Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cypress Top Patriotic Celebration of Local Americana

We spent the day at Cypress Top Harris County Park for a celebration of the Fourth of July. It was a trip back in time for old fashioned home made ice cream, exhibitions in black smithing, wood working, and Nick participated in a water melon eating contest. The kids were treated to a lesson on old fashion printing, quilt making, calligraphy practice and delighted in looking through old fashioned stamps to start their own stamp collection. There were tours of the old general store, the homestead and 50's era gas station.

Old fashioned home made vanilla. Five gallons of fresh ice cream went quick!
so, Lil enjoyed a snow cone while she waited for the ice cream.

lots of hands on activities with old tools

rodeo clowns - 'cause it a Texas festival!
Our friend, Mr. Collins, and good ole' Sam Houston in person ;)
Dave, the blacksmith, teaching us something new. It is so fun to watch him work, and we always walk away excited about something new we learned from him.
Changing the forms of metal with fire, how cool is that!

A copper leaf he made for Molly.

Nick walked away ready to sign up as apprentice.

Searching for the coolest stamps

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