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Scherenschnitte and open-hearth cooking will be featured at the Miller-Cory House Museum, located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, on Sunday, September 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Evelyn Kennelly of Westfield will demonstrate her paper-cutting artistry called Scherenschnitte. The craft came to America in the 17th century with the Germans who settled in Pennsylvania, according to museum spokeswoman Patricia Looloian.
The Chinese developed the craft centuries ago but used knives instead of scissors. It became a popular folk art all over Europe especially in Switzerland, Poland and Germany. Early Americans cut out lacy designs of hearts and flowers to decorate house blessings and marriage and birth certificates, she explained.
Members of the cooking committee will prepare seasonal foods over the open hearth using authentic Colonial recipes and cooking techniques. Visitors will be able to enjoy taste treats as prepared by the cooks.
Dressed in 18th century costume, volunteers will guide visitors through the historic farmhouse and respond to questions about life in early New Jersey. The gift shop offers many Colonial gifts and educational items.
Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, and 50 cents for students. Children under six will be admitted for free. The museum will feature rug hooking with Lou Seach on Sunday, September 28.
For information about the museum and its schedule of events, please call (908) 232-1776.
OVER THE OPEN-HEARTH...Miller-Cory Museum volunteer Jean Peters of Edison demonstrates open hearth cooking using authentic recipes and cooking techniques. The museum will feature this kind of cooking on Sunday, Sepember 21, at the museum.
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September 23, 1997
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