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PANHANDLE PLAINS >Eastland
At the Eastland County Museum, Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation chronicles the remarkable span of history lived by Americans born in the 1910s and ’20s. Featuring photographs, oral histories, and artifacts like a wicker baby scale and a 1940s home kitchen, the exhibit explores American life starting with the Great Depression and continuing through World War II and the Baby Boom. The exhibit runs January 28-March 16 in Eastland before moving to Lubbock’s Silent Wings Museum, where it shows April 6-May 25. 254/965-6190.
PRAIRIES AND LAKES >Grapevine
How the Sausage is Made
In the days before refrigeration, wintertime in Texas provided the cold temperatures required to safely prepare meat for the year to come. Nash Farm in Grapevine, a 5.2-acre farm dating to 1859, recalls this aspect of our culinary heritage with a hog butchering and curing workshop January 17-18. Day one of the hands-on class covers basics like scraping hair from the hide and butchering various cuts. Day two covers rendering lard, making sausage, curing meat, and how the smokehouse works. Participants must be at least 16 years old and may register for one or both days. 817/410-3185.
Peter and the Wolf
What better place than the zoo to watch Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless composition Peter and the Wolf? The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and InterActive Theater Company will stage the performance at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. January 18 at the Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center. Written to inspire children’s interest in classical music and instruments, the show features a story narrator with chamber orchestra and actors portraying Peter, the wolf and other characters. Fittingly, the story concludes with the wolf spared from hunters and escorted to the zoo. Call 713/533-6500.
SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS>Mission
Long known as the “home of the grapefruit,” Mission has celebrated its agricultural roots since 1932 with the annual Texas Citrus Fiesta. Highlights include the Product Costume contest on January 17, in which costumes must be decorated with citrus or citrus-based coloring, and the Parade of Oranges on January 31, which has a contest category that requires floats to be at least 85 percent covered in locally grown citrus. There’s also a vaquero cook-off, carnival, arts and crafts fair, and coronation of various citrus “royalty.” Call 956/585-9724.