Like many organizations that benefit from the Arts and Science Council and Parks and Recreation funding, the Latta Plantation is feeling the effects of recent funding cutbacks.
In an effort to reduce the effects of such budget cuts, Latta Plantation will be hosting its first all-day fundraiser 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 29.
The Living History Day fundraiser will offer activities for the family, including live music, gold panning, crafts and re-enactments from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World War II. Demonstrations of open hearth cooking, spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and woodworking will also be given throughout the day.
Latta's Executive Director Nicole Cheslak says visitors will be able to purchase tickets for a tea party and learn what etiquette was expected during such real life events of the day.
Also open will be the Latta farm, including a new beekeeping exhibit, where visitors may buy local honey (an antidote for seasonal allergies).
A Civil War-era reproduction musket will be raffled off.
Latta offers a variety of educational exhibits and programs throughout the year, and each will be represented at the May 29 fundraiser. Cheslak says the Living History Day will be a "sample event," where people can "experience little bits of everything we do."
"We are very excited about this event," said Kristin Toler, who oversees Latta's marketing and finance efforts. "It will be a fantastic way for people of all ages to enjoy the site."
Cheslak believes these types of events are helpful in "telling the public what we do, how much these programs cost and why we need the community's support." Latta operates with a small staff and is largely dependent on volunteers.
"The funds raised will enable us to continue educational programming for 13,000 area schoolchildren each year," said Toler.