Jan. 12: Pioneer Park’s Second Saturday features camellia waxing, pine needle basketry and hominy making

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 jkerr@elmore.rr.com.

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.