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Peabody Essex Museum’s ‘I’m a Lumberjack’ party

Sam Smith and 6-year-old Mary Kai working the saw.
Sam Smith and 6-year-old Mary Kai working the saw. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

The Peabody Essex Museum turned into hipster central last Thursday night at its “I’m a Lumberjack” party, an early celebration for the Feb. 21 opening of “Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood From the Montalto Bohlen Collection.”

There was so much plaid and flannel in the crowd one might have thought Pendleton was shooting an ad campaign. Guests took part in crosscut sawing demonstrations and watched the all-bearded Tigerman WOAH, an Appalachian folk-bluegrass-rock band from Lynn, perform.

“I tucked in today,” said Jamie Metsch, a shopkeeper from Salem sporting a blue flannel shirt, yellow cap, and jeans. “I added suspenders.”

Posers were few. Jim Vaughey wore his girlfriend’s maple sugaring shirt while Melanie Griffin, who works on fisheries policy, rocked a reindeer sweater she bought on eBay a couple of years ago and a pair of socks trimmed in red that were handknit by a fisherman’s wife in Canada.

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“That’s where I go fly fishing for salmon,” she said.

Even the youngsters in attendance were dressed for adventure. Edie May, who is 7, wore a knit cap-slash-beard she borrowed from her older brother. Her mom, Susan, lamented that a foam toy ax Edie brought had been confiscated at the door. So the pair headed to the lumberjack photo booth, where they posed for the camera in front of a plastic inflatable campfire.

Tigerman WOAH performing at the “I’m a Lumberjack” party at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Tigerman WOAH performing at the “I’m a Lumberjack” party at the Peabody Essex Museum.(Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Robert and Beccah Stains dressed for the cold.
Robert and Beccah Stains dressed for the cold.(Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Sara Robertson of Beverly.
Sara Robertson of Beverly. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Skier belt buckle.
Skier belt buckle. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Seven-year-old Edie May shows off her lumberjack style.
Seven-year-old Edie May shows off her lumberjack style. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Christina Kalafatis and Ally Leon hoisting prop axes.
Christina Kalafatis and Ally Leon hoisting prop axes. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Jim Vaughey of Salem.
Jim Vaughey of Salem. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)