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Family Activities at John Paul Jones Museum, Arbigland, in July and August 2009

Family Activities at John Paul Jones Museum, Arbigland, in July and August 2009

Sun 5th July 11am – 4pm
Knots and Rope with Ali Burns
Monkey's Fist, Nettles, Cat's paw, Doughnut, Banana knot, Spanish Fox,
Snotter:  Come and try your hand at rope making as it would have been done back in John Paul Jones day on a fascinating old rope making machine and enjoy hearing some of the fascinating vocabulary that has grown up around ropes and knotting.

When you've made your own rope you can learn about some of the most useful knots that would have been used at sea and have a go at making some of them. This workshop will be running all day and you can drop in at any time to join in.  Ropemaker Ali Burns is also an accomplished musician and you can hear some traditional songs including her rendition of ‘You’ve all heard of John Paul Jones’.

Sat 11 July 11am – 4pm
Stories of the Sea, mermaids and fishermen, pirates and monsters! With well known local storyteller Anne Errington

11.15am - 11.45am Stories
11. 45   Make a puppet of a story character
2.00pm - 2.30pm  Stories
2.30pm  Make a puppet/make a puppet show

Drop in at any time to join in. 

Sat 18th July 11am – 4pm
Bookmaking Workshop with Hugh Bryden
A chance to make your own handmade book.
Artist Bookmaker Hugh Bryden will be on hand and will guide you through suitable bookmaking techniques to allow you to make your own individual book and decorate it on a John Paul Jones theme. Hugh will have materials and resources to help you whether you want to make a small concertina book in twenty minutes or spend a couple of hours making a more elaborate volume. He will have examples of his books and some by other artists to inspire you.  Materials, techniques and methods will suit all ages.  Drop in at any time to join in. 

Sun 26th July 11am and 2pm
Creative Arts workshops with Susan McKay. 
Make a model of John Paul Jones ship the Bonhomme Richard in clay, sticks and threads or make a clay plaque depicting a scene of the shore (using sand, shell and stones texture) moving up to the waves, some boats of the era and a stormy sky.  You can take the finished piece home.  Over 5’s only accompanied by an adult.  This workshop may be messy!  Must be booked.

Sat 1st August 11am – 4pm:
Stories from Russia, Princes, Fire birds and Baba Yaga.  With well known local storyteller Anne Errington
11.15am - 11.45am   Stories
11. 45    Make a puppet of a story character
2.00pm - 2.30pm  Stories
2.30pm    Make a puppet/make a puppet show.

Drop in at any time to join in. 

Thurs 6th August
Woodland and Seashore exploration walks with Tom Henry Countryside Ranger
11am - 12 30pm Woodland walk from the Cottage
2pm – 3pm Explore the seashore from Powillomont. 
Wear wellies!

Sun 9th August 11am – 4 pm
Creative Arts Day with Tracy Connolly
Choice of activities
Origami boat mobile
Hanging sea creatures
Magic sea scenes
For the toddlers that find the craft activity a little too tricky there’s colouring in sheets!  You can drop in at any time to join in.  Children (and adults!) will enjoy the day!

Sun 16th August  11am and 2pm  Antique Firearms of the American Revolutionary War 

See the small arms and military equipment of John Paul Jones age and the American Civil War used in black powder firing demonstrations. You can watch the loading, handling and firing of these awkward guns.  Arranged by Sedbergh Shooting Club.

Don’t forget, the cottage itself has displays and a film presentation suitable for adults and older children. 

Why not make a day of it and enjoy the local walks around the cottage car park. Enjoy a picnic outside if the weather is nice. Teas and coffees are available at the cottage.  Admission free on these days.  Telephone 01387 880613 for further information and to book where necessary.
Registered Scottish Charity SCO20479

Extra Event!

Sat 18th July 7 30 (doors open at 7pm)  Professor Ted Cowan, University of Glasgow will give a lecture on ‘John Paul Jones Scotsman’ in Kirkbean Village Hall.  Also there will be displays of local pictures and memorabilia arranged by Kirkbean Heritage Group.  Bring your own items too if you wish.  Tea and Biscuits.  Jointly arranged by John Paul Jones Museum and Kirkbean Heritage Group.