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Date:
August 6, 2022
Time:
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Time Details:
Noon-5 p.m. in the Coan Lake area, centering around the gazebo
Location:
Heritage Park Gazebo
Address:
12111 Pardee Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Cost:
Free
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Celebrating Taylor’s 175th anniversary, presented by Beaumont

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Taylor’s 175th anniversary will be celebrated during an afternoon to remember from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 in Heritage Park. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Admission is free. Premiere sponsor of this event is Beaumont Health. Taylor was founded as a township on March 16, 1847. Taylor Township incorporated as the City of Taylor in 1968. The year 2022 is the 175th anniversary of the founding of Taylor. Highlight events: Taylor Schools Onward and Upward Remember with the Taylor Schools Alumni Learn About Trains That’s Entertainment! Classic Car Show Free Admission to the Petting Farm Check Out the Taylor Library In the ‘Township Tent’ Visit Historical Buildings in the Park Free Marigold Seeds from the Garden Club Community Garden in Bloom Legacy Art Project Attention Business Owners!

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Here are more details on the event:

Taylor Schools Onward and Upward: Stop by the Taylor School District tent to talk with members of the district to learn where the school system is now and its headed. The district has many things about which to be excited, including the approved bond that will fund a new high school and improve other areas of the district, expanding programming to give students the tools they need to succeed and being the first district in Wayne County with the SmartBoot lockdown system. There has never been a more exciting time to join the Taylor School District. For more information, visit taylorschools.net.

 Remember with the Taylor Schools Alumni: The Taylor Alumni Association will have memorabilia from all three former high schools (Taylor Center, John F. Kennedy and Harry S Truman) and also from the current Taylor High School. There will be storyboards from former and current junior high and elementary schools, too.

Learn About Trains: T.J. Gaffney from Streamline Historic Services will talk about the renovations that are happening to the two train cars located in Heritage Park. He will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. August 6, sharing his knowledge about the trains and his love of the railroad industry.

 That’s Entertainment! The Floral City Harmonizers will perform at 1 p.m. August 6 in the Gazebo next to Coan Lake. The group of a ‘Capella chorus singers from Monroe sing four-part harmony barbershop style. They have been entertaining for more than 50 years. The Silver Strings Dulcimer Society will perform at 3 p.m. The talented musicians play a variety of acoustic instruments and Hammered Dulcimers.

Classic Car Show: Decades ago, many people moved to Taylor Township for jobs in the expanding Detroit auto industry. To tie in with our automotive history, classic car owners are invited to participate in a car show from noon to 5 p.m. August 6, in the parking lot in front of the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion. Enter the Heritage Park campus at the Pardee Road entrance and check in. Admission is free. Classic car show enthusiast and talented hometown artist Shaggy LeBlanc is organizing the show and is creating trophies to award to the winners. Follow Shaggy on Facebook for more details. Of course, park visitors are encouraged to stroll over and get a close-up look of the great selection of classic cars the day of the show.

 Free Admission to the Petting Farm: The Heritage Park Petting Farm turns 20 years old this August. To celebrate the anniversary, admission to the Petting Farm will be free for residents from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. The farm is located on the northeast corner of Pardee and Northline roads. To take advantage of the free admission, visitors are asked to enter the farm from Heritage Park. 

Check Out the Taylor Library: The Taylor Community Library looks forward to showcasing some of its history at the 175th anniversary celebration. The library has provided books for avid Taylor readers for more than 100 years. At the celebration, the library will host a table showing some important vintage moments and will provide activities the whole family can enjoy, such as crafts. History will be highlighted inside the library as well. The library staff invites everyone to visit the library this summer and make connections past and present.

In the ‘Township Tent’: A number of special attractions will be under the Township Tent during the five hours of August 6. City Clerk Cindy Bower will feature storyboards and artifacts from the community. She also will register voters for the upcoming November election.

Visit Historical Buildings in the Park: The historical buildings located near the Coan Lake portion of Heritage Park will be open the day of the 175th anniversary celebration on August 6. The Taylor Historical Society will be set up in the "Township Tent,” providing visitors with the newest self-guided tour brochure, which will enable guests to visit all of Heritage Park’s historic buildings and learn the history of each one.

Free Marigold Seeds from the Garden Club: The Taylor Garden Club will set up a table at the 175th anniversary of Taylor. Club members will distribute Marigold seeds along with a flyer explaining that the Marigold is the official flower of the City of Taylor. Club members will be available to answer gardening questions about the club’s native garden located in Heritage Park and why it is important to “go native in Michigan.”

Community Garden in Bloom: The Taylor Community Garden in Heritage Park will be in full bloom and visitors will be encouraged to tour the garden and learn about the plants and vegetables that grow there.

Legacy Art Project: Members of the community are invited to paint a spot on a Legacy Art Project, which is a mural that will hang in a place of prominence in Taylor. Attendees will be invited to share their artistic talents by helping to complete the art piece. More details to follow.

Attention Business Owners! Businesses are a most important part of Taylor’s history. Would your business like to decorate your business in red, white and blue to show your support during the week of July 31 through August 6? Could you offer a discount, gift certificate or special anniversary deal to your customers? (Think $1.75!) Has your business been in our community for a long time, and would you like us to tell your story to promote that fact? Or, if you are a new business, can we draw attention to your business so you can attract more customers? Could you display a 175th anniversary promotional poster in your place of business? Would you like to participate in the August 6 celebration from noon to 5 p.m. at Heritage Park by donating your time or financial support? Do YOU have an idea that you would like the 175th committee to explore as we work to promote pride in our city and all that it has to offer? There are many ways to get involved!

Cemetery Tours: At noon Sunday, August 7, Taylor residents and visitors are invited to experience a guided tour through Goldenridge Cemetery – Taylor’s oldest cemetery, established in 1840. Local history enthusiasts will share historical facts and stories of Taylor’s earliest settlers, including the names Coan, Lange, Henry McDonald (Gettysburg), Putzig, Schonscheck, Sutliffs, Wackrow and others.

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