It's Dogwood Time In Tyler County
By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – With a proclamation made in the Tyler County Commissioners Court on Monday morning, the Dogwood Festival Executive Director and Pct. 4 Commissioner Buck Hudson uttered those familiar words to signify the beginning of Dogwood time in the county.
“It’s Dogwood Time in Tyler County,” Hudson said, and the annual three weekends of the festival kicks off this weekend with the Festival of the Arts at Heritage Village in Woodville. Both Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19 will feature plenty of exhibits, live music and great food on Sunday’s Dinner on the Grounds.
Also, in keeping in with tradition, Heritage Village Director Ofeira Gazzaway is inviting the public to come and check out an exhibit in the special exhibits room located behind the museum gift shop, featuring memorabilia from festivals past, and coronation gowns from former Dogwood Queens.
Saturday’s offerings will include the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Dancers who will entertain from the stage at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Tribe will also have Indian tacos and fry bread for sale.
Author Michele Fortenberry will read from her children’s book Emu Blues at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from the gift shop porch.
The Dinner on the Grounds event, on Sunday, will last from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., with Tyler County Heritage Society volunteers cooking up and serving a smorgasbord of tasty, home-cooked food.
In addition to the festivities, the Pickett House restaurant will begin expanded hours for Friday and Saturday on March 17.
Patrons will now be able to catch dinner at the famous restaurant, with its mouth-watering fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, turnip greens and other incredible fare available from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Prior to the dinner, there will be a church service held inside the Cherokee Church and conducted by Hope United Methodist Church, and Alabama Coushatta Princess Aionna Morena will deliver the Lord’s Prayer in Indian sign-language.
The music line-up for Sunday includes Jason Birkner; Ky Holloway; Rocky Ellis and Lane Stinson, who will all play on the Village Green Stage.
Some of the exhibits include a buggy display in the Village Buggy Barn and a quilt show inside the Fiber Arts Building. The gate to the Village opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and the festival goes until 3 p.m. The cost of admission for the Dinner on the Grounds is $10 for adults and $5 for children, age 12 and under. The tickets can be purchased from any TCHS board member; at Sullivan’s Hardware or at the Tyler County Booster office.
Also this weekend for Dogwood, the festival’s entertainment committee announced that it would like to invite all of the little princesses to the annual Royal Tea, which will take place on Sunday, March 19 on the lawn of the Village Street Bed and Breakfast, located at 201 N. Village Street in Woodville.
The tea will offer a chance for young girls to meet the Royal Court, take photos with the Princesses and Ladies in Waiting, and make their very own sash. Each little princess will also receive a crown. Tickets are available at the door for $20.
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