Sum­mer­time and the livin’ is easy...

Spady Liv­ing Her­itage Day takes fam­i­lies a step back in time

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Society Scene - Palm Beach - - Cover Story -

The ways of south­ern life came back to Del­ray Beach at the Spady Liv­ing Her­itage Day this past week­end.

This year’s fall fes­ti­val wel­comed back sev­eral pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ers, cooks and sto­ry­tellers. The Spady Mu­seum was in the cen­ter of the action.

Spon­sored by the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Palm Beach and Martin Coun­ties and Palm Beach County Cul­tural Coun­cil, the event fea­tured the sto­ry­telling of Butch “the Florida Cracker” Har­ri­son; the Tra­di­tion Bear­ers of Re­nais­sance Park of Mar­i­anna, FL; ex­panded chil­dren’s area; live mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment; and a vin­tage farm ex­hi­bi­tion.

Guests sam­pled a se­lec­tion of South­ern foods – from col­lard greens to fried corn­bread and crack­lin’ – and en­joyed a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances in­clud­ing blues, gospel and R&B mu­sic, and a step show; all dis­played be­tween two stages.

Head­lin­ing the en­ter­tain­ment was the Strictly Busi­ness Band who per­formed two R&B sets, one fea­tur­ing vo­cal­ist Feli­cia Flint. Ad­di­tional acts in­cluded the Ba­hamas 2 Mi­ami Junkanoo Re­vue, DYMiN, Gospel Angels, and the Jr. Drinkwa­ter Blues Band.

The Tra­di­tion Bear­ers of Re­nais­sance Park demon­strated mak­ing lye soap, broom mak­ing and other crafts that have passed down through the gen­er­a­tions. Ex­hibitors also dis­cussed syrup pro­cess­ing, turn-of-the-cen­tury hand tools and life on the farm. Ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren in­cluded pony rides; face paint­ing; a bounce house; a pet­ting zoo; and tra­di­tional games, such as horse­shoes, sack race, tug-o-war and 3-legged race.

The 2008 Spady Liv­ing Her­itage Day Fes­ti­val was spon­sored in part by Tom Hin­ners and Auburn Group.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-279-8883 or visit www.spady­mu­seum.org.

AMAZ­ING GRACE: Car­ry­ona Scott, left, Shel­don John­son, Des­landa La­guerre and Lashay Lee take part in a po­tato sack race.

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