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Farm Heritage Day October 1

Posted 9/25/2011 10:25pm by Sam Bellamy.

Farm Heritage Day is October 1. That means the whole month of October is under way. I must say it begins with full momentum.

Please help spread the word by telling your neighbors, by face book or twittering your friends.

The schedule for Farm Heritage Day looks like this.
9am hay rides begin when enough people fill the wagon.The exhibits will be available during most of the day.

Exhibits include;
Basket making, Mrs. Helen Cashwell is one of those rare personalities that you don’t easily forget. Her spirit and love for helping people know how to "do" inspires a "can do" spirit. Check out her basket work but ask her about life. She has lots of good things to share .
 
Indigo dyeing, Crystal Walters is young but she has learned from a good mentor, Cathy Perry. Being young is good in this case because her enthusiasm has inspired her to extend her indigo dyeing into useful ideas. Be sure to check this exhibit out. I am confident she can tell you much about indigo and if she can’t answer questions about the local history ask Cathy Perry. Indigo syeing and the history of indigo are particularly interesting for this area.
Paper making, Barbara Fyre has been making paper for quite some time. Some of her work may interest you as stationary, cards, etc.

Weaving

 

, Beth Miller , Barbara and Cathy have encouraged each other for many past event days. So when you check out the spinning be sure to check out the weaving and paper making also.

Spinning

 

, by Cathy Perry is a rare treat to learn from someone who lives as a long time spinner. Her interest goes back many years and includes college level studies. Her experience and knowledge of fabrics is excellent. A dyer herself, she has worked and experimented with natural dyes, creating some nice hues of surprising colors.

Old tools display by Mr. Horace Butler. Mr. Butler is a bit of a living legend. A man whose life is tied closely with the trees and woods of southeast NC. He and his dad were on the last of the logs to be sent down the Cape Fear river. His first hand knowledge of the history of timber, logging trams and the network of rails feeding virgin trees to large lumber mills is something to learn about. Such timber companies as the Jackson Brothers and the Hammer Lumber Mill in Little River neck.. After ninety years his experiences and his strong faith are quite worth hearing.

The

1920's grist mill being demonstrated by the Horry County Museum. This grist mill was owned by Mr. Otha Plowden Bellamy who milled grain for the community.

The mill is turned by a 1915 Morse-Fairbanks hit & miss vertical "t" engine. Learn about the history of this engine from the Horry County Museum. Mr. Walter Hill is an incredible source of experience and knowledge for his age. Not only is he the director of the Museum but a first class blacksmith whose work graces many of the plantations such as Brookgreen Gardens and Weymouth plantation in Georgetown. But that is not all, his roots tie into some of the most interesting histories of the Horry and Georgetown Counties. From knowing people who ran barges of fertilizer up the Waccamaw River, to hunting wild hogs, to working tobacco, to local lore and interesting individuals that have given the area it’s flavor; there is much you can learn from him.The area is very fortunate to have a passionate museum director whose roots go hand in hand with the history of the area.
The Waccamaw Tractor club will be exhibiting some of their restored tractors. More important than their tractors are the stories they can tell that go with the tractors. Along with the time and energy to restore these tractors are the memories of using tractors like these. As a club they enjoy sharing their experiences with one another. But you will find new interesting things as you talk with them.

Wayne Skipper and his mother, Mrs. Skipper will be doing horse drawn demonstrations and making sugar cane syrup, respectively. He will be turning the sugar cane mill part of the time as well. Wayne’s experience with horses has taught him many life lessons. He shares a strong belief as Walter Hill does that young people miss out so much because they don’t have this kind of relationship with "real life" interactions. Learning the "how to" from a mentor and then learning to respect and learn from horse or mule to create a harmonious working relationship changes a person. Just ask Wayne Skipper or Sam Bellamy. Sam Bellamy hopes to be able to do some Horse demos as well, hopefully, enabling some youngsters to put their hands to the plow themselves.

Music, Randy Hawes and the Bluegrass Boys will be performing about 10 am to noon. This group is new to me but their reputation speaks very well of them. They will be followed by The Flat Land Ramblers, one of the best loved local groups around. The music alone should be reason to make this heritage day more than special.

Master Gardeners of Brunswick County will be giving information on and about native plants. Be sure to check them out. If you have questions about wild plants here is an opportunity to get some answers.

NASPIG Racing, Stockpigs racing series at the STOCKYARD 500 will be getting the season off to the 2011 start. This year’s racers are the offspring of the all time NASPIG champion, February Heart. Heart was in the 2008 group of racers. This is her second racing litter. Look for updates on the series and learn a little about the inside life of a naspig racer and how the point system works. The races are scheduled throughout the day. Most likely 10:00, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:00 .

Hay rides, pony rides, Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Hay maze will be on going throughout the day.Many thanks go out to these folks and many others who have volunteered to help. Special recognition to the Horry County Museum, the N C Forestry Museum, The NC Cooperative Extension. We encourage you to visit and be involved in helping bring out the history of the area by discovering the ways local museums are seeking to do this.

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