By Teresa Holloway
MISSION TEJAS – The good ole days are back, so tuck away your cell phones and tablets, gather up the kids, load the wagon and head on over to Mission Tejas for the annual Folk Festival held in the heart of the Piney Woods.
The celebration of old-timey skills and ways of life runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Mission Tejas state park.
Many nigh-forgotten skills and occupations will be demonstrated by knowledgeable presenters in genuine period costumes.
Enjoy the quiet music of Jacksonville Jammer’s dulcimers as you wander through the tall pines while simpler way of life comes alive before your eyes.
Folk crafts, quilting, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, outdoor cooking, chair making and many other skills will be demonstrated.
Historic and antique items ranging from old weapons to old surgery tools, from Civil War memorabilia to trapper camps will be on display.
Learn the history of the Texas Rangers, re-blaze old trails along the El Camino Real, hone your fire-making skills and more when the past comes alive at The Mission Tejas Folk Festival.
Doc’s Barbecue will be on hand with turkey, sausage and beef fresh from the smoker and grill.
The Mission Tejas State Park Friends Group will hold a drawing with select prizes for lucky visitors.
Admission to the event is free, but donations to the Mission Tejas State Park Friends Group are welcome and are used to ensure the enjoyment of the state park for future generations to come.
Mission Tejas state park is located at 120 Park Road 44 in Grapeland. For more information, call 936-687-2394.