From muzzle loading, to weaving, to old-time fiddle, to traditional cooking, the sights, smells and sounds of yesteryear can be experienced this Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Granary Rural Cultural Center in rural Groton, S.D.
And you may interested to note that your humble editor (insert deferential curtsy here) is on the schedule, providing the alto part for some folk tunes.
Here is some more information from the Dacotah Prairie Museum website:
You won’t need a time machine this fall to watch prairie history unfold! Just visit the Granary Rural Cultural Center, near Groton, SD and be an eye witness to the early days of our state history.
The Dacotah Prairie Museum announces the new fall event to be held at the Granary Rural Cultural Center. Called the “Living History Fall Festival”, the event will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 and be held during the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm that day.
Early travel will come alive with a historically made birch bark canoe and the Dakota Muzzle Loaders will present the historical weapons of the era on which people’s livelihood and protection depended.
Home arts will be re-enacted by spinners, carders and weavers as they transform raw wool into yarn. The Fiber Arts Guild will demonstrate dyeing wool with natural dyes over and open fire. The Muzzle Loader’s group will prepare their meal over the fire in a Dutch oven and talk about traditional cooking methods.
The Aberdeen Quilting Guild will share their quilting methods reliving the experience of pioneer women who used every available scrap of fabric to make warm blankets and clothing for their families.
There will be corn husk dolls being made in the tradition of pioneers and fall pumpkin decorating along with old fashion children’s games for the kids to play. And what pioneer celebration would be complete without music! Fiddle playing and singing of songs dating back to Civil War days will fill the air of the Festival. Food and drinks will be available on site.
The public is invited to be part of the excitement of the living history of our area on September 29th and all are welcome! There will be a free will offering to help defray the cost of the event.