Baldwin's sesquicentennial celebrations in full swing

The Lake County Historical Museum is coordinating numerous events to observe the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of Baldwin's settlement.

The Lake County Historical Museum is coordinating numerous events to observe the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of Baldwin's settlement.

Courtesy of Denise Smith

BALDWIN — During the summer of 1972, the village of Baldwin celebrated the 100th anniversary of being settled with special observances including a beard growing contest, dressing in historical clothing and other events.

Fast forward 50 years to summer 2022 and the Lake County Historical Museum is coordinating numerous events to observe the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the settlement.

The fun begins Saturday, June 4, with a Garden Day Workshop presented by Michigan State University Extension staff on the lawn of the Museum, 915 N. Michigan Avenue, from 10 a.m.-noon. There is a $5 registration fee for the workshop and pre-registration can be made by contacting Lake County MSUE.

Scheduled events run through early October with others, through December, still being confirmed at this time.

The giant U.S. Flag presented to the village by former Michigan Governor Henry P.  Baldwin will be displayed twice this summer in the lobby of the main branch of the Lake-Osceola State Bank, first for Flag Day on June 14-15 and again July 21-22 during Troutarama.

Downtown businesses will feature historical window displays in July and August. A Straw Hat Decorating event will be held at the Museum on July 22 so that Grand Parade goers will have shade for the event which normally steps off at 1 p.m.

The annual Troutarama Grand Parade, on Saturday, July 23 will feature several 90-plus year old residents as Grand Marshals. (The museum will host a Saturday, Sept. 10, program at the Boat Dock stage featuring interviews with some of these folks.) The Pathfinder Library will offer refreshments during the parade.

The popular summer music festival “Folk Fridays” at the Museum opens Friday, July 29 with Mark Dvorak and American Banjo music. Popular musician Chris Vallillo, with “Songs of the Civil War” performs Friday, August 5. A Native American program is tentatively planned for Aug. 12. The final Folk Friday event, Aug. 19, will feature the Rev. Robert Jones with the program “Slave Music evolves into Jazz.”

Recognizing that while many Baldwinites return for the July based Troutarama — but also that not all can be here in late July — the schedule of events includes walking tours of Baldwin prior to the Wednesday night “Echoes through the Timber” concert on Aug. 10, and again in September.

A street fair featuring BBQ chicken; musicians, kids games and other events is planned for 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Plan to come down, have some food, enjoy the strolling musicians, then head to the Sounds of the Forest concert at Wenger Pavilion.

In between those two events, the Shrine of the Pines will host a Family Picnic event at the Shrine from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 6.

Lake County History Day, on the Museum grounds, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at noon, featuring old fashioned games, as well as old time recipes, a special guest — Smokey the Bear, who is celebrating his 78th birthday this year — and a “What Is It” display of items from bygone days.

Saturday Sept. 10 will feature interviews with Baldwin area residents ages 90 and up at the “Boat House” venue beginning at 6 p.m. The next day, Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. is the final Walking Tour of the village.

Currently scheduled events start to wind down in early October with a tour of Pleasant Plains and Webber Township Cemeteries on Saturday, Oct. 1. The tours, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., will feature re-enactors portraying past residents who are buried in the side by side cemeteries.

The following weekend will feature the Lake County Historical Society – Founder’s Tribute Celebration, at Wenger Pavilion, on Saturday, October 8 from 3-5 p.m. A Barbershop Quartet will perform but the real reason for the event is recognizing families who have played an integral part of the 150 year history of Baldwin.        

The annual Christmas Parade is moving from November to December this year and the LCHM will resume its popular Old Fashioned Ornament workshop following the parade.