TISKILWA — Anyone with a grandma, an older aunt or a kindly neighbor lady knows that aprons are used for much more than to keep splatters off a cook’s clothing. They can also hold eggs from the henhouse or a bouquet of spring flowers, serve as improvised potholders, or even help mend a broken heart by wiping away tears. And this may be part of why Dorothy Grivetti is leading the charge for an “Apron Revival” in this still-new century.
On Monday, Dorothy “Noni” Grivetti of Standard will share her zest for life and her passion for aprons in the community room at Tiskilwa Historical Society’s Museum on Main. Dorothy will be joined by three friends to make it an evening of apron storytelling in words and music. The program begins at 7 p.m.
The four apron mavens will trace the history of this humble but enduring cut of cloth from its early mention in the Old Testament through its American heyday in the 1950s and ‘60s. With colorful aprons on display from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, Dorothy promises an evening of fun for all. Among the burning controversies in apron circles: Does a frilly little half-apron truly qualify as a bonafide apron, or is it merely a “la-de-da” accessory? Inquiring minds want to know.
Dorothy explains her passion by saying that she feels aprons are a wonderful tradition combining practicality and beauty, with a warm dose of sentiment thrown in for good measure. In addition, she notes that cultural influences often appear in the styles and decorations of aprons.
Following the presentation, the society members will provide homemade refreshments and offer visitors a chance to wander through museum galleries as they chat and munch. The Museum on Main is handicapped accessible, and Tiskilwa Historical Society programs are free of charge and open to the entire community.