Barn raising, threshing demonstrations new at Montcalm Heritage Festival

A quarter-sized replica of an American Midwest timber-frame barn will be raised at 1:30 p.m. each day during Montcalm Heritage Festival, Aug. 1 to 3 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. A group of 4-H’ers erected the barn during 4-H Exploration Days in June at Michigan State University.

SIDNEY — A barn-raising demonstration by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and local volunteers will take place each day during the 27th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival, Aug. 1-3 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

Using a quarter-sized replica of an American Midwest timber-frame barn, participants will learn about the parts, the vocabulary and the raising of this building structure that framed barns, homes and businesses of this time period. The quarter-size barn will be constructed daily at 1:30 p.m. north of the gazebo in Heritage Village.

Another new feature will be a threshing demonstration at 11 a.m. on Aug. 2 in MCC’s north field.

Montcalm Heritage Village was established in 1986 on Montcalm Community College’s campus and has grown to include more than 20 buildings and hundreds of artifacts from local areas depicting life in Michigan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Several events run all three days including historical displays in Heritage Village buildings, a tool and machinery show in the blacksmith shop, display of a 1937 Chevrolet-General Pumper fire truck, Civil War encampment, a quilt show and quilting instruction, music, printing demonstrations, a bake sale, used book sale and craft demonstrations.

The Montcalm County Commission on Aging Senior Fest will be Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building. Events include bingo, make-and-takes, desserts and refreshments, health booths, a 50-50 drawing and door prizes. Transportation will be provided from the parking area.

Ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball, known as “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” comes to MCC’s Barn Theater for one performance on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Ball will perform blues and boogie arrangements of classic American songs such as Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, The Entertainer, Bumble Boogie, Cow Cow Blues and more during this family-friendly show. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Aug. 3, the MCC Foundation will host its pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. in MCC’s Activities Building. Proceeds from the breakfast support MCC scholarships. The cost is $5 per person in advance or $6 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling 989-328-1284 or by e-mailing terrys@montcalm.edu.

Vintage Base Ball will return to Montcalm Heritage Festival on Aug. 3 on MCC’s north lawn. Following rules and customs from the 1860s, all cranks, or fans, are invited to watch as three club nines, or teams, try to score enough aces, or runs, to win the game. MCC’s Sidney Stars, Kent Base Ball Club and Fallasburg Flats will play. Games start at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.Parking and admission are free.

Other special events on Aug. 3 include children’s activities, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations and a quilt show.

“The Boogie Woogie Kid,” Matthew Ball, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in Montcalm Community College’s Barn Theater. Doors open one-half hour prior to the start of the show. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The festival is offered by the Montcalm Heritage Village Committee, a group of community volunteers that works year around in the historical Heritage Village on the college’s campus; MCC and the MCC Foundation. Montcalm Heritage Village was established in 1986 on MCC’s campus and has grown to include 28 buildings and hundreds of artifacts from local areas depicting life in Michigan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 2-3. The opening ceremony is Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Village Church.

Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for a complete schedule of events or for more information about Montcalm Heritage Village.

27th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival Schedule of Events

Thursday 

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Historic schoolhouse re-enactment — Gaffield School

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Tractor and wagon rides – Heritage Village

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Montcalm County Commission on Aging Senior Fest. Special events for senior citizens are in MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building and include bingo, make and takes, desserts and refreshment tasting and health booths. A 50—50 drawing and door prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. Transportation is provided from the parking area.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Quilt Show — MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Children’s activities — Children’s Playhouse

• 11 a.m.: Festival opening and memorial service — Village Church

• Noon to 3 p.m.: Music — Bandstand/Gazebo

• Noon to 5 p.m.: Montcalm Area Art Association exhibits, demonstrations and sales — MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building

• 1:30 p.m.: Quarter-size Barn Raising by Michigan Barn Preservation Network — North of the Bandstand/Gazebo

Friday

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Montcalm Area Art Association exhibits, demonstrations and sales — MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Historic schoolhouse reenactment — Gaffield School

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Tractor and wagon rides – Heritage Village

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Quilt Show – MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Children’s activities — Children’s Playhouse

• 11 a.m.: Threshing demonstration — North field

• 11 a.m.: Historic town hall re-enactment — Sidney Town Hall

• 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Live music – Bandstand/Gazebo

• 1:30 p.m.: Quarter-size Barn Raising by Michigan Barn Preservation Network – North of the Bandstand/Gazebo

• 7 p.m.: “Boogie—woogie Kid” pianist Matthew Ball – MCC’s Barn Theater

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. Contact Heritage Village Committee Vice Chairman Lou Kitchenmaster at lwk7@charter.net for more information.

Saturday 

• 7 to 10 a.m.: MCC Foundation Pancake Breakfast — MCC Activities Building. The cost is $5 per person in advance or $6 at the door. Contact MCC Foundation Executive Director Terry Smith by email at terrys@montcalm.edu or call her at 989—328—1284 to purchase tickets or for more information.

• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: MCC Bookstore open — MCC’s Activities Building

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Quilt Show — MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building

• 9 a.m. to Noon: Montcalm Area Art Association exhibits, demonstrations and sales — MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Vintage Base Ball games start at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — MCC’s South Lawn

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Tractor and wagon rides — Heritage Village

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Live music — Bandstand/Gazebo

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Children’s Activities — Village Playhouse

• 1:30 p.m.: Quarter-size Barn Raising by Michigan Barn Preservation Network – North of the Bandstand/Gazebo

All three days (Beginning at 10 a.m.)

• Bandstand/Gazebo — Musical groups

• Belle’s Hat Shoppe — Historic displays

• Blacksmith Shop — Tool & machinery demonstrations

• Edmore Jail — Heritage Village “lock—up”

• Ehle Barn — Historic tractor and small engine displays

• Fire Barn — Fire truck display of 1937 Chevrolet—General Pumper from Crystal

• Gaffield School — Open for display Aug. 1 until 4 p.m. and Aug. 2-3 until 5 p.m.

• Golf Carts — Transportation to and from the parking area. Donated by Cliff Fry.

• Maintenance of Way — Display of a Railroad Speeder and equipment

• Main Street — Book sale and vintage craft demonstrations

• MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building — Quilt show and hands-on quilting instruction

• McBrides Depot — Steam engine, coal car and caboose on display.

• North Lawn — Civil War Encampment and butter making

• Pavilion — Village Country Kitchen — sandwiches, chips, pie, cookies and beverages for sale

• Print Shop — Printing demonstration

• Rush Dairy — Ice cream parlor, popcorn and dairy equipment

• Shoen Log House — Historic displays and spinning wheel demonstration

• Sidney General Store — Historic displays and bake sale

• Sidney Town Hall — Historic displays and museum

• Tent — Craft demonstrations including wood carving, crocheting, rug making, basket making and arrowhead displays

• Thorland Ice House — Historic display

• Tool Shed — Tool and vintage farm displays

• Village Church — Open house

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