Log Cabin Day 2013

PEOPLE FOR PALMER PARK with the support of
Sen. Virgil Smith, Clark Hill Law Offices, Shelbourne Development/Malino Construction
Elaine & Eugene Driker. Guernsey Farms Dairy and BLAC magazine present

Palmer Park Log Cabin Day & Ice Cream Social 

To celebrate the state of Michigan’s Log Cabin Day on Sunday, June 30, People for Palmer Park (PFPP) will hold its second annual Palmer Park Log Cabin Day from 1 – 4 pm. 
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Young musicians will be fiddling and square dancers swinging, while Park lovers wearing 1880s fashions stroll past a Native American drummer, a blues guitarist, children  with painted faces and handmade hats, and families enjoying a community picnic and day at the park.
It’s Palmer Park’s Log Cabin Day Celebration!

Tour the Cabin

To commemorate Michigan Log Cabin Day, People for Palmer Park (PFPP) and the City of Detroit will open Palmer Park’s historic 1800’s Log Cabin — which has been closed for some 30 years — for a rare tour. Built in 1885 by Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie as their summer retreat, the cabin was once filled with antiques and visitors who would travel north on Woodward in horse-drawn carts. By 1895, Sen. Palmer had donated much of his farmland and woods to the city of Detroit to be used as a pleasure park for the people.

Ice Cream from Guernsey Farms Dairy

PFPP will treat families to free ice cream donated by Guernsey Farms Dairy, and an afternoon of live music, entertainment, dancing, face painting, arts & crafts for children, and great fun. This community event will re-connect many old-timers and kids of all ages to early Detroit memories and hopes for Detroit’s future.
Palmer Park’s Cabin is located off of Merrill Plaisance, west of Woodward Avenue and north of Six Mile Road in Detroit.

Win a Shinola Bike or VIP Tickets to the US Open Tennis Championship 

This year’s Log Cabin Day will also include two raffles: one for a Shinola bicycle (worth $2,000) and the other for two free VIP tickets to the US Open Tennis Championship (winners will be announced at the end of the event). The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the end of the event.

Mad Hatter & Bonnet Contest

Also new for this year is the Mad Hatter and Bonnet contest, with an arts and crafts station where children can create and decorate their own hat. Be sure to dress in late 1800s/early 1900s attire, and wear their favorite hats —vintage, creative, crazy or beautiful — to win prizes and to delight other park goers.
Judges for the contest are: Judges: Dona Tracey (The Hat Queen of Palmer Woods), Charles McBride (hat maker and owner of L. Swygert Hat Shop), and Rachel Lutz (owner of the Peacock Room).
Some of the prizes include:

In the Cabin

Palmer Park has the only authentic, historic Log Cabin in the City of Detroit. Inside, we will showcase
  • A photo exhibit by S. Kay Young with images of Native American events and people.
  • African American quilts and local quilters — Francine Guice & Bettie Pitchford — dressed at Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, who will demonstrate and talk about this amazing craft, its history and relationship to slavery and the underground railroad. 
  • We want to bring history alive, so Wayne State University theatre students Assata Haki and Andy Gaitens will be dressed at Senator and Mrs. Palmer and will be performing in character, greeting people at the door to the cabin as you begin your tour.
  • Historian Greg Piazza will talk about the history of the cabin, the Palmers and Palmer Park


Entertainment outside the cabin includes:

  • 1 pm: Native American drummer/flutist Lee Blackbear
  • 1:30 pm & 3:15 pm : Chelsea Home Orchestra (high school Celtic fiddlers)
  • Storyteller/historian Amy Elliot Bragg (nighttraintodetroit.com)
  • 2:15 pm: Luther Badman Keith Blues Band
  • 2:30 pm: T.J. Richardson African American Square Dancers (join in!)
  • A young juggler unicyclist and a group of Penny Farthing cyclists from the Wheelmen will add additional entertainment.
  • Facepainting for children with Bubbles the Clown Marilyn Jones and other facepainters
  • Be sure to pose for your souvenir photo in front of the Cabin, shot by top Detroit-area photographer Kyla Dorsey (www.kyladorsey.com)
  • Tai Chi demonstration with Peter Guenther
  • More surprises

FOOD LAB & Picnics

We encourage people to bring their children, parents and grandparents to reconnect with their memories of the park and cabin, share their oral histories. Bring a picnic basket or visit the FOOD LAB and enjoy lounging on your blanketb and enjoying the scenery of the lake and ceder lighthouse.  
Food Lab offerings include:
  • April Anderson’s Good Cakes and Bakes
  • Herman Hayes & Dilla’s Delights (donuts)
  • Lisa Ludwinski’s Sister Pies (baked mini-pies)
  • Anika Grose (cupcakes, jams, jellies)
  • Monique Styles’ Coordinated Glam (cakes)
  • Wendy Casey (baked goods)
  • Reuben Reid’s Flavorful Creations (cookies, cupcakes) 
  • Treats by Angelique (baked goods)
  • Noam Kimelman’s Fresh Corner Cafe (Wraps, Sandwiches, Salads)
  • Angela Dagle’s Beautiful Soup
There will also be equestrian demonstrations by the Detroit Mounted Police, square dancing, and family fun. Don’t forget to wear you vintage, creative or zany hat, cap or bonnet for the Mad Hatter & Bonnet contest!

People for Palmer Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Detroit’s Palmer Park. PFPP is entrusted by the City of Detroit’s Adopt-a-Park program as its Community Partner. The organization formed in 2010 in response to reports that the city planned to close the park.
An important goal of PFPP is to make Palmer Park once again a destination site for healthy living and recreation, as well as a protected nature reserve. In the short time that PFPP has been in existence, the organization has organized and worked with community volunteers and residents from the surrounding neighborhoods to clean out the 12 miles of forest trails in the park, making them bikeable and walkable again; planted apple orchards in three locations; started a Junior Tennis Academy for children; hosted free yoga classes on Saturday mornings during the summer that typically attracts up to 50 participants, free tai chi classes on Tuesdays, and biking and hiking groups; organized family Story Time events by the Log Cabin, fall hay rides through the trails, and much more. In addition to planning special events and recreational activities, PFPP committees organize regular cleanups of the park, as well as flower and tree plantings.

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