Country Jubilee ushers in autumn at Heritage Village | Events
Largo, Florida -- The 34th Country Jubilee: A Centennial Celebration comes to Pinellas County’s Heritage Village on Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For the first time, James Anthony Schnur’s long-awaited book, “Historic Pinellas County – A Centennial History” will be available for sale and the author will hold a book signing.
More than 120 food and craft vendors will be lining the walkways in and around Heritage Village, displaying stained-glass items, handcrafted jewelry, wooden items, seasonal crafts, quilts, products made of natural stone, plus soaps, jams, nuts and pickles. Clothes for the American Girl dolls are available as well. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office will be registering voters at this year’s Country Jubilee.
Florida folk, bluegrass and country music will be performed live throughout the day. The entertainment will include 13-year-old Carmen Brandy who made her first trip to Nashville in 2011.
The ever-popular flea market is bigger and better this year. The Lowe House will contain holiday decorations; the Harris School will be loaded with books, videos and phonograph records; the Safety Harbor Church will have vintage linens and antiques and the Pinellas Room will be loaded to the rafters with bargains.
Of special interest will be the sugar cane processing display, put on by the Largo Historical Society. A truck load of raw sugar cane will be ground and pressed, then boiled down to delectable sugar cane syrup. Bottles of the elixir will be available for a small donation, and the kids can grab a piece of raw sugar cane to see if it really is sweet.
The Morse Telegraph Club, Florida Chapter will be demonstrating how people communicated with Morse code, and one huge area of the train station will be filled with working model railroad displays. In the McMullen House, weavers, spinners, quilters and embroiderers will exhibit traditional skills. Living history activities for kids will abound and antique cars will be on display.
This year’s Country Jubilee is sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society and Busch Gardens, and all proceeds will go to support the operation of Heritage Village. Free event parking and shuttle are located at 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads; organizers are asking for a $2 per person donation for admission to the festival.
Heritage Village is located at 11909 125th St. N. in Largo. This living history museum brings more than 150 years of local history to life. Tour 28 authentic buildings and structures, and experience historic Pinellas County through hands-on exploration. Paths wind through 21 acres and connect with the Florida Botanical Gardens and the Pinewood Cultural Park campus.
Heritage Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all Pinellas County holidays. For more information on Heritage Village, visit www. pinellascounty.org/heritage or call (727) 582-2123.