Aug. 10: Garden Walk and Spinning Wheels at Pioneer Park

August 7, 2013 

Join Master Gardeners for a tour of the heirloom plants and vegetables in the McLain Garden at Pioneer Park. Tours start at 10 a.m. EST on the second Saturday of every month.

Travel back in time on Saturday, Aug. 10, and visit the 1850’s era village at Pioneer Park in Loachapoka, Ala. At 10 a.m. EST join Master Gardener Charles Mitchell and Tia Gonzales for a tour of the heirloom plants in the McLain Garden. Then, at 11 a.m. EST, stop by the textile room where Mary Delaney and Terry Lemme will be demonstrating the use of several different kinds of spinning wheels and giving visitors the opportunity to spin their own yarn. Other Second Saturday activities include dulcimer playing, open hearth cooking, blacksmithing and demonstrations about Native American culture. Get a free slice of watermelon. The Whistle Stop Pickers — a group of mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo players — begin playing and practicing at 2 p.m. EST. Beginners are welcome to sit in with the group, and there are extra dulcimers available. The park’s buildings, including a log cabin, a doctor’s office and a barn, are open for visitors as well. Visit or call 334-740-4555, for more information.

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