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Second Annual Roc Day Celebration Approaches

Roc Day II, a gathering for fiber enthusiasts, quilters, spinners, weavers and other crafters will be held Saturday, January 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art in Marysville, KS. The event is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.  The public is invited.


Roc Day, also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, was traditionally known for the day women returned to their duties following the twelve days of Christmas.


Participants or visitors can stay for the day or just drop by and stay as long as they want. Lunch will be available for a free-will donation.


Several new mediums and techniques will be demonstrated this year. 


Karen Higgins, Beatrice, NE, will demonstrate weaving on table-top looms. Several looms will be available for instructional use. Her husband, Gary, will demonstrate an antique sock machine used to make socks for soldiers during World War I and World War II. Socks created on the machine will be for sale.


April Spicer, Marysville, will teach two classes on crocheting with beads, the first at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00 p.m.


For quilters, Gwen Turner, Blue Rapids, will display several of her quilts including a millennium quilt made in 2000 out of 2,000 pieces of material. Bonnie Olsen, Clifton, will also display her quilts, including one made in remembrance of 9/11.


Additional interactive displays and classes will feature knot tying, broomstick lace, wool dryer balls, spinning, knitting, rug hooking, crocheting and other forms of fiber artistry. “It’s the perfect opportunity to learn from others or to start the new year with new fiber interests or projects,” said Lori Parker, the event’s organizer.


Items will also be for sale.


Participants are encouraged to bring their spinning wheels, knitting or fiber-related projects.


Those wishing to participate should contact Parker at 785-363-7228 or e-mail

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