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Local teacher featured in area open house

Thursday, November 29, 2007

TERRE HAUTE -- Plans are set for a Christmas Open House in the newly restored Red Barn, a century-and-a-half old, three-story, post-and-beam structure anchoring the farmstead known as Sycamore Farm, 5001 E. Poplar St., Terre Haute.

"Celebrate Craftsmanship -- A Christmas Gathering at the Barn," will take place Saturday, Dec. 1. Doors open at 9 a.m. and admission is free to the public.

Visiting Midwestern artisans, several honored in Early American Life Magazine, will be exhibiting their American-made crafts, including Shaker furniture, framed wax portraits and theorems, textiles, redware pottery, and handcrafted jewelry.

Antiques, folk art and gourmet food will be available throughout the festively decorated rooms that once housed livestock, grain, and farm implements.

Several area artists are scheduled to be at the event, including Clay Community Schools art teacher Peggy Taylor, who will feature hand-dyed yarns and handwovens.

In addition, local company Pennington Construction helped in the restoration effort.

The first phase of the restoration was initiated by lifting the entire barn off its limestone rock foundation and replacing the rock with a new poured foundation. Other renovations included concrete floors, beam replacements where necessary (using only reclaimed Indiana barn beams), new windows, a utility addition, climate control, a native sassafras hardwood floor and lighting. A second phase of renovation is scheduled for next year.

Other artists scheduled to be featured include Gretchen Kraut and Annie Gauer, Donna Weaver, Charlie Sweitzer, Marilyn Oehler, Tom Wintczak, Lily Richter and Widow's Dowry Antiques.

The owners of Sycamore Farms are Curt and Marilyn Oehler.

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