May
6
10:00 am10:00

Redbud Reveal 2017

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are once again proud to announce the “Redbud Reveal”, a season-opening event at Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan held to celebrate the arrival of the 2017 spring and summer season.

The 2017 Reveal will be held from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 6, (rain date Sunday, May 7). Visitors are encouraged to come and see the beautiful and historic Haven Hill section of the Highland State Recreation Area which includes the new Cedar Creek trail, the historic Haven Hill Gate House, the Edsel Ford Barn, the picturesque Carriage House, and the Haven Hill Lodge footprint up on Haven Hill.

Light refreshments will be served. Come on out and join area residents to see if the beautiful redbuds are in bloom at Haven Hill!

 

Sierra Club - Highland Recreation Area Hike
Feb
25
1:00 pm13:00

Sierra Club - Highland Recreation Area Hike

  • Highland State Recreation Area

Join the Sierra Club for a 5 mile hike through hardwoods and wetlands in a park that is one of lower Michigan’s best kept secrets. 

Meet at the trailhead parking area in front of the historic Edsel Ford Barn (follow main road from park entrance 1.4 miles).

Skill Level: beginner; Difficulty: moderate; Cost: free, but requires state park entry fee or passport

For more information, contact John Wilson at 734-355-3822

crossroadsoutings@michigan.sierraclub.org

HSRA Phase 2 Draft Management Plan MDNR Meeting
Jan
26
6:00 pm18:00

HSRA Phase 2 Draft Management Plan MDNR Meeting

  • Highland Township Hall Auditorium,

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Thursday, Jan. 26, to solicit public input on Highland Recreation Area's draft phase 2 general management plan. The open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Highland Township Hall Auditorium, 205 N. John St. in Highland. 

The meeting also will include a review of a proposed addition to the park's designated hunting dog field trial training area.

Sierra Club Program: Haven Hill: A Story to Tell - A Legacy to Honor
Jan
18
7:00 pm19:00

Sierra Club Program: Haven Hill: A Story to Tell - A Legacy to Honor

  • Brighton District Library

Brighton District Library, January 18, Starts at 7:00 pm

Come hear the story of The People – The Place – The Significance of Haven Hill & Highland State Recreation Area in the origins of Michigan State Parks & Natural Area System in Southeast Michigan and beyond. 

You will hear about Glacial Landforms & Native Americans, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Family, the Dodge Brothers, PJ Hoffmaster (First Director of our State Parks), Genevieve Gillette (First Lady of our State Parks), Jens Jensen (noted Prairie Style Landscape Architect), and even the Girl Scouts of America’s National Roundup. Program by Lawrence Falardeau, Artist and Landscape Architect.

Brighton District Library, 100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI 48116, 810-229-6571

Free Admission, open to the public.

For more info go to:

http://www.fohravolunteers.org/blog/

or

http://www.sierraclub.org/michigan/crossroads

Jan
4
7:00 pm19:00

FOHRA Monthly Meeting

Come join us at our monthly meeting... All meetings are open to public attendance.

The public monthly meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Please check our website main page for changes in the meeting location. Our regular monthly meeting is held at the White Lake Township Community Building, 7500 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48386

Dec
7
7:00 pm19:00

FOHRA Monthly Meeting

FOHRA Board of Directors and Committee Team members
 
FOHRA Board of Directors and Support team,
 
You and your spouse/significant other and minor children are invited to join other FOHRA members for a dinner/meeting on Wed. December 7 at 6:30 at the Hibbard Tavern, Marge's home in Milford 115 E Summit St.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP yay or nay to Marge via email pontiacgt37@comcast.net or calling 248-698-2737 and leaving a message by Monday December 5th of how many will be attending.

Dec
4
2:00 pm14:00

Michigan Botanical Club SE Michigan Chapter

FOHRA presentation to the Michigan Botanical Club SE Michigan Chapter at the Heritage Park Visitor Center in Farmington Hills... 2:00 pm.

Genevieve Gillette and the Treasures of Nature
by Lawrence Falardeau of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area, Artist and Landscape Architect

Michigan state parks welcomed the newly-mobile drivers of automobiles in the early 1900s. Genevieve Gillette made it her life’s work to preserve precious natural settings and make them available to the travelling public. In 1920 she began her landscape architecture career working in Chicago with noted landscape designer Jens Jensen, whose naturalistic designs included the Edsel Ford estate at Haven Hill. Over decades, her career supported her enduring volunteer efforts in raising awareness of Michigan’s natural wonders and their value to society. She established important conservation groups, gained funding for Michigan State Parks, even advised President Lyndon Johnson on recreation and nature.
 
Join us at the Visitor’s Center, Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 (off Farmington Road between 10 and 11 Mile Roads).  There is plenty of free parking just outside the Visitor’s Center. Refreshments will be served after the program. There are many trails and a nature center at the park, so come early or stay after the program and enjoy the area. 

 

 

Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

FOHRA Special Annual Meeting

Come join us at our Annual Meeting on November 2. This special Annual Meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area is open to public attendance.

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Social time and refreshments and appetizers will begin at 6:30 pm and the formal start of the meeting is at 7:00 pm. 

The Annual Meeting will be held at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts building in Highland. 205 West Livingston Road, Highland, MI 48357. Phone: 248-889-8660.

 

Oct
5
7:00 pm19:00

FOHRA Monthly Meeting

Come join us at our monthly meeting... All meetings are open to public attendance.

The public monthly meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Please check our website main page for changes in the meeting location. Our regular monthly meeting is held at the White Lake Township Community Building, 7500 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48386

Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

FOHRA Monthly Meeting

Come join us at our monthly meeting... All meetings are open to public attendance.

The public monthly meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Please check our website main page for changes in the meeting location. Our regular monthly meeting is held at the White Lake Township Community Building, 7500 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48386

 

 

Aug
27
10:00 am10:00

Antiques and Collectibles Sale

  • 601-1701 Morraine Rd White Lake Charter Township, MI, 48383 United States

A selection of collectible items for you and your home will be presented on the grounds of the historic Edsel Ford Barn at Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s former Haven Hill Estate. The historic barn is undergoing renovation by the park’s Friends Group, and is located within Highland State Recreation Area between Duck Lake and Bogie Lake Roads in White Lake. The fundraising Sale will be held during the “Haven Hill Festival” event on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10 am until 3:00 pm. Once inside the park please follow the signs to the Festival in Goose Meadow and the Sale at the Barn.

 

 

Aug
27
10:00 am10:00

1860's Base Ball Game

10:00 am, Saturday, August 27 at Goose Meadow Ball Field

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are proud to host an 1860's reenactment base ball game each year at the Goose Meadow Ball Field in Highland State Recreation Area.

Historic base ball matches reenact some of the earliest periods of the game, when players had no gloves on their hands, wore more formal clothing as uniforms, and enjoyed the sport as a gentlemanly exercise.

Haven Hill Festival
Aug
27
10:00 am10:00

Haven Hill Festival

  • Highland State Recreation Area

Come to the Haven Hill Festival on Saturday, August 27 and enjoy a celebration of the amazing natural and historic resources of the Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan...

Time Traveler 1940: Aerial Views of Huron Valley
Jun
16
6:30 pm18:30

Time Traveler 1940: Aerial Views of Huron Valley

Experience 1940 and present day aerial views of Highland, White Lake and Milford, including town centers, landscape features and the Haven Hill farm estate. Virtual flyovers take you back in time and show how our communities have changed. See dramatic local video footage shot by drone.

FOHRA Monthly Meeting
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

FOHRA Monthly Meeting

  • 5100 Highland Road White Lake Township, MI, 48327 United States

Come join us at our open to the public monthly meeting...

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, White Lake Township Community Building, 7500 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48386

The public monthly meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.



Jun
3
Jun 27

Haven Hill at the HVCA: Memories in Time

Memories in Time: The People and Place of Haven Hill/Watercolors, Oil, Pencil Sketches, Photographs is both an art exhibit and a slice of history.

Edsel and Eleanor Ford started to collect farmland for a family farm estate which straddled Highland and White Lake townships in 1923, and the family resided there until Edsel died in 1943. It was his favorite place, “his nerve retreat,” and he enjoyed life there with wife and children, Henry II, Benson, Josephine and William Clay.

The exhibit, open through June 27 during regular gallery hours, includes 26 framed works, including nine paintings and supporting pencil sketches by painter Lawrence Falardeau and 10 to 12 photographs by photographer Jay Fitzgerald; they’re paying tribute to those who lived here, starting with the Native Americans through the Ford family years to those who share, visit and support this site.

It’s featured in a gallery opening from 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 3, which offers an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments,

Redbud Reveal and Antiques & Collectibles Sale
May
14
10:00 am10:00

Redbud Reveal and Antiques & Collectibles Sale

  • Highland State Recreation Area

Redbud Reveal and Antiques and Collectibles Sale at the Haven Hill Gate House and Edsel Ford Barn
The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are once again proud to announce the “Redbud Reveal”, a season-opening event at Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan.
To celebrate the arrival of the 2016 spring and summer season, the Reveal will be held from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 14, (rain date Sunday, May 15). 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. At 1:00 pm, FOHRA President Mr. Dick Russell will give a public address 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 to see if the redbuds are in bloom at Haven Hill!

2016 Antiques and Collectibles Sale
A selection of collectible items for you and your home will be presented on the grounds of the Edsel Ford Barn at Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s former Haven Hill Estate. The Sale event will be held during the “Redbud Reveal” spring season-opening event on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10 am until 4:00 pm at Highland State Recreation Area. The historic barn is undergoing renovation by the park’s Friends Group, and is located in the Recreation Area between Duck Lake and Bogie Lake Roads on the south side of the highway at 5200 Highland Road (M-59), White Lake. Once inside the park please follow the signs to the event and Sale.


All proceeds from the sale of donated items benefit the Friends of Highland Recreation Area and their restoration efforts at the former Haven Hill Estate. Michigan DNR requires Recreation Passport for state park entry.


Visit www.fohravolunteers.org/sale for more information.

Volunteer Work Bee
Apr
24
9:00 am09:00

Volunteer Work Bee

  • Highland State Recreation Area

Come out and support the Friends of Highland Recreation Area by working at the park. Find the Friends at the Gate House, Edsel Ford Barn, or up on Haven Hill. 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Inclement or adverse weather dependent.

FOHRA Monthly Meeting
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

FOHRA Monthly Meeting

  • 7500 Highland Road White Lake Charter Township, MI USA

Come join us at our open-to-the-public monthly meeting...

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, White Lake Township Community Building, 7500 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48386. Project planning, park activities, volunteer programs, and other topics are discussed by the Friends. Come on out and join up or just listen in.

The public monthly meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.


FOHRA Monthly Meeting
Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

FOHRA Monthly Meeting

Come join us at our open to the public monthly meeting...

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, WL Township Building, 7500 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48386

The public monthly meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm typically at the White Lake Township Community Building.