The campaign for Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst is in full swing, and candidate Steven Jacobs is out to raise money doing something he knows very well. Jacobs is an accomplished blacksmith and member of the California Blacksmith Association (CBA). His quest to win the title of Mayor and raise money for The Wild Wonderful King Vintage Museum will involve the hosting of a Blacksmithing Demonstration in front of the museum on Saturday, June 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jacobs and other CBA members will be setting up anvils and a forge in front of the museum to demonstrate this ancient craft. They will make items such as steak turners, S-hooks and miner’s hooks from start to finish, explaining each step in the process. The demonstration is free.
For a $5 donation to Steven’s Honorary Mayor campaign, anyone can try their hand at blacksmithing. They will be guided by a blacksmith through the manufacture of an ornamental piece of iron work such as a miner’s hook, and they will be able to keep whatever they make. (All those who wish to try blacksmithing will be asked to sign a waiver and those under 18 must have the signature of a parent or guardian). Items made by the blacksmiths at the demonstration will be for sale to benefit Steven’s mayoral campaign.
If blacksmithing is not your cup of tea, how about something completely different. Joanne Hoover, a docent at the King Vintage Museum, will be giving a talk on the history of women’s undergarments across the highway at Willow Bridge Book Store, 40671 Hwy 41, at 2:00 pm that same day. Joanne will talk about women’s undergarments and how they determined the shape of women’s clothing and their lives from the 1500s to the 1920s. She will bring corsets, chemises, crinolines, drawers and other vintage items from the museum. Joanne will also be wearing reproduction undergarments from the late 1800s that she made herself. Admission is free but donations to the Steven Jacob’s Honorary Mayoral campaign will be greatly appreciated.
Refreshments will be offered for sale in front of the museum. Hot dogs grilled to perfection, chips and beverages will all be available. And thanks to Charlotte Masters, who at age 10 is the youngest Wild Wonderful Woman, there will also be a bake sale with delicious goodies. And remember, according to Joanne Hoover, Campaign Manager, any calories consumed that benefit charity don’t count! All proceeds will go to the Honorary Mayor Campaign.
All monies raised will benefit the Wild Wonderful King Vintage Museum. This local treasure is a vintage clothing museum with a collection of over 10,000 items of clothing and accessories. The oldest is a pair of 1790 ballroom slipper and among the newest is a 1970’s leisure suit. Current exhibits are “Clothes from the Titanic Era” and “The Flapper Era: Clothing from the 1920’s.” Always on display are men’s and women’s uniforms from the Spanish-American War through WWII and beautiful dresses from the 1800’s. Admission to the museum is $3 and it is located at 40680 Hwy 41 in Oakhurst. For more information on the events or the museum call 559-658-6999 or 559-683-3038.