Press Release: Washington on the Brazos Upcoming Events

Washington on the Brazos

Upcoming Events

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Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site has many onsite amenities open daily, as well as an incredible schedule of events and programs. On the grounds of this 293-acre, TPWD-run state park is Independence Hall (the site in 1836 where the representatives met to write the declaration of independence); the Star of the Republic Museum (collections honoring the history, cultures, diversity and values of early Texans; administered by Blinn College); and Barrington Living History Farm (where interpreters dress, talk, work and farm as the earliest residents of the original farmstead did). The site’s Visitor Center features interactive exhibits which present a timeline of the Texas Revolution and highlight the historic attractions located within the park; it also houses the spacious Washington Emporium Gift Shop, which offers snacks and a wide range of Texas-themed items and keepsakes. The Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is a wonderfully preserved example of a 19th century stagecoach inn, located nearby in Anderson, TX. The entrance to the park grounds, Visitor Center and parking is always free; fees apply for access to Barrington Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum, and for tours of Independence Hall.

SCHEDULE OF SPECIAL EVENTS – SEPT THROUGH DEC 2018:

September 1 & 2, 2018 – Aw, Shucks!: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Corn was one of Barrington Farm’s most important crops. Discover how we grow, store, and process this important heirloom crop based on Dr. Jones’ writings. Come see what enslaved cook Charity might have cooked from corn for the family and the others at Barrington. Kitchen activities ongoing throughout the day during advertised hours. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

September 8, 2018 – Stagecoach Days: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Fanthorp Inn): Take a trip back to 1850 as you explore what life was like travelling on the Texas frontier! Don’t miss this great opportunity to ride our mule-drawn stagecoach, take a tour of Henry Fanthorp’s beautifully preserved inn or sit on the front porch and enjoy the sweet sound of dulcimer music. Texas Parks and Wildlife presents Fanthorp Inn to you without admission fees but with a suggested donation of $4 ($10 w/ coach ride) for adults and $2 ($5 w/ coach ride) for children. Contact Kim Breed for more information at 936-878-2214.

September 8, 2018 – Cooking at the Quarters: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): There’s nothing like a hot meal after a hard day of work. For the enslaved at Barrington, this typically meant cooking their ration of cured pork and cornmeal over an open fire, supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal for the enslaved using period ingredients and methods. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

TITR-fall-ad---Indy-Hall_webSeptember 15, 2018 – Living History Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Independence Hall): Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas.  The program features activities suited for the entire family. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Visit with militia soldiers travelling through town or try your hand at some early Texas games.  Step back in time and discover the spot where Texas became Texas! (Activities will vary and some are weather dependent) This program will feature: Quill pen writing and Blacksmithing demonstration. Contact Adam at (936) 878-2214 ext. 228

September 15, 2018 – Farmers Market: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Visitor Center Complex): Join us under the Live Oaks at our Visitor Center to shop local and support area farmers.  Fresh vegetables, baked goods, food vendors, artisans and much more are available from over 12 vendors. For more information or to become a vendor contact Celeste Doty at 936-878-2214 x230.

September 15, 2018 – Hands-On-HistoryFloating Ball Toys: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum):  Join museum staff on the third Saturday of each month to make crafts and toys that pioneer kids made during the Republic time. Contact Donna Barker at (936) 878-2461, ext. 236 or Donna.barker@blinn.edu.

September 15, 2018 – Runaway Scrape Escape Room: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum): The Blinn College District’s Star of the Republic Museum invites visitors to put on their thinking caps and find their way out of the museum’s newest attraction – a Texas-themed escape room. Debuting this summer, “Runaway Scrape Escape” is a physical adventure game based on historical events during the Texas Revolution. Players have 45 minutes to solve a series of logic games and “escape” from the approaching Mexican Army led by the infamous Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The escape room is opened to ages 10 and up and is designed for families or a group of children in cooperation with at least one adult. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for students ages 18 and under, and $10 for Blinn employees and students. Advanced registration is recommended, although walk-ups are accepted based on availability. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.starmuseum.org/calendar or call 936-878-2461.

September 15 & 16, 2018 – Fall Cleaning: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Fall cleaning is less labor intensive than spring cleaning but still needs to be done to help get the house ready for the cooler months of the year. Help fluff mattresses, fetch wood, and ready the house for winter weather while discussing alternative ways to keep warm before the days of central heating. Hands-on projects and demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

September 22 & 23, 2018 – Cotton Harvest Days: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): When Dr. Anson Jones and his family lived at Barrington Farm in the 1850’s, cotton was the main cash crop.  During that time, the majority of the cotton crop would have been sent elsewhere for processing, and the family would have purchased finished bolts of cloth for their personal use. Though the industrial revolution and economies of scale may have been taking hold, most families were familiar with the steps needed to process raw cotton into cloth. To this day, cotton remains a vital component of our daily lives.  This special program gives you the hands-on opportunity to learn the process as you work alongside Barrington staff picking, ginning, carding, spinning and weaving. This is a special program at the farm. Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

September 29, 2018 – Bark in the Park: 10a.m. – 2 p.m. (Park grounds): Join us for this free family and pet-friendly event featuring adoptable dogs, food trucks, local pet care businesses, contests, clinics, mini dog park, pet portraits, entertainment and more.  Dogs are not allowed in any of the buildings on the park grounds. All pets must be on a leash. Contact Lydia Duncombe at (210) 824-9474 or marketing@wheretexasbecametexas.org.

September 30, 2018 – Color to Dye for: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Discover how Texans in 1850 colored textiles from natural dyes using bugs, roots, and plants.  The Jones family and their enslaved workforce at Barrington could easily refresh their faded clothing using natural items from near and far. Demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

October 6 & 7, 2018 – Cooking at the Quarters: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): There’s nothing like a hot meal after a hard day of work. For the enslaved at Barrington, this typically meant cooking their ration of cured pork and cornmeal over an open fire, supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal for the enslaved using period ingredients and methods. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

October 13, 2018 – Stagecoach Days: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Fanthorp Inn): Take a trip back to 1850 as you explore what life was like travelling on the Texas frontier. Don’t miss this great opportunity to ride our mule-drawn stagecoach, take a tour of Henry Fanthorp’s beautifully preserved inn or sit on the front porch and enjoy the sweet sound of dulcimer music. Texas Parks and Wildlife presents Fanthorp Inn to you without admission fees but with a suggested donation of $4 ($10 w/ coach ride) for adults and $2 ($5 w/ coach ride) for children. Contact Kim Breed for more information at 936-878-2214.

October 13 & 14, 2018 – Labor of Thine Hands: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Ponder for a moment the skills and trades practiced by others that you rely upon daily. Auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers just to name a few. Just as you need skilled laborers to live, so too did the farmers of early Texas. Join us at Barrington Farm where demonstrators will exhibit some of the many skills needed by our ancestors. Hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, get your hands dirty as you help mold bricks, help a surveyor measure with his chain or watch a potter turn clay into vessels. Experience history as it comes to life before your eyes! This is a special program at the farm. Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

October 20, 2018 – Living History Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Independence Hall): Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas.  The program features activities suited for the entire family. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Visit with militia soldiers travelling through town or try your hand at some early Texas games.  Step back in time and discover the spot where Texas became Texas! (Activities will vary and some are weather dependent.) This program will feature: A hands on introduction to land surveying. Texas Archeology Month, hands-on artifact table. Contact Adam at (936) 878-2214 ext. 228

October 20, 2018 – Farmers Market: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Visitor Center Complex): Join us under the Live Oaks at our Visitor Center to shop local and support area farmers.  Fresh vegetables, baked goods, food vendors, artisans and much more are available from over 12 vendors. For more information or to become a vendor contact Celeste Doty at 936-878-2214 x230.

October 20, 2018 – Hands-On-HistoryNative American Snakes: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum):  Join museum staff on the third Saturday of each month to make crafts and toys that pioneer kids made during the Republic time. Contact Donna Barker at (936) 878-2461, ext. 236 or Donna.barker@blinn.edu.

October 20, 2018 – Runaway Scrape Escape Room: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum): The Blinn College District’s Star of the Republic Museum invites visitors to put on their thinking caps and find their way out of the museum’s newest attraction – a Texas-themed escape room. Debuting this summer, “Runaway Scrape Escape” is a physical adventure game based on historical events during the Texas Revolution. Players have 45 minutes to solve a series of logic games and “escape” from the approaching Mexican Army led by the infamous Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The escape room is opened to ages 10 and up and is designed for families or a group of children in cooperation with at least one adult. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for students ages 18 and under, and $10 for Blinn employees and students. Advanced registration is recommended, although walk-ups are accepted based on availability. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.starmuseum.org/calendar or call 936-878-2461.

October 20 & 21, 2018 – 19th Century Medicine: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time where medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

October 27, 2018 – Night at the Museum & Tavern Tales: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum): At Night at the Museum, visitors get to tour the Star of the Republic Museum by flashlight and watch exhibits come to life. As you wander by the Museum, a friendly guide will point the way to the local tavern, where some residents of the Old Washington Cemetery will share their life stories.  There will also be a wagon ride by Barrington Farm where visitors can see Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site in a new way, last ride leaves at 8:00pm. $8 for adults and $5 for students and kids.  Visit starmuseum.org for more information.

October 27, 2018 – Community Trunk or Treat: 3 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Visitor Center Complex): Come join us on the lawn in front of the Visitor Center at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Everyone is invited to listen to some Spooky Tales from the past at Independence Hall at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be games for the kids, refreshments will be served, and bags filled with candy & treats will be handed out to all children attending the festival while supplies last. Scarecrows created by Washington-on-the-Brazos staff will line the walkway at the entrance of the Visitor Center. Our visitors will be asked to participate in our scarecrow decorating contest by selecting their favorite one. Family friendly costumes are optional for the kid’s costume parade beginning at 5:30 p.m.

October 28, 2018 – Sowing Seeds: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Anson Jones noted in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “Sowed Wheat & finished sowing Rye…” Although corn was the standard grain Anson Jones grew, he usually planted a smaller plot of another grain, such as wheat. Come help us sow and rake in our Winter Wheat and hope for a bountiful harvest! This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

November 3 & 4, 2018 – Cooking at the Quarters: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): There’s nothing like a hot meal after a hard day of work. For the enslaved at Barrington, this typically meant cooking their ration of cured pork and cornmeal over an open fire, supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal for the enslaved using period ingredients and methods. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

November 10 & 11, 2018 – Holiday Foods at Home: 10 a.m. – 4p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones Family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x246.

November 17, 2018 – Living History Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Independence Hall): Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas.  The program features activities suited for the entire family. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Visit with militia soldiers travelling through town or try your hand at some early Texas games.  Step back in time and discover the spot where Texas became Texas! (Activities will vary and some are weather dependent.) This program will feature: Quill pen writing, flint/steel fire-starting. Contact Adam at (936) 878-2214 ext. 228.

November 17, 2018 – Christmas Market: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Visitor Center Complex): Join us under the live oaks at our Visitor Center to shop local and support area farmers.  Fresh vegetables, baked goods, food vendors, artisans and much more are available from over 12 vendors. Find your love ones their special Christmas gift at this holiday centered market. For more information or to become a vendor contact Celeste Doty at 936-878-2214 x230.

November 17, 2018 – Hands-On-HistoryTalavera “Mirrors”: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum):  Join museum staff on the third Saturday of each month to make crafts and toys that pioneer kids made during the Republic time. Contact Donna Barker at (936) 878-2461, ext. 236 or Donna.barker@blinn.edu.

November 17, 2018 – Runaway Scrape Escape Room: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum): The Blinn College District’s Star of the Republic Museum invites visitors to put on their thinking caps and find their way out of the museum’s newest attraction – a Texas-themed escape room. Debuting this summer, “Runaway Scrape Escape” is a physical adventure game based on historical events during the Texas Revolution. Players have 45 minutes to solve a series of logic games and “escape” from the approaching Mexican Army led by the infamous Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The escape room is opened to ages 10 and up and is designed for families or a group of children in cooperation with at least one adult. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for students ages 18 and under, and $10 for Blinn employees and students. Advanced registration is recommended, although walk-ups are accepted based on availability. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.starmuseum.org/calendar or call 936-878-2461.

November 17 & 18, 2018 – Turning Up and Going Fallow: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “Recommenced breaking up the strip of Prairie on the east side of field…” As the crop growing season wanes and the fields go fallow, we’ll turn over the fields once more before winter sets in. Come see our strong oxen at work and try your hand at walking behind a plow. This is a special focus weekend at the farm.  Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

Thanksgiving Weekend:   Washington on the Brazos, Star of Republic Museum and Fanthorp Inn are closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018 for Thanksgiving Day.    All reopen on Friday morning, for the weekend.

November 24, 2018 – Twilight Firelight 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Fanthorp Inn):  Twilight Firelight brings the old 1850s stagecoach inn to life where visitors enjoy the ambiance of the candlelit inn, period music, dancing, mule-drawn stagecoach rides and reenactors clad in period attire. Inns like Henry Fanthorp’s were places where news from far away was spread, ideas were exchanged, and communities developed. Guest can board a stagecoach or a mule-driven wagon for rides from the Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson, TX to Fanthorp Inn beginning at 4:30 p.m. with last ride leaving Anderson at 7 p.m.  Rides will leave every 15 minutes. The last stagecoach and wagon rides will leave Fanthorp to return to Anderson at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event in the Grimes County Courthouse parking area where stagecoach and wagon rides to the Inn will begin. Please dress appropriately for the season as parts of the event and are held outdoors, and the wagons/stagecoaches are open air. First floor of Fanthorp Inn is handicapped accessible. A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 is suggested for stagecoach ride.  Contact Jon Failor at 936-878-2214, ext. 224 or jon.failor@tpwd.texas.gov.

December 1 & 2, 2018 – Cooking at the Quarters: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): There’s nothing like a hot meal after a hard day of work. For the enslaved at Barrington, this typically meant cooking their ration of cured pork and cornmeal over an open fire, supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal for the enslaved using period ingredients and methods. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

December 8, 2018 – Christmas on the Brazos: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Park Grounds): Begin the holiday season by spending special time at Washington on the Brazos. Activities commence in the early afternoon and extend into the evening, bringing an 1850s Christmas alive for all.  The highlight of the celebration is Candlelight Christmas, from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Barrington Living History Farm. Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Farm and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War.  Discover the origins of some of our favorite Holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more!  Tour the historic home of the last President of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family enjoys their Christmas gathering. Visit the farm’s quarters to hear how the enslaved at Barrington celebrated the season.  Sip a hot cup of cider, cozy up to the fire and begin your Holiday season with Texas State Parks! Reservations are strongly encouraged. Contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x246.

December 15, 2018 – Living History Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Independence Hall): Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas.  The program features activities suited for the entire family. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Visit with militia soldiers travelling through town or try your hand at some early Texas games.  Step back in time and discover the spot where Texas became Texas! (Activities will vary and some are weather dependent.) Contact Adam at (936) 878-2214 ext. 228.

December 15, 2018 – Hands-On-HistoryBuzz Saw Toys: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum):  Join museum staff on the third Saturday of each month to make crafts and toys that pioneer kids made during the Republic time. Contact Donna Barker at (936) 878-2461, ext. 236 or Donna.barker@blinn.edu.

December 15, 2018 – Runaway Scrape Escape Room: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Star of the Republic Museum): The Blinn College District’s Star of the Republic Museum invites visitors to put on their thinking caps and find their way out of the museum’s newest attraction – a Texas-themed escape room. Debuting this summer, “Runaway Scrape Escape” is a physical adventure game based on historical events during the Texas Revolution. Players have 45 minutes to solve a series of logic games and “escape” from the approaching Mexican Army led by the infamous Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The escape room is opened to ages 10 and up and is designed for families or a group of children in cooperation with at least one adult. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for students ages 18 and under, and $10 for Blinn employees and students. Advanced registration is recommended, although walk-ups are accepted based on availability. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.starmuseum.org/calendar or call 936-878-2461.

December 15 & 16, 2018 – Staying Warm: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Dr. Jones’ home at Barrington Farm is considered a nice house for 1850 but it was built for keeping cool. Staying warm on the farm is a special challenge during the cold and damp days of winter. Help us beat this problem in 1850, by hauling firewood, learning how to use flint and steel, and stave off the cold. This is a special focus weekend at the farm.  Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x.246

December 22 & 23, 2018 – Horse High, Bull Strong and Hog Tight: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Dec. 29, 1847 – “Hired Mr. Bowen… Sent Him with two hands to Cedar Brake to make rails.” With the main crop fields empty, now is the time to repair and restack fencing around the farm. Come help us clear and build up our fences so that they’ll be ready to defend the new crop in spring. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.

December 29 & 30, 2018 – A Stitch in Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Barrington Living History Farm): In early Texas, mending was a first step into a lifetime of stitches for boys and girls. For girls in particular this was to be a life-long task to master. Learn some simple stiches and help us with an ongoing 1850s job- mending. Gain some handy skills to sew on buttons at home. This is a special focus weekend at the farm. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x.246

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SPRING EVENTS

March 2 and 3, 2019:  Texas Independence Day Celebration; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site).  This annual two-day celebration features live music, food, traditional crafts, living history presentations, firing demonstrations, historical encampments and commemorative programs. Guests will experience life in Texas in 1836 by visiting with reenactors; witnessing firing demonstrations in the Texas Army camps; watching cooking, weaving and period craft demonstrations; and walking the same trail as Texas’ forefathers and pioneer families.  Texas musicians and actors will provide musical and theatrical entertainment. A Kid Zone will allow children to dress up in historical costumes; sign a large-scale copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence; and take photos near the Declaration. Contact: Jon Failor at (936) 878-2214 ext. 224 or jon.failor@tpwd.texas.gov.

March 4, 2017 through February 15, 2018 – Heirloom Genealogy: Tracing your Family Treasures – Star of the Republic Museum: The Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos will celebrate the 182nd anniversary of Texas’s independence with its new exhibit, “Heirloom Genealogy: Tracing your Family Treasures.” Stories will come to light as artifacts are examined in-depth through lineage research. Documents reveal where the artifacts originated, who owned them, and how they got to Texas. Items in the exhibit include three-year-old Edward Boylan’s buckskin suit; Pleasant B. Watson’s diary; Heinrich Tiemann’s clog-making tools; and Clara Lang’s grand piano, among others.

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The Bay Test

Vanessa over at Vanessence shared another quiz with us. Who can resist a quiz? 🙂

You Are Perceptive

You are a highly sensitive person, and you are very in tune with how everything looks, tastes, sounds, feels, and smells.

You have a stronger than normal appreciation for art and nature. You notice every beautiful, subtle detail.

You are gentle and sensitive when dealing with others. You have strong opinions and feelings, but you rarely express them directly.

You are the type of person who is more likely to express yourself via art, writing, or music. It’s all there between the lines.

 

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First Line Friday

“You embarrassed me this evening.”

That is this week’s First Line Friday prompt at MindLovesMisery Menagerie.

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Here is my go at it:

“You embarrassed me this evening.”

He sat there with a smug look on his face as she continued.

“I was singing my heart out to you, sharing my love with you, and you laughed at me. In front of all those people, you pointed and laughed at me.”

He peeled the label from his bottle of beer, not even acknowledging that she spoke.

“Why do you encourage me to sing to an audience, and then mock me in front of them? Isn’t this private hell enough for you?”

“This was the last time, Lewis. The joke is on you.”

He chuckled and gave her that “yeah, right” look.

“While you were there in the audience, gawking at that girl half your age, you didn’t see me leave the stage. He was waiting for me, Lewis. The biggest record producer in the country was in my dressing room, waiting to sign me to that label. You know the one.”

“We’re done.”

He dropped the bottle he’d been nursing.

Anne left, slamming the door behind her.

He was dumbfounded.  As he reached down to pick the bottle up, he heard a loud noise.

He went to the door to be greeted by squealing tires and her auburn hair flying in the wind as she drove out of his life.

Then, he heard it.  Toby Keith, loud and proud, from her car stereo…

“How do you like me now?!”

 

 

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Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. I would like tickets to _____________________.
  2. Please don’t ask me to _______________________.
  3. I’d rather _________ than _________.
  4. By this time next year, _________.

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Here are my responses:

I can’t think of anything that I would like tickets to.

Please don’t ever, ever, EVER ask me to be a public speaker. Even if you have the top-notch cardiologist in the country on stand-by, please don’t ask me to talk in front of a group of people, even if that group is only 5 people.

I’d rather give birth than speak in front of an audience. That said, I did give birth to our first child in front of an audience. There were 30 or so student nurses in there when I gave birth to that boy.

By this time next year, I hope to be well on my way to pottery making. I don’t know how I will get there, but I fully intend to get there.

Our daughter Maggie has a new blog for her furbaby Martha. You can find it at: Martha’s Daily Mews.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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Press Release: U.S. Army Soldier on Mission to Bring Dog Back with Him from Middle East

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A Soldier and Dog. Image Source Pixabay

U.S. Army Soldier on Mission to Bring Dog Back with Him from Middle East

One U.S. Army soldier is on a mission to save his dog and bring him home to Florida

New York, NY – (July 31, 2018) – While U.S. Army missions may be the stuff of top secret details, there is no hiding what is going on with the mission that one solder is on. Protecting his identity so that his security is not compromised, David is a U.S. Army soldier stationed in the Middle East who is on a mission to save a dog he befriended while being deployed. Not wanting to leave the dog behind after he leaves the Middle East, he reached out to Paws of War to see if they can help bring Rukban back to Florida with him. It’s a mission that Paws of War has helped numerous other soldiers with and that they have agreed to take on once again.

“Bringing a dog back from another part of the world like this is a true mission,” says Robert Misseri, co-founder of Paws of War. “There is a lot that is involved in doing it, including the paperwork, travel and medical expenses, and more. It’s a mission that we cannot succeed at without the assistance of people in the community who want to help support those who help defend the country.”

While it may seem like a true mission impossible to bring a dog back from the Middle East, Paws of War is well experienced at helping soldiers successfully pull it off. Being left in the Middle East when David’s unit is sent home would most likely be a death sentence. It’s an area of the world that sees dogs as pests and doesn’t treat them kindly as a result. When David found the dog he named Rukban, he was hungry, thirsty, and injured. He had a fresh neck wound and someone had previously cut his ears off, a common abuse toward dogs in that area.

Immediately going into action, David gave the dog food, water, and got it medical attention. He created a strong bond with Rukban as he nursed him back to health. Military protocol does not allow for soldiers to bring dogs back home with them, so David reached out to Paws of War for assistance.

“Rukban has been such a blessing to me while being in the Middle East,” says David. “I can’t imagine leaving him behind and what would become of him. Being able to bring him home to Florida with me would be amazing. I’m grateful that an organization like Paws of War exists to help with this mission, and I’m humbled that so many citizens give them the support they need to make it happen.”

Those who would like to a donation to help keep David and Rukban together, and help keep Rukban from being further abused, can log online to make a donation: https://pawsofwar.networkforgood.com/projects/56176-rukban.

Paws of War is an organization that focuses on serving veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. They are an all-volunteer organization that provides assistance to military members and their pets, and provides service and service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD. To learn more about Paws of War or make a donation to support their efforts, visit their site at: www.pawsofwar.org.

About Paws of War

Paws of War is a 501c3 organization devoted to helping both animals and veterans. The Paws of War goal is to train and place shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to our United States military veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war such as PTSD. In turn each veteran can experience the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring. To learn more about Paws of War, visit the site at www.pawsofwar.org.

 

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