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Greenfield Village Summer Celebration
June 20 - August 23, 2015
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.
   
Your experience includes

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-Wednesday)

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)

Pottery Hands-on
(Pottery Shop)
Create and decorate your own clay ornament
$10, tickets available at Liberty Craftworks Store
Friday-Sunday 10:30am-4pm
June 13 - August 16
(Space is limited.)

Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Roundhouse
Try your hand at turning our 40-ton turntable.
10:50am, 1:45pm, 3:50pm

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! HURRAH!

Saturday and Sunday 1:30pm
Home games through August 23

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


 

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
(In front of McGuffey School)
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 2pm

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

Corn Husk Dolls
(Burbank House)
Come make and decorate a historic corn husk doll.
Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm
Fee: $4

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
Admission free with Greenfield Village ticket

Member
free

Non-member
Seniors (age 62 & up) $22.50
Adults (age 13-61) $25
Youth (age 5-12) $18.75
Children 4 & under are free.

Parking is $6 per vehicle for non-members, free for members

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