Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall Festival at Homestead Museum in Plano

I attended the Fall Festival at the Homestead Farm  Museum in Plano to make a CNN I Report video about a local landmark.  I chose the Homestead because my children have enjoyed it so much over the years.  Michael made a ramp for his Eagle Scout Project and did some landscaping.  He said the people who work there are very helpful and nice.

The organization exists because of community involvement.  Donations are very important so the farm can still feed their animals and the Victorian Garden can be watered.  The Fall Festival not only gives children a place to celebrate a carnival, it also is a chance for the organization to raise money.

National Honor Society Students were in full force to donate their time so the carnival was a success.  They dressed up in period costumes as they passed out candy to the children.

I asked the High School Honor Students what has the Farm meant to you over the years.  They remembered their third grade field trip with fond memories.

One student said,  " The farm was a way of experiencing the past.  I'm not  just reading history from a book but I'm living it."

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mesquite Festival of Top Woodworkers

My husband and I attended the largest Mesquite Festival in the world in Fredricksburg, Texas.  The festival opened in 1992 with just a few artists.  It has grown in popularity to a wide variety of vendors selling everything from lamps to a 3500 dollar sculpture of a 1,000 year old Mesquite Tree.

The festival like mesquite wood itself has aged gracefully.  Vendors gather around to share their works of art and exchange ideas about woodworking.  The festival started as a seminar and now its a gathering place for creativity and a chance sell tables, lamps, pens, vases, and even beautiful wooden crosses.

"So many local people dropped in to see what we were doing and to try to buy our work, we realized Fredericksburg was the best place on earth to have a mesquite art festival." says Carr.

I interviewed Tom Marshall for CNN I Report to find out what he likes about working with Mesquite Wood.
"It is stronger than oak wood and doesn't crack," says Marshall.

 He sells amazing jewelry boxes to keep treasures.  There is even a hidden compartment at the bottom to keep important papers.

Stephanie from Shangrla Woodworking shared how her husband created an amazing sculpture from an 800 to a 1000 year old Mesquite Tree.  Turquoise was crushed to fill the crevasses.  It seemed like a team effort with her husband.  

The Mesquite Art Festival has become one of the top events of Fredericksburg.  We will try to make it next year in October.

Saturday, October 16, 2010