Semmes Heritage Day, Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., is shaping up to be one of the best events of Spring. With so many old-fashioned exhibits and demonstrations, food, entertainment, arts and crafts--you name it, you can probably see it at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road in Semmes.
Steve Cobb will kick off the festivities with a boom of his hand-made replica of a Civil War cannon, on which he spent more than 1,000 hours to complete.
Sammy Everett will demonstrate the corn sheller and grist mill that belonged to his grandfather. Patty Loebig will show how to use a hand loom to make cloth items such as place mats from cotton yarn. Edna Townsend will demonstrate the art of crochet and will show vintage pieces made by her family members (Townsend leads a class in this craft at Semmes Senior Center.) Beth Pippins will display and discuss quilts made by her grandmother using feed sacks and scraps from the family's clothing.
Among the arts and crafts will be paintings by Betty Barnes and Betty Brunson and hand-made greeting cards crafted by Wilmer resident Sadie Fields. There'll be demonstrations of pine straw basket weaving and wood carving.
Carolyn Owens is in charge of the Hat Contest; she'll also man the wash- or scrub-board to show visitors how our grandmas cleaned their clothes before washing machines became standard equipment in American homes. A school marm will be on hand in the 1902 Semmes Schoolhouse; exhibits will be set up in Malone Chapel, and many period pieces, including a rope bed made by Steve Cobb, will furnish the log cabin on the grounds at Heritage Park.
There'll be plenty of food, including free barbecue, donated by the generous Semmes resident and Heritage Day Partner, Chris McNeil, with another Partner, Brent Sellers, manager of Semmes Winn Dixie, providing the sides. If visitors want just a sample of good barbecue, Cotton State Restaurant will offer a taste of its award-winning barbecue sauce that will also be for sale. For dessert, guests can purchase sweets made by members of Semmes Woman's Club.
A celebration of this sort might be a little bland without music and other entertainment, and Heritage Day chair, Jeanette Byrd, has lined up some fun, talented groups to perform. Included will be music by the Semmes Back Porch Boys, the MGM Julian Malone Choir, the MGM 5-Mile Brass Band, and violinists and Semmes Camellia Maids Kaitlyn Read and Lydia Smith. The Square Dealers, a square dance troop of special needs adults, will demonstrate their skill--and joy--in square dancing.
For more information on this event, which is sponsored by Alumni & Friends of Semmes School, City of Semmes and Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson, call Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647.