Yet another upcoming event that didn’t take place last year because of Hurricane Ike is the Heritage  House Museum family celebration Past Times, set for Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 905 Division Ave. on the museum grounds.

In addition to Ike, Past Times suffered cancellations after Hurricane Rita in 2005 and two other years since then, and Heritage staffers hope for good weather this year. In the past four years, Past Times has only taken place once.

“This is the Heritage House’s way of giving back to the community,” says Linda Garrett. “They’ve helped us so much when we had the hurricanes and other bad weather.”

Promising a day of free family fun going back to the early 1900s, featuring include a moonwalk, face-painting, old toys, small horses, antique car show, military displays, quilting, apple-peeling, butter-churning and coffee-grinding demonstrations and children’s games.

“Kids can be ‘hands-on’ with a lot of these activities,” Garrett says.

There will also be free hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, cookies and homemade ice cream.

Other highlights include dulcimer playing from the Sweet Sounds Dulcimers store of Beaumont, wood-carving demonstrations by Randall Roberts of Bridge City and square dancing by a group of Beaumont dancers.

The Dutch oven demonstrations are also popular, Garrett says.

“They just cook a big dinner in big black pots on little legs,” she says, over hot coals.

“The fire department always does a demonstration  … We’ll have gifts and games for the kids. All the children will leave with a free gift from the Heritage House board of directors.”

For more information on Past Times, call the Heritage House main office at 886-5385.