Northville Victorian Festival begins tomorrow

Michigan Wheelmen perform at past Northville Victorian Festival

Sep. 12, 2013  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.


Every fall, for a quarter of a century, Northville has returned to the days of the late 1800s when Queen Victoria ruled England and the community was very young.

The annual Victorian Festival will fill downtown streets with a children’s carnival and entertainment, vintage baseball, magicians, live music and much more for the 25th time this year.

The traditional and much anticipated Victorian Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, the official opening of the week-end festivities.

The streets will be closed to automobile traffic as townspeople, artists, and business owners turn back the clock and transform themselves into a Victorian village complete with period costumes, storytellers, magicians, musical entertainment, a carousel, and demonstrations. Ryde Park will feature rides for children and the Victorian Saloon offers entertainment for adults. Visitors can also enjoy a unique shopping experience in the many establishments in Northville,

Victorian teas and fashion shows take place on Saturday and Mill Race Village will host a multitude of activities on Sunday. The festival is hosted by the Northville Chamber of Commerce.

Friday events include a performance by the third-grade students from Northville Public Schools. Along with the carnival rides, the non-profit groups’ food and game booths there will be face painting from 5-8 p.m. and the Festival Saloon will feature the Shawn Riley Band from 7-10 p.m.

Remax Dream Properties will offer tethered hot air balloon rides immediately following the parade until dark.

On Saturday, crafters will have their work on display from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and John Park will perform his juggling act at noon and 1:30 p.m. The Teen Fiddlers from the Saline Fiddlers will perform at 3 p.m.

Face painting and temporary tattoos will be available from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and My Adventure Theater live interactive shows for children will take place at 11:30 a.m. 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Charlene Berry Dulcimer event is planned from noon until 5 p.m. and the Barnyard Express Animal Shows will have a petting farm from noon until 5 p.m.

Street magicians will be entertaining from 1-3 p.m. and Social Bones will entertain from 7-10 in the Festival Saloon.

The Eclipse vintage baseball game will be on Ford Field from 1-3 p.m.

Sunday will feature the comedy juggling show by John Park at noon and 1:30 p.m. along with many of the attractions that will entertain in the street and on stage Saturday.

In Mill Race Village, there will be a tatting demonstration from noon until 3 p.m. while most of the buildings will be open until 3:30 for tours.

There will be old-fashioned children games from 1-3 p.m. another vintage base ball game from 1-3 p.m. at Ford Field and the Northville High School chorale groups Backbeat and Treble Makers will perform from 2-3:30 p.m.

The Duck Race will take place at 3:30 p.m. when ducks will be released at the Mill Race Village Dam, to float their way to the Griswold Street bridge. The first five and the very last duck over the finish line win prizes. Tickets are $5 per duck. For more information, call (248) 349-7640 or visit www.northville. org.

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