"Walk through time" at Sleeper State Park|
Sleeper State Park announced its second annual Walk-through-
Time weekend June 6-9. Visitors can walk through a series of
historically authentic camps with costumed re-enactors
portraying different periods of daily life in the Great
"The first camp at one end will represent the Woodland
Indians of the early 17th century and from there, visitors
can walk to the next historical era and so on through a
dozen or more camps, finishing at the mid-19th century,"
said George Lauinger, Park Supervisor.
At each camp, the re-enactors will demonstrate the daily
life skills and crafts of their particular time period,
including cooking, sewing, candlemaking and woodworking.
There also will be French-Canadian fur trapper
demonstrations at the beach, tomahawk throwing, musket
firing and more.
"The re-enactors are mostly local residents who are
interested in preserving the experiences and traditions of
the people who came before us," Lauinger said. "Everyone is
encouraged to step back in time by talking to the re-
enactors about their activities or about daily life in the
era they are portraying."
The event is open daily, Thursday through Sunday, from 9
a.m. to 7 p.m., at the west end of Sleeper's day-use area.
School groups are especially invited to attend on Thursday
and Friday since there will be fewer park visitors on those
days. Reservations can be made by calling 989-856-4411.
A Michigan State Park motor vehicle permit is required for
entry into the park. Sleeper State Park is five miles east
of Caseville on M-25 and can be reached from Bay City by
traveling east on M-25 for about one hour. From Bad Axe, go
north on M-53 for 10 miles to Kinde Road. Go west 10 miles
to State Park Road, then north to M-25 and west into the