Finally! I've Been Counting the Days...
Saturday, February 4, at t 1:30pm historian Susan “Ski” Witzofsky, sets the stage for war “Between the Rivers.” The program will take place in the Homeplace theatre in the Interpretive Center.
Individuals can relive the siege with a guided walk along the Fort Henry Trails and Confederate fortifications, at 3pm. Participants will drive and meet at the Fort Henry Trailhead. The program and walk are weather dependent.
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Trades Fair at The Homeplace Last Year (these guys were great!)
There are many, many, many reasons the time of year we’re approaching is my favorite…
The Homeplace 1850’s Farm will host a Trades Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4, from 10am to 4pm in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Each year, around now, I begin to get SUPER excited about the Trades Fair. Don’t get me wrong, I love to visit the Homeplace as often as possible, throughout the year, but the Trades Fair is extra, extra special and… to be perfectly honest… I look forward to it all year.
Traditional trades and crafts people share knowledge of vanishing folk art skills. They’re available (and more than willing!) to talk to you one-on-one about their crafts and they’re always fascinating.
Admission is $5 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under.
“Our annual 1850s Trades Fair offers fun activities for all ages. The event doubles as an open market for talented folk artists, crafts people, and merchant traders wishing to sell their wares and keep these skills and traditions alive for generations to come,” explains Cindy Earls, Homeplace Lead Interpreter.
When we go to the Trades Fair, we love to spend the day at The Homeplace, eat at Willow Pond in Aurora, then head straight to the wonderful Elk & Bison Prairie.
Perfect, perfect day!
The Homeplace Wears September Beautifully!
Children can participate in the Children’s Trades Fair by learning to make a clay pot, hauling a maul, talking to trades people and answering questions in an activity booklet. Kids can explore the farm, play with dolls, “cluck” at chickens, and “oink” at pigs. Adults can join in too!
The Homeplace farm family will demonstrate spinning yarn, wood working, and blacksmithing throughout the weekend. At 11am and 2pm, staff will be cooking a few favorite bread recipes from the Homeplace History and Receipt Book on a wood stove in the Double Pen House kitchen. Blacksmithing demonstrations will be 10am-12pm and 1-4pm. The Dixie Volunteers will play old-time music from 1:30-2:30pm and 3-4pm.
Trades and demonstrations include:
For more information about the Homeplace Trades Fair, go to http://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/homeplace-1850s-trades-fair/2016-09-03/.
See more pictures I took from the 2015 Trades Day at The Homeplace (scroll to the bottom). Photographers, it’s an especially beautiful time of year to enjoy all the beautiful photo opportunities The Homeplace (and all of the Land Between the Lakes, for that matter) has to offer.
Visitors searching for a traditional family-oriented celebration should definitely visit the Homeplace 1850s Farm on the Fourth of July at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.
Celebrate Independence Day from 1-4pm on Monday, July 4, 2016 with races, skillet tossing, horse shoes, old-time music, toys, and games. Admission is $5 ages 13 and up; $3 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and under, and includes all the day’s activities and programs.
“On the Fourth of July, the whole family can step back-in-time at the Homeplace and learn the history behind this important holiday as celebrated in the 1850s. Relive a time of political speeches and community-wide picnics. We welcome everyone to join us under the shade trees, have a cool slice of watermelon, and lend a hand making ice cream using a recipe from TheHomeplace History and Receipt Book. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to make a day of it.” – Charlotte Huggins, Interpreter at the Homeplace
The Homeplace 1850s Farm represents a two-generation family farm. Visitors mingle with interpreters clad in period attire going about their daily chores. Artifacts, restored historic structures, and traditional seasonal activities take visitors back-in-time to relive history before the American Civil War.
—- Download the Homeplace Gazette (PDF) for all the details! —-
To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.
Fellow bird lovers, there’s only one place you should be tomorrow and that’s the Nature Station in the Land Between the Lakes.
Migratory Bird Day is tomorrow, May 14, and the Nature Station is set to shine the spotlight on our feathered friends but good.
That last sentence sounded straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, didn’t it?!?