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Friday, October 22, 2010

Museum Day 2010

By Mary Ann Goodall, Confederate Reunion Grounds office manager

The sixth annual Smithsonian Museum Day was the final event in a very busy September at the Confederate Reunion Grounds (CRG). In addition to the 1990 class reunion held under the 1893 Dance Pavilion for Mexia High School graduates, special events for September 25 included free admission for visitors who presented the Museum Day Admission Card they had downloaded from http://www.smithsonian.com/.

Museum Day visitors walking down the steps to Humphrey’s Spring

The Class of ’90 enjoyed seeing old classmates and catching up. There were many positive comments to site staff aboutimprovements and changes to the site in the past 20 years since graduation.

Mexia High School Class of 1990 football game

As the Class of ‘90 went their separate ways and vacated the pavilion, the Friends of the CRG moved underneath to host their Friends and Future Friends annual membership drive kick-off. They hosted Camp Coffee and Cobbler from a chuckwagon and a bluegrass jam for visitor entertainment, featuring the Rainey Creek Ramblers. A few visitors even brought their own instruments to jam with the Waco-area group for the evening. Most just enjoyed the music from their lawn chairs as they slowly sipped their coffee (it’s very hot when cooked over a camp fire) and savored every bite of cherry or apple cobbler. A few of us even had both!

Refreshments for Museum Day’s evening events included chuckwagon camp coffee and cobbler hosted by the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds.

Rainey Creek Ramblers provide entertainment for Museum Day evening visitors.

The cobbler was great, the music was fantastic, visitor attendance was exceptional, and a good time was had by all! Plans are already being made for Museum Day 2011, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2011. Watch for upcoming events on our website.

**The Confederate Reunion Grounds is located southwest of Mexia on FM 2705 on the Texas Brazos Trail

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