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Many summer activities at Swift Current’s historic village

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Children and their parents enjoy games at Swift Current's Doc's Town Heritage Village on Sept. 1, 2012. The 2013 summer program at this historic village will again provide a variety of interesting activities. Children and their parents enjoy games at Swift Current's Doc's Town Heritage Village on Sept. 1, 2012. The 2013 summer program at this historic village will again provide a variety of interesting activities. Matthew Liebenberg/Prairie Post

There are many activities to look forward to at the historic Doc’s Town in Swift Current this summer, including a number of new social activities on Fridays.

 

The heritage village at Kinetic Exhibition Park provides a glimpse into what life was like in a small prairie town in the early days of the 20th century.

It opens this weekend and programming coordinator Beryl Robinson said there will be a full program of events.

“We've got a couple of things that are different,” she mentioned.

To celebrate the opening of the tea room for the season, the Sunday Sundae event on June 16 will give visitors a choice between various ice cream treats on sale from 1-4 p.m.

Doc’s Town will be open every weekend from Friday to Sunday as well as holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. until the Labour Day long weekend. This year the tea room will remain open into September during the same hours.

In addition to touring the 11 buildings with thousands of artifacts on display, visitors will be able to enjoy different programs every Sunday afternoon. The first program will be the cowboy poetry in Turnhill School at 2 p.m. on July 7.

On July 14 there will be a country dance with Arnold and Friends, starting at 2 p.m. The popular antique tractor display will take place on July 21.

“That tractor show has been running a very long time,” she said. “That's become quite a good event.”

The engines will be running at the Myhr & Wallace Machinery Dealership and special ice cream treats will be served.

On July 28 there is an opportunity for children to learn more about farm animals and to help out with chores. A country church hymn sing will take place at the West Prairie Lutheran Church on Aug. 4, starting at 2 p.m.

A new event this year will be the country music jam session at the Airmen’s Billet (H-hut) on Aug. 11, where people can bring along their musical instruments to jam with other musicians.

“So anybody that wants to is invited,” Robinson said.

A number of crafters participated in last year’s Made by Hand arts and crafts show. This year’s show will take place on Aug. 18, but this time there will be craft items for sale and crafts for children.

“We're billing it as a show and sale, so that people will come out,” she said.

The Aug. 25 program will start with a non-denominational church service at 11 a.m. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to enjoy food and fellowship in the tea room. The afternoon program will be a day at school, where children will be able to participate in school activities from the past.

The concluding program will be the harvest festival from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. There will be a scarecrow display and children will be able to participate in a decorated bicycle parade on Aug. 31 with popcorn and ice cream afterwards. On Sept. 1 there will be a dance in the H-hut.

Throughout the summer a number of social events will take place on Friday afternoons at the H-hut.

“The thinking behind it is what the fellows in the Airmen’s Billet would have done,” she said. “So there'll be chess, scrabble, whist, a couple of line dance parties.”

A line dance took place last summer at the H-hut, which was well attended. As a result there will be two line dance parties this season on July 5 and Aug. 9.

The other Friday afternoon events will be chess (July 12), scrabble (July 19), horseshoes behind the church (July 26), a mad hatter’s tea party at the tea room (Aug. 2), a quilting bee (Aug. 16), whist (Aug. 23) and a games day (Aug. 30).

The tea room will help visitors to celebrate their birthdays by treating them to a dessert and a beverage on a Friday specified for their birth month. The dates are June 21 – June, July 5 – July, July 12 – January, July 19 – February, July 26 – March, Aug. 2 – August, Aug. 9 – April, Aug. 16 – May, Aug. 23 – October, Aug. 30 – November, Sept. 6 – September, Sept. 13 – December.

The heritage village was started 32 years ago by “Doc” Burton Allen. It is now managed by a volunteer board of directors under the auspices of the City of Swift Current.

Summer students and volunteers act as hosts on the grounds. Robinson said they are still looking for volunteers who are interested in being building hosts.

“A building host might greet people and help interpret some things for them,” she explained.

For any enquiries, call the tea room at 306-778-1626. To see the Doc’s Town program online, visit www.swiftcurrentex.com/

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