Vol. 1, No. 1
Spare your fridge, hang the newsletter
History will com e alive during Cemet ery Walk
Ice Cream Soc
ial a Success
Sesquicentenn ial Mural Tak es Shape
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Shepherd Area Historical Society
3 3 3 Ice Cream Social a Success Information about the Society
Vol. 1, no. 1
History will come alive during Cemetery Walk
4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 Sesquicentennial Mural Takes Shape The Meltons are coming to Shepherd Commemorative Calendars Midsummer Faire begins August 17 Planned Events: Volunteers Needed for Praise and Graze Enjoy free food and fun Shepherd Sesquicentennial Schedule
July 27, 2007 Publisher: Jon Morgan
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History will come alive during Cemetery Walk
The ﬁnal preparations are being made for the Cemetery Walk that will take place inside the Salt River Cemetery between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18. The Cemetery Walk is one of the many activities that are being held that weekend to honor Shepherd’s Sesquicentennial. Anyone who is interested in attending the walk should stop at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Vans will transport tour groups from the schoolhouse to the cemetery and back again. The Cemetery Walk will take approximately one hour to complete. The walk will feature presentations given by a selection of former Shepherd leaders such as “Spikehorn” John Meyer, Katherine Mulineax, and Lyle Rhynard.
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Ice Cream Social a Success
Lots of Shepherd residents turned out for free ice cream and a concert by the Central Michigan Area Concert Band on Monday, July 9 at the Village Park. The band played several patriotic pieces. Later that evening, Clayton Lyons, vice president of the Shepherd Area Historical Society, thanked everyone for coming and spoke a little bit about the historical society’s history. He offered discounted memberships to anyone in the crowd who was interested in joining the society.
Information about the Society
Monthly meetings are held inside the Power House Museum the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Varied and interesting programs are held. The public is invited to attend the meetings and to join the society. Annual memberships are $5, and life time memberships are $100.
Actors and Actresses will help bring several Shepherd leaders to life during the Cemetery Walk
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Sesquicentennial Mural Takes Shape
Photos Left: Alex Hamlin touches up the yellow ribbon that frames the mural; Top right: Joyce Bleecker discusses a color choice with one of her students; Bottom Right: Jessica Hamlin colors in a car.
Joyce Bleecker and her students are making excellent progress on the Sesquicentennial mural despite the challenges of strong winds, sun, and scheduling conﬂicts. When I stopped by Mrs. Bleecker was showing one of her art students how to use tape to maintain the outline of a building. They were working on the right side of the train car where a stack of pancakes were already clearly visible. On the left side three students were painting the face of Shepherd’s founder, a horse, and the wheels of an old car. The mural, a project being sponsored by both the Chamber of Commerce and the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, is based on designs which were developed by Mrs. Bleecker’s
art students in the late spring. She brought her favorites to a Sesquicentennial Planning Committee meerting for approval. The designs were so well done that Mrs. Bleecker used elements from the best ones and historical photos of Shepherd to create a collage of images from Shepherd’s past. Mrs. Bleecker’s next step was to adjust the mural design so that it would proportionally ﬁt onto the old train car in front of the Train Depot museum. She did this by changing the design by hand and also projected the prototype onto the train car itself to get a better idea of how well the two would line up. As I watched the students work on their pieces of the mural, I
began to understand why the art teacher had said that the mural would go through a lot of changes as it was transferred onto the train car. The mural was truly a collaborative effort between the art students and reﬂected many different styles. As Mrs. Bleecker had predicted, the mural had been through a great deal of change during the painting process. The group is working steadily, and Mrs. Bleecker hopes that more students will join in to help along the way. At the rate they are going, there shouldn’t be any problems ﬁnishing the mural in time for the Shepherd Sesquicentennial celebration in August.
Additional updates and photos are available online at http://traindepotmural.blogspot.com.
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The Meltons are coming to Shepherd
The Westlawn Church of Christ is sponsoring a concert at the Village Park on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 7 p.m. featuring the Melton Family Singers. The Meltons are a full-time Gospel group currently based out of Joplin, Missouri. Refreshments will be served following the concert.
For more information, contact the Westlawn Church of Christ at 8286322 or send email to email@example.com.
A draft of the mural
Britney Bishop works on the face of Shepherd’s founder
Commemorative calendars are being sold to raise funds for the upcoming Sesquicentennial in August. The eighteen month calendars are $10 and include rare photos from Shepherd’s past. Calendars can be purchased at several locations through out Shepherd including IGA’s and the Village of Shepherd ofﬁces.
Each student worked on their own part of the mural
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Midsummer Faire begins August 17
The Shepherd High School Fine Arts club will host a medievalthemed festival called the “Midsummer Faire” on Friday, August 17 from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The festival will feature entertainment, foods with special medieval sounding names, and fun activities such as ﬁshing and face painting.
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Two knights ﬁght in a mock battle during a medieval festival similar to the Midsummer Faire
One Act Plays:
• Tom and the Dragon • Fairy Tale Princesses • What Happens when Good Princes go Charming
• Face paintings • Caricature Artist • Hair Braiding • Fortune Teller
• Impromptu styled musical performances by wandering minstrels • Medieval-themed merchandise such as foam swards, wands, and princess hats
Medieval Themed Games: Tournaments:
• Tilting at rings • Maypole • Fishing in the castle moat • Pin the tail on the dragon • Medieval Dunk Tank • Guess the winner of the tournament • Between the Red Knight, Blue Knight, Yellow Knight, and Green Knight
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Enjoy free food and fun
After the Sesquicentennial Parade on Sunday, August 19, don’t miss the free food and games for children during the Shepherd Methodist Church’s annual “Praise and Graze” event happening between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event is usually held closer to the fall, but was rescheduled to coincide with Shepherd’s Sesquicentennial. The event will feature: Family Fun • Dunk Tank
Two kids take advantage of the free face painting table during last year’s “Praise and Graze” at the Shepherd Methodist Church
• Tug-O-War contests • Pie-eating contests • Sack races Food • Hot dogs and sloppy joes • Chips • Beverages Kiddie Corral • Moonwalk bounce • Clowns • Face painting • Balloons
For more information visit http:// praiseandgraze.blogspot.com or send email to email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed for Praise and Graze
Volunteers are needed for the Shepherd United Methodist Church’s Annual “Praise and Graze” event scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 19 following the Sesquicentennial parade. The event will include food, music, games for the kids, and a pie eating contest. The following is a list of speciﬁc areas that are being ﬁlled with volunteers: • Putting door hangers on doors in Shepherd -- Monday, August 13th at 7 p.m. • Helping with small children’s game area • Organizing games, i.e. Tug O War, Pie eating contest, etc. • Making small pies for pie eating contest • Greeters • Serving Food • Funds Needed - you can always give monetarily!
For more information contact Rose Cowden at 828 - 5866 or contact the Sesquicentennial Committee webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Shepherd Sesquicentennial Schedule
Event Opening Ceremonies Old Car Cruise Night Community Band Ice Cream Social Old Time Slide Show Start Time 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM End Time 7:30 PM 9:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Location Village Park Village Park Village Park Village Park Village Park
Event Shepherd Coffee Hour Start Time 8:00 AM End Time 10:00 AM 5:00 PM 8:00 PM 5:00 PM 10:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM 12:00 AM Location Coe Township Hall Uptown Salt River Park Festival Property North of Village Highland Plastics Coe Township Hall Salt River Park Multiple Locations Next to Middle School Salt River Park High School Football Field Wright Ave. Sidewalk Sales 8:00 AM Free Trappers History En8:00 AM campment Gas Engine/Tractor Show 9:00 AM Amusement Rides Self-Guided Home Tour Community Pig Roast Craft Show Mid-Summer Faire Pie Baking Contest Local Entertainment Community Street Dance 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM 3:00 PM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
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Event Sidewalk Sales Start Time 8:00 AM End Time 5:00 PM 10:00 AM 8:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 10:00 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 10:30 PM 10:30 PM Location Uptown Coe Township Hall Salt River Park Festival Property North of Village Multiple Locations Next to Middle School Salt River Cemetery Coe Township Hall Highland Plastics Tractor Pull Pad School Practice Football Field Village Park Village Park Lot by Powell Frame and Collision Field Behind Penguin Amusement High School Football Field Highland Plastics Festival Property North of Village Festival Property North of Village Shepherd Coffee Hour 8:00 AM Free Trappers History En8:00 AM campment Gas Engine/Tractor Show 9:00 AM Craft Show Mid-Summer Faire Cemetery Walk Self-Guided Home Tour Amusement Rides Tractor Pull Old Time Baseball Game Treasure Hunt for Kids Beard & Dress Contest Lion Club Chicken Dinner Horse Pull Local Entertainment Rotary Club Road Apple Bingo Drive-In Theater Fireworks 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 10:00:00 PM
Event Sidewalk Sales Shepherd Coffee Hour Start Time 8:00 AM 8:00 AM End Time 5:00 PM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 8:00 PM 10:00 AM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 3:00 PM 6:00 PM Location Uptown Coe Township Hal Salt River Park Salt River Park Tractor Pull Pad Coe Township Hall Highland Plastics Village of Shepherd First United Methodist Church
Car Show 8:00 AM Free Trappers History En8:00 AM campment Garden Tractor Pull 9:00 AM Self-Guided Home Tour Amusement Rides Parade Praise and Graze 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM
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