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Field's Pond ice harvest re-enactment postponed

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ORRINGTON The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum is postponing the Harvest of Diamonds Ice-Cutting Event on Field's Pond in Orrington from Saturday, Feb. 6, to Sunday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safety and weather conditions were major factors in the re-scheduling.

Along with experiencing real and historic ice-cutting using vintage tools from the Curran Farm's collections, the March 6 event will feature the "maiden voyage" of the re-wooded Curran Museum's historic horse-drawn bobsled, which has been part of a collaborative agreement with 19th century Willowbrook Museum in Newfield, Maine. Robert Schmick, Willowbrook Village's museum director, is a former Director of the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington.

Through an arrangement with instructor Charles Hayden and his women's trade crew of the Southern Maine Re-entry Center of the Maine State Department of Corrections in Alfred, Maine, Schmick supervised the disassembling and replicating the sled, replacing the wood of the runners (bobs), an evener, and a tongue, as well as fabricating some new plate metal elements.

The Curran Homestead also benefited from a partial donation of lumber from Bangor Home Depot for the bobsled restoration project.

The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum is a nonprofit and educational organization of volunteers located at 372 Field's Pond Road in Orrington; the ice harvest will take place on the pond's surface, directly opposite the farmhouse. There is no admission fee for the ice-cutting event; donations are encouraged and sincerely welcomed to support the work of the all-volunteer crew.

After experiencing history in action at the Curran Homestead, visitors may wish to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and goodies around the 'Sugar Shack's' wood stove next to the Curran's main house.

Learn more about the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum online at curranhomestead.org, follow on Facebook or call (207) 745-4426.

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