arts and mysteries

September 23, 2019
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‘17thCentury Saturdays’ at The Gables this fall The marvel of the salted cod

by cns2020
SALEM — Before the Twinkie, when foodstuffs were prone to decay and fodder for bacterial free-for-alls, colonists miraculously survived dinnertimes.  Or maybe miracles had nothing to do with it. In the time before refrigerators, colonists employed ingenious albeit labor-intensive methods of food preservation. Practices like churning butter, sugaring and salting cut back on waste and sustained human life from one
September 23, 2019
August 29, 2019
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‘17th Century Saturdays’ at The Gables this fall – The mastery of early carpenters

by cns2020
Educator Mike Welsh demonstrates how early carpenters relied on skill, ingenuity and an assortment of hand tools.   SALEM — The house you’re living in now may well have been built more than a century or two ago — before power tools, sheetrock or foam insulation. If you’ve ever wondered how early carpenters were able to create works of lasting elegance
August 29, 2019