This is going to be a busy weekend in Lucas and surrounding counties --- and we'd like to invite you to kick it off by joining us between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday at the Lucas County Historical Society for our annual Harvest Festival.
The event, geared for youngsters of all ages, begins at 10 a.m. Boy Scouts will raise the flags on the Bicentennial Flag Pole at 10:30 a.m. And at 11 a.m., we'll hold a brief but very special program on the patio to celebrate the official naming of the Bill Marner Blacksmith Shop.
Coffee cake and hot cider will be served in the Pioneer Barn throughout the event which also includes a petting zoo of small farm animals and face painting for youngsters. Boy Scouts will demonstrate campfire cooking techniques and, perhaps, serve up a few cookies. They'll also be selling popcorn.
Jerry Book will be on hand to provide blacksmithing demonstrations and most likely will punctuate the morning by firing off his miniature cannon now and then. Some miniature farm equipment will be on display. And, of course, all of the museum buildings will be open for tours.
The late Bill Marner (1936-2015) was a tireless worker for the historical society and a long-time president. Quite frankly, I still see him sometimes on his old tractor (with scoop attached) or in his vintage pickup handling whatever job needed handling on the museum campus.
When talking with Carol Marner about an appropriate memorial, we reached consensus that naming the blacksmith shop, one of the last major projects he worked on, in his honor would be appropriate. So we'll be unveiling new signage and a commemorative plaque on the blacksmith shop in his honor at 11 a.m.
Since Saturday's event means the end of our summer season is near, we'll also be hosting a luncheon for our volunteers, the Marner family and others in the Pioneer Barn after most guests have gone home.
There's also a lunch for veterans at Carpenters Hall at noon on Saturday and, for goodness sake, don't miss the Farm Crawl on Sunday. Good times for all!
The museum will be open regular hours, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through October 7 --- encompassing Homecoming weekend. Then we'll curtail public hours until May 1 although the museum always is open by appointment.