Plan to celebrate the Second  Annual “Native American Day” in Calico Rock, Arkansas, on Friday, September 13,  and Saturday, September 14. Friday, the Mountain Man Rendezvous will set up an  1820’s fur traders’ encampment in Rand Park (AR Highways 5 and 56). People in  costume will cook over open fires and sleep in tents. Vendors will offer beans  and cornbread meals as well as Native American and pioneer crafts. During the  day Saturday, the Rendezvous continues with black powder gun demonstrations and  tomahawk throwing. Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Park revisit Ozark  traditions with “Music Around the Fire” and “Stories Around the Fire.” 

Saturday, Exploring Izard  County’s “The Trail of Trees” Road Trip visits twisted and bent trees that many  believe Native Americans and early settlers manipulated to mark trails and point  out creeks and springs. The tour ends about 11:00 a.m. at the Calico Rock  Museum. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. events on Main Street (AR Highway 5 at the  White River) include Native American dancers and drumming. Vendors include  Native American fried bread tacos and Native American and other local craft  items. The Calico Rock Museum presents “The Birth of the Ozarks” exhibit of  Native American crafts and culture. This year, the exhibit has been expanded to  include a Native American shelter. Also that day, there will be live music at  the Rand Park pavilion. Up the road, the Pineville Fire Department (AR Highways  223 and 177) hosts its Annual Barbeque fundraising event.

At 3:00 p.m. Native American  descendants and others are invited to join the “Walk of Remembrance” honoring  those who traveled the “Cherokee Trail of Tears” which crossed a few miles north  of Calico Rock in 1838. The “Walk” will travel from the Museum to Rand  Park.

             All events and demonstrations are free to the public.

 “We have room for more craft vendors,”  said Museum Executive Director Gloria Gushue. “We are especially looking for  anyone offering Native American products.” Spaces are available for $25.00  each.

For more information or to reserve a vendor space,  contact Gushue at 870-297-4129 or ggushue@gmail.com or visit  http://www.calicorockmuseum.com/index.htmlTo  sign up for the “Trail of Trees” Road Trip go to www.exploreizard.blogspot.com