On a fine June day, a variety of vendors, artists and craftspeople will haul tables and tents to a forest clearing tucked away from nearby villages to sell their homemade wares. Skilled artisans will weave, spin and work with needles in demonstrations for all comers. A variety of colorful quilts, garments and gifts made from natural fibers harvested at local farms will be sold for purposes both playful and practical.

It’s no coincidence that the third annual Fiber Faire and Crafts in Rockport sounds like it could have taken place 200 years ago. The Camden-Rockport Historical Society is holding the fair, with no admission fee, in part to showcase the way things were made in days of yore.

“I think a lot of young people nowadays – they don’t do crafts. They don’t know what people had to do to survive,” said Janet Kelsey, who serves on the Historical Society board. “The mission,” of the fair, she said, “is to promote that history.”

Kelsey, who herself makes quilts and works with wool, said she came up with the idea of a fiber fair as an event that could help raise money for the Historical Society, elevate the visibility of both the society and local artisans and educate visitors about the old ways of getting by.

She said "fiber," in this instance, is defined as any natural material people are using to make things. The fair is “basically a celebration of all things fiber,” she said. This could include paper, wool, fabric, wood and materials derived from plants, used to make quilts, rugs, collages, human or animal figures or anything else.

Kelsey provided a list of some of the goods and types of work that should be available from the 20-odd vendors expected: arts, crafts, gift items from cotton and wool, wool creations, ribbon embroidery, spinning, natural dying, knitting, hand-painted pillows and bags, rag weaving, jewelry and crafts made from desert chollas — a type of cactus native to the Southwest and Mexico.

She said supplies for working with fibers on one's own would also likely be available.

Attendees will likely see familiar fibers, such as wool, pulled into shapes they hadn’t previously imagined. Kelsey said the fabric has been used to create woolen landscapes, while one vendor makes angels and fairytale characters. “I think it’s phenomenal all the things people are doing with wool,” she said.

She said many of the vendors are local, though they are also coming from as far away as Portland and Skowhegan. Some harvest the fibers they use themselves.

The Fiber Faire is a chance to see how the things that keep us warm, happy and entertained used to be – and still are – made, in a new spin on the state’s history of textile production. It also dovetails with the resurgence of small farms and local products with transparent supply chains, a trend that has particularly asserted itself in the Midcoast.

To sweeten the deal, visitors will also be able to check out, by donation, the Conway Homestead Museum. The museum complex includes the 18th-century Conway House — the first European home known to have been built in the Camden-Rockport area — as well as a blacksmith shop, a barn filled with historic farming implements and the Cramer Museum. This summer, the Cramer Museum is opening a World War I exhibit; 2017 marks 100 years since the United States entered the war.

The Fiber Faire and Crafts will take place Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s Conway Homestead Museum on Route 1 in Rockport, directly south of Hannaford on the town line with Camden. There is no admission fee.

"I hope people will come and support local artisans," Kelsey said.

Reporter Dan Otis Smith can be reached at 594-4401 x123 or by email at dsmith@villagesoup.com.