It doesn't sound like much of a break in the heat, but to people who have been toughing out 100+ temperatures, a Saturday with a high of 93 degrees was a great day to get outside and have some fun.
The St. Charles County Parks Department invited everyone to enjoy an Old Time Picnic at Towne Park, just north of Wentzville on Hwy. 61, on Saturday, July 28.
Tents were set up for shade around the reconstructed Boyd Mansion with tables for picnickers to enjoy the old-time music of the Buckhannon Brothers while Parks staff served up homemade ice cream.
Members of the Living History Company, a nonprofit organization for living history re-enactors, showed visitors how to use period toys like stilts, ball-and-cup and "buzz saws." Visitors could also learn the period game of Graces, or participate in the cake walk. Living history interpretors and Parks staff also led guests on tours of the Boyd Mansion.
The next living history event at Towne Park will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Historian and Professor of History Layne Chartrand will talk about “Feeding the Civil War Soldier," along with performances by several members of the 11th Mississippi, Company G, Lamar Rifles and Civil War Living Historians.