Pioneer Park to host ‘Second Saturday’ events June 12

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY LCHS Pictured right is Maria Thurman making a Pine Needle Basket.

Contributed by the Lee County Historical Society

Pioneer Park in Loachapoka will again be open on the second Saturday, June 12. Come early and enjoy a garden walk ‘n talk with Tia Gonzales on herbs and medicinal plants at 9 a.m. This hands-on experience will amaze you with the diversity of useful plants that can be grown in the home herb garden. All buildings will be open and free to the public. Blacksmiths are usually working at the forge, spinners and weavers are upstairs in the Trade Center, and all the museums and historical buildings are open to the public from 9 a.m. until mid-afternoon.

Pine needle basket classes will resume after a year off for COVID. Mike Thurman will lead classes from 9 a.m. till noon. Classes can continue meeting weekly. You can easily create a unique and beautiful basket in two or three sessions or, you can complete it at home on your own.

At 1 p.m., the Whistle Stop Pickers meet to practice on their acoustic instruments. Historical Society volunteers will prepare a traditional Alabama lunch in the Cook House at noon forA all visitors to enjoy. Vegetables from the garden will be featured. Pioneer Park and Second Saturdays are hosted by the Lee County Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, presentation and education about local history.

All visitors are urged to wear masks and keep social distance. Most activities will be outdoors, weather permitting. More information can be found at


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