Upcoming: Roadside America & Motor Muster at the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village {and a ticket giveaway!}

*Disclosure: I receive a season pass to The Henry Ford / Greenfield Village in exchange for these posts. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

If you live in the metro Detroit area, you've undoubtedly heard of The Henry Ford Museum and its counterpart, Greenfield Village. They have a few events going on this weekend (and one starting this weekend and going through January 2016) that look fun that I am hoping to check out.

credit: thehenryford.org
Motor Muster:
Check out all sorts of cars this Saturday and Sunday at the Motor Muster! The event is open until 9pm on Saturday, too. Your experience will include:
  • Classy Classic Cars
  • Vintage Trucks, Motorcycles and Bicycles
  • Military Vehicle Display
  • Car Talk
  • Dancing in the Streets
  • Special Demonstrations
  • Pass-in-Review Parades (1pm on Main St. each day)
  • Awards
  • (*Sat. 6/20 only) Record Hop USA! "Jump back" to June 1964 and twist the night away - featuring live entertainment, costumed dancers and original recordings. 7pm at the Main Stage on Main St.
Admission is free with Greenfield Village admission, and discounted tickets can be purchased at select Meijer locations.

Roadside America: Through the Lens of John Margolies
The Roadside America exhibit runs through January 24, 2016, so there is plenty of time to experience it.

About the exhibit:
John Margolies has spent decades photographing the quirks and ingenuity of America’s roadside architecture. Margolies doesn’t play favorites, whether he’s shooting a masterful Art Deco movie theater on a quiet main street or a motel with an oddball theme. His greatest admiration and affection are reserved for those entrepreneurial spirits of small-town America as they try to stand out in an increasingly mobile and commercialized environment.

This recently acquired collection documents a form of architecture and design and advertising that’s very homespun. There’s humor, there’s quirkiness. Margolies was willing to look at architecture and details that other people didn’t take seriously and at times didn’t even notice. There’s an emotional resonance that ties to fundamental aspects of American culture. The Henry Ford is acknowledging that and celebrating it.

IMAX Theater:
Don't forget about the Henry Ford's IMAX theater! I actually haven't yet experienced it myself, and I'm hoping to go one of these days, as I've heard the screen and sound quality is fantastic.

Right now they're showing Humpback Whales, D-Day 1944 (3D), Secret Ocean (3D), and Rocky Mountain Express. Tickets range from $8.50 (traditional length IMAX film, members) to $13.75 (Feature length IMAX or IMAX 3D film, non-members) and there are discounted rates for children, as well. Children under age 2 that do not require their own seat can attend for free. You can also save 10% by buying your tickets online here.

Historic Baseball Games
The Henry Ford has one other ongoing attraction that is rather cool - baseball games, played by 1867 rules. The games take place every Saturday and Sunday, through August 13, 2015, with the first pitch being thrown at 1:30pm, and gloves are optional.

credit: thehenryford.org
More info:
We think our games are as good as America’s pastime gets. We play by the rules of 1867. Gloves optional, but certainly not preferred. No designated hitters, either, or domed stadiums. We still have pitchers and batters and home runs. But this is thrill-a-minute base ball in the glorious outdoors. Our grandstand is a grassy hillside shaded by dozens of massive walnut trees. We have live, 19th-century music by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. And every so often, a Greenfield Village passenger train pulled by a 19th-century steam locomotive chugs along the perimeter of the outfield. It’s classic. This is the way we like it. Stop by a game and enter to win Detroit Tigers tickets.

You can purchase tickets for Greenfield Village here, and your admission gets you into any of the baseball games of your choosing.


One lucky Yes/No Films reader will win a family four-pack of tickets, which can be used at either the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Thursday, June 25th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be contacted via email the next day and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

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