Fall Programs Offer Something for Everyone at TMS

Texarkana, TX – Join the Texarkana Museums System in October for two special programs. On Saturday, October 9, the P. J. Ahern home will present a Rumtopf workshop beginning at 2:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to start their own fermented fruit crock! On October 11, meet Robert M. Couch, author of Uncle Brice: A Killing, a Trial, a True Story,. Tickets are on sale now at TexarkanaMuseums.org/Events or call TMS at 903-793-4831 for more details.

Have you ever heard of rumtopf? This delicious fruit concoction is an Austrian, German, and Danish dessert of mixed fruit and alcohol traditionally eaten around Christmas. “Rumtopf” literally translates to “rum pot,” referring to the crock in which the fruit is fermented.  

“Layers of seasonal fruit are added to the crock with rum to start the fermentation process,” explains TMS Board President, Velvet Cool. “More fruit is added over weeks and the result is a delicious topping. My family always ate it over ice cream. It is so good!”

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to start their own rum pot and, over the following weeks, will receive email reminders for adding the next layer of fruit. The workshop will be held at the P. J. Ahern Home, 403 Laurel Street on October 9, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and includes all basic supplies. Guests will need to supply their own rum, brandy, or vodka. Tickets must be purchased in advance! For details, visit us on Facebook or call 903-793-4831.

For the book lovers in our community, TMS is hosting Robert M. Couch at a book signing for Uncle Brice: A Killing, a Trial, a True Story, at the Museums of Regional History, 219 N. State Line Avenue.  The book details the twists and turns of a famous Texarkana murder trial which occurred over 80 years ago.

“Mr. Couch was able to conduct some of his research using the TMS Archives,” explains TMS Curator, Jamie Simmons. “It’s exciting to read about what he uncovered as he pursued this story.”

There will be a limited number of copies of Couch’s book available for purchase at the event or guests can buy a copy on Amazon prior to the book signing. Tickets are just $5 each or free for TMS Members. Advanced registration is recommended.  Call TMS at 903-793-4831 for details.

Tickets for both events are on sale now at Texarkana Museums System.org/Events. The Texarkana Museums System hosts programs, exhibits, and community events every weekend of the month. For more information about these or future events, please call 903-793-4831, visit www.TexarkanaMuseums.org or find us on Facebook.   

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