FESTIVALS

ONGOING PROGRAMS
Museum Lecture series, Curator Chats & Gallery Walks on a variety of topics and exhibits are given throughout the year and are announced through Museum publications, and in the media. Admission varies with museum members given a discounted or free admission.

Tours of Ella’s Hillside Farmhouse for adult or student groups may be arranged by contacting the Museum. “Add-ons” include slide presentations and “make & take” projects.


Civil War Days

This is a two day event that will be held Friday, May 20 9 a.m.-2 p.m and Saturday, May 21 starting at 9 a.m. The first day is for class groups from area schools, and the second day is open to the public.

For area schools, group reservations are required and events will start at 9 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.  Programming will include the Underground Railroad in Michigan, Ladies Aid Societies on the Homefront, Civil War Medicine, Soldier Life in Camp, and many more!

On May 21, Soldier demonstrations throughout the day will include: morning formation, sick call, guard mount, ration issue at breakfast, dinner, and supper, various levels of drill, muster for pay, and evening parade. Programs for the public will occur at specific times throughout the day and will include 1860s Ladies Fashion, Civil War Medical Triage and First Aid, Jackson’s Role in the Underground Railroad, and more.

Call the museum at 517-787-2320 for more information!


12th Annual Art, Beer, and Wine Festival

The 12th Annual Art, Beer, and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4 from noon-6 p.m.  The festival will be presented by the County National Bank.

The Museum plans to host over 35 Michigan wineries and breweries, 50+ artists, and nearly 3,000 guests! Festival goers will enjoy live music and artist booths nestled on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum and within the courtyard of the Museum’s historic Hillside Farm Lane.

This signature event will showcase the many talented artists, musicians, wineries, breweries and local businesses available here in Michigan and connect them with an appreciative audience. All proceeds from the festival (including bottle wine and beer sales) will benefit Museum programming.

The Museum is actively seeking volunteers and business partners who would like to be involved in this year’s event! For more information, contact Festival Director Kyle Liechty, at 517-787-2320 or by email.

To buy tickets, click here.

For more information, call the museum at 517-787-2320.


Speaking with Spirits: the Ella’s Cemetery Walk

This is a guided walking tour through a portion of Maple Grove Cemetery in Concord. The group will be led to gravesites where they will listen to stories told in the first person by reenactors.

Cost $12 / Members $10
Call the museum at 517-787-2320 to reserve your spot!


Fall Harvest
Takes place on Sunday, October 2nd, from noon-4 p.m. and celebrates harvest time with cider and donuts, period food demonstrations in Ella’s Farmhouse kitchen, pumpkin decorating, an antique tractor parade, farmers market, new exhibitions, art activities for children, and more.

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Sugaring & Shearing

Welcome Spring at the Ella Sharp Museum’s annual Sugaring & Shearing festival – the last weekend in March. Farm lane will be bustling with activities like sheep herding, sheep shearing, and traditional craftsmanship. Stop by the sugar bush for live sap-to-syrup demonstrations. All six galleries will be open with free admission, and all historical buildings will be open to visitors.

To find out more information about the festival or how you can help call 517-787-2320!

Did you know that a professional shearer can shear a sheep in less than 2 minutes? The world record for shearing sheep is 839 lambs in 9 hours, by Rodney Sutton of New Zealand.

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