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Doc’s Town opening for the season next weekend

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McLatchie house is one of the featured buildings at Doc's Town. McLatchie house is one of the featured buildings at Doc's Town. Contributed

Doc’s Town will open for the season on Sunday, June 18.

Country Pleasures Tea Room hosts its traditional Fathers’ Day event Sundae Sunday starting at 1 p.m.  The day’s special will be a variety of ice cream treats. 
From that date Doc’s Town will be open Friday to Sunday (and holiday Mondays) until the end of September. Operating hours are 1-5 p.m. 
Summer students and volunteers act as hosts on the grounds.
The collection of heritage buildings begun by “Doc” Burton Allen is in its 36th year of operation.
Now under the auspices of the city, but managed by a volunteer board of directors, Doc’s Town keeps the prairie past alive. 
The site consists of 11 buildings which have come from various places in the southwest including Leinan, Tuberose and Swift Current.
Turnhill School, Ball’s Blacksmith Shop and the Leinan Hall (now Country Pleasures Tea Room) are more than 100 years old. The furniture and artifacts displayed in all the buildings have been donated by many individuals and groups.
Activities at Doc’s Town reflect the history of the many buildings.
Ball’s Blacksmith Shop is a place where the age-old skill is kept alive. The forge is fired up every Sunday in the summer and in the off-season is utilized for instructional workshops.
Several kinds of pies are made and served in the Tea Room. The young men who lived in the Airmen’s Billet (H-hut) during the war years likely enjoyed music and dancing there like we do.
Admission to Doc’s Town is free. Proceeds from Country Pleasures Tea Room and other activities undertaken by the board are used for upkeep and maintenance. The roof of the McLatchie House has been reshingled, doors on the Airmen’s Billet have been upgraded, and the school was recently painted.
A full list of programs is available on the Swift Current Ag & Ex website. The Facebook page also describes upcoming events.
The long-standing Antique Tractor and Classic Car Display featuring vintage tractors, cars, trucks and stationary engines is July 16. 
A country music jam session will take place Aug. 13. 
If you are interested in volunteering at Doc’s Town, whether serving in the kitchen, hosting in a building or assisting with maintenance, contact a board member or phone 306-778-1626. 

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