The Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles, Mo., started in the early ’70s and, back then, there were a lot of artisans demonstrating old time crafts.  Things have changed and I’m not sure how many demonstrate anymore. We didn’t see any demonstrators where we were. But, it’s still fun and we did enjoy the old time machines. I got a few pictures of them. There was an old Maytag washer, but the neatest thing was the shoelace maker. There were 16 thread spools turning in different directions, braiding the threads around a white core. It’s run on a turn of the century engine. We really enjoyed seeing that. As we were leaving the festival, there was a historic log cabin church called the 1791 Borremeo Church.  When you click on the link, there is a lot of great information about this little church.

If you get a chance to come to St. Charles, make sure to come the 3rd weekend of August to go the Festival of the Little Hills. To see it all, make it a full weekend there. You’ll really enjoy all the crafts, food, and music. IMG_0011

Maytag Washer


Shoelace Machine

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1791 Borremeo Log Cabin Church