Sunday, October 01, 2000

Antiques shown at harvest festival

Dinsmore hopes to raise $5,000

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        BURLINGTON — A niddy-noddy is not the noise someone makes while sleeping through a sewing class.

        It is a device that 19th century weavers used to count yarn, and it is one of the antiques people can see at the annual Dinsmore Homestead Harvest Festival today at the home on Ky. 18 in rural Boone County.

        The annual display, which includes a variety of crafts presentations, is expected to bring dozens of people to the historic farm in Burlington. The Boone County Antique Engine and Tractor Association will bring an exhibit, and there will be storytelling and children's games.

        Carol Hunt Chamberlain, the foundation's executive director, would be happy if the festival raised $5,000 this weekend.

        “It's one of the signature events the Dinsmore puts on,” Ms. Chamberlain said. “It's a fun experience for families.”

        Jordan O'Rylee, the foundation's education director, said James and Martha Dinsmore moved to Boone County in 1842 from Terre Bonne Parish, La., because Mr. Dinsmore heard the area was a good place to grow wine grapes. The family and servants raised grapes, tobacco, corn, wheat and osier, a type of willow plant used to make baskets.

        “(The Dinsmores) weren't wealthy, but they weren't poor,” Ms. O'Rylee said.

        Ernest Tucker, a history professor at Ashland Community College who will speak at 1 p.m. today, keeps about 400 antique items in his office. He said the niddy-noddy helped people determine how much yarn they had used when making a rug or other item.

        “The niddy and the noddy was the up and down motion you counted,” Mr. Tucker said. “Every time you niddied and noddied once, it was two yards. That was extremely important.”


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