Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek to host historical autumn program

WEST LIBERTY — Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek will hold the program “Historical Games & Customs Celebrating Autumn” for children ages five and older at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Activities include games, crafts, and customs popular long ago. Activities include making decorations and toys from acorns, corn husks, and kernels or corn; playing games with acorns, bobbing apples on a string, and playing a bean-bag toss inspired by a 19th century poem about autumn.

Sources come from books published in the past, such as The Boy’s Own Book by William Clarke, published in 1829, and The Girl’s Own Book by Lydia Maria Child, published in 1834, as well as the 1882 American Boy’s Handy Book by Daniel C. Beard and the 1887 American Girl’s Handy Book by Lina.

“Historical Games & Customs Celebrating Autumn” is sponsored by the (MFH) Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. The activity fee is $5 for anyone five years or older and MFH members receive a 20% discount. Participants who choose to tour Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek after the program, will receive a group discount rate. Visit www.piattcastle.org for rates.

Masks are not required at the outdoor activity, but they are inside the historic house museum. Mac-A-Cheek is located at 10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty. For more information call 937-465-2821 or contact Margaret@piattcastle.org.