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Spring Plantin’ at Pioneer Museum

Everything will be coming up “roses” after Spring Plantin’ Days Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.

The annual plantin’ day event pays homage to the earth, the sun and the rain and throws in things to sample and savor as well.

“We have two full days of springtime activities and events planned,” said Seth Kinard, museum assistant director. “Friday is school day and we have 144 students coming from surrounding counties. However, the Friday Spring Plantin’ is open to the public also.”

Kinard said special activities are planned for the students, including seed planting, a variety of old-time games and a worksheet to guide them along the nature trails.

“Don Renfroe will be here with his mule-drawn wagon and the kids especially like riding the wagon,” Kinard said. “We are excited to have Ann Dalton to tell stories at the Tenant House. She portrays a woman from the Civil War, and her stories are very entertaining.”

Renfroe and Dalton will also be at Spring Plantin’ on Saturday.

“The Rev. Ed Shirley will be here both days,” Kinard said. “He will portray a circuit rider and will be at the log church from 9 a.m. until around 2 p.m. Rev. Shirley will bring his guitar and play and sing and preach some, too.”

A quilting bee will be a-buzz inside the museum and the weaver will be at the loom.

Outside, the Master Gardeners will be “spring plantin’, and the Dutch oven cookers will offer samples of “what’s cookin.”

“Of course, the smokehouse will be going both days,” Kinard said. “A food vendor will be on the grounds with hotdogs, French fries, funnel cakes, fried candy and snow cones. And the picnic area will be open for those who would like to bring their own lunch.

“On Saturday, the blacksmith will be here and the Benton Brothers will perform in the morning hours. So both Spring Plantin’ Days will be filled with springtime fun and everybody is invited.”

Spring Plantin’ Days at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $6.