Experience life as it was over 100 years ago in Alpena! Besser Museum has partnered with the Michigan DNR to provide some great activities for visitors! Come and enjoy guided tours lead by the Alpena Youth Volunteer Corps, learn about star-lore with mini planetarium shows, enjoy music by Pickin’ for People, and so many more great activities, including: information about birds of prey in Northern Michigan by Jeremy Stoppa, moon phases, the farmer’s Almanac and how farmers know when to plant their fields, the NEMROC Pollinator Project, CSA Farming by Ben Kline, the N.E. Michigan Artists Guild huge art sale, and best of all the annual Founder’s Society strawberry social.
Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan
491 Johnson Street, Alpena, Michigan
12pm - 4pm
$5 Adults, $3 Kids, $12 Family
Red Sky Raptor Center
Jeremy will share about raptors and the Center’s mission to increase an overall knowledge of avian biology, conservation, habitat preservation and the vital part birds of prey play in our ecosystem.
Ben Kline, CSA
According to the Farmers’ Almanac, gardening experts follow the phases and positions of the Moon to plant their crops. Gardeners will want to talk to Ben Kline, from Ben Kline Farms. Ben will be explaining his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business. The CSA Model offers a “win-win” opportunity to build relationships between farmers, consumers, and the land. In exchange for your commitment to their produce in the spring, they commit to providing you with local, healthy, and sustainably produced food throughout the growing season.
Picking for People, led by Jack Williams. Picking for People plays a variety of folk, old-time, country, and gospel music. Other traditional attractions include the Founders Society Annual Strawberry Sundaes, woodcarving, butter making, re-enactors, fossil hunting, historic building tours, and much more. There is literally something for everyone!
NEMROC Pollinator Project
This year, we are very proud to promote the work and products of NEMROC (North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation and Opportunity Center, Inc.). NEMROC will be with us to showcase and sell their bat houses, bird houses, and their Pollinator Project.
At this year’s annual Log Cabin Day, the Besser Museum will partner with the DNR and Friends of Negwegon, Rockport, and Thompson Harbor State Parks to celebrate the recent Dark Sky Preserve designations from the State of Michigan. Special guest speaker, Mary Stewart Adams, from the Headlands Dark Sky Park, will be in our planetarium giving presentations throughout the event. Mary Stewart Adams is a star lore historian and storyteller dedicated to a humanities-based approach to understanding the night sky, and the arts and sciences it inspires. Mary led the initiative that achieved International Dark Sky Park designation for Emmet County’s Headlands property in 2011, making it only one of nine such parks in the world at the time. Mary has spoken all over the world and received numerous honors for her work. She can be heard each week on Interlochen Public Radio with her “Storyteller’s Guide to the Night Sky.”
Other great activites!
Other traditional attractions include the Founders Society Annual Strawberry Sundaes, woodcarving, butter making, re-enactors, fossil hunting, historic building tours, and much more. There is literally something for everyone!
For more information, feel free to contact the museum at 989-356-2202 or message us here.