Pioneer Heritage Days Set For April 6-7

March 28, 2002

The late 19th century will come to life during Pioneer Heritage Days at Baylor University's Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. The event, now in its 24th year, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Additionally, costumed interpreters will recreate village life circa 1898 for area school children from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 4.

This year's Pioneer Heritage Days will feature activities for the entire family. Children can plant seeds in the village garden, carve boats and animals out of soap, make corn husk dolls and paper baskets and flowers, play games and feed the village animals. Leslie Collier and Brad Ramsey will tell stories, and the Baylor Riding Association will provide horseback rides at no charge.

Various crafts that were popular during the 1890s will be demonstrated, including woodcarving, crocheting, chair rushing, china painting, weaving, soap making, calligraphy, spinning, basket making, pressing flowers, blacksmithing and making stained glass objects. Vendors also will sell an assortment of items, such as woodcarvings, candles, pottery, birdhouses, knives and pressed-flower cards.

Brandi McCarty's Bluegrass Band will entertain on Saturday, while Dick Gimble and Friends will take the stage Sunday. Visitors also can enjoy square dancing on the village green. Hot dogs, turkey legs, sausage on a stick, peanuts, pickles and cotton candy, provided by HEB, can be purchased and old-fashioned soft drinks will be available in the saloon.

Admission to Pioneer Heritage Days is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and $1 for children ages 6 to 16. Baylor faculty, staff and students and children age 6 and under are admitted at no charge.

The Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village is located on University Parks Drive behind the Baylor Alumni Center. For more information or for a complete schedule of events, call 710-1160.

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