Jeannette Frandsen demonstrates the old art of waxing camellias at Pioneer Park's Second Saturday Jan. 12, in Loachapoka, AL and Jean Kerr begins a second series of lessons in pine needle basket making. Weather permitting, Charles C. Mitchell demonstrates the art of making hominy over an open fire. The process is time-consuming, but was used in times past to transform dried corn into a nutritious food. All activities except the basket making classes begin at 11 a.m. EST (10 a.m. CST).
Kerr welcomes up to ten basket-making beginners, plus others with experience, beginning at 10 a.m. EST and ending at noon. Classes will continue each Saturday for a total of four weeks. Supplies for two baskets are furnished as a part of the $40 dollar fee. Classes are taught in the Trade Center Museum. Sign up by calling Kerr at 334-283-3060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneer Park’s other traditional Second Saturday activities — dulcimer playing, open hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing will also take place. The Whistle Stop Pickers begin playing and practicing at 2 p.m. EST Beginners are welcome to sit in with the group, and there are extra dulcimers available for use at no cost. The Park’s buildings, including a log cabin, a doctor’s office and a barn, are open for visitors.
The Lee County Historical Society is a non-profit organization established in 1968 to promote the history of the County. The Park incorporates nine buildings on six-and-a-half acres in the center of Loachapoka. Membership is open to all interested parties. For more information, see leecountyhistoricalsociety.org or call president Jeannette Frandsen at 334-742-7877.