Heritage Festival starts July 31

A bake sale and historic displays will be featured in the Sidney General Store during Montcalm Heritage Festival, July 31 through Aug. 2, on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. — Courtesy photo

SIDNEY — A glider demonstration by Brent Wickerham, of Greenville, is new to this year’s 28th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival, which is scheduled for July 31 through Aug. 2 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

Wickerham is an experienced hang-glider who is able to launch from flat ground. If the weather is conducive, he will launch at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 in the north field. If the weather and/or wind speed is not suitable for launch, he will wear his outfit and talk about hang-gliding.

Also new this year, the American Mountain Men will have a camp all three days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the south field. They will demonstrate fire starting with flint and steel as well as how to fire off a muzzle-loading flintlock musket. They will also provide other demonstrations by request with other various items utilized between 1820 and 1840.

Other new features include a cake walk and a watermelon toss. The cake walk will be all three days at 12:30 p.m. at the gazebo. The watermelon toss will be 2 p.m. Aug. 2 in Heritage Village.

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, craft demonstrations, music, printing demonstrations, ice cream parlor and dairy equipment display, used book sale and antique small engine displays.

The Montcalm County Commission on Aging Senior Fest will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 in Heritage Village. Special events include horseshoes, desserts and refreshments and a 50-50 raffle. 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 at 7 p.m. Aug. 1. 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. 2, 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 emailing terrys@montcalm.edu.

Vintage Base Ball will return to Montcalm Heritage Festival on Aug. 2 on MCC’s south 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. 2 include children’s activities, live music, tractor/wagon rides, a historic schoolhouse reenactment and festival games.

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 July 31 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 1-2. The opening ceremony is 10 a.m. July 31 at the gazebo.

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

Heritage Festival Calendar of Events

THURSDAY, July 31,
Honoring Seniors Day

• 10 a.m., Festival opening & memorial service, Bandstand/Gazebo

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Montcalm County Commission on Aging Senior Fest. Special events for senior citizens include horseshoes, desserts and refreshments and a 50-50 raffle. Transportation is provided from the parking area., Heritage Village

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

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tractor/wagon rides

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Children’s activities, Children’s Playhouse

 

Live music, Bandstand/Gazebo

• 10-11 a.m., Country Kin presents country and gospel music

• 12-1 p.m., Obligato Ensemble presents classical and traditional music

• 1:30-2:30 p.m., A Fluke presents country and gospel music

 

FRIDAY, Aug. 1, Children’s Day

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

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tractor/wagon rides

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

• 11:30 a.m., Historic town hall reenactment, Sidney Town Hall

• 2 p.m., Festival games/potato sack race, Heritage Village

• 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 Karen Maxfield at Karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu or 989-328-2111, Ext. 334, for more information.

 

Live music, Bandstand/Gazebo

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., DC Cloggers

• 12-1 p.m., Keith Hudson and Janice Rohn present swing and jazz music

• 1:30-2:30 p.m., Z Club presents jugglin

• 3-4 p.m., John Eckholm Band presents country and traditional music

 

SATURDAY, Aug. 2, Family Day

• 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 at terrys@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1284 to purchase tickets or for more information.

• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., MCC Bookstore open, MCC Activities Building

• 10 a.m., Glider demonstration, North Field

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

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tractor/wagon rides

• 10 a.m., 2 p.m., Vintage Base Ball games start at 10 a.m. 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., South lawn

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

• 2 p.m., Festival games/watermelon toss, Heritage Village

 

Live music, Bandstand/Gazebo

• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nels Hansen presents traditional music

• Noon to 1 p.m., Irish Wildwood presents Celtic music

• 1:30-2:30 p.m., Kari Anne and Lost Creek presents country, gospel and traditional music

• 3-4 p.m., The Lowell Trio presents classical, Celtic and traditional music

 

ALL THREE DAYS (Beginning at 10 a.m.)

American Mountain Men, demonstrations and exhibits, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., South Field

Bandstand/Gazebo, Music and entertainment

Belle’s Hat Shoppe, Historic displays

Blacksmith Shop, Tool & machinery show

Cake Walk, 12:30 p.m., Bandstand/Gazebo

Edmore Jail, Historic displays

Ehle Barn, Historic displays and antique small engines

Gaffield School, Open for display July 31 until 4 p.m. and Aug. 1-2 until 5 p.m.

Golf Carts, donated by Cliff Fry

Maintenance of Way, Display of a Railroad Speeder and equipment

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

North Lawn, Civil War Encampment

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

Print Shop, Printing demonstration

Rush Dairy, Ice cream parlor and dairy equipment

Shoen Log House, Spinning demonstrations

Sidney General Store, Bake sale and displays

Sidney Town Hall, Videos and historic displays

Tent, Craft demonstrations including wood carving, crocheting, rug making and basket making and quilt display

Thorland Ice House, historic displays

Tool Shed, Farm tool displays and antique sleigh

Used Book Sale, tent near Sidney General Store

Village Church, open house

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