"The ASTORIA FIBER ARTS ACADEMY made its debut in January's Second Saturday Arts Walk," LAWRENCE TAYLOR wrote in an e-mail to the Ear. "The Loom Room was filled with visitors checking out the many kinds of looms that will be used in classes. Instructor MARGARET THIERRY, pictured above, center, demonstrated a drop spindle while HELEN REPP explained the workings of a wooden loom. MARIA BACHER spun yarn with a spinning wheel. Classes at the academy began Jan. 11."

Information about the academy and upcoming classes can be found at www.AstoriaFiberArts.com, where the Ear found a tidbit of interesting local history. In the 1950s six Finnish families brought their looms when they settled in Astoria. They set up a common area where they could weave, a Scandinavian custom, creating the Clatsop Weavers and Spinners Guild.