2014 FOHRA Annual Meeting is Next Wednesday Night

2014 Friends of Highland Recreation Area Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 pm

It’s that time of year again… for Fall colors and pumpkins and cider mills and the Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA) Annual Meeting!

The 2014 FOHRA Annual Meeting and Social will be held on Wednesday, November 5, at the White Lake Township Community Building.  Come and bring friends or family members, to 7500 Highland Road (M-59) across from the White Lake Township Hall. Appetizers and light beverages will be served at 6:30 pm. The formal meeting and presentations start at 7:00 pm and wrap up around 8:30.

This year’s meeting highlights will include aerial video footage from high above Haven Hill’s historic structures and landscapes, as well as other special information and displays. Please attend for a great evening with Highland State Recreation Area and Haven Hill enthusiasts!”


Your Friends

Dine with Edsel and Eleanor Event is Tomorrow

Dine with Edsel and Eleanor Event is Tomorrow at the Highland Station House

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A cold and rainy fall weekend is a great time to visit a cozy and warm indoor table settings event! Come and enjoy beautiful table settings displayed alongside the art at the Highland Station House, the Huron Valley Council for the Arts building.

Table Settings Event
The second annual table settings event, “Dine with Edsel and Eleanor”, will take place in the historic Highland Station House (HVCA Building) tomorrow, Sunday, October 5, between 12 noon and 5 pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Highland Recreation Area. The HVCA building is located at 205 W. Livingston Road.

If you have not heard of this unique type of event before, a table settings event displays a variety of beautiful and uniquely-themed table settings for public enjoyment. Be inspired to create your own unique table settings for special events and the upcoming holidays, or just enjoy the interesting beauty of a well decorated dining table. Your contributions during the event will help with the refurbishing and re-use of the former Haven Hill Estate Edsel and Eleanor Ford buildings in Highland Recreation Area.

Live Artist Working and Display, Music, and Refreshments
In addition to the table settings displays, Artist Larry Falardeau will be sketching and showing some of his wonderful Haven Hill Ford family artwork during the event which will also include music and light refreshments.

Asa Smith Mobile Station Historic Display
Gentlemen (and Ladies) attending this year’s fund raiser will not only see a special “Fishing In Da U.P.” table setting, but also a special outdoor display just down the street on the corner of Livingston and Milford Roads where some vintage automobiles will be on display throughout the day.

More detailed info is available at the Dining with Edsel websitehttp://www.diningwithedsel.com

Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and students. Call 248-698-2737 or 248-701-0076.

Contact Us:

The Ladies of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area
P.O. Box 800
Highland, MI  48357
Phone: (248) 787-1750
Fax: (248) 232-1531

Email: info@friendsofhighlanddrec.org

Come and Enjoy the New Cedar Creek Trail at Highland State Recreation Area

Although only partially complete, the new Cedar Creek trail at Highland State Recreation Area winds through the beautiful Haven Hill Gate House on it’s way all the way back to Teeple Lake.

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Livingston A’s Bring Back the Model A Fords to Haven Hill

Watching Model A Ford automobiles driving around and through the Gate House grounds of the Haven Hill Gate House on August 27, 2014 during the Haven Hill Festival was fantastic. It reminded everyone of how Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s grand country estate must have been back in the 1920′s.

The following video of the 2014 event recorded the fun. Enjoy!


Edsel and Eleanor could never have envisioned that recorded “television” movie pictures of their property from something called a “high-definition video camera” would be available to millions of people on something called “YouTube” on the “Internet”. But they would indeed be proud of the volunteers of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area and folks like the Livingston A’s for all of their efforts to refurbish their once beautiful estate and educate adults and children about the amazing history in the Highland State Recreation Area.

2014 Dine with Edsel and Eleanor Table Settings Event Coming Soon

The 2014 Dine with Edsel and Eleanor Event Coming Soon! Get your tickets to support the Ladies of FOHRA at www.diningwithedsel.com.

On October 5th, 2014, from noon to 5 pm, the Ladies of FOHRA will host the second table setting event “Dine with Edsel and Eleanor” at the Historic Highland Station House located at 205 W. Livingston Rd., Highland, MI.

Tables will be set and decorated for 2 or more. Each table will have a theme and will be decorated by individuals or groups in the area.

There will be a small charge to the public to view the tables. We hope to set as many as 12 tables for people to view and enjoy.

Light beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served at this year’s event.

Some beautiful table settings photos from the 2013 at the historic Hibbard Tavern:

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Haven Hill Festival 2014 Video Promo

Very cool check it out…

This is the 2014 video promotion for the Haven Hill Festival in the Haven Hill section of Highland State Recreation Area in Michigan. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, August 23 from 10 am until 3 pm. Haven Hill was once the country estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford and their family in Highland/White Lake, Michigan.

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are a non-profit 501c3 organization in Highland, Michigan. FOHRA is a growing group of Michigan residents, business owners and organizations, joining forces to support Highland State Recreation Area and to rejuvenate the historic former estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford—for everyone to enjoy!

Haven Hill Festival: Special Events for 2014!

HHF 2014 Logo Square - Full Size

Saturday, August 23rd, at Haven Hill in Highland State Recreation Area

The Haven Hill Festival is a celebration of the amazing natural and historic resources of the Highland State Recreation Area and the former Edsel and Eleanor Ford Haven Hill Estate. This year’s free event will include activities for everyone of all ages. Vintage Model A Ford cars will be on display and an 1860’s Base Ball match will start at 10:00 am with live brass band music performed by the Novi Brass. Summer foods and beverages will be available for purchase while enjoying these other great activities:

  • Model A Ford Car Display
  • 1860′s Vintage Base Ball Game with Base Ball History Information
  • Edsel and Eleanor Ford Haven Hill Estate Historic Photographs and Found Items Displays
  • Children’s Activities Tent
  • Drawing Fundraiser for a Night’s Stay at Highland State Rec Area’s Bass Lake Cabin
  • Haven Hill National Landmark Area Photography Exhibit
  • Art Exhibits at the Haven Hill Gate House
  • Haven Hill Gate House Garage: Open to the Public
  • Self-guided Tours of the Haven Hill Lodge Footprint
  • Volunteers Dressed in Period Attire
  • And more!

The Festival will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 between 10 am and 3 pm at the Goose Meadow Picnic site and ball field. Follow signs in the park to the Festival on the day of the event. The Haven Hill section of the park can be entered at 5200 Highland Road (M-59) between Duck Lake and Bogie Lake roads. The Festival is provided to the public at no charge, while entry into Highland State Recreation Area is now via the Recreation Passport on your license plate. Day passes are available for a nominal charge at the front gate if you do not have a Recreation Passport. Food and beverage sales serve as a fundraiser for the Friends of Highland Recreation Area volunteer organization. These funds will be directed towards the general operations of FOHRA and their continuing efforts to revitalize the historic Edsel Ford Haven Hill estate structures within the park.

The Haven Hill Festival is an alcohol-free, family-oriented event now in its’ 6th year at Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan. The celebration continues to benefit the state park and the surrounding communities now and into the future.

More Info? visit www.havenhillfestival.com

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Visit www.fohra.org for more information.

5200 Highland Rd, White Lake Township, MI 48383, Phone: (248) 889-3750

“Redbuds Revealed” in April at Haven Hill

The 2014 “Redbud Reveal” at Highland State Recreation Area was a wonderful event this last April 26th. Despite the late arrival of the redbud trees, the event had its own blossoms of beauty in the form of the unveiling of a new gorgeous MotorCities wayside sign for the park, and a couple of wonderful art displays at the Haven Hill Gate House.


Redbud Reveal was a fantastic day at Highland Recreation Area at the end of April. No redbuds yet, but great fun and enjoyment was had by all in attendance. Artists’ displays by Larry Falardeau and Jay Fitzgerald were shown in the Haven Hill Gate House garage and Friend’s group President, Mr. Dick Russell, gave a great season-opening speech. Dick’s speech included the unveiling of another beautiful MotorCities Wayside sign created with research and inspiration by Girl Scout Gold Award pursuant Elaine Parkanzky. The sign will be permanently mounted this summer as the new trail is nearing completion. IMG_3016 “MEMORIES IN TIME – The People of Haven Hill” was on display at the Redbud Reveal on April 26th. Local area artist Larry Falardeau displayed both completed works and works in progress from a current project “MEMORIES IN TIME – The People of Haven Hill”. This series of art works pays tribute to the People of Haven Hill – from the era of Native Americans through the Edsel and Eleanor Ford family’s years to todays’ visitors and supporters who share these lands and their individual stories in a special way. Larry’s work can be scene at ThePeopleofHavenHill.com and will also be on display at Highland State Recreation Area periodically through the 2014 visitor season. Larry is a member of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area. IMG_3001 Local area photographer and Friends group member Jay Fitzgerald put his “Nature of Haven Hill” photo collection on display as well. The collection highlights the diverse flora and fauna of the Highland State Recreation area with a special focus on the Haven Hill section of the park. IMG_3032 If you were unable to attend, come out to Haven Hill soon and enjoy the wonderful Spring! All event photos courtesy Ros Smith. Thanks Ros! www.fohra.org

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