The crafts yard in “Juodaragis” will have an even larger circle of craftsmen this year, even though their ideas have spread so wildly it’s hard to fit them all in. And the topic of bees for the crafts yard will, of course, be mirrored in a special way, as it is not only a craft, but traditions, a worldview which roots go to the oldest of myths and the images of our forefathers.

The crafts yard will be teeming with craftsmen who will show you the best that has been accumulated and brought to the beehive of wisdom and knowledge. We will not be observing only, but there will also be a possibility to try our hand at scooping a hollow beehive, making mead, casting candles. It will be possible to hear about customs, tales and other folk wisdom about bees, as well as to learn much about beekeeping, bee products and their medicinal power.

The programme will feature traditional crafts: the old blacksmithing, the making of knives, chainmail, glass beads, Baltic jewellery, the weaving and braiding of sashes, the presentation of Baltic costumes. The art of beer brewing will be presented by the well-known brewer from Dusetos, as well as a beekeeper, Ramūnas Čižas. We will be able to observe how amber has been worked in the old days and how amulets that protect us are created.

Much attention should be drawn by the highly popular economic activity of treating hemp fibber, spinning it and making oil out of it.

The crafts yard in “Mėnuo Juodaragis” is a special opportunity to not only come together with old friends, but to find like-minded people as well. If you have a drum, kanklės or other traditional instruments, do not forget them, as the dambreliai (Jew’s harp) workshop will be awaiting you. And during evenings, the crafts yard will be for dances and ringing with music by the never weary “ByTikZyz” and “Čir Vir Vyrai” from Zarasai.

You are invited to the common hive and to become a part of the crafts yard, as well as to create a honeycomb together. One, whose memory-filled honey will be tasted for the whole year. So let us raise the horns full of mead and share all the best that we have accumulated throughout the year.


08.28 Friday

16.00 – The old hollow beekeeping – Romas Norkūnas, national park of Dzūkija.
17.00 – About bees and plants: the medicinal effect of bee products – Rita Balsevičiūtė. The herbalists of Aukštadvaris.
18.00 – The making of Baltic mead – Erikas Augustinavičius, Kėdainiai region.
19.00 – The gold of the Baltic. The history of amber: the old way of working amber – Dina Jankauskienė, Gintaras Markevičius, Ruslanas Aranauskas. The club of experimental archaeology, “Pajauta”.
20.00 – Dainava cuisine – Vilma Sinkevičiūtė. Alytus local lore museum.
20.30 – Folklore tales by the fire. Of household and bees – ethnologist Gražina Kadžytė and Algirdas Breidokas.
21.30 – Evening programme – “ČIR VIR VYRAI” from Zarasai.


08.28 Saturday


10.00 – The presentation of Baltic costumes – Daiva Steponavičienė, “Vita Antiqua”.
11.00 – The making of glass beads – Justė Sviklienė, Austėja Luchtanaitė. The club of experimental archaeology, “Pajauta”.
11.30 – Woodworking by a machine-tool during the Middle Ages – Romas Bilinskas. Marijampolė.

•    The making of Baltic mead – Andrius ir Lina Janioniai. Vilnius.
•    The life of the bee family. The Royal Jelly – Algirdas Amšiejus.  Kaunas region.
•    The goods gathered by bees and their uses – The house of herbs, “Kupa”.
•    The old hollow beekeeping – Beekeeper Romas Norkūnas. The national park of Dzūkija.
•    The products of beekeeping – JSC “Bičių Korys”.

14.00 – Presenting the old art of blacksmithing – Maksimas Mickevičius. Club “Pajauta”.
15.00 – Weaving of sashes. Weaving by hand – The Breidokas family. Švenčioniai region.
16.00 – The treating of hemp fibber. The making of hemp oil – Milda Petkevičienė. Labanoras forest.
17.00 – The making of medieval armour: the making of chainmail – Artūras Balčiūnas, Alytus local lore museum.
17.30 – Mead or beer? The use of honey for beer and its effect the next morning – brewer Ramūnas Čižas, Dusetos.
18.00 – The Baltic traditions of knife-making – Vykintas Motuza. The craftsmen club “Dvaro meistrai”.  
19.00 – The old medicine, Lithuanian incense and spiritual healing – Mija Džeinara Ubartienė.
20.00 – Baltic jewellery – Paulius Rukas.
21.00 – The evening with the ensemble “BYTIKZYZ”.                        

Near the crafts yard:                                    
14.00 – The old Lithuanian men games. RĄSTPLĖŠIS – Living history club “Leitgiris”.

 08.30 Sunday


10.00 – “Vija vija kanapija” – the spinning of hemp fibber and the weaving of honeycombs.  – Milda Petkevičienė, Labanoras forest.
10.30 – Baltic symbolism in ceramics – Vladas Rukša, Baltic Crossroads.
11.00 – Exposition of modern beekeepers’ suits.
11.30 – Casting candles from natural bees’ wax – Justina Sinkevičiūtė, Alytus.
12.00 – A small smithy for a big man – Tomas Pacaitis. Veisiejai.
12.30 – Plangi batika. Clothing decoration and demonstration – Pelenė.
13.00 – Haveth a taste of ye olde beer! – Traditions of the old art of brewing beer – Ramūnas Čižas, Dusetos.
13.30 – Drinking horns in the Baltic culture – Evaldas Babenskas. "Pajauta".


MJR XVIII Bičiuliai