2019 Heritage Fest at Madonna House

The Madonna House community celebrated the 50th Anniversary of St. Raphael’s Craft Centre at this year’s Heritage Fest on Labour Day weekend. Visitors were treated to demonstrations and displays of arts and crafts, and children had the opportunity to try new things under expert guidance of community members. Elsewhere on the Madonna House grounds visitors enjoyed traditional music, heritage exhibits, puppet shows, and treats like ice cream. (Above children wait their turn to try paper marbling with Bonnie Staib)

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Above: Ruth Siebenaler (left) demonstrates wool felting; cards decorated with alcohol inks

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Above: examples of marbled paper; Kathryn Nugent (right) demonstrates the player piano


Kai and Noah Baklinski learn repoussé and chasing metal, guided by Peter Gravelle (right)

The Current made brief videos of some demonstrations so readers can have the experience:

Anne Marie Murphy demonstrates alcohol inks



Marbled paper with Bonnie Staib


Peter Gravelle shows repoussé and chase techniques


In the Madonna House Pioneer Museum Kathryn Nugent pumps the ever-popular player piano


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