Vintage Base Ball at Haven Hill Festival on August 29

Enjoy base ball as it was played in the 1860's at the Goose Meadow Ball Field on Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 am

The sights and sounds of base ball played the way it was during the days of its early origins in the 1860’s will ring throughout the Goose Meadow Ball field at Highland State Recreation Area on Saturday, August 29 during the annual Haven Hill Festival. Players dressed in uniforms of the era will participate in a match starting at 10:00 am.

Adults and children will enjoy seeing the game played as it was a long time ago. “Base ball” (two words) as it was referred in the day, was played with a focus on good sportsmanship, fresh outdoor air, exercise, and skill. Base ball lingo in the day was also different than it is now. The “hurler” would throw an underhand pitch to a “striker” who would attempt to put the “pill” in play and sprint to the “1st sack” possibly resulting in an “ace” for his teammate “legging it” to home plate. Bare-handed fielders would scoop up the ball and attempt to “make dead” the runner all the while the “cranks” yelling “huzzah”!

The game activities start at 10:00 am as the Livingston A's Model A Ford cars arrive. The Haven Hill Barn Stormers and the Gate House Family Nine ball clubs will be on the field to start the game soon after the National Anthem. Come out and enjoy the game with your family. Bring summer amenities for summer weather. Food and beverages will be available.
The Haven Hill Festival is an alcohol-free, family-oriented event in its' 7th year at Highland State Recreation Area organized by the volunteer group “Friends of Highland Recreation Area”.  The celebration has grown yearly, and will continue to be enjoyed by local residents as well as the surrounding communities, now and into the future.

The Haven Hill section of Highland State Recreation Area is located in Highland/White Lake, Michigan, and entered via the main gate at 5200 Highland Road (M-59) between Duck Lake and Bogie Lake roads. The Festival is provided to the public at no charge, and entry into the state park is now via the Recreation Passport on your license plate.

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John Fitzgerald

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA) volunteer organization was established in 2007, and is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization operating under lease agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Within one of the most picturesque, fascinating, and historically significant state parks in southeast lower Michigan, our goal is to combine the former Haven Hill estate history with Highland Recreation Area’s existing amenities, wilderness, and recreation.