Old Timer’s Day slated for April

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2011

Alyne Adams of Paxton and her old fashioned bonnets will be on display at the day’s event.| Courtesy photo

It was a different way of life way back when, and for those who’ve ever wondered just how things were done, come and see at the Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club’s Old Timer’s Day.

Set for April 9, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Paxton Ag building, demonstrations will be given on the old fashioned arts of sewing, lace tatting, arrow making, basket weaving and soap making.

“We have Alyne Adams of Paxton who will be demonstrating sewing on an old treadle machine and shuttle tatting,” said Kiwanis member Jerry Kimbril. “She learned to sew when she was quite young, and years spent working in local sewing factories in the area enhanced her knowledge over the following years. Her mother taught her to tat when she was 8 years old. This technique of making lace is something she has never forgotten and continues to do along with quilting, making old fashion bonnets, crocheting, and many other sewing and craft projects.”

Kimbril said there will be other demonstrations of interest.

“Hazel Jordan will be making pine needle baskets; Ron Fowler will demonstrate flint knapping; Connie Galvan will share the technique of broomstick lace; Michael Barlow will be showing how to make wooden buckets; Walter Harris will demonstrate triangle loom weaving while Cheryl Harris will do needle tatting; Tom Thompson will demonstrate white oak basket making and Pam Thompson will make lye soap and weave on a large floor loom,” she said. “There will be a turpentine display and cow whip demonstrations, and you can see and hear beautiful instruments like dulcimers and psalteries and music made by Johnny and Betty Jean Harrelson.”

There is no admission or parking fee, and concessions will be available. There will also be children’s events available such as a bouncy house and slides.

Armbands will be available for $5 each.

Vendor spots for both foods and arts and crafts are still available.

Call Glen Powell at 334-858-3800 or Pam Thompson at 850-834-2803.

Demonstrator spots are free and still available for those who can provide demonstrations on old-fashioned arts.