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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Haven Hill Festival 2018

The Haven Hill Festival is a celebration of Edsel and Eleanor Fords’ historic Haven Hill Estate and the natural beauty and historic wonders of the Highland State Recreation Area in the townships of Highland and White Lake, Michigan. The 2018 family event is currently scheduled for Saturday, August 25. We plan to feature vintage Model A Ford cars from the members of the Livingston A's driving club, an Antiques and Collectibles Sale at the Edsel Ford Barn, an 1860’s exhibition vintage base ball game, the beautiful new MDNR Cedar Creek Trail, guided short hikes, summer foods and beverages, Haven Hill art and history displays, and children’s activities in Goose Meadow. Baseball fan? Bring along a picnic blanket, sun umbrellas, and folding chairs to stay and watch the historic base ball game played the way the American sport of "base ball" originated in the 1860's. 

The arrival of the Model A Ford cars and the 1860's Base Ball game is planned in Goose Meadow at 10:00 am. Several locations throughout the park will provide other exhibitions and activities during the Festival such as an art display at the Gate House, self-guided tours of the Haven Hill Lodge grounds, and the Edsel Ford Barn. Some volunteers will be dressed in period costumes.

The food and beverages available for purchase in Goose Meadow will be a fund raiser for the efforts of the volunteer group Friends of Highland Recreation Area. The park can be entered on 5200 Highland Road, M-59 between Duck Lake and Bogey Lake roads. Parking is at the Goose Meadow picnic shelter area, the 1st right turn on Haven Hill Road after you enter the park off of M-59 between Duck Lake and Bogie Lake roads. The Festival is provided to the public at no charge, and yet entry into the state park is now via the Recreation Passport on your license plate. If you do not have this great State Park feature on your license plate, you will be asked to buy one. It's a great deal!

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA), is a non-profit organization supporting the Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan, and the historic Edsel Ford Haven Hill Estate structures within its boundaries. The Haven Hill Festival is an alcohol-free, family-oriented event, and it will be held on it's 10th year in 2018 at Highland State Recreation Area.  The celebration has grown yearly, and will continue to positively benefit all of those who attend as well as the surrounding communities now and into the future.

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Sierra Club - Highland Recreation Area Hike
Feb
25
1:00 PM13:00

Sierra Club - Highland Recreation Area Hike

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

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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, 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

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Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

Antiques and Collectibles Sale

  • 601-1701 Morraine Rd White Lake Charter Township, MI, 48383 United States (map)
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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.

 

 

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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.

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Jun
3
to 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,

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Redbud Reveal and Antiques & Collectibles Sale
May
14
10:00 AM10:00

Redbud Reveal and Antiques & Collectibles Sale

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.

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May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Public Meeting May 6 - Open to the Public

The monthly meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. The meetings are typically located at the White Lake Community Hall building on Highland Road (M-59) next to the White Lake Fire Department and across the street to the south of the White Lake Township office. The location only changes in the event of reservation conflicts or other unforeseen circumstances.

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Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting of FOHRA - Open to the Public

The monthly meeting of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. The meetings are typically located at the White Lake Community Hall building on Highland Road (M-59) next to the White Lake Fire Department and across the street to the south of the White Lake Township office. The location only changes in the event of reservation conflicts or other unforeseen circumstances.

This historical building has been a wonderful location for our meetings and is a great place to visit. Attend a FOHRA monthly meeting on the 1st Wednesday of each month and get to know the terrific members of our organization!

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