by Melissa Federspill, staff writer
On Saturday, a day-long celebration marking Texas’ independence from Mexico will include period demonstrations and exhibits from the 1800s era of Texas, including live performances, a cavalcade, a frontier village complete with a pioneer school, a musicale, horses, and other demonstrations at several locations throughout Uvalde.
Area students will also be joining the performance festivities.
Leaving from St. Philip’s Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. and promenading to downtown plaza, individuals from the community in period costumes are welcome to participate. No motorized vehicles are permitted.
The downtown plaza will be transformed into an 1800s frontier village, complete with a musicale, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the frontier-style demonstrations planned are rope making, blacksmithing, pioneer tools, and quilting.
The Magik Theatre will present “Kingdom of Texas” at El Progreso Memorial Library at 10 a.m. The Briscoe-Garner museum is hosting the dulcimers and the high school choir from noon to 2 p.m. Essay contest winners will also present their winning narratives on the front steps of the library.
The Sahawe Dancers’ winter ceremonials will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
At 7:30 p.m., the Uvalde Grand Opera House is presenting “The Lion of Texas, an evening with Sam Houston.” Funds raised at this performance will be used to provide fine arts scholarships to Uvalde County high school seniors planning collegiate degrees in the arts.
Artifacts from the period along with livestock will be available for viewing at El Progreso Memorial Library from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Individuals needing transportation to performance locations will be able to take a Southwest Area Regional Transportation bus. The bus will be in circulation throughout the day, offering rides to each location in 15-minute intervals. Designated bus stops will be at the Uvalde Grand Opera House and El Progreso Memorial Library.
This commemorative event is being organized by the Uvalde Good Eggs, a local non-profit organization that has partnered with many area entities to bring the celebration to life, in partnership with other entities.
The reenactment previously set for Friday, March 1 has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.