On Saturday, March 14th, the Cooleemee Historical Association will be adding two new fundraising ideas to its 8th Annual BBQ Pork fundraiser at the Zachary House Grounds, 131 Church St.
“This year the CHA is adding to this event a Sweet Community Bake Sale and Thrifty Yard Sale, thus, the historic trifecta fundraiser,” said volunteer Joey Shore.
Slow-cooked pork barbecue, Boston butts, plates, and sandwiches will be available, cooked by the barbecuing duo of Walter Ferrell and Clay West.
The bake sale and serving of barbecue will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The yard sale will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tables are available for $15 each.
Orders for Boston butts are being taken at $40 each, including dip. Order by March 11 by calling Sandra Ferrell at 336.284.4254.
Proceeds go towards funding CHA museums and children’s “Discovering Our Heritage” programs.
Pre-K- “Once Upon a Time: A Long Time Ago Before TVs and Video Games”; 4-year-olds will experience how families entertained themselves with music after supper – old-time string instruments, a hand-cranked Victrola, a piano and a new radio.
Kindergarten focuses on the importance of family. Students decorate the Zachary House Christmas tree with handmade decorations and see old toys and hear about family Christmases when money was tight.
First grade learns “Kids’ Chores in Old Cooleemee,” which includes hands-on learning about family responsibilities; leading the cow, slopping hogs, feeding chickens, hoeing the garden, washing clothes and churning butter.
Second grade focuses on “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” An elder tells a true story about how a fire revealed Cooleemee’s “One Big Family” and students participate in an old-fashioned pounding (household staples are given to new families).
Third-grade studies “The Geography of Old Cooleemee.” Students visit the Mill Museum to learn how life was lived, and things were done. There is a map lesson at school and a giant walking tour.
Fourth-grade studies “Historic Economies at the River.” They will learn how Native Americans, backcountry settlers, and cotton mill people each made a living by depending on the river and their own family’s work.
Fifth graders study “Why They Fought for Liberty,” focusing on mill people’s background roots. A field trip to the restored Pearson’s Graveyard to learn about why Capt. Pearson and his “Forks of the Yadkin” militiamen fought to win American independence is included.
“We hope that you will come out and enjoy the food and fellowship while supporting our cause,” Shore said. “We endeavor to keep our heritage alive by teaching younger generations about their historical roots,”
“This is one of two fundraisers the CHA holds each year to help fund the heritage museums and kid’s programs. “Without your donations and support, this would not be possible.”