Everyone had a winter blast of fun at the annual Snow Snake races in Highland State Recreation Area near the Edsel Ford Barn on Sunday, February 9th. Cold weather was staved off by warm hearts of children and adults as they whizzed the home made snow snakes down the tracks.
The 2014 Snow Snake event at the Edsel Ford Barn recreates the traditional Native American winter sport of “snowsnake”. Children (and some adults) hurtle their hand-made wooden snakes down a track for maximum distance.
The Chief Pontiac Programs Committee of the Boy Scouts of America is organized the event.
The Snow Snake event at the Edsel Ford Barn in Highland State Recreation Area has been cancelled for this weekend due to unsafe low temperatures and extreme wind chills. A new date of Sunday, February 9, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm has been scheduled. The event is sponsored by the Chief Pontiac Trail Activities Committee of the Boys Scouts of America. Read on…
From Jay Fitzgerald’s Blog on The Patch Website: ”Biologists performing routine winter snow snake surveys found a snow snake near the Edsel Ford Barn at Haven Hill in the Highland State Recreation Area that appeared to be frozen and totally inanimate. Herpetologists believe it was in some sort of “deep freeze hibernation state”. And with concern that human participants might also be frozen solid due to frigid temperatures this coming weekend, they suggested that the Snow Snake race event at the Edsel Ford Barn be cancelled for this Sunday and rescheduled for a later date. Head snow snake wrangler Dick Russell from the Chief Pontiac Trail Activities Committee of the Boy Scouts has made arrangements for the event to be rescheduled for Sunday, February 9th.”
Experts predict that the annual winter emergence of snow snakes in Highland State Recreation Area in White Lake/Highland, Michigan to approach or exceed record numbers this year. Good snow fall amounts and low temperatures are conducive to excellent numbers within the parks’ boundaries. National Weather Service forecasts include temperatures below freezing for several weeks leading up to the winter count at the Edsel Ford Barn within the Recreation Area. Haven Hill area hillsides, trails, lakes, fields, and forests are currently snow-covered and provide excellent locations for the colorful snakes. The Chief Pontiac Programs Committee of the Boy Scouts of America is organizing a Sunday, January 26 event, which is expected to attract a good number of snakes and participants this year.
Friends of Highland Recreation Area volunteers help out with setting up the event and gathering data. “At last year’s event we counted many beautiful snakes”, said Jay Fitzgerald, Friends of Highland Rec volunteer at the event. “Most were 36 inches in length, although we had some even longer than that. And all had beautiful coloration”, he said. “Some of these snakes move very fast, and if you’re not watching closely one might go right by you as a blur of color before you even know it.”
The 2014 Snow Snake event at the Edsel Ford Barn recreates the traditional Native American winter sport of “snowsnake”. Children (and some adults) hurtle their hand-made wooden snakes down a track for maximum distance. Below are some photos from last year’s event (January 2013).
More information regarding this year’s Snow Snake activities can be found at the Chief Pontiac Programs Committee website. A flyer is also downloadable. Come on out to Highland State Recreation Area on Sunday, January 26, 2014 for some great snow snake viewing. Warm warm warm clothing is suggested of course, and a great spirit of enjoyment for cool winter activity! Seeing a snow snake is a truly rare and special experience!
Reminder to everyone that this weekend is our newest fundraiser. Sunday, Sunday, November 3, at the Hibbard Tavern, 115 E. Summit Street, in Milford.
The Ladies of FOHRA (Friends of Highland Recreation Area) are sponsoring a table settings FUNDRAISER entitled Dine with Edsel or Picnic with Henry, in the Historic Hibbard Tavern Sunday Nov. 3 noon-5. $6 Tickets at the door ($5 seniors) 115 E. Summit St. Milford. Special gifts to the first 50 visitors. Sketches of the Edsel Ford family will be on display, so come meet the local artist. Help us raise funds for the refurbishing/re-use of the former Edsel Ford buildings in Highland Recreation Area. Questions call 248-698-2737.
Friends of Highland Recreation Area 2013 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 7, 2013
Snacks and Light Refreshments - 6:30 PM
Formal Meeting Start Time – 7:00 pm
End of Formal Meeting – 8:30 PM
HVCA Building, 205 W. Livingston Rd., Highland, MI. 48357
The Board of Directors of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area would like to welcome the public to the 2013 FOHRA Annual Meeting and Social. Our yearly event showcases FOHRA’s volunteer activity at Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s former Haven Hill estate within the Highland State Recreation Area.
This year’s meeting will be highlighted by an informative presentation “Native Beauty: Landscapes Designed by Jens Jensen for the Ford family in Southeast Michigan” presented by Professor Robert E. Grese, Director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, and Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. Famed landscape architect Jens Jensen was employed by the Fords to sculpt the Haven Hill lands and gardens during the estate’s creation in the 1920’s.
In addition to Professor Grese’s presentation, a FOHRA 2013 highlights video slideshow, and other informative and enjoyable Haven Hill displays, will be presented during the evening.
Earlier today we decided to cancel the Art and History on Haven Hill event at Highland Recreation Area. Rainy weather and photographic prints and displays don’t mix. New date to be announced someday. Thanks for your patience.
The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are proud to present a small photographic exhibit of Haven Hill Flora and Fauna as well as a Haven Hill Lodge History display on Saturday, October 19. Local area amateur photographer and Friends group member Jay Fitzgerald will be presenting some of his photos for public enjoyment. The Haven Hill Lodge footprint will be set up with historic photos and information about the history of Edsel and Eleanor Fords’ once great country estate.
The fall color season is a wonderful time for beautiful walks up on Haven Hill, and the photo exhibit will be set up along the road for your enjoyment on your way hiking up to the Carriage House and Lodge footprint. Parking for guests will be at the “circle lot” near the sledding hill. The Hill road is due west of the parking area, past the formal “farm center”, and around the yellow gates. The event will be held from 10 am until 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 19.
Come out and enjoy Michigan’s forests in full fall color, the beauty and interest of Haven Hill, and some Art and History in your local State park on Saturday the 19th!
Contact the Friends Group at (248) 787-1750 for more information.
The Haven Hill entrance to Highland State Recreation Area is at 5200 Highland Road (M-59), White Lake, Michigan 48383. Call the state park at (248) 889-3750. Recreation Passport required for entry.
The Ladies of FOHRA (Friends of Highland Recreation Area) are sponsoring a table settings FUNDRAISER entitled Dine with Edsel or Picnic with Henry, in the Historic Hibbard Tavern Sunday Nov. 3 noon-5. $6 Tickets at the door ($5 seniors) 115 E. Summit St. Milford. Special gifts to the first 50 visitors. Sketches of the Edsel Ford family will be on display, so come meet the local artist. Help us raise funds for the refurbishing/re-use of the former Edsel Ford buildings in Highland Recreation Area. Questions call 248-698-2737
The free* family-oriented Haven Hill Festival will be held at Highland State Recreation Area on Saturday, August 24, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. An exhibition 1860′s style vintage base ball game between the Barn Stormers and the Gate House Gang will begin at 1:00 pm. Kids can swing a bat and run the bases with the old time base ball players at a break between innings. The live all brass horns Novi Brass band will accompany the base ball game and ice cream, hot dogs, and other summer foods will be sold all day.
Come out with your family and learn of the history of the Haven Hill Estate and see the wonderful Highland State Recreation Area this Saturday. In addition to running the bases at the game , children’s crafts and activities will be available under a shaded kids canopy. The Livingston A’s Model A Ford driving club will be on hand all day for you to enjoy their lively restored automobiles and an early model restored Air Stream trailer will be on display as well. A free shuttle van will transport visitors up Haven Hill Road to a stop at a Haven Hill National Natural Landmark area wildlife and scenic photography exhibit by amateur photographer Jay Fitzgerald, and then on up to the top of Haven Hill to see the Carriage House and the remains of Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s once grand Haven Hill Lodge. A self-paced footprint tour with historical markers will be on display all day.
Lots of fun and interesting things to do at the Haven Hill Festival for no ticket charge. *Entrance of an entire vehicle of family members to all of Michigan’s State Parks is via a pre-paid Recreation Passport. Passports are available at the gate all day for a nominal if you do not already have one. Any Passport purchased Saturday remains good until the next registration of your license plates.
Haven Hill Festival
by the Friends of Highland Recreation Area
Saturday, August 24, 2013
10:00 am until 3:00 pm
Highland State Recreation Area
5200 Highland Road (M-59)
White Lake, MI 48383