Historic Sleeping Bear (formerly named Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear) is celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a partner of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The non-profit group will host, “Celebrate Historic Sleeping Bear!” – a 2-day event starting Friday evening June 29th with the showing of the documentary film, “The Barn Raisers “at 7 pm in the barn at the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center/Olsen Farm. The film highlights barns of the Midwest and includes some from Leelanau County and was filmed by award-winning producers.
On Saturday, June 30th a full day of activities are planned at the farm from 10 am – 4:30 pm. There will be scheduled bus tours of Port Oneida at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30; an art show and sale focused on historic buildings in the Park; demonstrations of old-time crafts and skills including rope making, historic cooking, wood stamping, basket weaving, butter churning and many children’s games and crafts. Try your hand at putting together a model timber frame structure, or help stitch our Historic Sleeping Bear quilt; go on a history hunt; watch a preservation project in action; enjoy the goats. The National Park Service and others will speak briefly at 12:15 followed by free cake; storytelling with Beach Bard’s Norm Wheeler from 11:15 – 1; “The North Carolines”, an Americana and Roots band will perform from 1-3 pm. And a 3 pm prize drawing. Betty’s HotDish Food Truck will be on-site for it all.
The celebration will culminate with our inaugural barn dance at 7 pm on Saturday with live caller and music. For details contact 334-6103 or visit www.phsb.org
Historic Sleeping Bear partners with the National Park to preserve and interpret the historic structures, landscapes, and heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. For details, please visit www.phsb.org