Schwamb Mill this afternoon: story for children, families

Created: April 20, 2022 | Last updated: April 23, 2022

Written by Lynette Aznavour

The Old Schwamb Mill is pleased to present a storytelling program for children and their families featuring the latest book from educator Peggy Fenner. Frijole the sleepy sloth wakes up, will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event invites children to come with their favorite stuffed animal for an afternoon of sharing, storytelling, singing, an art project and refreshments.

The history Frijole Guaranteed to spark young children’s imaginations on many levels. Unlike most sloths, Frijole lives in a local history museum filled with handcrafted, whimsical displays. One night his stuffed animal friends plan a mischievous night of museum exploration, but Frijole missed out because he slept through all the fun! Weeks later, something wakes Frijole from his sleep and his whole world changes.

Reading this story full of vivid photos to find out what is happening will melt hearts and may inspire the creation of more smaller home museums.Ms. Fenner’s enchanting book, featuring her one-of-a-kind collection of stuffed animals, dolls and handcrafted displays, is guaranteed to inspire new creative ideas to extend playtime at home. Children will immerse themselves in the world of sloth Frijole and his furry friends while sharing why children’s own furry friends are special; sing about the sleepy sloth; learn about sloths and other animal habitats; and participate in a cut and color art project to take home.

Author and illustrator Fenner has been a multimedia artist for decades, having studied at the Boston Museums School, the DeCordova Museum, the Nantucket School of Design, and the International Art Collaboratives in Mexico, Switzerland, England, and France. Peggy lives in Arlington and is a retired early childhood education teacher who taught in Lexington for many years. The program takes place at the Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane and is aimed at children aged 4 to 8 years. Admission is $10 per family.

Open Tuesday, Saturday

The Old Schwamb Mill, billed as the oldest mill site in the United States, reopened in February after being closed until January due to then-rising Covid cases.

If you’re visiting the mill’s gallery, be sure to check out the special exhibit “Into the Woods: From Trees to Frames,” which traces the steps required to create a frame from the tree to your living room, he said Ed Gordon, Director of Museum Programs. This exhibition continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm

If you require special accommodations or have any questions, please call 781-643-0554 prior to your visit so we can make it as convenient for you as possible.

For more information, call 781-643-0554 Tuesdays and Saturdays or email the mill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The exhibition is in the Old Schwamb Mill’s Gallery, 17 Mill Lane.

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