Sorry, Mr. President. I flipped a coin (a penny, of course) and instead of a train ride with you and Mrs. Lincoln I’ll be climbing aboard our Yarden Express and puttering with the plants around our garden railroad over the next few days.
Ever since I learned that Honest Abe and his wife Mary visit Coldwater for Civil War Days each Memorial Weekend, I’ve wanted to head to the Little River Train Depot and the Branch County Fairgrounds for the annual salute that honors U.S. military from the 1800’s to the present. I’d hoped this would be the year.
But due to circumstances beyond my control I haven’t had any time this spring to tackle the Yarden To Do List.
I’m actually looking forward to digging in the dirt, pulling weeds, moving plants, and did I mention pulling weeds? We have no grass (actually, there is a mysterious weed that looks like it might be a type of grass that’s illegal in most states); our yarden consists of ground cover and perennials—but no lawn doesn’t mean no maintenance.
If we work hard and get a lot accomplished we might be able to travel back in time closer to home, at the Civil War Remembrance Weekend at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.
President Lincoln won’t be there (he can’t be in two places at once, you know) but this annual event in Greenfield Village includes cavalry and artillery firing demonstrations, bayonet and marching drills, presentations about Civil War era civilian clothing, merchandise of the era at Sutlers Row, 19th century music—tons of activities. I’ve never been to this type of reenactment or encampment and I’m just curious.
Of course, there’s our city’s Monday morning Memorial Day Service, too.
Let’s not forget the reason for this long holiday weekend.
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Coldwater is located in the middle of the southern Lower Peninsula, not far from the Indiana border.
For other Memorial Weekend activities, events and getaway deals go to michigan.org