Mostly Cloudy   70.0F  |  Forecast »

Voyageur Encampment at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township

The Michigan Great Lakes fur trade era comes to live Aug. 25-26, 2012 in Macomb County at this annual event with fun for families and kids

Relive and learn about our state's rich Great Lakes fur trade era as voyageurs, settlers and American Indian re-enactors put on a show at the 16th annual Voyageur Encampment, happening on Aug. 25-26, 2012. You'll learn so much about this era of Michigan history – and you'll have fun doing it. Did you know The Pointe at Lake St. Clair Metropark was a stopover point for the Lewis Cass expedition in 1820? Find out more about it here!

This year's events happen 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Experience the lifestyles and skills of the voyageurs, Native Americans, military and settlers of the Great Lakes fur trade era firsthand. This part of history is recreated by re-enactors in period clothing who set up camp for the weekend.

Art, culture and lifestyle demonstrations such as blacksmithing, rope making, finger weaving, silversmithing, paddle carving and campfire cooking will be ongoing throughout the event. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the re-enactors as the performers stay in character and share with visitors the historical significance this era had for Michigan.

More featured events include colonial games, art and craft projects, storytelling, music, song and dance, first-person history presentations, history talks, muzzle-loading and cannons demonstrations, and period fashion shows for kids and adults. All the events are spectator activities; however, the colonial games significant to the era will be available for children to participate in.

Admission is free, but a $5 vehicle pass is required to get into the park.

Check out the Metro Parent listing to learn more about the 2012 Voyageur Encampment at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township.

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Beach Towel and Picnic Blanket Caddy Craft

Beach Towel and Picnic Blanket Caddy Craft

Looking for an easy, compact way to tote those summer necessities? You're in luck! This simple sewing project makes carting your fabric accessories a breeze.

Socialite Returns Adopted Child to Orphanage for Crying

Socialite Returns Adopted Child to Orphanage for Crying

After only one night in, Romanian socialite Monica Gabor took her adopted son back to the orphanage because the child was too distressed.

Medication Mistakes Common and Dangerous, New Study Finds

Medication Mistakes Common and Dangerous, New Study Finds

Recent findings published in Pediatrics show that nearly 40 percent of parents make measuring errors for their kid's medicine. Why is this happening and what can you do to prevent it?

Craft Roundup: Fun Summer Projects for Kids

Craft Roundup: Fun Summer Projects for Kids

Beat vacation boredom with these four cool ideas from blogs, including Popsicle holders, printable sewing cards, jellyfish handprint bookmarks and more.

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking

From picking out ingredients to concocting their own culinary creations, here are a few ways to encourage your children to help out in the kitchen.

Family Picnic Recipes and Ideas

Family Picnic Recipes and Ideas

Head to the park or on a hike and make the great outdoors your dinner spot. Here are six ideas to help you plan your meal – from drink to dessert.

Book Review: Three Fun Summer Craft Reads for the Family

Book Review: Three Fun Summer Craft Reads for the Family

Want a few simple, fun sewing ideas for the kids, projects to brighten up their rooms or maybe just tips for DIY tinkering? These authors have you covered.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement