May Day at Beck's Mill

A fun spring day is planned at Beck’s Mill on Saturday, May 5th.  A people’s choice art show will be in the old Beck cabin featuring West Washington Middle & High School Art Students.  The theme of the art show is “plants native to Southern Indiana”.   Also in the cabin will be rock painting with Michelle Chastain.  Keeping long with this theme will be a herbal identification walking tour with Gail Littel.  Walking sticks are always handy on the trails and Steve Hoskins will demonstrate his skills of carving them.  Salem’s Master Gardner Janet Hoke will teach children how to plant black eyed Susan’s.  Other fun things for the children will be face painting, an art table and meeting “Johnny Appleseed” portrayed by Ben Strange.  Blacksmith, Jason Hardin will have our Blacksmith shop fired up and demonstrating a much needed skill of the past.  Alan Bishop will portray “Tommy Green” a moonshiner that was good friends with George Beck.  “Tommy” brings quite a colorful family with him and their stories are amusing and an eye opener to our Washington County heritage.  Clint Barnett from Sellersburg will have a Civil War Encampment and invites all to see the challenges that the soldiers faced in the 1860’s. Other authentic demonstrations will include Timothy Fleming’s spoon carving, Paula Bortka-Wells pottery, Tim Wells knife sharpening and of course, George Beck’s mill stones grinding corn.  Antique flea Market and craft vendors will be in our parking lot.  Music talents begin at 10 am with Brayden Westfall, Tyler Zink, Leah Scott, Max Wells and Ethan Bowers playing our National Anthem.  Approximately 11 am-Jared Kearschner, 2:45 pm-Troy & Melanie Smith, 2:45 pm-Gary & Mary Byrne & Alice Bennett will bring music to the hillside.  Seating is limited so bring a chair and enjoy the whole day.

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