Chelsea Historical Society to host Annual Chelsea History Fest at Timbertown
Family friendly event to showcase vintage baseball, old-fashioned games and exhibitions
The Chelsea Area Historical Society (CAHS) will host a celebration of history on Sunday, June 22, from 11a.m. until4 p.m. at Timbertown Park in Chelsea, Michigan.
Chelsea History Fest is a free, family-friendly celebration of history. The afternoon’s highlight will be a vintage base ball game between the Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea and the Scrub 9 featuring local businessmen and community members. The Merries, an all-women Chelsea vintage base ball club, will make their debut as well. The Monitor’s will be offering a hands-on clinic from 11-11:30 am for those interested in the sport. And lastly, the Monitors will host neighboring base ball clubs from Dexter and Kalamazoo in a Gatlin-gun game starting at 2:00 pm.
In addition to the vintage base ball, area businesses and the Chelsea Police Department will have historical artifacts on display. Vintage cars will be out on the grounds as well. A Strong Man and Woman contest will add to the fun, as well as free “little train” rides and vintage children’s games for the younger set. Not to be missed will be several historical demonstrations again this year, including wool spinning, chair caning, weaving, to name just a few. The exhibition booths will be open throughout the afternoon with ongoing demonstrations, so there will be plenty of time to wander through the activities, and enjoy America’s original favorite pastime.
Bring a Picnic Lunch and Enjoy the Day
Community members are encouraged to bring a picnic and relax while taking in vintage base ball and other historically entertaining activities.
About the Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea
The mission of the Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea is to create an authentic demonstration of 1860’s-era base ball, a gentlemanly pastime enjoyed by competitive, yet sportsmanlike clubs of ballists (players). We emphasize camaraderie and community, fellowship and family, history and hustle. As an extension of the Chelsea Area Historical Society, the club aims to promote interest in the history of our nation’s pastime, the city of Chelsea and its history. Home matches are played at Timbertown Park, Sibley Road, just west of M-52 on the northside of beautiful downtown Chelsea.
About the Chelsea Area Historical Society
The mission of the Chelsea Area Historical Society is to gather and preserve the history of the Chelsea area for future generations, while educating all generations. CAHS endeavors to collect, manage, display, and maintain area artifacts, photographs, archival information, and genealogy records of local citizens in western Washtenaw County.