Farm Heritage Days: Days of old return to Cove Creek
By Scott Nicholson
The 10th Annual Farm Heritage Days will celebrate the times of old, while remembering the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The event, held at the Old Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, is “an effort to bring back those days of old in demonstrations,” said Gayle Henson, board member with the Cove Creek Preservation and Development organization, which sponsors Farm Heritage Days.
The annual family event features a variety of throw-backs to the olden days, including a seed exchange, farm produce for sale on site, old-time ice cream making, the weaving and looming of practically all thread materials and old-timey games for the children.
The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. While the day usually includes a farm visitation, a musical program will be held instead.
At noon, the Cove Creek Ramblers will take the stage, followed by Amantha Mill at 12:50 p.m. At 1:40 p.m., visitors probably won’t forget to hear the Forget-Me-Nots, and should stick around to listen to Jay Brown of the Lazybirds at 2:30 p.m.
Laurie Reed will perform at 3:20 p.m., followed by a tasty set from Groundhog Gravy at 4:10 p.m. The musical portion will conclude with the Lost Ridge Band at 5 p.m.
Admission for Farm Heritage Days costs $5 per adult, and children under 12 are admitted free. Henson said a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, and donations will also be taken during the event.
Following Farm Heritage Days is the Henson Chapel MusicFest on Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at 11 a.m. Though admission is free, donations toward hurricane relief are encouraged.
Performers for this musical event are Jay Brown, Rebecca Eggers-Gryder, Jonathan Maness, Dan Isaacs on harmonica, Laurie Reed and George Wilson and his band.
Henson expects the program to last for about an hour and fifteen minutes, “like the old-time churches, except they went to 3 o’clock. People will be able to get home in time for football.”
The Hunger Coalition, whose board Henson also serves, will attend with its bus, and Henson Chapel Methodist Church, which is hosting the event, will provide free water to all program participants. Rather than simply collect donations, the Sugar Grove church is adding a more personal touch to its relief efforts.
“Henson Chapel Methodist Church is taking in a family of six from New Orleans, and they’re going to live in our parsonage at the church,” Henson said. “They’re coming to town with a cat, the clothes on their back and nothing more. They’ve lost everything.”
The Fernando Hunt family arrived this past weekend, and Henson said the family’s needs will be furnished by the church. However, people may donate to the family by calling 297-9204 or 297-5856.
For more information on Farm Heritage Days, call 297-2200 or 297-5856.
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