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Rain stops in time for Case Barlow Farm's 200th anniversary celebration (VIDEO)

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: June 15, 2014 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- Although it rained all morning and afternoon, the weather cleared for the 200th anniversary celebration of Case-Barlow Farm on June 8.

Attendance was less than expected but more than 100, according to Barbara Bos, a board member. Visitors were able to step back in time to enjoy activities from 1814, which included Native American dancers, fur takers, Irish music by Nikki and Pat Custi of Pitch the Peat, primitive crafts, food and beer tasting provided by Thirsty Dog Brewer. The house was open for tours and included artwork depicting the farm, information on genealogy and a chance to win a quilt, which was won by Karen Wiese.

"Everything was put under cover so even the rain didn't dampen our spirits," Bos said. "When Cleo and Chauncy came from Connecticut, she was seven months pregnant with four kids. If they hit a rain storm, they had to keep walking so the rain made it authentic for life in 1814."

A farm wagon, donated by John and Joann Grace and painted by Richard Grell, was on display. It had been in the Memorial Day parade.

The Native American Indian and Veterans Center Inc. provided powwow music and dancing during the event inside the wagon shed.

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Glenn Marsh, Hudson Animal Control, displayed furs from a red fox, raccoon and mink.

Native Americans traded furs with other tribes and at trading posts for what things they didn't have or couldn't get naturally, said Jim Orndorf of NAIVC.

The NAIVC helps raise money from the powwows for more than 200 families in need, said Nell Orndorf.

"We want to help celebrate the 200 years of Case Barlow Farm and a time when natives walked across this land," Nell Orndorf said. "We want to honor that history."

Dreama Powell of NAIVC wore a traditional Lakota trade dress decorated with shells, a trade belt made of silver and a work knife worn in the back. Her necklace represented buffalo bone. Native Americans did not have pockets and carried everything in a "possible bag."

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Feathers were honored because birds were the closest creatures to heaven, Nell said. Tobacco was very sacred and was offered as part of protocol to honor the drums or a social event.

Curtis Baltzer, head singer of the Red Bird Singers, performed Native American songs after Bos and others offered tobacco to the drum.

Donations from the event and house tours go toward the restoration of the late 19th century barn.

Boy Scout Troop 333, under the leadership of Josh Kempton, completed cleaning out the north side of the basement of the barn. Kempton volunteered for the project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. The years of accumulation were removed so Sugarcreek Builders can tear down and rebuild the ramp and foundation on the north side of the barn. Kempton organized the volunteers, who recycled or repurposed items.

After the foundation work is completed in the next months, less than $100,000 is needed to complete the work.

The interior wood would remain but a protective layer and insulation would go over the outside before new siding is added, Bos said.

"The character of the barn will remain but then it can be used for events," she said.

For years the board of trustees have had to turn down requests to use the barn, Bos said. But once the barn is completed, it could be available for concerts, theater productions, dances, displays, meetings, etc.

The Case-Barlow Farm home will be open July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. The Fall Harvest Fest will be Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. New this year, children will be able to dig up potatoes and take them home at the event.

The Doll House Exhibit will be Nov. 28, 29 and 30 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Farmhouse and grounds are available for events and shows. Rental information is at www.casebarlow.com or 330-650-0591.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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