30th Annual General Sam Houston Folk Festival. We're talking reenactors in full costume and regalia (look for famous scout Deaf Smith), cultural exhibits, Sahawe Indian dancers and retro demonstrations about rustic life on the frontier: cannon and rifle fire, blacksmithing, glass-blowing and woodworking. Be sure to step out of the way during the 18th Texas State Knife & Tomahawk Champion; you never know when a thrower might miss his mark. That's hosted on Saturday and Sunday by world-champion Chris Miller and his wife Sarah; plus there's a knife and whip show over on the main stage. It all goes down on the 15-acre grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Homestead.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 13; noon to 5 p.m. May 14. 1836 Sam Houston Avenue, Huntsville. For information, call 936-294-1832 or visit samhoustonfolkfestival.blogspot.com. Free to $5.
It's a tip of the Texian's hat to Sam Houston; were it not for the general's incredible victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, Texas independence might not have been secured. So let's celebrate the Lone Star State's historic past at the