Oct 7, 2014 9:35 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The 35th annual Adobe Day Celebration will take place at William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park in Red Bluff from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 11th.
Traditionally held in August, Adobe Day was postponed this year because of the loss of shade and the damage to the Adobe house that occurred when the iconic Valley Oak dropped its limbs in July.
In the true 1850s pioneer spirit of learning to use what resources the Ide Adobe Interpretive Association and California State Parks have come together to host this year's Adobe Day, "Make It Do or Do Without" is as appropriate now as it was in the 1850s.
This year, to honor the 150th Anniversary of California State Parks members of the Redding Quilters' Sew-ciety created quilts depicting 56 of the 279 park units in California. As a special treat for Adobe Day they will be displaying 12 of the 56 quilts that their members made. The parks depicted in the quilts are all found in Northern California - including Ide Adobe.
The event provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather for an old-fashioned day of fun along the banks of the Sacramento River, and to discover what it was like to be a part of the rough and tumble times of early California.
Park staff and volunteers wearing costumes from the Gold Rush Era of California will be there to greet you as you cross the Ide Adobe Bridge of Time to arrive in the year 1852.
Activities include adobe brickmaking, rope-making, cornhusk doll making, log sawing, candle-making, quilting and many other pioneer crafts. Children may also enjoy attending a schooling session, participating in some exciting pioneer games and of course visiting the General Store.
The Ide Adobe Players will be playing and singing the hit tunes of the 1850s while the Ide Adobe Dancers perform their rousing rendition of the Virginia Reel. The blacksmiths will be busy pounding iron at the forge. Throughout the day Mademoiselles Bossarte and Thompson will be presenting puppet shows from their renowned Traveling Puppet Theater.
"Sarsaparilla, lemonade and ice cream will be offered along with other food. And the Ide Mercantile will be offering historical books, Gold Rush CDs, and other items of historical interest for sale.
This year the Association will also be selling items made by local artists from the limbs of the fallen Adobe Oak. All proceeds from sales, donations and admissions will help support any future programs at Ide Adobe
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children four-17. Children under four will be admitted free.
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