Year of Natural Fibers Celebration Dinner

December 08
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Year of Natural Fibers Celebration Dinner

In 2019 Awbury’s theme for the year has been Natural Fibers. We have offered a variety of workshops and lectures to engage our community in learning about  fibers and the plants and animals that provide them. Materials we explored include; flax, cotton, wool, bamboo, silk, cattails, cashmere, wood and paper, willow, milkweed, and hemp.

Our core programming this year has been in partnership with the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers, who have led monthly lectures and workshops.  PGHW is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the art and craft of weaving and the fiberarts.  They are located in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, and their motto is “We learn by doing and grow by sharing.”

Our culminating event for this year is a dinner prepared by Weavers Way Co-op Executive Chef Bonnie Shuman with Speaker Barbara Parman presenting “Early Textile Production in Northwest Philadelphia.” Barbara is a member of the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers.  She has a long-standing interest in the development of the textile industry in Northwest  Philadelphia and in some western counties where she works as a weaving instructor in several senior centers. 

She will present a 25 minute talk detailing the rapid rise of the textile industry in both Germantown and Manayunk during the 19th century, emphasizing the types of weaving and fibers used.  There will be slide and video presentations along with numerous hands-on displays and resource guides for local history lovers.

The menu for the evening is as follows:

Amuse Bouche:
Crostini’s with Ricotta , Roasted Butternut Squash and Tamari Pumpkin Seeds

Gem Lettuces with Radishes, Celery , Slivered Almonds, Tarragon vinaigrette

Halibut with Braised Leeks and Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms, Parmesan Risotto Cake,
Roasted Carrots

Polenta with Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms and Roasted Tomato Roasted Carrots

Red Wine And Cinnamon Poached Pear with Vanilla Ice Cream

This event is BYO, takes place at the Cope House at 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA, and is $50.00 per person.  Please register below.

This event is part of Awbury’s ongoing series celebrating Natural Fibers.

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