Monday

A Simpler Time

Looking for an interesting stop on the way to San Antonio?
Celebrate the old-fashioned way of doin' things

With the busy holiday season on the horizon, what better time to slow down and celebrate simplicity? Brazos de Dios, an agricultural homesteading community near Waco, welcomes visitors to it's 512-acre Homestead Heritage ranch to do just that. At this working village, guests can learn about old-time basics in farming, woodworking, weaving and more. The village is open year round (closed Sundays) for activities and tours, but it draws it's largest crowds at the Homestead Craft and Children's Fair. "We take children back to a time when a person's character and working together yielded valuable lessons," says spokesman Howard Wheeler. In addition to making crafts and watching skilled demonstrations, kids can taste foods cultivated fromon-site farms, such as wholegrain breads, pies and sorghum-and-pecan ice cream. Admission to the 21st annual event, November 27-29, is free. Activities food and souvenirs are available for purchase. Handmade gift items ranging from straw brooms (pictured) to furniture and home decor are also for sale. (254) 754-9600: homesteadheritage.com - Clare Miers
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