Those looking for something for the entire family to do and very close to home may want to attend the annual Prairie Day at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free of charge.
There are plenty of things to do at the monument. Visitors can watch skilled artisans build banjos, create quilts, weave on looms and spin wool. They can also learn about gardening, edible and medicinal plants and even food preservation. You can also discover prairie ecology with exhibits about birds, mammals, reptiles and even aquatic life.
I have covered this event for a number of years, but one thing that I have not had the opportunity to do is ride a wagon through the prairie as a storyteller talks about it. Maybe this year, I will do just that.
And for those who enjoy music, the day will include music and songs from Ripplin’ Creek, Hawthorne, Tim Schnakenberg, Holmes Brigade Minstrels and others.
I have enjoyed learning about Carver even when I was a young child. One of my fondest memories growing up was when mom and dad took Greg and me over there. We toured the visitor’s center, then walked the Carver trail and even had a picnic lunch on the grounds.
If you have young children, bring them to the monument during this event. They will leave with a great understanding of Carver and his work through the years as a scientist and artist.
Another event this weekend is the annual Diamond Gem City Days, located at Dieckhoff Park on Maple Street. That event starts at 6 p.m. Friday, with the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Vendor booths and food booths will also be featured. Then on Saturday, the parade will be held at 10 a.m.
Also this Saturday is the Patriot Day Parade here in Neosho. It will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Neosho Square. It is intended to honor servicemen and women, including military, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. The parade will start at College and Spring, turn south at Wood, turn east at Main, then north on Washington, ending at Washington and McCord.
Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on twitter at @toddghigdonNDN