2007-08-09 / Happenings

Those were the days

Village Days 2007 was declared a huge success by co-chairman Agnes Feldman Tuesday. The Houghton Lake Area Historical Society staged its 35th annual historical celebration Friday through Sunday on the Historical Village grounds.

TELLING THE STORY Genot Picor (left) told the story of his French and Indian ancestors with the aid of state Rep. Joel Sheltrown Friday night. Picor, a professional story teller, used his audience in several of his story presentations. Following Picor's entertainment, Sheltrown entertained visitors with his saxophone. (Village Days photos by Tom Hamp) TELLING THE STORY Genot Picor (left) told the story of his French and Indian ancestors with the aid of state Rep. Joel Sheltrown Friday night. Picor, a professional story teller, used his audience in several of his story presentations. Following Picor's entertainment, Sheltrown entertained visitors with his saxophone. (Village Days photos by Tom Hamp) Feldman said attendance and return visitors for a second day were up over previous years. She noted that 15 people purchased the "combo" badges which allowed attendance at both the Historical Village Days at Houghton Lake and the Wellington Farm Park's Michigan Craft, Art and Music Festival.

A first for Village Days, opening on Friday, was well attended and 150 people stayed for the pig roast and entertainment by Genot Picor and music by state Rep. Joel Sheltrown.

AUTHENTIC DRESS Jane and Rick Radulski of Houghton Lake attended Village Days last weekend in authentic period dress of the 1860's and the Civil War. Rick Radulski served as the Village Days sheriff, while Jane, a seamstress and dressmaker, worked in the dressmaker's shop. AUTHENTIC DRESS Jane and Rick Radulski of Houghton Lake attended Village Days last weekend in authentic period dress of the 1860's and the Civil War. Rick Radulski served as the Village Days sheriff, while Jane, a seamstress and dressmaker, worked in the dressmaker's shop. "Friday is a keeper," Feldman said.

Co-chairman P.J. Steeby echoed Feldman's assessment of the weekend, noting that with additions this year of people in costume and the additions of events for children helped attract visitors. She said the ice cream parlor, located in the Historical Playhouse, was a huge success. Steeby said Lynn Gellerman, SADD advisor and Amy Ziemke, home economics teacher and NHS coordinator, were instrumental in getting the ice cream parlor "up and running."

Friday's activities and the pig roast, by Coyles, helped make Friday's introduction a "huge success." Steeby said she could not thank Coyles enough for doing the pig roast.

Village Days is the largest fund raising event for the Historical Society. Feldman said the society added four new members during the weekend event.

LITTLE SHAVERS Village Days barber Bill Steeby helps a young lass out of the barber's chair at Village Days Saturday. Steeby lathered kids faces, then shaved them with a plastic razor and treated their nicks with a bandage that earned the kids an ice cream cone at the Playhouse. LITTLE SHAVERS Village Days barber Bill Steeby helps a young lass out of the barber's chair at Village Days Saturday. Steeby lathered kids faces, then shaved them with a plastic razor and treated their nicks with a bandage that earned the kids an ice cream cone at the Playhouse. At the prize drawing, Shelly Roke of Swartz Creek won the grand prize quilt depicting the village's buildings and Pam Yeager, Houghton Lake, won the needlepoint of the Edna Times Print Shop by Co-chairman P. J. Steeby.

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