SHEFFIELD, TX – Quiet Fort Lancaster came alive for Western Frontier Days. On the third weekend in May, we visited and saw a variety of presenters and reenactors. Friendly camels stole the show.
Staff from Fort McKavett gave an overview of the signal corp and the telegraph. Before the advent of electronic messaging, the Army used a signal method called wig wag—the waving of red and white flags to communicate a binary message over long distances. Railroads adopted faster telegraphy before the army. However, troops installed transmission lines to Forts Concho, Stockton, and Bliss before the train would reach El Paso.
Sahawe Dancers of Uvalde performed Native American dance on Saturday. Organized by a scoutmaster in the 1950s, they brought a sixty-year tradition with them. The troop gave a detailed description before each dance.
Visitors encountered a variety of gentle creatures from horses to cattle. However, the camels stole the show. We learned they are stronger than horses and have an energy efficient digestive track. Used on Lower Road as pack animals before the Civil War, they were championed by then US secretary of war Jefferson Davis. However, after the war, Davis landed on the wrong side of history and the program dissolved. The camels we saw were sweet and displayed a gentle disposition.
Fort Lancaster is a window into the history of transportation and the settling of the southwest. The annual Western Frontier Days is a great time to visit.
Texas Camel Corp | Sahawe Dancers | Fort Lancaster
SHEFFIELD, TX – Mark your calendar—historic San Antonio-El Paso Road will come alive Friday, May 18-Saturday, May 19. See soldiers, pioneers, chuck wagons, camels and a stagecoach at Fort Lancaster.
MIDLAND, TX – Sibley Nature Center hosts a photography meeting every first Saturday at 10am—file storage was today’s topic. I drafted a new naming convention for my files.
year, state, town, subject, creator, format, number
NAVASOTA, TX – Thanks to everyone who made it out to the open house on Saturday. Special thanks to the Arts Council of Brazos Valley and the city of Navasota for giving emerging artists a space to grow and develop. We had a great time.
Stich and Gather by Jayde Archbold
Also, special thanks to Doerte Weber
AUSTIN, TX – I traveled to FOTOATX to catch up with my pal Sev Coursen and view his latest show. Congratulations Sev!
arcaneworld.com | @sevcoursen
NAVASOTA, TX – Join us for our open house at the Historic Horlock House! Chat with the artists and view new work, January 27, 2-4 PM.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – See you at All Things Wine & Chocolate. For tickets, visit csnoonlions.org.
NAVASOTA, TX – Trick or treat!
NAVASOTA, TX – Every October, in Oakland Cemetery, Navasota Theatre Alliance presents their production of Lanterns and Legends. Actors portray characters from the community’s past for visitors. For ticket and show information, visit navasotatheatre.org
BRENHAM, TX – Happiness is in the making. We dropped in on the Texas Arts & Music Festival, browsed the local vendors and met amazing people. Visit texasartsandmusicfestival.com.