GPHS Moorings Newsletters - page 24

An important part of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society’s
outreach to children and families are the Second Saturday
Programs.This year, Izzy Donnelly, education director, offers
crafts and cooking projects that reflect the lives of people living
at the early part of the twentieth century.
September 8
Pastry Turnovers from fresh Michigan apples and
topped with “shaken” whipped cream. Ages: 6 years and older.
October 13
a Halloween Garland to decorate a mantel or a door-
way. Made from Fimo clay and yarn, these
whimsical witches, ghosts and bats will delight everyone.
Ages: 7 years and older.
November 10
glass hurricane jars with transparent foliage to
create candleholders for your Thanksgiving dinner table.
Ages: 7 years and older.
December 8
Gingergerbread Cookies – a must at Christmas
time – decorate them with confectioner glaze and
imagination. Ages: 6 years and older.
January 12
a Rockhopper Penguin Fleece Scarf. Cut, sew and
glue! These penguins have those bushy eyebrows that will
make the scarf a stand-out. Ages: 7 years and older.
February 9
Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies topped with our very own
colored sugar for Valentine’s Day.These will be wrapped in
festive bags to keep or give away. Ages: 6 years and older.
March 9
and stuff a Sitting Bunny made from white fleece.This
project is the second in a series of sewing your own stuffed
animals. Ages: 7 years and older.
April 13
a “Lovin’ Spoonful” of Chocolate and drizzle it with
colored candy and chocolates for a mouth-watering treat!
Ages: 6 years and older.
May 11
spring by sewing Love Birds on a Woodland
Swing wall hanging. Ages: 7 years and older.
All Saturday events will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
at the Provencal-Weir House, 376 Kercheval.
Cost is $15.00 per session for members, $20.00 for non-members.
Reservations must be made by the Thursday before each event.
Second Saturday Events
for 2012-2013
The names of streets, parks and public places are daily
reminders of our connection to the past. Learn about the
roots of Grosse Pointe at this fall’s three Second Saturday
Open House events, from 1-4 p.m. on the Saturdays of
Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.
Your Open House tour will answer such questions as:
• Who are Pierre Provencal and his wife, Euphemia
(St. Aubin), and why did they raise so many children?
• What are Ribbon Farms, and why did they dominate
the shores of Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River?
• What do windmills have to do with Grosse Pointe?
• What are the relationships between the Provencal
family and Fr. Gabriel Richard?
• Who is John LaBelle, and why did he purchase the
Provencal-Weir House and then move it from
Lakeshore Road to its present location?
• Who lived in the Provencal-Weir House?
• Why did the Grosse Pointe Historical Society decide
to restore the house? How did they do it?
• Where did the Log Cabin come from, and why was it
During the Open House afternoons, visitors also can
investigate the One Room School House, the site for school
field trips.
To complete your tour (and perhaps start your Christmas
shopping), the LaBelle’s Country Store features history-
related publications, Pewabic tiles, Victorian-era toys,
hand-made soaps and baby blankets. Plus Grosse Pointe’s
stuffed mascot – Peanut, the squirrel.
Provencal-Weir House
Open House
Birthday Parties at the PWH
Every birthday is special!
Make your child’s next birthday party especially
memorable at the Provencal-Weir House.
Izzy Donnelly, education director, works with parents
to plan a fun-filled celebration featuring such activities as
making treats, creating a special make-and-take craft, playing
games or going on a scavenger hunt.
Donnelly plans all of the activities, in conjunction with
parent requests. Parties are limited to 12 children and are
typically 2 to 2 ½ hours.
For information and to set the date for your next party
call: 313-884-7010.
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