Cor­si­cana Porch­fest in Texas: Visit with folks on the porch

Riverbank News - - MARKETPLACE 209 -

COR­SI­CANA, Texas — It’s an old-fash­ioned way to spend a Satur­day: Visit with folks on a porch, stroll around downtown, en­joy a cold drink and a snack.

That’s the idea be­hind a new event called the Cor­si­cana Porch­fest & Crafter­noon, sched­uled for June 9 in Cor­si­cana, Texas, about 45 min­utes from Dal­las.

The event en­cour­ages lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike to spend a “day out in Cor- sicana” with an open in­vi­ta­tion to get to know home­own­ers in the town’s Car­riage District. The neigh­bor­hood was set­tled by oil barons, politi­cians and early busi­ness lead­ers af­ter oil was dis­cov­ered there in 1894 by a con­trac­tor drilling for wa­ter. Twenty-one mil­lion­aires were listed as res­i­dents in the early 1950s.

Many of the Car­riage District’s stately 19th cen- tury Vic­to­rian and Queen Anne man­sions with wrap­around porches and side en­trances for horse car­riages are listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Sites. And many have been metic­u­lously re­stored by long­time lo­cal fam­i­lies and by new­com­ers. A dozen homes on Third Av­enue will help host the June 9 event, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A dif­fer­ent drink will be served at each home. Ad- iron­dack chairs will be placed be­neath cen­tu­ry­old trees so vis­i­tors can sit awhile. Snacks will in­clude lo­cally made cook­ies and fruit­cake from Collin Street Bak­ery, which was founded by a Ger­man baker in 1896 and now sells 3 mil­lion pounds of fruit­cake a year. Food trucks will be on hand too.

En­ter­tain­ment will in­clude live jazz, lo­cal tal­ent and im­prov. Porches and lawns will also host craft and cook­ing demon­stra­tions.

A few blocks away, vis­i­tors will find Cor­si­cana’s red-brick downtown streets. Shop own­ers will be pour­ing free or­ange juice- and- Cham­pagne as part of an­other event called Mi­mosas at the Mar­ket the morn­ing of June 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cor­si­cana’s downtown, where store­fronts date to the late 19th cen­tury, is un­der­go­ing a re­vival, with 18 new busi­nesses open last year.

The Porch­fest is free, but to ex­pe­dite en­try and re­ceive a wrist­band for drinks, print a ticket a www.vis­it­cor­si­ porch­fest.

The event is funded by Cor­si­cana’s oldest busi­nesses, in­clud­ing Oil City Iron Works, founded in 1866.

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