Fall Harvest Festival

Date & Time

October 3, 2020
10 am-4 pm

Event Admission

FREE for CNC members and ALL children under 18,
just $5/non-member adult!

*Become a member at the Festival and admission is free!

Event Overview

Celebrate the return of autumn at Fall Harvest Festival! Visitors of all ages will enjoy demonstrations, crafts and activities that reflect 19th century life on the farm at harvest time.

In the Visitor Center, guests will enjoy folk music by the Jolly Hammers and Strings Dulcimers, as well as a bobbin lace demonstration and hands-on activity by the Mid-Michigan Lace Makers. Attendees can see demonstrations by the Midland Woodcarvers and the Midland Quilters Squared Guild and weaving, spinning and other handwork by the Midland Fiber Arts Guild. Guests can also visit the hands-on Ecosystem Gallery and Nature Discovery Area, as well as the River Overlook and Nature Center Store.

Fall Harvest Festival attendees can take a hay wagon to the Homestead, where there will be woodcarving, woodstove cooking, cider making, beekeeping, bone-grinding, apple butter making, spinning and chair caning demonstrations, herbs by the Valley Herb Society and traditional music by Tinkers Folly. Children can make rope, dip candles, grind corn and more! Visitors can also learn about the organic heirloom vegetables grown this year at the Homestead Farm.

At the Log Schoolhouse, there will be classroom lessons, and outdoor games, stenciling and leather stamping in the schoolyard. Nearby, watch a demonstration of the antique threshing machine. At the sugarhouse, the Max Carey Blacksmith Guild will be working on their latest projects. Food concessions will be provided by the Studley Grange.


Demonstrations include: Children’s activities include:
woodstove cooking
cider making
apple butter making
spinning and weaving wool
traditional music
candle dipping
bone grinding
leather stamping
schoolyard games
and more!

  Activities subject to change.


To volunteer for Fall Harvest Festival, contact Cathy Devendorf at
cdevendorf@chippewanaturecenter.org or (989) 631-0830.

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