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Second Saturday at Pioneer Park

Charles Mitchell
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Pioneer Park
6500 Stage Road
Loachapoka, AL

Date: July 8th, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM

Categories: Special Events, Outdoor and Suitable For All Ages

On the second Saturday of every month, a group of history re-enactors gather at the LCHS Museum in period attire to demonstrate their arts and crafts.  Blacksmiths are working at the forge, spinners and weavers are in the textile room, the gardeners are in the gardens, crafts and seasonal activities are scheduled, and someone is always cooking up a meal in the fireplace or outdoors. The Whistle Stop Pickers dulcimer group meets at the Museum at 1 pm.

The Museum is always open on Second Saturdays.  Activities are different each month. Come join the fun, eat lunch, learn a new craft, pick a song, listen to the music. The activities are available from 9:30 until 12:30.


It’s hot outside so why not spend the morning inside working on pioneer textile crafts. On Saturday, July 8, nine-year-old Titus Elliott, assisted by his mother, Megan, will lead a children’s activity in “finger knitting”. Titus is skilled at this type of craft and will enjoy teaching other children. All materials will be provided and there will be no fee. The class will begin at 10 am.

Also at 10, adults can learn “rag rug” crocheting in the Trade Center Museum Tom Westmoreland and Mary Delaney.  This is a very useful craft using colorful strips of old fabric to make place mats, bag purses, rugs, or whatever your creative mind can imagine.  Fabric strips will be available or you may bring your own. Also bring a jumbo crochet hook.

While it is still relatively cool, Dr. Charles Mitchell will lead a garden walk and talk at 9 am followed by a 10 o’clock garden presentation by Ms. Tia Gonzales on “How to Grow and Use Hibiscus for Health.” There will be plenty of time for questions. She will share her famous recipe for hibiscus tea. As usual on Second Saturdays, volunteers will prepare a homemade, pioneer meal in the Cook House from ingredients in the local garden.

All the museums, buildings and gardens will be open and free to visitors and hosted by members of the Lee County Historical Society.  Pioneer Park is a living history museum reflecting activities that would have occurred on a 19th Century Alabama farm in East Alabama. Pioneer Park is sponsored by the Lee County Historical Society, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1968 and dedicated to the preservation and presentation of local history. (http://www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org/).

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