For 35 years Sutter's Fort has provided fourth graders with a direct experience of pioneer life through its Environmental Living Program. Students spend 24 hours impersonating people of 1840's California and doing their typical work and play activities, such as cooking, blacksmithing, spinning, candle dipping, covered wagon packing, square dancing and craft making.
To celebrate the program, the Fort is inviting alumni and the public to a special evening event that includes a cannon fire, pioneer dinner, Gold Rush-era live entertainment, pioneer dancing, hands-on craft activities and docent storytelling.
What: Twilight: Return to the Fort
Where: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento
When: June 4
6 p.m. -- Gates open
6:15 p.m. -- Cannon fire welcome
6:30 p.m. -- Pioneer dinner
7:30 p.m. -- Music, dancing, crafts and storytelling
Cost: $35 for adults; $20 for children (under 17)
For more info: 916-445-4422 or www.suttersfort.org
PHOTO CREDIT: David Lubin Elementary School students ride in covered wagons from their school in East Sacramento enroute to Sutter's Fort to begin during the Environmental Living Program. 2002. Sacramento bee photograph by Andy Alfaro