Step back in time at Log Cabin Day event

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan celebrates the state’s 28th Annual Log Cabin Day this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. A wide variety of activities will be held throughout the grounds of the museum.

“Log Cabin Day is a great way for the community to come together and celebrate as well as experience life as early settlers,” said Erin Pilarski, a summer intern at the museum who is helping to plan the event. “Log Cabin Day provides us with insight on our early roots and allows us to compare daily life for settlers in the past to how we have currently developed in the present.”

Highlights of Log Cabin Day include a return of the “Reminiscent of Centuries Past” Fashion Show by Recollections.

“I am so glad to have Marianne Fairbanks and her models participating in Log Cabin Day again this year,” said Museum Director Chris Witulski. “Visitors really enjoyed seeing her clothes and getting their picture taken with her models.”

Also featured will be butter making and blacksmith demonstrations as well as woodcarving demonstrations from Sunrise Side Wood Carvers and historic reenacting.

There will be music provided by Music For You and a model airplane exhibit. Interpreters will be present in the Avenue of Shops, the McKay Log Cabin, Maltz Bank, Spratt Church and the newly restored one-room Green School.

Other highlights are a family photo opportunity near the McKay Log Cabin (courtesy of Walgreens), a strawberry sundae sale, planetarium shows and a chance to explore the museum’s Fossil Park.

“The events will allow families to get involved in a great learning experience centered on a variety of different topics,” Pilarski said.

Log Cabin Day in Alpena would not be possible without the center attraction, the McKay Log Cabin. This family-oriented event is part of a statewide celebration that pays tribute to the rustic log structures of earlier times.

Admission to the museum’s Log Cabin Day event is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors, $12 for families, and free for children under 5 and members. For more information, call the museum at 356-2202.