Heritage Festival village plans taking root

Cannon fire at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 is to open a Civil War encampment and Heritage Living History Village on the lower level of Hedges-Boyer Park, part of the annual Tiffin Seneca Heritage Festival. The village is to be open to visitors until 6 p.m.

Ron Kramer is heading the village committee this year.

“Plan on seeing new craft vendors, new entertainment, lots of new foods and of course, your old favorites,” Kramer said. “An old-time base ball tournament between six Ohio teams on Saturday morning starts at 10 a.m., with the championship match at 4 p.m.”

The participating teams are Great Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club of Sylvania; Crossing Rails Base Ball Club of Alliance; Mules Base Ball Club of Canal Fulton; Independents Base Ball Club of Mansfield; Stemtown Stinkers Base Ball Club of Green Springs; and Spiegel Grove Squires Base Ball Club of Fremont.

People of all ages can sample traditional foods cooked on open fires and speak with costumed re-enactors. Sutlers are to offer their wares for sale, and many of the craftsmen and artisans are to demonstrate their work.

The group of spinners and weavers at the festival is celebrating 30 years of turning sheep fleece into functional yarn.

Children can take part in period games, hands-on crafts and storytelling. Mark Twain is to tell stories at his campsite and Southeastern Waterspider is to share Native American stories at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

“Local Boy Scout troops will be holding a Pinewood Derby event and also camping out at the village all weekend,” Kramer said. “Matt Gooding’s very popular train rides return, next to the Boy Scout campsites.”

The entertainment on the folk stage Sept. 21 includes Doc Allen’s Old Tyme Medicine Show at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and Inheritance of Tiffin is to make return appearances at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The festival’s main stage is to welcome a new act, the Root Cellar String Band, with shows at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The group includes fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin and banjo-ukelele. Twisted Strands of Tiffin takes over with Celtic and folk music at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Toraigh completes the lineup at 2 p.m., playing traditional Scottish and Irish ballads and drinking songs.

“Our town crier, Richard Hughes, is making his final appearance this year,” Kramer said.

From 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21, the entire family is welcome to attend the Military Ball at the YMCA. Dance caller Carol Baker is to guide everyone through the various dances, accompanied by the Tri-County Revelers.

Mary Todd Lincoln, General and Mrs. Stonewall Jackson and other “dignitaries” are expected to attend.

Sept. 22, the gates to the village open at 9:30 a.m. for non-denominational Old Tyme Church services conducted by costumed re-enactors.

At the Civil War encampment, cannon fire is to mark each hour. The soldiers are to demonstrate drills, marching and inspections throughout the day.

Mark Twain and Southeastern Waterspider are to continue their story telling.

Doc Allen is to be back Sept. 22 on the folk stage at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. A new feature this year is the Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus singing at 1 p.m. Inheritance is to play at 3 p.m. on the folk stage.

On the main stage, Twisted Strands is to perform at noon and 3 p.m. Root Cellar String Band returns for a show at 1 p.m. Toriah is to play at 2 p.m. and team up with Root Cellar String Band at 4 p.m. to close out the activities.