Jeanette Byrd, Chair of Semmes Heritage Day, April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park, said that more groups and individuals have signed on to participate in the festivities.
So far, entertainers scheduled to perform include the Semmes Back Porch Boys; MGM Julian Malone Choir; the MGM 5-Mile Brass Band; and violinists, Camellia Maids Kaitlyn Read and Lydia Smith. The City of Semmes will have a booth with information about the City, its growth and activities. The Mobile Genealogical Society will also share information and there will be displays of vintage quilts and other handwork, as well as patriotic and baby dolls.
Byrd said that visitors can see demonstrations of crochet, pine straw basket weaving; loom weaving of cloth; woodwork, including a wooden shaving horse; wood carving; and a corn mill that grinds grains into baby chick feed, grits and corn meal.
Various artists and crafters will be on the shady grounds surrounding Malone Chapel, historic Semmes School and the log cabin, which has a new addition--a rope bed made by Steve Cobb. Port City Carriage will offer free carriage rides. And guests can enjoy free barbecue, prepared and donated by Semmes resident, Kris McNeil. Sides will be donated by Winn Dixie. Baked goods will be available for a contribution to Semmes Heritage Park.
A Hat Contest will take place around noon; prizes will be awarded in various categories. Children will enjoy participating in old-fashioned games and activities and visiting the school mistress in the 1902 one-room school house.
If you have a craft, skill, exhibit or demonstration that might be appropriate for Semmes Heritage Day or if you would like to rent an arts and crafts space, call Jeanette Byrd at 649-1647.
Semmes Heritage Day, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Alumni & Friends of Semmes School Inc., the City of Semmes and Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson.