Few of us take the time in this fast-paced society to recognize, or even think about, this community’s past.
Yet, if anyone can cause longtime residents and even newcomers to take a few minutes to discover nuggets about this county’s rich heritage, it’s Shirley O’Neil and those who are organizing the first Bee County Living History Celebration.
This effort is being coordinated Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. along Corpus Christi Street in downtown Beeville by the Bee County Historical Society, City of Beeville and Main Street program.
Native Americans are attracting attention to the event by constructing shelters in the park beside the McClanahan House. They will finish building their camp on Saturday and the public is invited to watch.
“We are going to be having local speakers talking about the history of Bee County,” O’Neil, event coordinator, said.
Among them are County Judge David Silva, Margie McCurdy, Willa Mae Chandler, Jesse Robinson, George McCarty and Roberto Villarreal. Lou Adele May will conduct a historical program for the children at the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library.
There will also be a variety of vendors selling handmade crafts, woodwork and metal crafts along East Corpus Christi Street.
So we encourage area citizens, young and old, to visit this inaugural downtown festival. The Native Americans indicate they might be willing to trade items for the fun of it.
You might even learn some interesting new (old) facts from these historians and re-enactors.