2014 Heritage Harvest Festival at Seven Ponds Nature Center Dryden Michigan
Who: Everyone is invited to attend (appropriate for all ages)
What: 2014 Heritage Harvest Festival at Seven Ponds Nature Center Dryden Michigan
When: Saturday and Sunday September 13, & 14th, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Seven Ponds Nature Center
3854 Crawford Road
Dryden, Michigan 48428
Why: Fun Fun Fun
It\'s Time for the 38th Annual Heritage Harvest Days at Seven Ponds!
Seven Ponds Nature Center\'s Heritage Harvest Days is a longtime favorite with many in the community. The festival is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and wide range of activities. Heritage Harvest Days offers features for people of all ages and interests, including many for children. Once again this year, children age 12 years and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted to the festival at no charge. In addition, the event helps support the year-around environmental education activities at the nature center for thousands of children.
Featuring . . .
Tractors, Antique Cars, and Engines - Exhibited by the Eastern Michigan Collectors and others. A parade of these vehicles will be held each day at 4:00 p.m. Bring out your own classic vehicle for display!
Arts and Crafts Exhibitors - Spinning, weaving, quilting, woodcarving, and basketry will be just some of the traditional crafts demonstrated. In addition, there will be exhibits on barns, wooden canoes, maple syrup production, and walnut harvesting. Many exhibitors will feature items for sale, including pottery, antique buttons, jewelry, photography, rocks and fossils, paintings, and bird houses.
Blacksmith Exhibit by C.J. Forge - Watch blacksmiths Owen Creteau and Kevin Keena demonstrate their craft. They\'ll be happy to take special orders.
Sheep Shearing Demonstration - Heritage Award winner Deb Caryl will be demonstrating each hour.
The Music Tent - On Saturday, Lost Cuzzins plays acoustic folk at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., while Larry Stevens plays vintage songs at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, Fable, Grable, and Bearly Able play standards and old favorites at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., while Mark Simpson offers country music at 2:00 p.m.
Children\'s Tent - Run a three-legged race, tackle an obstacle course, play hoop and stick, walk on stilts, search for pennies in sawdust, and watch a magician in this tent.
Farm Animal Tent - Children and adults alike will enjoy seeing and feeding the animals brought by Lil\' Hillbilly Charms, one of the local 4-H Clubs.
Country Store - Come shopping for antiques, crafts, and lots of other goodies.
Bring that Christmas List as this is a great chance to get something special for that special someone.
Nature Walks and Exhibits - Enjoy a walk down to the Seven Ponds and hear their fascinating story from one of the center\'s naturalists.
Horse Drawn Prairie Wagon Rides - Visit the center\'s tallgrass prairie on a wagon pulled by Pinecrest Percherons.
Funny Face Alpacas - Get a close-up look at these interesting animals. How about some alpaca wool socks?
Face Painting - Let Wowie the Clown paint your entire face, or just a bit of your cheek.
Brew you Own - Let the Lapeer Area Brewers show you how to make beer in your own home.
Used Book Sale - Hardbacks and paperbacks, all at a bargain basement price.
Quilt Raffle - Purchase a chance on a handmade quilt, nature center gift certificate, and Lenny Miller\'s restaurant gift certificate.
Bread & Jam Table - Pick up some baked or canned goods to take home.
Herb and Butterfly Garden Displays - Visit these beautiful gardens and talk to the volunteers who tend them. Don\'t miss the many herb products offered by the Friends of Herbs in the Interpretive Building.
Rookery Gift Shop - Shop for many nature-related items, including books, puppets, rocks, necklaces, and shirts.
On the Menu
Saturday - Country Smokehouse Pulled Pork Plate
Sunday - Bratwurst Plate
Both Days - Vegetarian Plate, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, ice cream, gingerbread, popcorn, sno-cones, nachos, and soft drinks.
The Harvest Pub - New this year! Enjoy beer, wine, or sangria in this special area near the food tent.
Admission: $6.00, Children 12 and under and exhibitors free.