Hartwick Pines State Park Hosts Annual Wood Shaving Days

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Hartwick Pines State Park Hartwick Pines State Park is celebrating its annual Wood Shaving Days Festival, July 19-20, at the Logging Museum.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the historic sawmill cutting logs into pine boards, listen to traditional music played by “The Cousins Music Group” and enjoy the art of wood carving, wood burning and other woodcrafters. There also will be demonstrations by blacksmiths, weavers and wool spinners.

On Saturday, at 1 p.m., there will be a special exhibition of “Vintage Base Ball” with the Hartwick Pines Swampers taking on the Walker Tavern Wheels at the ball field in the park’s picnic area. This is a chance to see baseball as it was played in the mid-1800s with no glove and rules that are quite different from the game we play today.

The Logging Museum at Hartwick Pines State Park is a field site of the Michigan Historical Museum and interprets the white pine logging era of 1840-1910. Wood Shaving Days is sponsored by the Friends of Hartwick Pines, and all proceeds go toward the interpretive and educational programs at the park.

In addition to Wood Shaving Days, upcoming events include vintage baseball on July 26, and Aug. 3, 16, 17 and 23; plus Forest Fest Aug. 9, and the annual Black Iron Days Festival Aug. 23-24.

For more information about Wood Shaving Days or other programs at Hartwick Pines, please call (989) 348-2537. There is no charge for attending Wood Shaving Days, but a state park motor vehicle permit is required for park entry. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8.