Seasonal fun and treats, along with house and grounds tours, will be available during the first Harvest Day event Oct. 6 at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Seasonal fun and treats, along with house and grounds tours, will be available during the first Harvest Day event Oct. 6 at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Photo provided by the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House


Fall for fall at the Ford House

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 24, 2019

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Fall is a beautiful season in Michigan, and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores is hoping to capture the spirit and flavors of the season in a new event.

From noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, families are invited to Harvest Day. Blake’s Cider Mill & Orchard will be selling seasonal treats, and there will be a petting zoo, horse and pony rides, a giant leaf pile, lawn games, face painting and more. Admission to the event will cost $15 per vehicle and include a chance to stroll the grounds or the Ford House for free. Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers will be selling hot dogs, burgers, fries and brats.

“Harvest Day started with the simple idea that we wanted to host an affordable autumn event that would be fun for the whole family,” Cynthia Sohn, development and community engagement manager at the Ford House, said in an email interview. “We had a vision of children playing in the meadow in front of the house — much like Eleanor and Edsel Ford’s own children and grandchildren might have done. Our team invited other partners, like Blake’s (Cider Mill), Detroit Abloom, and Green Toe Gardens. When we added a petting zoo and free strolling house tours for families, we knew we had an event that represented a perfect family outing for all ages.”

In an email interview, Lonnie Decker, a manager at Blake’s Cider Mill, said they’ll be bringing cider, doughnuts, caramel apples, fritters, kettle corn, freshly baked pies, straw bales, cornstalks, pie pumpkins and gourds, as well as Blake’s hard cider and wine for the adults.

“Also for purchase will be a delicious assortment of Blake’s farm-style foods, including (our) bestsellers: apple butter, strawberry jam and cherry salsa,” Decker said.

He said Blake’s has been family owned and operated, and serving the region, since 1946.

“We at Blake’s Cider Mill are aiming to present our seasonal products while creating a family-friendly, fun autumnal atmosphere,” Decker said.

Blake’s can accept cash or credit cards, but not some of the newer methods, like ApplePay.

Guests are welcome to bring a blanket to have a picnic on the grounds. Comfortable clothing and shoes are a must, and attendees should remember that the lakefront grounds might be a bit cooler than inland areas.

“Dress for the weather and be ready to run, walk and play outdoors,” Sohn said. “We will have lots of good old-fashioned lawn games and activities going on throughout the day.”

It’ll be a good time for visitors to consider purchasing a Ford House membership as well.

“In keeping with Eleanor Ford’s legacy of giving, a portion of the any Ford House membership purchased during Harvest Day will go to Forgotten Harvest to fight hunger and food insecurity,” Sohn said.

If it proves popular, she said they’d consider making this a new annual tradition.

Parking will be in a grassy area across the street from the Ford House. Organizers are encouraging attendees to make reservations and purchase their admission in advance by visiting the Ford House website.

The Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. For reservations or more information, visit www.fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222.