The holiday season may be in the distant future for most of us, but at the Johnstown Historical Society, volunteers Shawn Woolworth and Dallas Daniels have visions of snowflakes dancing in their heads.

Crocheted snowflakes that is!

Photo provided by Karla Humphrey
Johnstown Historical Society volunteers Shawn Woolworth and Dallas Daniels at the Parish House Museum. Inset: Crocheted snowflake.

“We’re kicking off a project for the Parish House Museum for the Holiday Open House and we’re hoping to make this a community tradition. Something everyone in the community can be involved in,” Daniels said. “Our plan is to decorate the Parish House in a variety of vintage inspired crochet snowflakes. Something that would be reminiscent of the type of decorations that may have been in the Parish’s home during the holidays in the 1920s.”

“BBQ Day is our official kickoff for this project. We are hoping to have at least 50 snowflakes crocheted and starched by volunteers for the holidays so they can be used to decorate the tree at the Parish House Museum,” Woolworth commented. “We’re selling crochet kits for only $5 to cover the cost of the supplies. Plus, we’ll be offering community crochet classes at the YMCA to help everyone learn how to create these vintage inspired ornaments. Follow us on Facebook to follow our progress and learn where our next class time will be.”

The JHS volunteers say their goal is to create a new tradition that everyone can participate in – regardless of their skill level.

Once the snowflakes are crochet, participants simply drop them off at the Parish House with their contact information. Each snowflake will be starched and tagged with the creator’s name so they can be easily identified, then used to decorate the tree and windows in the museum.

“After we’re done decorating the museum for the holidays, we’re inviting the whole community to our Holiday Open House to check out everyone’s creativity and see their snowflake in action on the tree,” said Daniels. “We’ll even help you find your snowflake so you can take a picture, too!”

“We’re hoping to share the spirit of the holidays with everyone and teach a new craft too,” Woolworth said. “It’s feel-good on so many levels, and I just hope as many people as possible can participate and walk through the museum to get in the holiday spirit.”  

For more information about this project follow the Johnstown Historical Society on Facebook or call Dallas Daniels at 970-231-0186 or Shawn Woolworth at 702-204-8072.

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