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Fallasburg Village Bazaar

The 4th annual Fallasburg Village Bazaar is set for Sept. 15 & Sept. 16 from 10 am to 5 pm. The bazaar features a variety of vendors in the beautiful historic setting of Fallasburg Village.

Stay tuned for more details and vendor application.

We are looking for more vendors. Join us this year for a weekend of fun and adventure.

You might find here, something that you’ve been looking for years.

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A successful bike tour @Fallasburg

The 24th Covered Bridge Bike Tour delivers the best turnout in years

Fallasburg, MI – It was one of the best events yet, awakening the sleepy pioneer village of Fallasburg.

A total of 128 riders participated in tour through the Kent Country countryside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

“Mother Nature was in full cooperation, and the 4th of July holiday fueled the Sunday ride becoming for many, one last activity after a week filled with fun,” said Ken Tamke, Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) president.

Truly, it was nothing but fun for all ;the riders, the volunteers, the chefs at the Dave Misner House.

For Dennis Koval, owner of bike shop near Alma, it was the third year of touring the Fallasburg area.

“I like the bridges,” he said as he enjoyed his  spaghetti dinner.

Milton Boss of Holland was the first person who registered in person for the ride at 7 a.m. at the one-room schoolhouse.

“We had the best turnout so far, yet,” said Tracy Worthington during the walki-in registration.

The biggest increase was in online registrations; a sign of times. Ninety riders registered in advance and 38 riders  walked up, according to Tamke’s report.

The fundraiser generated gross $2715.78 for the historical preservation of the 1850s pioneer village founded by John W. Fallass. The net take was $1421.84.

“Thank you to all the riders who supported Fallasburg Historical Society’s cause for the continued preservation of Historic Fallasburg Village by registering for the 24TH Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour, and thanks to all the volunteers who helped bring it off,” said Tamke.

However, the major component of success of the bike tour is safety.

“The number we’re most excited about from CBBT 2018 is zero,” said Tamke. “We had no injuries.”

There were a few mechanical mishaps: two ruptured tires and a broken chain, but no falls, bumps, bruises, or worse.

Well, some sore muscles to be sure Sunday evening.

For the past 9 years, FHS has supported the League of Michigan Bicyclist’s “$1 Per Rider” program which advocates creating a safer environment on our roads.

“We’re happy once to again to contribute in memory of our friend, Larry Martin, Board Member of FHS, and original architect of the Covered Bridge Bike Tour going back 24 years,” said Tamke.

Martin was out for a Saturday afternoon jaunt, unfortunately was hit and killed, on the eve of the 17TH Bike Tour.  He wanted to get a ride in because he was driving SAG the next day for CBBT.

The next bike tour will be a big one for FHS.  The 25TH Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour-a quarter of a century!  The FHS is seeking your input and your passion for bicycle touring, and preservation of Michigan history.

And the extra perk: All the spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, PB & J’s, fruit, cookies, Gatorade, and root beer you can consume.

Pictured in the featured photo are Scott and Lauren Earl with FHS board member Mark Kuzee.

Following are the upcoming FHS events:

4th annual Fallasburg village bazaar on Sept. 15 & 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We are looking for vendors. Contact Michelle Emaus at michelle_emaus@yahoo.com

We will have village haunting in October.

See you there.

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24th Covered Bridge Bike Tour

Cyclists head out on a perfect day

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Fallasburg, MI- On a perfect Sunday, more than 100 bicyclists headed out into the country side for their chosen tour route ranging from 12 to 100 miles.

“It’s been our best turnout yet,” said registrar Tracy Worthington

It was a mix of regulars and newcomers. They all had one thing in common; the love for the area and the charm of the Fallasburg pioneer village.

Also new to the bike tour was Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) board member Mark Kuzee

“I love this place,” he said.

Follow us through the day to the grand spaghetti dinner finale at the Misner House. The dinner will be served until 3 p.m.

Like us on Facebook and Twitter.

Also for more info go to our blog Fallasburg Today @fallasburgtoday.com and our website http://www.fallasburg.com.

Also check out our brand new video “Guardians of Fallasburg History ” on YouTube at https://youtu.be/DKw3aEQrzS4

The next FHS event will be the Fallasburg Village Bazaar on Sept. 15 & 16.

We are looking for vendors. Don’t miss on this opportunity to shine. Contact Michelle Emaus.

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24th Fallasburg Bike Tour

Join us this Sunday July 8 for the Fallasburg Historical Society signature fundraiser.

In person registration starts at 7 am at the one-room schoolhouse and runs through 9 am.

The link to registration online is http://www.fallasburg.org/bike-tour/

You can pick from different routes.

See you there.

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24th Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour

Mark your calendars

Join us for the 24rd Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour!

Pedal through the beautiful countryside at your own pace.

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2018

Fallasburg historic village is located three miles north of Lowell, Michigan.

Registration: At the school house from 7-9 a.m.
You can also register online by filling out the form below on the Fallasburg website:

http://www.fallasburg.org

For application and waiver go to: http://www.fallasburg.org/bike-tour/

Start location: 13944 Covered Bridge Road, Lowell, MI 49331

Tour options (in miles): 12, 28, 40, 50, 62, 78, 100

Registration fee: $25 for individuals / $35 for family
After deadline (July 2): $30 for individuals / $40 for family

More information: Ken Tamke 616-682-0785 kentamke@comcast.net

Directions to Fallasburg from Lowell:
North approximately 3 miles to Fallasburg Park Drive.
Right to entrance to park.
Angle right on Covered Bridge Road.
Over covered bridge to school house. Park in field across the street.
*Look for county signs alerting you to the Park/Bridge/Historic Village.

Bike Tour Release & Registration

Please submit this form to register if you are not using Paypal.
You may also print this page & bring it to the event or mail it to:
Ken Tamke
215 Greentree Ct NE
Ada, MI 49301-9709
Disclaimer form

All participants must sign the release at the event. (See below.) Payment is for registration purposes only.

Release:
As a participating rider in the Covered Bridge Bike Tour, I understand that:
Riding a bicycle on public streets can be dangerous to my personal safety.
I will wear an ANSI or SNELL approved helmet during the tour.
I will ride according to vehicle codes.
The routes will be over public streets and road exposed to traffic. Some may have cracks, potholes, manhole covers, drainage gates, poorly-maintained railroad crossings, loose gravel, foreign objects and aggressive animals.
I understand that none of the sponsors or organizers can guarantee my safety while participating in such an event.

Parent/guardian signature required for applicants under 18 years. Riders under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

By signing/submitting this form, I agree to release from liability the Fallasburg Historical Society, the organizers, the sponsors and the workers for any injuries or harm sustained as a participant in this tour.

  • Name *
    First
  • Last
  • Address

    Street 

    CityState / Province / RegionPostal / Zip Code

    Email *

  • Phone
  • Please select:
  • Individual Rider
    Family
  • Please list rider names & ages.
    Riders in my party are:

    Registration form

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Great finds at Fallasburg village

Historical team finds forgotten treasures, a historian’s dream

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI – During the recent digital cataloging of Fallasburg artifacts, the historical team discovered forgotten treasures from Vergennes Township.

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The treasure hunters: Lisa Plank, Ken Tamke and Calvin intern Grace Bolt.

These included  a remarkable collection of Women’s Committee for the National Council of Defense index cards filled out by women from Vergennes Township in support of World War I in 1917. The Vergennes Township Clerk/Registrar was responsible for undertaking this survey and completing the index cards from women in the community. The collection includes many recognizable names in the community.

Calvin College history intern Grace Bolt resumed the painstaking process of entering the data for Fallasburg artifacts at the Lowell Area Historical Museum (LAHM).  She was working under the mentorship of Lisa Plank (LAHM) executive director and Ken Tamke, Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) president for 14 weeks.

This was the third year of digital cataloging of Fallasburg artifacts in cooperation with  the Calvin College History Department.

“I was familiar with the process of entering stuff like description, dimensions, pictures and saving it,” Bolt said.

Bolt got hands on experience doing museum work as she helped to get the collection organized and to be a part of preserving history.

“This is a historian’s dream out here,” she said about Fallasburg village. “Everything is digitally captured.”

“This will also make the collection accessible to the public,” said Tamke. “Many forgotten treasures were rediscovered in our schoolhouse files.”

The other great finds were Vergennes Women’s Cooperative yearbooks, Flaunting a forgotten era, old leather-bound property tax ledgers, accounting ledgers, and log books of school board minutes, some dating back to the late 1800s.

The Vergennes Women’s Cooperative archives of yearbooks go back to 1850.

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FHS president Ken Tamke holds a box with Women’s Cooperative yearbooks.

“It’s a  valuable cache of Vergennes Township history,” said Tamke.

These items were stored in the basement of the Misner House.  They sat there until 2007 or 2008, safe, but not in a climate controlled environment.

“We noticed signs of deterioration,” he said. “We did retain some of the historical treasures in the schoolhouse.”

Now, the historical treasures will remain in a climate controlled environment stored in proper boxes.

Plank said it was an opportunity for Fallasburg to get their collections organized.

“It benefited all sides,” said Plank. “Fallasburg will have proper archival storage.”

Both FHS and LAHM with digital cataloging have more resources available now.

The largest collection of the WWI support cards is at the  Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council.

For more info go to https://www.ggrwhc.org/projects/wwi/

or

Grand Rapids Public Library

https://grpl.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16055coll5

The Fallasburg Historical Museum, the one-room schoolhouse opens for the season on June 3rd from 2 to 4 p.m. Plan your visit today.

 

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FHS annual meeting

Mark your calendars for the Annual General Meeting of the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) on Monday, June 18th.

The meeting will be held at the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the Annual General Meeting is to identify and to present to the general membership, a slate of candidates for election to the FHS board.

“Additionally, it is a forum for our membership to lend its voice and to get involved,” Ken Tamke, FHS president said. “Please join us to help preserve historic Fallasburg Village.”

The one-room schoolhouse museum opens for the season on June 3rd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  It will be open every Sunday through September. Plan your visit with us this summer and fall.

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Fashions through the Ages

Put Fallasburg pioneer village on your spring museum tour this weekend.

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Fashions @Fallasburg inside the John W. Fallas House

Immerse yourself into an era when ladies wore hats and gloves for a night out on the town.

The theme of fashion again dominates this year’s “Spring into the Past” museum tour.

Hop on the tour this weekend of 30 participating museums of the Tri-River Museum Network.

You will discover treasures in artifacts and they may inspire you.

Craft your own tour using the map from http://www.commoncorners.com

You can pick up a print booklet at any of the locations.

The museums will be open on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, on Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

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