DRYDEN TWP. — For more than 30 years, Seven Ponds Nature Center has given visitors a unique glimpse into the history of living off the land during their annual Heritage Harvest Days.
All of the activities, demonstrations, musical performances, children's games and more are slated for this weekend—11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
"Heritage Harvest Days is known for its friendly atmosphere, and for its tremendous variety of activities," Seven Ponds Director Mike Champagne said.
"The event offers something for people of all ages and interests."
Many traditional crafts—quilt making, spinning, embroidery, knitting, pottery and more—will be demonstrated and the crafters will also be selling their wares.
Visitors will also have a chance to learn more about some of the first machinery used to make labor easier. Tractors, cars, steam engines, sawmills and other equipment will be on display and operating thanks to the Eastern Michigan Collectors, Nelson's Wood Products and the Motor City Antique Truck Club. A parade will be held both days at 12:30 and 4 p.m.
The kids will get a kick out of the game and farm animal tent. Traditional games, candle making, stilt walking and face painting are on tap all day. Magician the Amazing Doug, performs Sat. at 2 p.m. followed by Wyatt the Magic Wonder at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tradition-al trades such as blacksmithing will be on display this weekend at the Heritage Harvest Days.
Music will fill the grounds both days from 1-4 p.m. On Sat., Blue Train and Imlay City Bob will each take the stage for a mix of bluegrass, country and blues. On Sun., Strings and Things and Jeff Backe will each perform.
Of course, staff at the center will be offering walks through the wetlands and woodlands.
Food and refreshments will also be served.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 years and under.
For more information, contact Seven Ponds at 796-3200.