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Greenfield Village Summer Celebration
June 14 - August 17, 2014
A Summer Extravaganza of Living History — MUST-SEE Daily Activities
Greenfield Village is full of exhibitions, events, drama, sports, games and historic rides enhanced by music, food and historic entertainments of all kinds.
   

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DRAMATIC PRESENTATIONS

The Disagreeable Customer
(General Store)
Shopkeeper J.R. Jones has his hands full in this charming 10-minute show as he waits on pompous Mrs. Cleveland, who is "rusticating" in  Waterford away from the hustle and bustle of her hometown, Detroit.

11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4pm

Edison's Light Fantastic
(Menlo Park Yard)
Meet Thomas Edison in this 15-minute play and hear about one of his most "electrifying" inventions!  This one-man show gives a glimpse into the inspiring life, work and mind of Thomas Edison. Edison speaks to a group of reporters visiting his complex on the day after his first public demonstration of the world’s first practical incandescent light bulb on Dec. 31, 1879.

11:45am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:45pm

Home from Kitty Hawk
(Wright Home)
Experience the thrill of the Wright brothers’ first flight as they take you back to that amazing and inspiring day in this 20-minute play. Fly back in time with Orville, Wilbur, and their sister, Katharine, as they take you on a dramatic journey through their experiments, struggles, and joys. The audience joins them on December 23, 1903 just after the brothers return home from Kitty Hawk. They recount their amazing and inspiring first flights that made history on December 17 of that year and forever changed the world.
Sponsored by Delta Air Lines

11am, 12pm, 1:45pm, 3pm

How I Got Over
(Susquehanna Plantation)
Experience inspiring stories, songs and slave narratives in this powerful 20-minute show. Music played a major role in the struggle of enslaved Africans to survive the oppression they met on plantations like Susquehanna Plantation. The reenactment of a "Buh Rabbit" tale told in verse is a favorite with our visitors. This dramatic presentation shares inspirational stories of endurance and empowerment through slave narratives left behind, and through the hopeful music and storytelling that sustained them as they hoped for freedom.

12pm, 1pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm

 

Laura’s Little Town
(Near Scotch Settlement School)
Meet young Laura Ingalls before she became a teacher in this 15-minute show celebrating Little Town on the Prairie. Hear some of Laura’s favorite stories about her family’s time in DeSmet, South Dakota including the return of Nellie Oleson and the first time she met Almanzo Wilder.

11:15am, 12pm, 1:15pm, 2:45pm (Friday-Tuesday)

Simply Gershwin
(Town Hall)
Celebrate the beloved music of George and Ira Gershwin in this lively 30-minute music, dance, and comedy revue performed by four talented singers/actors and one pianist. Packed with great music, this show features song favorites like Fascinating Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Summertime and I Got Rhythm.

11:45am, 2pm, 3:15pm 

Tales from Huck Finn
(Near Scotch Settlement School)
Meet Huckleberry Finn, one of Mark Twain's most beloved characters, and hear a few of his memorable adventures (and even how Samuel Clemens chose his pseudonym Mark Twain!). Favorite scenes and escapades from 1885’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and 1876’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer come alive in this high-energy 15-minute show.

11:15am, 12pm, 1:15pm, 2:45pm (Wednesday-Thursday)


LIVE MUSIC

Irving Berlin Medley
(Near Scotch Settlement School )
The Greenfield Singers perform a special 15-minute medley of song favorites from a renowned musical innovator.

1pm, 3:30pm

Model T Medley
(Near Scotch Settlement School)
Enjoy this lively 10-minute medley of Model T songs along with a little dash of Model T humor performed by the Greenfield Singers.

11:45am, 2:30pm

Cole Porter Medley
(Town Hall)
The Greenfield Singers perform a jazzy 10-minute medley of beloved songs by an American music icon.

11:30pm, 3pm


 

The Greenfield Quartet
(Near Sir John Bennett)
The talented high tenor, tenor, baritone, and bass sing toe-tapping tunes from the 1900s through the 1930s complete with period harmonies.

12:45pm, 3:15pm

The Village Trio
(Town Hall near Dr. Howard’s Office)
The talented soprano, mezzo soprano, and alto who make up the Village Trio sing delightful songs from the 1900s through the 1930s complete with period harmonies and nostalgic dance moves.

12:30pm, 2:45pm


CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS

Liberty Craftworks
Marvel at traditional crafts and trades being demonstrated and brought to life by our talented village artisans.

Glass Shop Pottery Shop
Weaving Shop Printing Office and Tin Shop

HANDS-ON & INTERACTIVE PROGRAMS

Candlestick Making
(Armington & Sims Machine Shop)
Adults and children 6 and older can operate a 1917 lathe to make a brass candleholder to take home.
Fee: $5

Open 10am-4:30pm

Glass Hands-on
(Glass Shop, 30-minute workshops)
Work with glassblowers to create your own glass flower (includes instruction, production and shipping).
$35, tickets available at Liberty Craftworks Store
(Must be 14 years or older)

Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Roundhouse
Try your hand at turning our 40-ton turntable.

Games on the Green
(Village Green)
Historic children’s games. All day

Live Puppet Theater
(Village Green)
11:30am, 1pm, 3pm

Historic Base Ball
(Walnut Grove)
See the Greenfield Village Lah-De-Dahs play by Henry Chadwick’s 1867 Base Ball Book of Reference rules. Whether playing the Nationals or a visiting club, the excitement of the game has never been greater — a full nine innings played without gloves and in a gentlemanly manner. Come cheer the clubs as they compete in America’s pastime the way it was meant to be played! HUZZAH!

Saturday and Sunday 1:30pm
Home games through August 17

School Days
(Scotch Settlement School)
Brush up on your lessons in the same one-room school Henry Ford attended.

10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4pm

Wild in Michigan! The Animals Among Us
(Behind McGuffey Schoolhouse)
Learn about the diverse wildlife that makes Michigan home.

Tuesday-Sunday 2pm

 

 

Edison’s Tin Foil Phonograph
(Menlo Park Laboratory)
Experience the thrill of invention by recording your own voice on an authentic Edison phonograph.

Times vary throughout day

Meet the 1905 United States Forest Ranger
(Agricultural Shed)
Learn what it took for new recruits to become a USFS ranger at the turn of the 20th century in this 15-minute presentation.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:15 am, 4 pm

Firestone Farm
See what’s for dinner at the Firestone Farm as farmers tend to the fields, gardens and livestock at America’s most visited farm.

Base Ball Parade
(Town Hall Porch)
Meet today’s clubs and follow them to Walnut Grove for the game at 1:30pm played by 1867 rules.

Saturday 1:15pm

Candle-Dipping Workshop
(Near Daggett Farmhouse)
Make two hand-dipped beeswax candles.
Fee: $5

Make Your Own Bookmark on a Real Loom!
Friday through Sunday
Sessions at 10:30am, 11:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm & 3:30pm
Up to six “students” per session.
Purchase tickets in LCW Store. ($5)

1890s Hat-Making Demonstrations
(Cohen Millinery)
Purchase a one-of-a-kind millinery creation ($45 & up) or on Saturdays have a made-to-order hat designed just for you ($70, 9:30-4).

Kitchen Sink Engine Demonstrations
(Outside Bagley Avenue Workshop)
10am, 2pm


pricing
All activities are free with Village admission.

MEMBERS free of charge
NON-MEMBER SENIORS age 62 & up, $22
ADULTS age 13-61, $24
YOUTH age 5-12, $17.50
CHILDREN 4 & under are free.

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

what to bring, what to wear
Greenfield Village is spread over dozens of acres-- comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are a must. A large portion of activities are held outdoors, rain or shine. Dressing for the weather is a must. Bring umbrellas / rain gear and prepare for a wide range of temperatures, especially if you will be staying into Saturday evening. Folding chairs are also recommended for those who cannot stand for long periods.

Wheelchairs are available for a small fee at the Village entrance. Electric scooters are also available for a fee, but only in limited supply. Wheelchairs and scooters are rented on a first come, first served basis-- plan to arrive early if you need to rent them. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or scooter, however, upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed on premises.

Children's wagons are also available to rent for a fee at the Village entrance. You are welcome to bring your own stroller or wagon, however, recreational scooters, bicycles or in-line / in-sole skates are not allowed inside the Village gates.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in all areas of the Village.

special
Tickets to Greenfield Village are available online, through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm) 313-982-6001 and at all admissions counters. Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance. Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks out will be held at Village Will Call.

directions/maps
The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
AAA Traffic & Construction Report