Heritage Skills Day Sunday at Bailey Park

BAILEY PARK – The rich history of 19th and 20th century life displayed at West Shore Fishing Museum will come alive on Sunday from 14 p.m. The museum is hosting a Heritage Skills Day where artisans and volunteers will demonstrate skills and practices of bygone eras.

The spacious grounds of the museum will ring with the sounds of blacksmith George Potvin of 10 Mile Creek Forge in Bark River. Shirley Bork’s spinning wheel will produce the wool yarn that kept so many people warm. Eileen Behrend and Marilyn Parcels will churn butter and display various styles of butter churns. Local fishing family members will demonstrate mending twine in the Kate A boat shelter.

The popular wood carvers will return for the third year. Rick Coppock carves fan birds and Old World Santas. Jim Byrne specializes in tramp art whimseys and Welsh love spoons. Len Albrecht does chip carving, and Jim Skowronski carves fish decoys.

Perennial plants from the museum gardens will be sold, with free advice from Master Gardener Kathy Coppock. The Welcome Center and Gift Shop offers many vintage treasures for perusing and purchase. Snacks will be available.

This new event and the museum celebrate life on Green Bay waters and shores in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on commercial fishing, a major industry in the region. The restored Bailey home, exhibit buildings, commercial fishing boat displays, gardens, and nature trails provide a pleasant and relaxing step back into local history.

There is no admission or parking charge. The museum is located off Highway M-35 at Bailey Park, 15 miles north of Menominee or seven miles south of Cedar River. Drive into Bailey Park and then go north on the shady lane into the museum grounds.