Celebrate the arrival of autumn down on the farm

By: Elizabeth Scussel | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 5, 2015


BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For those eager to welcome the cooler months, pull on your boots, button up your sweater and head on down to Bowers Farm for two special events this month.

On Sept. 16, the Friends of Preservation Bloomfield are inviting members of the community to become a piece of history with the Hand on the Wall luncheon event.

For a donation, residents can make their mark on a wall inside the Barton Farmhouse before wallpaper is hung. Whether it’s a signature, a drawing, the outline of a hand or a special message, it’s a way for residents to be part of a rare archive of Bloomfield history.

The messages on the wall will also be duplicated so that years down the line, when the wallpaper is replaced, Preservation Bloomfiled will still have copies of people’s messages.

It also serves as a means to leave a message for the future, explained Bee Engelhart, president of the Friends of Preservation Bloomfield.

“It’s creating history where we’re also preserving history,” Engelhart said. “And for only $10, you can make yourself a part of that history.”

The event will run 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and a soup lunch will be provided. Space is limited for Hand on the Wall. To reserve a spot, call (248) 858-8870 or email shelley taub@comcast.net.

On Sept. 20, the Friends will host their annual corn roast, with hot dogs, wagon rides, live music, face painting and, of course, bushels of Michigan-grown corn.

Tickets to the corn roast cost $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. Children younger than 2 attend for free.

For more information on the corn roast, call (248) 310-6064 or email jcleland12@comcast.net.

Proceeds from both events will benefit the ongoing restoration of the historic Barton Farmhouse and Craig Log Cabin.

When restorations are complete, the historic building will be used for public and private affairs to serve the community in a variety of ways. Plans are also in the works to include the two buildings as part of Bloomfield Hills Schools’ curriculum.

Since fundraising began eight years ago, more than $800,000 has been raised for the cause.

“The Friends of Preservation Bloomfield, they’re powerful people,” said Preservation Bloomfield President and Bloomfield Hills Mayor Mike Dul, calling the Hand on the Wall event creative and exciting.

“We’re really making a little splash and putting a twist on what we do.”

The Barton Farmhouse is located at the Charles L. Bowers School Farm, 1219 E. Square Lake Road.

For more information on Preservation Bloomfield, visit www.preservationbloomfield.org.

The Friends of Preservation Bloomfield is a collaborative formed to preserve heritage and build community.