Baker Heritage Day Saturday


The 13th Annual Baker Heritage Day is scheduled for Nov. 4. (Baker Block Museum photos)

HOLT, Fla., Nov. 2, 2017–The 13th annual Baker Heritage Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baker Block Museum.

Admission is free.

“We expect a large crowd this year,” said Ann Spann, museum director.

The event features demonstrations of life skills during the early days of Florida pioneering.

Handmade skills include hand-drawn cypress shingles for house roofing and flint knapping of arrowheads and knife blades.

38_hetfest.jpgSpinning and quilting demonstrations, and open-hearth cooking will be featured in the cabins.

The museum and mercantile store will be open as well, Spann said.

“There will be a huge variety of vendors at this year’s event,” she said.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Public Archaeology Network will have informational booths and the Tri-County Beekeepers Association will have an educational booth and honey for sale. The Latter Day Saints from the history center will have a booth to help with genealogy queries.

Antique cars will be on display in front of the museum presented by the Northwest Florida Model A & T Ford Club.

Demonstrations will be provided by the Gages Alabama Battery Civil War reenactment group encamped at the festival.

Crestview’s J. T. Garrett will appear as Barney Fife, the bumbling deputy sheriff of The Andy Griffith Show from the 1960s. Garrett drives a replica patrol car from that era.

Food will be available for sale.¬†Uncle Jessie’s Grillin’ & Chillin’ of Baker will be selling his featured pulled pork plates and sandwiches.

Crafts, jams and jellies, and home-baked goods will also be for sale.

icecreamThe Baker Block Museum will be making homemade ice cream using its John Deere single-stroke engine to turn the ice cream maker, said Spann.

The 5-gallon tubs of ice cream will feature vanilla and chocolate, a new recipe this year, according to Spann.

A variety of gospel and bluegrass music will be provided throughout the day.

Stephanie Holcombe


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