BAKER — Baker Block Museum's staffers already have ideas for the 2015 Baker Heritage Festival.

BAKER — Baker Block Museum's staffers already have ideas for the 2015 Baker Heritage Festival.

“Next year we’ll be celebrating the county’s centennial,” museum director Ann Spann said. “We’re definitely going to tie into that.”

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But for now, staffers are calculating income from Saturday's festival, including booth space rentals and sales of food, raffle tickets, books and the 2015 “Lost North Okaloosa” calendar. Proceeds benefit the museum and the North Okaloosa Historical Association.


As the sun rose on a chilly morning, the Jeannette and Charles Henderson Heritage Park rang with traditional bluegrass, gospel and country music, the clang of a blacksmith’s hammer, and the chug-chug of a mechanical ice cream churn.

Demonstrations included a powder horn maker, a flintknapper and Carl Commander, a festival fixture's, cypress shingle making.

“We usually give some of the shingles to the kids,” Commander said. “We make small dog houses and club houses with the leftovers, and occasionally a smoke house.”

In the park’s dog-trot house, costumed re-enactors quilted and made butter, cornbread and apple treats.

On one side of the museum, the Choctawhatchee Spinners Guild and Nauti Knitters, clad in period costumes, practiced traditional fabric arts. On the other, Model A and T Fords lined the front of the building and folks sat on the veranda exchanging pleasantries.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' elders and sisters offered free family ancestry search services.

Homemade pickles, jams and jellies, locally produced honey and beeswax candles, cane syrup and crafts — ranging from embroidery to wooden toys, birdhouses and finely crafted jewelry boxes — were among available handicrafts.

Churches and community organizations, set up among arts and crafts vendors, sold baked goods. And Holt Assembly of God members literally spread Joy to attendees, passing out bottles of the dishwashing soap.

“Nobody turns down a little Joy,” member Jay Tyler said.

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