Students of all ages will have a chance to experience life found in historical Oklahoma this weekend as the fifth annual Pioneer Days gets underway at Har-Ber Village.

The event, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, is designed to introduce people to life before fast food, cars, cell phones, microwaves and internet. 

The event, organized by a team of volunteers, will include demonstrations including spinning, weaving, processing flax plants into linen, dying wool, flint knapping and more.

Living history reenactors will explore a variety of topics including early medical care, events of the Mexican War, and more.

Several hands-on activities will allow younger visitors to gain a first-hand experience including creating a quilt block, churning butter, grinding corn or making a candle.

On Friday, students will be able to attend school taught by a local school marm in the Village school house.

On Saturday, basket weaver Mary McCreery will demonstrate her craft, while craftsman Ken Vaughn will demonstrate making objects out of leather.

Saturday's offerings will also include period music by Borderline Bluegrass throughout the day, and a waulking the wool from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tintype photographer Professor Drummond will be on hand to take a period photograph as well.

On Saturday, Scouts may earn a patch by registering at the front desk upon admission and completing the available activities.

Cooking under the stars

The fun continues on Saturday as Har-Ber Village volunteers host the fourth annual Chuck Wagon Dinner and Dance Under the Stars starting at 6:30 p.m.

During this event, participants can put on their western wear and enjoy chuck wagon fare from Timbered-In Catering including smoked chicken, pulled pork, three-meat baked beans, cole slaw and cornbread, as well as fruit cobbler and ice cream.

Music during the meal and afterwards will be provided by Stone Country. Tickets for the dinner are $75 each or $750 for a table, which includes free admission to Pioneer Days. Seating is limited to 150. Advance reservations are required.

All activities on Friday and Saturday are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. 

Har-Ber Village Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors 63 and above, and $5 for children 6 to 13. Children under 6 are admitted free.

Museum admission is not necessary to shop in The Country Store gift shop, to eat at the Café or to walk the Nature Trail.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-6446 or visit

Taking Place This Weekend

Other events taking place this weekend in the Grove, Grand Lake area.

Fairland City Wide Garage Sale

Residents of Fairland will host a city-wide garage sale beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, throughout the town.

Signups can be made by Oct. 3, at Mr. D’s or Crafton’s Station, in order to get on the map.

Maps will be available at those locations beginning on Oct. 5. For more information, persons interested may call 918-409-8396.

UMW Rummage Sale

Members of the United Methodist Women will host the bi-annual UMW Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at First United Methodist Church, Grove.

The sale will include a variety of items, including a baked goods table.

The church is located at 1005 Leisure Road, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-5148.

Sixth Annual Women's Expo

The Sixth Annual Grand Lake's Women's Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove.

For more information, persons interested may contact Cheryl Franklin at 918-786-2228 or

Vintage By the Creek Fall Party

Popup vendors with Vintage By The Creek will host a fall sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at the outdoor market, 1621 South Broadway Street, Grove.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-791-1849 or visit the Facebook page by searching "Vintage-by-the-Creek".

Halloween mini paint

A Halloween themed mini paint party, hosted by Paint Parties by Katwalque, featuring a pre-sketched canvas of a candy corn girl and cat, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at Vintage by the Creek.

Cost is $10 per person, for all supplies. For more information, persons interested may call 918-530-5302, email or visit the Facebook page by searching "Katwalquè.

Story time on Monkey Island

The story time at the J. Weber Lending Library on Monkey Island will take place from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Port of Entry shopping center, just south of the intersection of Highway 125 and 85A, going towards Monkey Island.

The event will feature "Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” and children will have a chance to create a fall tree by painting with their fingers.

For more information, persons interested may call Joyce Weber at 918-694-4518.

Blessing of the Pets

Father David Bridges will host a Blessing of the Pets at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grove. All animals are welcome at the outdoor event.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is located at 555 East Third Street, Grove. For more information, persons interested may contact Rev. Dr. David L. Bridges at 918-786-4113 or

Fall Festival in Spavinaw

Volunteers with the Spavinaw Youth & Neighborhood Center will host a "Back to School/Fall Festival" from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at the youth center.

The event will include musical performances by Dewayne Conley and Fault Line, a hog fry dinner, games, bounce house and more. Admission is free.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-937-2882.