Want to start off the fall season in the best way? Come to Saline Area Historical Society’s Harvest Time Festival. The festival is taking place Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Rentschler Farm Museum, located at 1265 E. Michigan Ave. in Saline. There is plenty of parking at the adjoining Sauk Trail Shopping Center. There is an admission price of $1 per adult, children are free.
Joseph Vigilanti, our blacksmith, will be working at the forge and Ted Micka, the Barn Doctor will be on hand. Alex Weddon will offer a book signing of his latest book, “Close Calls on the Farm”, a hilarious account of life with his siblings on their family farm.
The purpose of the day is education and entertainment. The candy maker, the honey producer, the quilters, the basket weaver, and the spinner will each be on hand to offer their traditional crafts and trades.
Paul McCormack will bring his Critters to do an interactive program that involves animals, children, and adults. His performances at 12:00 and 2:00 will take place outside the Lower Barn, on the cement paddock. The Saline Area Players will perform in the Upper Barn at 1:00 and 3:00. They will offer a historic skit with music and song.
The old tractor will be coaxed into running and free wagon rides will be offered all afternoon, or until the tractor no longer cooperates (whichever occurs first). As long as they last, children can pick out a pumpkin, paint it and take it home at the end of their visit.
Docents will welcome visitors in the farmhouse. 2014 Memberships can be renewed at the Entrance Gate and visitors are encouraged to check out the Farm Gift Shop.
After Harvest Time, the outbuildings at the farm will be closed for the season. The animals will go home to their owners’ farms. The farmhouse will remain open on Saturdays 11:00-3:00 until mid-December. Additional information can be retrieved by calling 734-944-0442 prior to the event date.