2017-09-14 / Scene

Heritage Harvest Days is this weekend

By Phil Foley
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

DRYDEN TWP. — The 41st Heritage Harvest Days festival at Seven Ponds Nature Center will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 16-17) at the center, 3854 Crawford Road. Admission is $7 for adults and children under 12 and vendors are free.

The two-day festival will feature many of the attractions people have grown to expect every year, among them tractors, antique cars and engines from the Eastern Michigan Collectors; C.J. Forge’s blacksmithing exhibit; Deb and Sy Caryl’s sheep shearing demonstration; and the Lapeer Brewer’s Association’s brewing exhibit.

For those who don’t want to wait for the brewers’ association to finish up, Seven Pond’s Harvest Pub will be serving up adult beverages near the festival’s food tent, where Saturday they will be offering Country Smoke House pulled pork and Sunday they’ll have bratwurst and on both days, there will be a vegetarian platter to choose from.

Members of the nature center’s clubs will also be on hand to share information about their hobbies. The Friends of Herbs and Butterfly Gardeners will provide tours of their gardens, the Astronomy Club will provide a glimpse of the sun using a telescope with special filters, the Beekeeping Club will help visitors get started in beekeeping, and the Camera Club will be sharing its expertise on cameras and photography.

Many artists and crafters setting up booths at the festival will be selling their work. Many of these vendors are new to Heritage Harvest Days. This year’s exhibitors will offer artisan jewelry made from heirloom seeds, home-made jams and jellies, honey, hand-knitted hats and scarves, gold and silver jewelry, rustic signs, quilts, rocks and fossils, woodcrafts, fiber products, pottery and stained glass.

There will be live music both days. Blue Train will perform at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday with Larry Stevens playing at 2 p.m. Sunday will see perennial festival favorites Stable, Grable and Barely Able playing at 1 and 3 p.m. with Mark Simpson performing at 2 p.m.

As always, the center will be offering horse-drawn wagon rides through Earl’s Prairie, a nine-acre reconstructed tall-grass prairie. There will also be opportunities to hike the trails around the glacial ponds that give the center its name.

For more information, call 810-796- 3200 or visit the nature center’s website at www.sevenponds.org.

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