Enjoy a day of music and crafts at the annual “Sunday at Montauk” on July 5 at Montauk State Park near Salem. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be in the area adjacent to the park’s open picnic shelter from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
View the wares of crafters and watch them demonstrate their talents in a variety of skills. Wooden toys, birdhouses, American Indian craft items, dried flowers, quilts, embroidery work, weavings, afghans, paintings, gourds, baskets, homemade soap, candles and other items that have been handmade by skilled crafters will be on display. A tinsmith will demonstrate his skills and other demonstrations and exhibits will be available.
Persons can also tour Montauk Mill, which was built in 1896 and still contains most of its original machinery. It is the only remaining structure from the once-thriving Montauk community. The mill is just across the road from the event area.
Bring your lawn chairs and relax under the large old walnut shade trees or dance to an assortment of live musical performances throughout the day. Musicians will play a variety of music and a large ground-level wooden platform will be available for dancers.
Ample parking will be available in the large parking lot adjacent to the Montauk Mill and in a nearby open field. Food and refreshments, provided by the park’s Dorman L. Steelman Lodge, will be sold from the open picnic shelter house.
Montauk State Park is 13 miles east of Licking just off of Highway VV. From all points south of Montauk State Park, travel north on U.S. 63 from Houston, turn east on Highway P, travel one mile, turn north on Highway 137 and drive one mile, then turn east or right onto Highway VV and travel 10 miles to the park.
For more information, contact the park at 573-548-2201. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.