The city of New Baltimore will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a series of special events this month.
To mark the community’s sesquicentennial, local groups have organized events including various children’s activities, a history fair complete with a time capsule, walking tour and old-fashioned photo ops, and much more.
History Fair offers step back in time
The New Baltimore Historical Society will host its annual History Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 along Washington Street downtown. The theme of this year’s fair will focus on the city’s sesquicentennial.
“Weather permitting, we expect to see several hundred visitors to the fair,” said historical society Trustee Vince Nestico.
Opening ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. Dancing in the street will be an ongoing activity near the society’s Grand Pacific House Museum, Nestico said.
“There is a live band scheduled to perform throughout the day,” he added.
A New Baltimore veterans wall will also be displayed along the fence near the museum, and a walking tour will be offered through the city. The schedule for the walking tour will be posted on the society’s Facebook page at facebook.com/newbaltimorehistoricalsociety.
Fair-goers can also contribute to the society’s time capsule. Trustee Chelsea Gouin said items such as recent photos, letters to the future or relevant items of today can be added to the capsule throughout the fair.
“We will have a guest book for visitors to write a message to future visitors to New Baltimore’s bi-centennial celebration in 2067. It will be kept in the museum,” Nestico said.
The Grand Pacific House Museum, which turns 136 this year, will also be open during the History Fair. The building on Washington Street was constructed in 1881 for New Baltimore’s Frederick C. Losh and is the last remaining hotel building of the era.
“We have a photo wall in the lobby with pictures going back to the earliest days of New Baltimore,” Nestico said. “We will also have expanded displays of New Baltimore historical artifacts that will be available to see for the first time during the fair.”
The event will also include children’s games, a bake sale, vendors and raffles. Gouin said local businesses donated gift certificates and products for the raffle baskets up for grabs. Raffle tickets cost $ 1 each or $ 5 for 10.
Inside of the museum, fair-goers can get photos taken for a tintype-style alteration. The sepia-toned, laser-printed, framed photos cost $ 10 each.
Washington Street between Alfred and Main streets will be closed to vehicle traffic during the event. Admission is free.
Library to mark sesquicentennial with children’s activities
MacDonald Public Library will host its 150th Anniversary of New Baltimore Fun for Kids event at noon Sept. 16.
“We are looking forward to joining the rest of New Baltimore in a weekend of celebration,” Children’s Librarian Kelly Marra said. “On Saturday, Sept. 16, we will provide a variety of fun things to do for all kids of all ages. There will be activities and snacks starting at noon, followed by a historical speaker at 2 p.m.”
Multiple stations offering activities like weaving, hoop racing and making butter will also be set up at the library, located on Main Street.
To register, call the library at 586-725-0273 or go to macdonaldlibrary.org.
The event will be followed by Naturalist Endeavors, another free children’s program at the library. The event will begin at 2 p.m.
Randy Baker from Naturalist Endeavors will discuss Michigan’s history. The event is designed for students in upper elementary school to adults.
“Naturalist Endeavors is a group that presents educational programs and natural history tours for all ages,” Marra said. “We are having them come and present a program called Michigan Statehood and Beyond. The presenter will portray an 1890s lumberjack and talk about what it was like in Michigan and our local area during the mid-1800s. The goal is to bring to life the early days of Michigan’s statehood.”
“This program is funded by our Friends of the Library group,” she added.
Ladies Auxiliary plans community meal
The AMVETS Post 52 Ladies Auxiliary will host a breakfast to celebrate New Baltimore’s 150th anniversary from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17.
The menu will include omelets, scrambled eggs, sausage links, ham, hash browns, toast, muffins, pancakes, coffee, tea and juice. The cost is $ 8 for adults, $ 6 for seniors and $ 4 for children ages 3 to 10. Children younger than 3 years old eat free. Tickets will be available at the door.
Ladies Auxiliary President Krin Carly said the group hosts two breakfast events each year, one on Father’s Day and one in the fall. In June, the breakfast drew more than 100 people, she said.
“The omelet station has been the real seller,” Carly noted. “People absolutely love them. Cooks make them to order.”
The post is located at 51285 County Line Road. For more information, call 586-725-0865.
Even more ways to celebrate
On Sept. 16, a Celebration in the Park event will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Baltimore’s Walter and Mary Burke Park. The free event will include music by Big Ray and the Motor City Kings, as well as a bonfire at 6 p.m. with s’mores for children, said New Baltimore Business Alliance President Carl Weinreich.
The New Baltimore Business Alliance is also hoping to add additional activities by raising funds through the sale of sesquicentennial T-shirts. The shirts can be purchased for $ 15 at New Baltimore City Hall, the Grand Pacific House Museum, Willy and Babbish Boutique, Celtic Sisters Candles and Candies, LR Embroidered Creations and Washington Street Wine House.
A previously scheduled quilt show has been canceled, the city’s website states.
On Sept. 17, the New Baltimore Lions Club will host its annual Classic Cruise-In at Walter and Mary Burke Park. The event will include a classic car show, set to start at noon, and a corn hole tournament. For more information about the cruise-in, call 586-873-8893 or 586-212-2465, or go to newbaltimorelions.com.
Nicole Tuttle is a freelance reporter for The Voice.