A group of local artisans will present “Many Uses of Natural Fibers and making a Native Flute” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. The event is free and open to the public.
The event is part of the park’s Ferris Family Speaker Series, and is sponsored by Bently Enterprises, SoaringNV, Douglas County, and the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation.
Following a discussion of materials and techniques, visitors will see fibers woven, spun, needle felted, quilted, comb woven and knitted, as well as the process of creating a native flute from start to being played.
Presenters include Diane and Dan Anthony, Marilyn Elligott, Doris Hoskin, Sandi Richman, and Fred Smith.
Finished pieces will be on display for the visitors to see and touch. There will also be display boards with more information and samples of fibers, as well as equipment used to create the pieces, with work in progress.
Seating will be available, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for greater comfort.
Other speakers in this year’s series are former Nevada state treasurer Patty Cafferata and her daughter Elisa, talking about Cafferata’s mother Barbara Vucanovich, on Aug. 2; Kim Copel will present a Chautauqua of stagecoach driver Charlie Parkhurst on Aug. 23; and Dr. Anita Watson will portray Virginia City pioneer Mary McNair Mathews in a Chautauqua on Sept. 6. Historian Ronald James discusses his book on Virginia City on Sept. 27; and Cafferata returns on Oct. 11 for a discussion of her book on Christmas in Nevada.
The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, about 1/4 mile north of the Carson Valley Animal Hospital.
The full schedule for the Ferris Family Speaker Series and other events at the park is at dangberghomeranch.org.