Annual Heritage Harvest Days at Seven Ponds
It's Time for the 39th Annual Heritage Harvest Days at Seven Ponds!
Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20,
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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 center's year-around environmental education activities which serve thousands of children.
Featuring . . .
Tractors, Antique Cars, and Engines - Exhibited by the Eastern Michigan Collectors and others. Watch a working steam engine cook corn for festival attendees. A parade of the classic vehicles will be held each day at 4:00 p.m. Bring out your own vehicle for display!
Arts and Crafts Exhibitors - Spinning, weaving, crocheting, quilting, woodcarving, chair-making, and basketry will be just some of the traditional crafts demonstrated. In addition, there will be exhibits on wood/ canvas canoe restoration, maple syrup production, and local history. Many exhibitors will feature items for sale, including antique buttons, jewelry, photography, rocks and fossils, home-made jellies and jams, potpourri, knitted and crocheted items, woodcrafts, 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 and her son Sy will be demonstrating both days.
The Music Tent - On Saturday, Blue Train plays progressive bluegrass, acoustic blues, and American roots music at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., while Don Mitchell plays folk music of the past at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, The Two Talls meld classical music with Bohemian folk, Scandinavian ballads, rhapsodies, bluegrass, waltzes, and swings from around the world at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Russ Rheaume offers folk songs from the fifties and sixties at 2:00 p.m.
Children's Tent - Run a three-legged race, wander through a hay bale maze, play hoop and stick, walk on stilts, search for pennies in sawdust, or play a round of corn hole.
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.
Nature Walks and Exhibits - Enjoy a walk down to the Seven Ponds, stopping at stations along the way to hear about the lakes and their inhabitants.
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 fleece socks?
Face Painting - Let Wowie the Clown paint your entire face, or just your cheek with a bit of art.
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, queen-sized quilt, a copper heron lawn ornament, and a Lenny Miller's restaurant gift certificate. The quilt was donated by the Thimble Buddies Quilt Guild.
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 with lemon sauce, popcorn, sno-cones, nachos, and soft drinks.
The Harvest Pub - Enjoy beer, wine, or sangria in this special area near the food tent.
Admission: $6.00, Children 12 and under and exhibitors free. Sorry, no pets allowed.