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June 29-30, 2013 - Waterford Log Cabin Days

The Waterford Township Historical Society held its annual Log Cabin Days Festival 2013, June 29 & 30 from 10am - 5pm. Detroit Metro Mashup personnel have been going to this event for many years; it’s always nice to enjoy the warm weather within the Society’s Historic Village, where the event is held. It’s like taking a step out of your car and into the past, where craftsmanship mattered, life seemed simpler (from our perspective at least), and people were dependent upon one another in a more direct manner, even if they were rugged frontier people. The Village is situated in the pastoral setting of Fish Hatchery Park, surrounded by huge trees that veil our current civilization to allow the fantasy, and shares the space with the Clinton River, which flows peacefully by as it has done before we came and will do after we are gone.

We went to the Festival on Sunday afternoon and noticed that there was even more to see than last year. The Society is constantly working to improve the Village and make it more historically realistic and accurate. This has resulted in a truly great asset to Oakland County, as you will be able to see in our photographs (linked to from the picture stack above).

One new addition this year was the toy room; another might have been the Jacober Store Scavenger Hunt, which looked like fun, but we’re not sure whether it was new and we didn’t check. Don’t look at us like that! We’re not a news website and those that are don’t get things right half the time anyway. There was also some really good music. We sat down and listened as Bob Lowe played and sang a couple of really awesome Willie Nelson tunes. Bob is apparently a very talented guy. While listening to the music, you could eat a hot dog, shop for jewelry, ceramics, and second-(or third) hand treasures that were once someone else’s clutter, watch the scale-model trains run around the track, or chat with the cute alpacas who, frankly, were more cute than communicative.

If you’ve never been to the Log Cabin Days, you should check it out next year. Our photos will give you an idea of what to expect and you can get details on the website of the Waterford Township Historical Society at