On Saturday, September 23, 2017, we attended the “Celebration of Early Texas Life” at the Dr. Pound Homestead (www.thepoundhouse.org) in Dripping Springs. The Model-T club was invited to display several T’s at the entrance of this wonderful event. At first, I thought it would be a long day of sitting and watching, but to my dismay, it was a relaxing, engaging & educational experience; if you attended awesome, and if not, you should have been there. Every display/vendor on the grounds was a recreation of how the pioneer times were in the mid-1800s. Starting at 11 am (and every couple of hours) we got a preview of how the cannon was loaded and executed. Proceeds from this event are to be used for operations & the education of this historic time. If you would like to donate or become a sponsor, please contact the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead by visiting their site. (www.drpoundhistoricfarmstead.org)
One of our members, Jeff Treadwell, asked us to drive his Model T to the farmstead, this meant that I would have to drive our Model T Depot Hack. It was nerve-racking trying to remember how to drive it. I would have to say that it all went well until we got to our destination. Too many cars around and somehow, I stalled the hack. I then attempted to get it running again but needless to say, I couldn’t do so. After Rob parked Jeff’s T, he then came over to assist me, it turned out, the only thing I needed to do was get the spark all the way up. Rookie mistake! LOL
We finally got lined up. Other members that joined us were (in no particular order):
George Brunner, Vic & Jan Donnell, Robert Norberg, Juan Barraza, DuWayne Headrick, Gerry & Shirley Witt, Edwin Justice & Jeff Treadwell; a little later, Brandon Chaffin brought his Model A for the exhibition. Lisa Chaffin was one of the coordinators & chairperson for the 2017 Pioneer Day, so she was super busy. Brandon on the other hand, sat on his two-horse power wagon, riding around everywhere giving free rides!
The activities at Pioneer Day were amazing. They had tours of the Dr. Pound Historic Farmstead and were led by docents in period attire. Live music performers such as Old-Time Blue Grass and Fold Music were playing in the center of the event under the huge oak tree. We also had a chance to see authentic artisans demonstrating genuine Texas pioneer skills & crafts. Even the kids had an area of pioneer games along with historical “make & take” crafts. A couple of demonstrations from the local blacksmiths, amazing what they can do with heat. Let’s not forget the free rides on the horse-drawn wagon, thanks Brandon for driving the wagon. And if you were hungry, well, they took care of that too… we had BBQ from the Dripping Springs Cookoff Club, Ice Cream from The Big Drip and of course Kettle Corn from our local Cowboy Kettle Corn vendor, let’s not forget the Pound’s Café that provided the delicious homemade pound cake. Last but not least, we had a special viewing from our Cen-Tex Model-T Club, Buggy Barn Museum, Treaty Oak Distillery & the loudest but interesting display was the Civil-War Re-enactors.
Perhaps next time you can all join us again for the 2018 Pioneer Day. Good job to Lisa Chaffin for her involvement at the 2017 Pioneer Day. It was lots of fun.
Pioneer Day 2017
Dr. Pound Historic Farmstead
By Juan Barraza