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Plano’s Heritage Farmstead Museum is often filled with small children on school field trips or young families enjoying the wonders of the four-acre historic site, which is nestled in the center of the city. But folks at the Farmstead are targeting a slightly different demographic with the organization’s educational activities program “Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limits.”

The program geared toward adults over the age of 55 will begin Monday, April 4 through November from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and will include presentations on various topics from vegetable gardening, music, history and more. Theme-related refreshments will be served. The first activity of 2016 is “Growing Tomatoes” by Master Gardener Bodie Pyndus. Participants will learn about growing several tomato varieties, tour the historic garden and receive a tomato plant to grow at home.

Pre-registration for each class is $6 for non-members and $5 for Heritage Farmstead Museum members. Each program is limited to 50 registrants, and registration is required. Online registration is available at or by calling 972.881.0140. Registration deadline is close of business the Friday prior to each program.

The full lineup:

•    April 4: Gardening: Growing Tomatoes, speaker Bodie Pyndus, Master Gardener; activity: potting tomatoes
•    May 2: That’s Entertainment!: Susan McCarter, hammer dulcimer, Men of Note, singing performance
•    June 6: Blackland Prairie Then and Now: speaker Carol Clark, Master Naturalist; activity: making herb sachet
•    July 11: If These Walls Could Talk: speaker Hillary Kidd, curator Heritage Farmstead Museum; activity: Farrell Wilson home tour
•    August 1: Texas Tall Tales: speaker Rose Mary Rumbley, activity: ice cream social
•    September 12: Heritage Skills: activities: soap making, quilting, spinning/weaving, blacksmithing
•    October 3 (note different time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.): 150th Chuckwagon Anniversary: speaker historian Don Gates; activity: chuckwagon lunch
•    November 7: If You Could See What I Hear – a change of view on disability: speaker Bill Neff, RN, Master Gardener

The Heritage Farmstead Museum

A four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.

Colbea Smith

Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most...