Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Celebrate May at Log Cabin Village

May is almost upon us, and we've got some exciting events to keep you entertained!!

P.S. Little House on the Prairie: The Musical is coming to Fort Worth in June. Stay tuned for details about our exciting collaboration!

May 8, 2010
1-4 p.m.
Join us for an encore dutch oven cooking demonstration by our friends, the Prairie Dogs (Lone Star Dutch Oven Society)! Cost is regular Village admission. No reservations required.

May 14, 2010
10-11 a.m.
Featured story: My Little House 1-2-3 and Going West by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Enjoy some legendary Little House stories rewritten for little pioneers. $4 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds. Please call 817-392-5881 to make your reservation (required).

May 15, 2010
1-4 p.m.
Experience life before hardware and lumber stores! See the blacksmith hand-forge unique creations, take a turn working wood at the shave horse, and watch trained cooper (barrel/cask/bucket maker) Dan Tatum and members of the Woodturners of North Texas at work. This day is for do-it-yourselfers! Cost is regular Village admission plus a $2 fee to make a wooden mallet to take home.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Staff and visitors get All Sown Up!

Wow! What a beautiful day here at Log Cabin Village! Our staff, volunteers, and visitors plowed, planted, washed clothes, played with toys, cooked over an open fire, and made paper flowers to celebrate spring planting! A VERY SPECIAL thank you goes out to the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society for providing such wonderful care and information about our herb garden today.

Here are some photos. Please click on any photo to enlarge and/or control the speed of the slideshow.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Thank you, Mr. Goodnight...

If you've been involved with the Village for any length of time, you'll know what a talented woodworker our own Steven Suarez is. And so when we commissioned a chuck box to augment our firepit cooking demonstration, Steven was more than happy to draw up plans, prepare the lumber, and create a masterpiece that is as beautiful as it is functional.

So what's a chuck box, you ask? The chuck box was originally crafted by Charles Goodnight as part of a chuckwagon in 1866. Mr. Goodnight was looking for a handy way to feed cowboys on the months-long cattle drives from Texas to trail heads in northern and western markets. He fashioned a box that would fit into the back of a covered wagon. This box would contain spices, seasonings, utensils, and dry goods that "cookie" might need to prepare meals for starving cowhands. When the front cover dropped down, it would also provide a handy surface for chopping, mixing, and whatever else cooking prep entailed.

Although we do not have a wagon, we do have a wonderful free-standing chuck box that helps us tell the story of a bygone era. And our firepit chefs approve!

Here are photos of the process. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fun activities for April 10th!

Greetings, Village People! You already know about the fun to be had here at Log Cabin Village on Saturday, April 10. But did you know that you can continue your outing well into the night? After you plow and plant here, head on over to Greenbriar Park for lots of exciting activities! More info can be found on the attached flyer...

Greenbriar Great Outdoors Flyer