To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, volunteers from the Red House Interpretive Center are hosting their ninth annual Fall Frolic event, which is a free open house for any family interested in Cape Girardeau’s history. The open house will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sept. 28 with Rosemary Oxley entertaining guests with music from the dulcimer, beginning at 11 a.m.
A dulcimer is a versatile string instrument that originated in the early 19th century. Oxley plays the dulcimer by laying it horizontally on her lap and plucking the strings. The instrument is often associated with bluegrass music.
Red House Docent Coordinator Anne Hutson said approximately 200 children, ages preschool through elementary, attend the Fall Frolic event with their parents yearly. She hopes they will have a similar turnout this year.
In addition to the dulcimer, children and their families will learn about history from the early 1800-1850s, dress up in clothes from the 1800s, learn about animal furs, participate in face painting, games and crafts. The Southeast discovery bus will also be present.
Hutson said families will receive a treat bag including coupons for children’s sites and restaurants. Everyone is invited to enjoy free tours of the Red House and a quilt show that will be featured inside.
The following Sunday, Sept. 29 marks the eighth annual Downtown Golf Tournament benefiting the Red House. A memorial dedication to Jane Randall Jackson, one of the Red House’s founders, is also planned for 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Red House.
The current Red House is a replica of the original red house built in the 1800s by Louis Lorimer. Lorimer was the Commandant of the Spanish District of Cape Girardeau. According to Hutson, Lorimer is one of the people responsible for incorporating the city in 1808.
The Red House is located at 128 S. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. For more information contact Hutson at j.hutson[at]charter.net.