Barn dance to support bicentennial monument, museum’s equipment barn

By: Mary Beth Almond, | Rochester Post | Published June 14, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — City officials in Rochester and Rochester Hills are giving the public a chance to swing their partners and do-si-do during the Bicentennial Barn Dance this month.

In a joint effort between Rochester and Rochester Hills, proceeds from the barn dance will benefit the Rochester bicentennial monument at Rochester Municipal Park and the new equipment barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. 

“This is the first time that we are partnering with the city of Rochester Hills on any event — let alone a fundraising event,” said Rochester Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow. “We are fundraising for the bicentennial monument, they are fundraising for their new equipment barn, so we thought maybe we should combine efforts because of the bicentennial and create one event … hence the barn dance was born.”

The barn dance — to be held 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 23, in the newly restored 1927 calf barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm — will include a strolling dinner, square dancing, a silent auction, a pie stand and more. As far as attire, Trevarrow said, jeans are preferred and boots are optional.

Patrick McKay, manager of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, said the barn dance will help celebrate the community’s history in a traditional and fun way.

“It also will raise funds to support the museum’s next barn project — the rebuilding of the equipment barn that we hope to start later this year. Our goal is to reconstruct the Van Hoosen Farm site and tell our community history at this beautiful, historic site and to share it all with our community,” he said in a statement.

The event will also support Rochester’s bicentennial monument. Located at the entrance to the Rochester Municipal Park, city officials said, the centerpiece of the 3-D monument will feature a sundial designed by Michigan artist Russell Thayer surrounded by 20 historic decade stones depicting key moments in Rochester’s history. The design will also feature benches and engraved brick pavers, which are available for sponsorship. Land Design Studio is the architect for the project. The 20-foot-tall monument will be unveiled during Rochester’s Bicentennial Homecoming event, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12.

Tickets to the barn dance — which cost $100 per person or $150 per couple — are available at www.downtownrochestermi.com/store and at the Rochester DDA office, 308 1/2 Main St.

“The entertainment value and the food that you are going to receive will far outweigh what you are going to pay for a ticket price,” Trevarrow said. “It’s going to be a hootenanny. It is just going to be a riot.”

For more information, call (248) 656-0060.