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Celebrate Heritage this weekend

Visitors enjoy display of antique cars and equipment at Heritage Harvest Day.

September 10, 2008
DRYDEN — Take a leisurely step back in time at this year's annual Heritage Harvest Days at Seven Ponds Nature Center Sept. 13-14.

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., visitors young and old can experience the area's heritage through displays, demonstrations, activities, food and old-fashioned fun.

The family friendly event offers something for everyone, and includes a Children's Tent, Farm Animal Tent, Music Tent, guided nature walks, a working sawmill and a host of antique tractors, cars, steam engines and other equipment.

The Country Store, Herb Shop and Bread and Jam Table offer the best of locally grown delights and gifts.

In the Children's Tent, kids can take part in a three-legged race, a spoon relay, enjoy a nature story hour, make candles, play hoop and stick and test their skills on stilts. Their imaginations will run wild with magic performed by the Flint Chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and Wowie the Clown will be on hand to add her artistic touch in face painting.

Musicians slated to perform in the music tent include Blue Train with contemporary bluegrass, acoustic blues and old-time country on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., with Imlay City Bob scheduled to play country, blues and more at 2 p.m. On Sunday, L & L Blues will perform at 1 and 2 p.m., followed by the sweet sounds of the hammered dulcimer by Charlene Berry at 3 p.m.

Those who prefer to view the grounds via a horse-drawn wagon can hitch a ride with Pinecrest Percherons and Carriage Services. For the foot-travelers, naturalists will lead walks both days through trails on the center's woodlands and wetlands.

Eastern Michigan Collectors will have their tractors, cars, steam engines, old gasoline engines and other equipment on display. A tractor-powered sawmill from Nelson's Wood Products will transform logs into lumber, and the Motor City Antique Truck Club will have their unique rides on display. A parade featuring all of the old-time vehicles will be held at 12:30 and 4 p.m. on both days as well.

As usual, an old-fashioned Ox Roast will take place on Saturday; with a bratwurst/hot dog lunch offered on Sunday. Sweet corn perfectly cooked with the use of an old steam engine, gingerbread with lemon sauce, brownies, beverages, ice cream, popcorn and other treats will be available both days.

An expanded arts and crafts area will feature quilt making, spinning, embroidery, knitting, woodcarving and woodworking, bird houses and feeders, antique buttons, herbal products, dried flowers, pottery, handmade jewelry, painting, illustration, chairmaking, photography and more.

Information and exhibits on nature-related topics like maple syrup making, beekeeping, sheep shearing, blacksmithing and more are part of the event as well.

Admission to Heritage Harvest Days is $6 for adults and $2 for children. Funds raised help support the center's educational programs that benefit thousands of area school children.

Seven Ponds Nature Center is located at 3854 Crawford Road between Calkins and Lake George Roads, one mile south of Dryden Road. For more information call 810-796-3200.

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