— By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – While we move into hot, summer like days and all that goes with them, it’s fun to take a look back at the recent Millsap Log Cabin Days Festival. This was a wonderful two-day event held in the middle of our town at Heritage Park.
The first day of the festival was held on Friday, May 10, and was Education Day for fourth graders of the Millsap and Garner schools. To present history with a hands-on aspect the students experienced many old-time learning opportunities. There were tours of the cabins and antique post office. The youngsters got to shell corn and cook cornbread. They made soap, candles and butter. They also drew water from a cistern and washed clothes on a rub board.
Other highlights included making whirly-bird toys out of string and buttons and corn husk people. The kids also learned how to sew quilt squares. Sons of Confederate Soldiers in full gear and their horses were on site, along with Millsap mountain man Steve Maddox, who gave tomahawk demonstrations. After participating in all of this, the students and the many adult sponsors enjoyed a picnic lunch which was topped off with peach cobbler from Natty Flats Smokehouse. This was a very unique and valuable experience for the kids.
Next came the actual festival, on May 11, with a free breakfast of delicious campfire cooked food for the whole community. Area organizations and vendors covered the lots with all kinds of goods and free literature and samples. There were great exhibits, which included antique cars, arrowheads and barbed wire. Live music was presented throughout the day with bluegrass, traditional country and pop all being performed.
A highlight of the day included the announcement by the Heritage Society that the rock which is the base for the memorial to deceased festival breakfast cooks and Heritage Society members weighed 44,370 pounds.
Charlie Felts was the winner of the contest based upon guessing closest to the correct weight of this huge rock.
Both days of the event were sponsored by the Millsap Heritage Society and they wish to thank everyone who helped make the festival a success. This group never slows down and they have already made special plans for their next regular meeting. It will be held June 10 and will be a tour of historical buildings in Palo Pinto. Everyone is invited to join them for this out and about with the plan being to meet at Heritage Park, ready to leave at 6 p.m., and car pool together to Palo Pinto. If you are a history buff or would just enjoy getting together and going on an enjoyable outing mark your calendar to join the group for the evening.
The Millsap Afterschool Program will be hosting a Family Night on May 21 at 6 p.m. with entertainment by some of the MAP classes. This program is also preparing for summer camps for kids. The plans for this summer include robotics, cheer and dance and drivers education. This whole program, which is possible to our school district through grant monies, provides a myriad of helps to students, parents and the community. It somewhat takes on the role of a directed community center and is a positive effect in many lives around here. Summer Edwards is the director and for questions call 940-682-3143.
Another summertime activity that kids are invited to is quilting classes sponsored by the Thimbles and Thumbs Quilters. This group meets at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Millsap Methodist Church. These women were responsible for teaching the students about sewing on a quilt square at the Festival Education Day, and commented that the boys seemed more interested than the girls in this activity, so these classes are for all kids. For more info call 940-682-2071. This is something positive to keep the kids busy throughout the hot days of summer.
Wishing Mrs. Clautee Lack a happy birthday on reaching her 96th year. She has been a resident of Palo Pinto Nursing/Rehab Center for several years and, according to son Lee, is doing great and going strong!
Also greetings to Wilma Herrick and Ester Cox, who are also presently in area nursing/rehab centers. All of these ladies have many friends around here and we want them to know that they are thought of and wished well.
Millsap eighth graders will have their promotion ceremony on May 24 at 6 p.m. in the middle school gym. Afterwards the students will enjoy a dance. Congratulations on this milestone eighth graders!
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