Stowe Students Turn Gym into Colonial Fair

April 13, 2017 10:38 PM

The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker were all part of the Colonial Fair put on at Stowe Elementary on Thursday.

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The gym was turned back in time to 1774. Called the Stowe Colony, the area was full of fifth graders, playing the role of people who lived back then.

"Good day, I'm Master Henry Blacksmith," said Henry Moeller. He was playing the role of blacksmith. "I can make most of the stuff you see in modern days. I create horseshoes, and bullets. And many of the metal things you see in modern days, I created."

Next to him was Braden, the miner. "It's actually a harder job than you think. You have to go in caves. And it is hotter in there. Once you go down, it's not so bad," he explained. "We mine for coal, and some iron and gold. I give some of it to the blacksmith."

Down a few tables were the wisewoman. Mistress Emma told us, "They're like a healer. A midwife. We make potions. We do not consist of actual magic, we are not witches." But she was taken away by the constables as a witch, and placed in the stocks. That was part of a short skit done to help bring people into the 1774 age.

The stocks didn't deter her fellow wisewoman, Mistress Destiny, who chose this profession for a reason. "Simply because back then, they were the only women to have real power over people. I think that's really important, back then, and now, especially."

Their younger classmates, parents, and other visitors were able to visit each of the tables, and learn from the kids about their colonial ways.

One of their teachers, Missy Bergman, explained that the kids spend more than a month learning about colonial life. They pick a job, research it, write a report, and then play the role at the Colonial Fair. She said it was great to see the outcome of their work. "Just how engaged and excited they are. They put their heart and soul into it. They've really gotten into character."

She told us that this is a tradition that's been going on at Stowe for about 7 years now.


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