Roll back time to the 1850s for the 2nd annual Weaverville Frontier Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
Weaverville’s old-fashioned celebration of heritage and culture begins at the Highland Art Center with the Nor-Rel-Muk Wintu Nation ceremony and introduction to village life. Time period crafts, activities, and demonstrations for all ages and interests throughout its Victorian gardens and grounds.
From there, the tinkering of blacksmiths forging metal works will lead you across the street to the Jake Jackson Museum where gold panning and other outdoor exhibits await public and prospectors alike.
Neighboring the museum is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California, The Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park. Explore the temple’s intricate architecture and design, while being introduced to Taoism and the fascinating role the Chinese played in early settlement history.
Head west and up the hill, to the Young Family Ranch for an opportunity to learn about early agriculture, animals, witness water witching. Afterward, enjoy a historic tour of the cemetery grounds while searching for notable pioneers. Do a tombstone rubbing.
Enjoy music, visit merchants, and spread merriment all day. The day’s events will close with a grand performance at 3 p.m. by the Community Band at the Bandstand. And if this isn’t enough to get you excited about our 2nd Frontier Day Celebration, mine the town for hidden golden nuggets throughout the venues. Redeem your prizes and take a piece of Weaverville home with you.
A detailed schedule of activities can be found below or at http://frontierdaysweavervilleca.com.
Schedule of Events — Saturday, May 11
Highland Art Center
● 10 a.m.: Opening Prayer, Nor Rel Muk Wintu Nation, drumming, artifacts
● Indian Tacos
● 10 a.m.: Paint with Natural pigments
● Potluck Pie Sales
● 11 am.: Cowboy Poetry, Mike McFadin from the Deck
● Vendors; Local bee keepers; time period games, crafts, and demonstrations for all ages.
Trinity Congregational Church
● 10 a.m. to p.m.: Sanctuary open and bell ringing
● 3 p.m.: Trinity County Historical Society presents: Dr. Ware, founder of Weaverville Water District.
Jake Jackson Museum
● 11 a.m. to noon: HappBee Band Fiddlers
● 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Blacksmiths forging, stamp mill operating, stage coach and outdoor exhibits.
● Gold panning! Come try your hands at some hard work and pan for real gold.
Joss House State Historic Park
● 11 a.m.. to 3 p.m.: Join the Joss House Association for tours of the Taoist temple, Chinese crafts and calligraphy.
Young Family Ranch Homestead, Community Trust Property
● Noon to 3 p.m.: Animal Husbandry “Petting Zoo,” goats, sheep, chickens and more!
● 1 to 3 p.m.: Water Witching Demonstration and Lesson
● 2 p.m.: Ice Cream
● 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.: Historic tour of pioneer tombstones and headstone rubbings
Bandstand music, guest speakers, and grand finale
● Noon to 2 p.m.: Don Hall & Friends
● 2 to 3 p.m.: Aglipay music students’ spring recital
● 3 p.m.: Grand finale with the Weaverville Community Band and Chorus
Old Town Merchants and Storefronts
● 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Book signing by two local authors at Tammie’s Bookstore.
● Noon to 3 p.m.: Clamper’s Outdoor BBQ at Tammie’s Bookstore.
● Block printing at Barking Mad Art Studio, Storytellers
● Leatherworkers, quilters, crafters,
Throughout the day, downtown merchants will be dressed in period attire sharing interesting facts of history, culture, and stories of living and working on the last California frontier.