Pysanky egg tradition continues in Lincolnville

By Stephanie Grinnell | Apr 15, 2019
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell These traditionally decorated psyanky eggs were found in a local barn, but little is known about their origins.

Lincolnville — For nearly two decades, people have been gathering in Lincolnville to decorate eggs using a wax-resist method known as pysanky.

Julie Turkovitch said she used to host the group at her home, which had unfinished floors at the time and she didn't mind the dye spills. Now, the annual event is sponsored by Lincolnville's United Christian Church inside the town's Community Hall.

"The Community Center is such a nice place to have," she said.

Under the tables April 13, the floor was protected from dye spills with taped down paper, and on display throughout the room were previously designed eggs. On one table were a group of decorated eggs found in local barn that boasted traditional Ukrainian symbols for luck and fertility. On another, eggs created in years past by local residents were on display.

Attendance was low this year, Turkovitch noted, she thought probably because it was the first Saturday of school vacation. Still, a half-dozen people sat at tables creating wax designs on eggs, soaking the eggs in dye and melting the wax off with candles to create both simple and intricate designs.

An annual pysanky decorating workshop planned April 13 at Marsh River Co-op in Brooks fizzled for lack of participation — possibly also because of school vacation. Last year, the Brooks event drew 16 participants, a Co-op staff member said.

Lilah Snow, 9, of Lincolnville holds a decorated egg near a candle flame to melt wax and reveal the design she created. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
These eggs are few of several dozens found in a local barn. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Susan Darbyshire of Danvers, Massachusetts, said traveling to Lincolnville to decorate pysanky eggs is an "annual trek." (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
A table with books, previously created eggs and photos offers attendees inspiration for their designs. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Comments (1)
Posted by: James Munkelt | Apr 18, 2019 12:20

Do you ever do workshops besides just before Easter

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