Pioneer Craft and Folk Life Days & Festival is set for November 4, 5, & 6 at the Union County Heritage Museum. The three day event will offer opportunities for all ages to experience the unique culture of North Mississippi including heritage crafts, music and hands-on fun in the Heart of the Hills, New Albany, Mississippi.
The event is free.
Heritage crafts people, including artists in weaving and quilting, blacksmithing, basket making, corn shuck doll artistry and much more, will demonstrate and exhibit crafts. Thursday is set aside for the special needs adults and children from 9 till noon. On Friday school children will experience rural life activities of the past including milking cows, making butter, building cabins, cross cut sawing, picking cotton, gardening, doctoring with herbs and much more.
If your group would like to attend, please call the museum and set up a time on the schedule. Groups need to register for a time due to the need to keep from having too large a crowd at one time.
Saturday is family day with games and contests including corn shelling, stick horse races, sack races, egg and spoon race, storytelling. Live music will be a special feature throughout the day.
The new exhibit in the BNSF caboose will be opened. Singer and musician, Britt Gulley, is a featured performer. He portrays the “singing brakeman,’ the late Jimmy Rogers, who is considered the father of country music; many of his original songs tell the story of the railroad. Other performers will be heard throughout the day on Saturday. Saturday’s events are from 9 til 2:30. The games will begin at 10.
Visitors can enjoy the pioneer village, the garden and the Crossing on the Green Rail Park, as well as all of the exhibits and heritage craftspeople throughout the event. The country story, the one-room school, the doctor’s office will be peopled with characters from the past.
The event is supported by a grant from Visit Mississippi.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for the event is asked to call 662-5378-0014.
Jill Smith, Director
Union County Heritage Museum
114 Cleveland Street
New Albany, MS 38652
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