Free Outdoor Festival Handicap Accessible and Leashed Pet Friendly! See our FAQ for more info. stars Saturday, 6 May & Sunday, 7 May 2017, 10am to 5pm and presenting our Grand Victorian Ball at the Grand Ledge Opera House, Saturday, 6 May 2017, 7pm. Tickets are limited!

Schedule

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*** Planning for 2017 is underway. Schedule times and events are subject to change. ***

Saturday

Sunday

6 May 2017
Time Event
All day
 
10am to 5pm
Demonstrations by artisans & craftsmen
@ Bridge Street Plaza
Activities include spinning, goat milk soap making, weaving, basket making, letterpress printing, and more.
Victorian General Store
@ Bridge Street Plaza
Handmade candies, baked items, and other goods.
Victorian-themed merchants
@ Bridge Street Plaza
Victorian themed merchants including Victorian era clothing and accessories, lotions & soaps, herbal products, candles, steampunk jewellery, tea cups & pots, and other goods.
Merchants & Artisans needed!
We're looking for Victorian-themed merchants, artisans, & vendors to sell their era-appropriate wares at this year's event.
Sign up online here.
Quilt Show
@ Grand Ledge Opera House, Terrace level
Over 50 fabulous antique and contemporary quilts on display.
Sponsored by Cathy Norton of Around the Block Quilt Shop and hosted by the St Michael's Sew-N-Sews.
Civil War Muster & Encampments
@ Island Park
Muster & Encampments, including 102nd USCT, the 4th Michigan Company A, the GVSU Civil War Club, members of the 8th Arkansas, the 4th Texas Company E, 3rd Michigan Company F, and other civilian and infantry groups.
Civil War Sutlers & Tintypist
@ Island Park
Living historian and genuine tintypist Mr Robert Beech demonstrates and sells tintypes using authentic materials and processes.
Civil War Sutlers and demonstrators will also include textile & fiber arts, wool & Civil War garments, and medical history and spiritual healing.
Doll Outfit Sewing Contest Entrant Display
@ Grand Ledge Opera House, Terrace level
Pre-registration required.
Entry deadline:
    Friday, 5 May, 5pm.
Local young sewing enthusiasts are testing their skills by creating Victorian era outfits for their dolls. See their entries on display during the Quilt Show.
Free Plant Exchange
@ Bridge Street Plaza
Bring an empty container or labelled garden plant and exchange it for a new plant, bulbs, or seeds.
Sponsored by Diane Rhodes. Call 517.627.5780 for more information.
Street music & Food
@ Bridge Street Plaza
Information booth
@ Bridge Street Plaza
Maps, The Gazeeater, information,
10am
Civil War Firing Squad
@ Bridge Street Plaza
10am to 4:15pm
Steampunk Competition & Exhibition
@ Grand Ledge Opera House, Grand Hall
Registration for the Steampunk Exhibition & Awards.
 
10:30am
Horse Tricks
@ Island Park
11am
Royal Victorian Children's Tea
@ Grand Ledge Public Library
Children celebrate a Royal Tea hosted by Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
Registration & tickets required.
Call 517.627.7014 to sign up.
Hosted by the
Grand Ledge Area District Library.
11am to 2pm
Victorian Talks
@ Island Park Gazebo
Presentations & performances featuring many topics of education, enlightenment, & entertainment, on the hour.
11am
Changing Medicine and Minds
by Dr Lilly MacLeod
12n
Victorian Hairstyles: How To
by Ms Julie Bourassa
1pm
Unmentionables: What They Wore Under There
by Mrs Sylvania Dye

11am to 2pm
Make May Baskets
@ Ledge Craft Lane
Enjoy the fresh scents of spring with your very own May Basket.
Free, while supplies last.
12n
May Pole Dance
@ Bridge Street Plaza
1860s Vintage Base Ball Game
@ Fitzgerald Field
The Sidney Stars Base Ball Club
    vs. Chelsea Monitors Base Ball Club
Sponsored by Sports Stop
12n to 4pm
Museum exhibit
Hurray For School
@ Grand Ledge Museum
12n to 5pm
Riverboat rides on the Grand Princess
$8 adults, $3 children
Board @ the dock on Island Park
1pm
High Tea
@ the Opera House, Grand Hall
Finger sandwiches, scones, sweets & treats, and other delectables — and, of course, tea.
No charge, but donations are appreciated.
1:30pm
Gentleman's Duel
@ Island Park
2pm
Civil War Skirmish for control of Island Bridge
@ Island Park
The North and South will clash in an epic struggle for control of the Island Bridge on the Grand River.
2pm to 2:45pm
Moustache Contest Registration
@ Island Park Gazebo
2:45pm
9th Annual Moustache Contest
@ Island Park Gazebo
3pm to 4pm
Make Kids' Head Wreaths & Moustaches
@ Ledge Craft Lane
Free, while supplies last.
3:30pm
Doll Outfit Sewing Contest Award Ceremony
@ Grand Ledge Opera House, Terrace level
Prizes awarded to local young sewing enthusiasts testing their skills by creating Victorian era outfits for their dolls.
4:15pm
Steampunk Judging & Awards
@ Grand Ledge Opera House, Grand Hall
Registration from 10am to 12n.
 
4:30pm
Civil War Firing Demonstration
@ Island Park
Cancelled
Grand Victorian Ball
@ the Opera House, Grand Hall
We regret to announce that the Ball has been cancelled.
7 May 2017
Time Event
All day
 
10am to 5pm
Civil War Sunday
@ Island Park
Muster & Encampments, including 102nd USCT, the 4th Michigan Company A, the GVSU Civil War Club, members of the 8th Arkansas, the 4th Texas Company E, 3rd Michigan Company F, and other civilian and infantry groups.
Demonstrations by Civil War artisans & craftsmen
@ Island Park
Civil War Sutlers & Tintypist
@ Island Park
Living historian and genuine tintypist Mr Robert Beech demonstrates and sells tintypes using authentic materials and processes.
Civil War Sutlers and demonstrators will also include textile & fiber arts, wool & Civil War garments, and medical history and spiritual healing.
Sutlers needed!
We're looking for Civil War Sutlers to sell their era-appropriate wares at this year's event.
Sign up online here.
 
Information booth
@ Island Park Gazebo
Maps, The Gazeeater, information
10am to 11:30am
Guided Walking Tours
@ Island Park
Experience the daily life of soldiers and vignettes of the Civil War experience.
12n
Gentleman's Duel
@ Island Park
12n to 4pm
Museum exhibit
Hurray For School
@ Grand Ledge Museum
12n to 5pm
Riverboat rides on the Grand Princess
$8 adults, $3 children
Board @ the dock on Island Park
TBA
Civil War Games
@ Island Park
Wet Chemise Contest and Frying Pan Toss.
Compete or cheer on your friends!
12:30pm
Speed Knitting Contest
@ Island Park
1:30pm
Civil War Skirmish for control of Island Bridge
@ Island Park
The North and South will clash in one final epic struggle for control of the Island Bridge on the Grand River.
2:30pm to 4pm
Victorian Talks
@ Island Park Gazebo
Presentations & performances featuring topics from the Civil War era.
2:30pm
Dr Lilly MacLeod & the Corset Epidemic
by Dr Lilly MacLeod
3:00pm
Naval Matters and Inventions
by Captain Rene Bourassa

4pm
Civil War Firing Demonstration
@ Island Park
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