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!
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
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.
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. “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. 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. 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
We as members of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area are doing our best to make all areas as accessible to everyone as possible. In 2013 the Haven Hill Gate House at the front of the park received a new ADA access ramp. The ramp surface aged over the last year, and was replaced last weekend.
The new surface will last throughout inclement weather conditions.
Come out and enjoy the Artist’s display at the Redbud Reveal event on Saturday, April 26 between 12 noon and 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!
2014 Artist in Residence Program Kick-Off at the Historic Gate House The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are excited to open the Haven Hill Gate House garage interior to the public at the Redbud Reveal event in April of 2014. This year the building will host a working artist as part of a new “Artist in Residence” program at Haven Hill. Through the residency titled “Memories in Time – The People of Haven Hill” a series of portraits will pay tribute to those, past and present, who have found Haven Hill to be a jewel and their natural oasis. Come and see the artist creating and presenting the first works in the series and continue to visit throughout the summer to check on progress. The exhibit space will be open to the public from 12 noon until 4:00 pm on April 26. Rain date is Sunday the 27th.
The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are proud to announce the 2014 “Redbud Reveal”, a season-opening event at Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan. To celebrate the arrival of the 2014 spring and summer season, the Reveal will be held from 12 noon until 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 26 (rain date Sunday, April 27) at the Haven Hill Gate House at the entrance to Highland State Recreation Area.
Visitors are encouraged to come and see the beautiful and historic Haven Hill section of the Highland State Recreation Area which includes the historic Haven Hill Gate House, the Edsel Ford Barn, the picturesque Carriage House, and the Haven Hill Lodge footprint up on Haven Hill.
A 2014 Artist in Residence Program Kick-Off will feature a local artist displaying his works and painting, and a “Nature of Haven Hill” Photography Exhibit will also be on display throughout the day.
At 1:00 pm, FOHRA President Mr. Dick Russell will give a public address on the Gate House lawn highlighting the Friends group’s recent activities and event plans for the coming year. Light refreshments will be served on the lawn around Edsel and Eleanor Fords’ wonderful estate entrance.
Come on out and join area residents on Saturday, April 26 to see if the redbuds are in bloom at Haven Hill! Go to www.fohra.org for more information. State Park Recreation Passport required for entry.
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.”