer as you watch demonstrations of centuries-old techniques for crafting iron, glass, wood and leather. Weavers and spinners will be twisting wool into yarn and thread into cloth on old-fashioned looms, while potters form their wares on the wheel. You might even want give it a go yourself, and you can! Slip into the ceramic studio to whip up a tile or work your fingers spinning a little yarn in the textile studio.

Hear that lonesome whistle? Folks from the Clarke Historical Museum and will be on hand to learn you about history, and the Timber Heritage Association is hauling out the Steam Donkey and whistles that the kids can tug for a toot. Or adults. Oh, like you don't want to.

The Tumbleweeds, Joe Garceau, Jeff Kelley, Papa Paul, Sarah Torres, the Mad River Ramblers and other musicians provide the live soundtrack, since DJs just wouldn't be period appropriate. Warm up with a hot, spiced cider or a bowl of chili and peruse the craft booths. And don't forget to turn off your phone.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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