CALICO ROCK — Due to the forecast for Tropical Storm Gordon and to protect the integrity of the Native American artifacts and art, all events for the Native American Heritage Commemoration event to be held at Calico Rock this weekend have been moved indoors

Calico Rock Elementary students will participate in hands-on activities celebrating Native American culture inside the Calico Rock Heritage Center and the Tomlinson Art & Science Center, according to a news release.

This will include a visit to a Native American village that has been constructed inside the Tomlinson Art & Science Center.  These activities will take place Friday at the museum.

The bonfire and events for Friday night have been canceled because they could not be moved inside.

On Saturday, all events will be taking place between the Tomlinson Art & Science Center and the Calico Rock Heritage Center:

Oklahoma Fancy Dancers will perform at the Tomlinson Art & Science Center at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  This is a 45-minute presentation of Native American culture and history and seating is limited.

Due to the chance for inclement weather, the walk of remembrance has been canceled for this year. However, there will be a moment of silence at noon Saturday in the Tomlinson Art & Science Center to honor those who lost their lives on the Trail of Tears 180 years ago.

All other events will be open throughout the day on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. They are as follows:

  • Inside the Tomlinson Art & Science Center: Quapaw Pottery by Betty Gaedke; Native American Art by Mike Diaz; the Native American Village; Native American Dancers; and the Moment of Silence.
  • Inside the Calico Rock Heritage Center: Working with Stones by Gail Kulhavy; Basket Weaving Demonstrations; Arrowhead and Points Display; Tour the Native American Exhibit; Textile Demonstration; and Storytelling.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Lacy, 34, spent most of her life in the hills of Lawrence County. Today, she lives in Cave City, the home of “World’s Sweetest Watermelons,” in what’s known as the Prince Matlock house. Its former owner helped create what’s known as the Cave Courts where the city’s cave lies above the Crystal River. He fashioned his home out of the same rocks and materials that are found among the cave’s property, and she feels blessed to now be its caretaker for many more years to come.