Members of the crowd watched as the blade of the saw passed just centimeters from Joan’s fingers, some expressing amazement that Joan still had all 10.
“I’ve never seen red yet in all the years that I’ve been operating this corn machine,” Joan laughed.
The Johnsons, who once owned a construction and lumber business in Cambridge, have helped refurbish several of the historical buildings in Bishop Hill, including the top floor of the village’s Prairie Arts Building and the front of the Colony Store. For Joan, visiting the village each year is a rewarding experience.
Over the din of the whirring machines, I yell to her, “Si! You will be famous and many revisitas (magazines) will have your picture on the front! “
Oh, do they howl with glee. They begin primping their hair and sashaying their hips, and she does the same. So do I. As she prances some more, other women in the back room leave their positions to discover the reason for gaiety out front.
Children can make rope, dip candles, stencil, grind corn and more. Near the schoolhouse, the antique threshing machine will be threshing grain that was grown this year at CNC. At the sugarhouse, the Max Carey Blacksmith Guild will be working on their latest projects. There will be lessons for children at the Log Schoolhouse and outdoor crafts and games in the schoolyard. Food concessions will be provided by the Studley Grange and kettle corn by Allison’s Kettle Corn & More.
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