Victorian Festival at Mill Race Village

Mill Race Village
Victorian Festival
Sunday, September 18, 2011

10 am to 5 pm Saturday, Sept 17 and Sunday, Sept 18
Civil War re-enactors from several different groups portray Military and civilians encamped throughout Mill Race Village.  Public welcome — on exhibit: elaborate tents and camp life, authentic clothing and life style of era, first person portrayals off and on: children’s games.
1:30 pm Fashion Show
2:30-3:00 pm Military Skirmishes and Drills

11:00 am
Church Services with the Civil War re-enactors followed by a Sunday Church Social on the lawn of the New School Church. The public is welcome to attend services and is invited to picnic with the re-enactors.

12 – 4 pm  Museum Buildings Open
 Mill Race Museum buildings will be open for self guided tours.  Docents will be onsite to  answer questions and offer special insights.  As always, free of charge.

  • Hirsch Blacksmith Shop comes alive with a smithy demonstration
  • New School Church will house a used book sale
  • Hunter House will be dressed in mourning
  • Yerkes House
  • Wash Oak School
  • Cottage House will have weaving demonstrations
  • Cady Inn will be housing a fairy tea
  • General Store open for shopping or browsing

12 – 4 pm Northville Council of PTAs Food Tent
Delicious food will be served all afternoon.  The Northville Historical Society is excited to be partnering with the Northville Council of PTAs again this year.  They will be serving sandwiches, snacks, beverages, ice cream and more!  Support Northville Schools and enjoy a picnic on the Village Green, a safe distance from the skirmishers.

12 – 4 pm Fairy Tea Room
Fairies are everywhere in Northville.  Have you seen one?  We invite you to enjoy a cup of tea and home-baked delights at the Cady Inn and possibly meet a fairy.  Fairy stories will be read at 1 pm and 3 pm.

12 – 4 pm Friends of the Northville District Library & Historical Society Used Book Sale
A Used Book Sale will take place in the New School Church, which served for many years as the Northville Library.  Peruse the selections and relive a part of Northville’s historical mission to increase literacy.

12 – 3 pm  Duck Race Ticket sales
Ticket sales for the Duck Race available at Mill Race Village and in Downtown Northville.  Look for ticket sellers plumed in yellow boas.

1:00 pm Ming the Magnificent
Long-time Northville resident and illusionist, will delight and astound the residents of our fair town with his extraordinary feats of legerdemain.

2:00 pm
Choral Groups: Backbeat and Treble-makers, Northville High School’s award-winning troupe will charm and amuse the audience with their Victorian Era repertoire.  Be prepared to smile and sigh with nostalgic pleasure.

2:00 pm
Children’s Games and Races of the era will be demonstrated and organized.

3:30 pm
Annual Duck Race.  The Victorian Festival’s Grand Finale!

The excitement is already building for this year’s race.  Ducks will be released at the Mill Race Village Dam and are left to drift, float, and race their way to the Griswold Street Bridge.  The first five and the very last duck over the finish line win excellent prizes.  Look for ticket sellers plumed in yellow boas, in the Village and Downtown, between 12 noon and 3 pm.  Tickets are $5 per duck.  Cheer your ducks along the racecourse on the river banks behind the Cady Inn and the Blacksmith Shop. 

Ticket Sales
Tickets will be on sale in the General Store for the following upcoming events:

Cemetery Walk
October 16, 4-7 p.m.  Meet costumed citizens of the past as they share their lives and times.  All new characters will be presented again this year with focus on the Civil War.  Learn how the war affected those at home.  Discover the horrors of prison.  How did we support our soldiers from home?  The war affected everyone on every level.  Explore with us as we discover what life was like in Northville during the Civil War.

Refreshments will be served next door at the Art House.  Gift shop will be open.
At Oakwood Cemetery, on West Cady Street(one block south ofMain St.between Center & Rogers).
$10 or $8 for groups of 10 or more.

For tickets to these events, contact the Northville Historical Society at 248-348-1845
215 Griswold in Northville, Michigan or visit their website



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