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Pinellas' roots are celebrated

Thousands of people wandered through a village Saturday that looked like it could have been built 100 years ago. The visitors were taking in bits of Pinellas County history during the 13th annual Country Jubilee at Heritage Park.

The Jubilee, sponsored annually by the Pinellas County Historical Society, is conducted at the county's historical park, which contains houses and buildings dating back to the turn of the century.

"I just walked past a one-room schoolhouse that looked like it was from the year one," said Rose Rathouski of St. Petersburg.

Scattered throughout the park were artists and craftspeople selling everything from candles and quilted potholders to charcoal sketchings and cowboys carved of wood.

Rose Rathouski came with her sister-in-law, Mildred Rathouski, and they came prepared to shop.

"If something strikes my fancy, I'll take it," Rose Rathouski said. "If not, I'll pass it by. I didn't come here to sit down."

Mildred Rathouski found something she liked, a woman's casual jacket in black with roses embroidered on the left shoulder and right hip pocket.

"I bought it as a Christmas (gift)," she said.

"It's that time of year," said woodcarver Bob Marek of Clearwater. "It's Santa Claus and nativity."

Saturday, Marek worked on a carving of the Virgin Mary, Joseph and Jesus.

At mid-day, George Greer, vice chairman of the Pinellas County Commission, and Ken Ford, director of Heritage Park, led a ceremony honoring Walsingham House, a building in the park erected in 1915 that is to house antique doctor and dentist tools.

Money collected during the Jubilee will benefit the park and its buildings, according to the Historical Society.