Local heritage events on tap for Saturday

Several communities in the north central Arkansas Ozark Byways network will host local heritage events on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m.-5 p.pm. Tour participants are encouraged to take the challenge of experiencing as many locations as possible in one day as they enjoy the springtime scenery. Programs are free to the public.

Shirley Centennial Museum, 572 Highway 9 E., will be open to show artifacts and history preservation efforts. Publications are available for sale. Narrated walking tours of the old downtown and the landmark railroad bridge will depart from the museum at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.

The Turkey Creek School House at 4920 Highway 9, 14 miles south of Mountain View, is a featured site. Built in 1925, the white wooden structure is listed on the National Historic Register. For 20 years, the schoolhouse was the setting for educating students from Turkey Creek. The building and grounds will feature storytellers, old-time games, and skill demonstrations throughout the day. An old time shape-note singing school will take place at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. a Blab School and Spelling Bee will demonstrate teaching techniques from yesteryear.

The Fox Community Center at 16262 Highway 263 in Fox will also host an event. From 10 a.m.-noon Dave Smith will entertain with storytelling and folk music. From 2-4 p.m. Fox Mountain Bluegrass Band will perform. Local artisans will be on hand and cups of hand-roasted Numu coffee will be provided free of charge.

Leslie in Searcy County will feature an event at the Ozark Heritage Arts & Cultural Center at 410 Oak St. with museum tours and quilt show from 9-5 p.m. At 1 p.m. Stone County resident Leon Jennings will regale visitors with stories from his youth in Leslie.

Each community will also host a geocache site for the day. For more information about the events, a listing of business discounts, and GPS coordinates for geocache sites, visit www.ozarkbyways.com.