Walking around Pioneer Town on Heritage Day Saturday, May 26, was special indeed! Jane Everett was the first to greet visitors on arrival.
She was the person who made the flyers and programs for the event.
If you started your tour at the Welcome Center you had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Bowler and sample a bit of sourdough bread and sourdough chocolate cake.
Inside the building Linda Brown and Jill Serr demonstrated sock-knitting machines. Members of Cranky Piecers' (a quilting club) Polly Pulver, Sally Waldron, Brenda McFarlane, Margaret Osborn, and Lida Letey made quilt blocks using a hand cranked sewing machine. They also provided a display of vintage portable sewing machines.
Alan Albert, Pioneer Town's long time and only sheriff, was seen sitting on a bench outside of the town's Lizard Head Saloon while inside Lyn Moseley was often found standing behind the counter. Cherp Rodrick could be seen and heard playing tunes from earlier days on the upright piano.
Local crafts people were at other locations throughout the grounds and buildings. Dick McGuire displayed samples of his leatherwork set up in front of the Sunderland Indian Museum. Jeanne Swanson and John Loring each took a shift, talking about the displays inside of the museum.
At the Doll and Toy House, Peggy Baxter demonstrated crocheted rag rug making and Gerry Murano gave a rug knotting demonstration. Judy Greear and Mary Albert could be found tying a quilt made from tee-shirts.
The blacksmith shop was manned by Paul Michaels and Raymond King, one in the morning the other in the afternoon. Al Smith was offering information in the Austin depot.
Sharon Clark shared her talent as an organist as she played inspirational music in the Chapel of the Cross. A harmonica could be heard at the Rotary Club barbeque.
Women on horseback, from Surface Creek Saddle Club, were seen riding throughout the town, frequently stopping to talk with visitors. Riders were Linda Bundoc on Beau, Gwen Almeida riding Smitee, Lorie Molitor on Rojain during the morning. Melanie Son rode Jazzie and Carolynn Anderson was on Mahr Amir in the afternoon. One animal getting a lot of extra attention was a small Mediterranean donkey, named Zachariah, led by Estella Holmes.
Rae-Ann Simmons, representing the Black Canyon Camera Club, a visitor herself, was busy taking numerous photos of the visitors, especially those who came dressed in vintage and western clothing. The historic buildings in Pioneer Town made a fitting background for her and her camera.
The Cedaredge Rotary Club set up their lunch items, grill, tent and seating, under the trees in front of the Indian museum this year. Everyone, club members and visitors alike, appeared to be happy with the new location. There was sun and shade and the building provided some wind protection.
Many Surface Creek Valley Historical Society volunteers could be found within some of the buildings or roaming throughout the grounds offering pamphlets, information and directions to visitors. Among these were: Roger and Sandy Carlson, Chuck and Jan Harrington, Gael McCully, Judy and Jerry Weaver, Lois Baker, and organizers Dick Brooks and Gini Moseley. There were others on the scene and many working unseen to make everything work so smoothly.
Pioneer Town is now open for the summer season. Entrance is through the Welcome Center located just off Highway 65, three blocks south of Main Street in Cedaredge. Hours are: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday from May 26 through Sept. 23. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, $1 for students, no charge for children six years and under.
Group tours can be arranged by calling 835-3143. For additional information check our web site at www.pioneertown.org or phone 856-7554.
Other special events are planned for this summer. Concerts at the Chapel of the Cross are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.
Tuesday, June 12, plan to attend a Night on the Town and July 28 is the annual ice cream social.blog comments powered by Disqus