3/28/2013 7:36:00 PM Camp Verde hosts Spring Heritage Festival, Archaeology Fair this weekend: Watch for the Easter Bunny
Saturday’s Spring Heritage Festival will include an open house at the Stone Jail (main photo), the George Hance House and the Camp Verde Historical Society Museum. There will also be free entry to Fort Verde State Historic Park.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair in the Camp Verde Community Center on Saturday and Sunday includes displays, demonstrations and hands-on-activities.
CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde Historical Society, in partnership with the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, will host a Spring Heritage Festival, tomorrow in downtown Camp Verde. The Heritage Festival, in conjunction with the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, includes free admission to Fort Verde State Park, the Stone Jail, George Hance House and the Historical Society Museum.
Shane Murphy, vice president of the Camp Verde Historical Society, says the museum "is a great, little place. You can learn a lot about the Verde Valley's history."
The Archaeology Fair, which is Saturday and Sunday, at the Camp Verde Community Center will include displays, exhibits and demonstrations on pottery, stone tools and rock art interpretation, as well as hands-on activities for children. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and admission is free.
Todd Bostwick, executive director for the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, says that the Fair "helps people experience the rich cultures of the area."
On Saturday at 2 p.m. Bostwick will present a program on the Minoan culture of ancient Crete at the VVAC, 385 S. Main St. On Sunday at 2 p.m. VVAC Executive Director Ken Zoll will show the Center's documentary film on the V Bar V solar calendar discovery.
Ron Brattain, president of the Camp Verde Historical Society, encourages people to come out to the Heritage Festival, which runs Saturday, to "learn about the history of Camp Verde, to visit the merchants in town and to have fun."
Brattain says that the goal of the Historical Society used to be to host a different event each month, called Free Fourth Friday. Now, it is the goal of the society "to try to do a major event three times a year," Brattain says. "We are trying to get volunteer organizations involved. If we can consolidate the volunteer hours, maybe we can get something worthwhile going."
Though Brattain says he is looking forward to the Heritage Festival, he admits that the Historical Society's idea to have fewer, but bigger events, is something they recently decided. "We are kind of flying blind. We are poking at things to see what works."
The Verde Valley Questers will be hosting the open house at the Hance House. The Questers, whose purpose is to collect and preserve things of the past, will be dressed in period clothing. According to Brattain, the Questers have taken the Hance House as one of their projects, choosing to remodel the kitchen to what it was like in 1917.
The Hance House, located at 229 Coppinger St, is furnished with books, clothing, period furniture and tools.
Brattain says that the Questers will not be the only ones to be dressing in period clothing at the festival. "Myself and four others will be walking around in period clothing," he said. "I guess you could call us re-enactors." Brattain says he will be dressing as Judge George Washington Hance, namesake of the Hance House. Brattain and the other 're-enactors,' who have yet to be named, will dress in 1860s-era Western clothing and replica guns.
Members of the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association will have an ongoing demonstration outside the Stone Jail, making objects from iron. The jail is located at 44 Hollamon St.
The Historical Society and Camp Verde Parks and Recreation will also sponsor a coloring contest. Children from grades K-5 can submit their drawings to the Easter Bunny at the Main Street gazebo between 10 a.m. to noon for a chance to win an Easter basket. The Camp Verde Arts Council will judge the entries. At 3 p.m., winners will be announced and baskets will be given out. Winners do not need to be present.