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For the 32nd year, Friends of Hartwick Pines State Park is proud to sponsor and host Black Iron Days at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, Michigan. This year’s festival will also celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Michigan’s State Parks! Black Iron Days features artisans from across the region demonstrating how tools and crafts were made by hand in the late 1800’s. See blacksmiths working steel, learn how to knap a flint knife, see spinners make yarn, watch the steam-powered sawmill in operation, and learn how to make and use an atlatl or long-bow from our friends at the U.S. Forest Service!
New this year, the Edward E. Hartwick Memorial Building is open to the public for the first time in 25 years! This historic log structure was built in 1929 and served as the original visitor center and museum for the Park until 1994. Visitors are encouraged to share their memories of the building, give ideas for future use of the building, and make a donation to the building restoration fund – those who cannot make it into the park can text: “memorial” to: 80888 to do the same.
This year’s festival will kick off Friday evening, August 23rd with a family friendly brewpub-like atmosphere at the Memorial Building, open 4pm – 9pm. Craft beverages from Rolling Oak Brewing Company and snacks will be available, and visitors are welcome to bring in outside food. The Memorial Building will be open until 9pm Saturday night with live music after 4pm; acoustic musicians are welcome to perform open-mic style!
Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm, demonstrations will occur at the Logging Museum and Memorial Building. Visitors can park at the Visitor Center or Day Use Area and stroll the paved 1.5 mile loop trail through the Old Growth Forest or catch the free ADA accessible shuttle between festival points of interest.
A Michigan Recreation Passport is required to enter the park and can be purchased at the park entrance. There is no cost to enjoy the festival demonstrations. Many of our artisans sell their creations, and there will be food and beverages available to purchase on-site; please bring cash for purchases.
For more information on this event or the Friends of Hartwick Pines State Park, visit our website: www.HartwickPines.org, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.