By Jeff Fox
One of the area’s most historic sites will have an evening of food and fundraising this weekend.
The 32nd annual Pig-Pickin’ Chicken-Lickin’ Feast is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate. It’s at 313 W. Pacific Ave. That’s a few blocks south of the Square and across the street from the National Frontier Trails Museum.
“It’s one of our five major fundraisers,” said Shireen McLaughlin, site coordinator.
The menu is lots of pork and fried chicken “and all the trimmings,” McLaughlin said, plus fruit cobbler. A DJ will pay music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, including swing and bluegrass.
The 19.5-acre estate is full of history. The Waggoner family had the mill across the street – today’s National Frontier Trails Museum – that produced the well-known “Queen of the Pantry” flours. The family had the mansion for generations.
“Ninety-five percent of the paintings and furnishings in the home are original to the Waggoner family,” McLaughlin said.
Also, it was in a building on the grounds – now gone – that George Caleb Bingham painted “Order No. 11,” depicting aspects of the brutality of the Civil War in western Missouri. And before that, pioneers and traders headed out on the Santa Fe Trail passed through, and several years ago some swales – impressions in the ground left by wagons – were discovered and documented on the southwest corner of the grounds.
On Saturday, the mansion will be open for tours. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children and students, although Saturday also is Smithsonian Magazine National Museum Day, and you can go to www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ and get tickets for free admission for two people for hundreds of sites across the country, including the Bingham-Waggoner.
The Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild has quilts on display this month on the second and third floors.
Mostly, Saturday is about the food.
“It’s a blast,” said McLaughlin. “This event is always a good time.”
Pig-Pickin’ Chicken-Lickin’ tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children 8 and younger, and reservations are requested. Call 816-461-3491 or go to the Carriage House Boutique.