California Trail interpretive Center Celebrates women's history month with Fiber Arts in March and there's so much going on:
Pioneer women created socks, mittens, shawls and quilts. On the California Trail, quilts were carefully stored in trunks, or wrapped around emigrants during cold, spring nights.
The California Trail Interpretive Center is recognizing Women’s History Month in March with programs focused on the fiber arts. The Trail Center is also presenting a temporary exhibit, “Plain and Fancy: Art of the Needle,” curated by Ellen Sue Blakey, of Thermopolis, Wyoming, the California Trail Interpretive Center and the Ruby Mountain Fiber Folk.
Needles, first made of bone, have been used for thousands of years to make clothing and blankets. “If there is a symbol for women throughout the centuries of pre-recorded history and recorded history, it is the needle,” said Blakey, director of the Wyoming Fiber Trails Project. “When families appear, so does the needle.”
The fiber arts have changed since the days of your grandmother. Today, the quality and diversity of plant and animal fibers is unlimited. Silk, cotton, linen, wool, bamboo, buffalo hair, and other fibers are carded and spun into yarn. “Nevada fiber artists are creating beautiful, practical items, further bonding families and communities to the natural world,” said Park Ranger Alex Rose.
See schedule of events here:
Moonrise Sunset Hike Along the Lamoille Talbot Trail:
Take it outside! Snow or no snow, moon or no moon, join other outdoor enthusiasts, Cedar Creek Clothing, the Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service as we explore by moonlight the Ruby Mountains. From the Lamoille Talbot trail there is a spectacular view of Lamoille and Spring Creek from the trail so join us beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015.
The last of this winter’s moonlight events, this two-hour hike is perfect for all ages and skill levels. Participants will enjoy the pop and crackle of a warm campfire, free hot chocolate with marshmallows and the camaraderie of friends in a fun-filled, family atmosphere.
For this hike participants will gather at the Powerhouse picnic area located on the right hand side of the road as you enter the canyon. So drive until you come to the Powerhouse picnic area or signs directing you to alternative parking. We hope to see you at Powerhouse and ready to hike.
Stay tuned in April for our first spring event, National Public Lands Day, scheduled for April 18, 2015 at South Fork State Park.
To learn more or sign-up, stop by Cedar Creek Clothing, 453 Idaho Street, Elko; BLM Elko District Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko; or Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge-Mountain City Ranger District Office, 140 Pacific, in Wells. You may also contact Zachary Pratt at (775) 753-0212; Duane Jones at (775) 738-3950, or Nancy Taylor at (775) 752-1705. The first 50 people to register will receive the free use of headlamps provided by Cedar Creek Clothing.
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