By DAVID MAY
PEASTER – To step back into time and experience what it was like the night Jesus was born, one does not have to go far from Weatherford.
Just go about 11 miles north on FM Road 920, about 2 miles north of Peaster, and take in “The Star of Bethlehem Experience” at Capernaum Village this Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. The times are sunset to about 9:30 p.m. each night.
“It's a wonderful walk-through experience where people actually get to come into the village and see what it was like the night Jesus was born,” said owner Tammy Lane. “We want people to feel the experience like they are going back through time.”
Currently sitting on about 5 acres, Capernaum Village includes a 30,000-square-foot statue garden that leads people on a leisurely walk through the Bible from God's creation of the Heaven and Earth, through the Garden of Eden and Noah's Ark to Moses delivering the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. There is the Exodus of the Israelites and on to the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
After the garden, people are then led to the actual village for a guided tour complete with actual stone buildings comprising a village, marketplace, the inn and manger filled with live actors oblivious to their touring guests as they portray the people and activities that day in Bethlehem. There are children running around, a school, a blacksmith hammering, a potter behind his wheel molding clay into bowls and even a Roman sentry maintaining order and discipline among the villagers.
About 50 actors in the live portrayal come from the Weatherford Acting and Stunt Academy (www.wactacademy.com) under the direction of mentor Twila Barnett.
“There is so much talent out here,” said Lane, who also operates a film production company. “These actors are just volunteering. We have lots of other volunteers behind the scenes. We couldn't do this without them and we are grateful for that.”