Despite the on-again, off-again drizzle on Saturday, April 18, Semmes Heritage Day went on as scheduled. Weaver Patty Loebig set up her loom in Malone Chapel and wove yarn into cloth. On the backs of the church pews, beautiful handmade quilts were on display. In the old Semmes School, the Back Porch Boys came in out of the rain to play and sing while school marm Mildred Harris sat at the teacher's desk, thumbing the pages of a Bible.
And in the log cabin, a fairly new addition to Semmes Heritage Park on Wulff Road, Raymond Byrd explained the workings of a pair of vintage kitchen tongs to Wilmer Elementary School student, Dylan Quinn, son of Donald and Jessica Quinn.
Though some of the activities were inside the buildings that make up Semmes Heritage Park, some took place in the shelter of tents under the ancient oaks. Chris McNeil, Semmes resident, began grilling the chicken quarters he donated early in the morning and continued throughout the sporadic light showers. Under a charcoal gray tent marked "Winn Dixie," several servers added coleslaw, baked beans and mac-and-cheese (donated by Semmes Winn Dixie) to the chicken plates.
Heritage Day sponsors and partners included Semmes Heritage Park, City of Semmes, Chris McNeil, Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson, Port City Carriages, Semmes Winn Dixie, Semmes Woman's Club and WalMart.