Folk Life Festival takes visitors back to a simpler time

Visitors experience a booth at the festival.

Around 500 Quincy residents on Saturday came out to celebrate the 18th annual Folk Life Festival.

For the Folk Life Festival visitors, time seemed to slow down to a simpler time.

Visitors got an all-around experience that gave them a taste of the 1800s.

Barbara Wilkinson-Fletcher is the Executive Director for the Quincy Museum.

"Well, the main goal of the folk life festival is to remind people of some of the arts and crafts of the past. And hopefully, we've helped them to gain an appreciation for those activities that people use to do a long time ago. In this day and age, everything is so electronic and automated, that's it's a real refreshing thing to see people who actually make things with their hands," Wilkinson-Fletcher said.

The event also gave guests the opportunity to visit the Quincy Museum.

"Because the Quincy Museum receives no state, federal or local government funding, every dollar we can bring in through events like the folk life festival is vitally important to us. Any funding that we manage to earn today with the folk life festival will be used for the operations to keep everything open and keep everything running," Wilkinson-Fletcher said.

Along with activities, guests could also take in home-made jam.

Jannel Vonderharr was helping inside the museum in the kitchen.

"Well, it kind of brings people together, the neighborhood here, and then the young kids. In fact, we've had some kids come in, we're making jams and jellies here in the kitchen, and they're all asking "How long does this take?" It kind of gives the idea what a folk life festival is. You know, it's coming together here and learning new things and of old things maybe, too," Vonderharr said.

If you're interested in buying some of the home-made jam, it will be available at the Quincy Museum during regular hours.

Those hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.