Barbara Blair and Ron Geering, Woods Hole residents and dedicated craftsmen and musicians, will give an illustrated talk at the Woods Hole Public Library about their recent trip to the ancient winter market in Roros, in central Norway. The market has been held in this interior Norwegian town for hundreds of years, and represents an annual gathering of the native peoples, including the Sami, to trade craft items and food stuffs. Traditionally, and still to a lesser degree, participants arrived by sleigh, pulled either by reindeer or Norwegian ponies.
Ron and Barbara, who had been captivated by stories of this market and its array of traditional crafts ( including wood-carving, a craft which Ron has been mastering) decided that this was the year when they too would trek to the Market. They travelled from Oslo to Roros by train. Once there, they stayed right in the town, walking out through the town and the booths of crafts daily, especially enjoying exploring little courtyards with their intimate aura. They even had a chance to ride at night in one of the sleighs, in a lamp-lit procession.
This event is free and open to the public. Entrance will be through the Library’s lower door, which is easily handicapped accessible. For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.