Events At Barns

(For more information: 962-9511)

“RENEWED OR RECLAIMED?” (Free) - July 11

Historic Adventist Village
(51 Wood St., Battle Creek)
Ken Brock - 3 p.m.
Tim Wasielewski - 5 p.m.

A CELEBRATION OF BARNS - July 26

Dreamfield Acres Barn
(15596 15 Mile Road, Marshall)

  • Grounds open to public - 3 p.m.
  • Mural on display - 12’x32’ honoring Heatherbrook Farm
  • Silent Auction Bidding - 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Double Strung Band* - 5-6 p.m.
  • Silent Auction Processing 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Barn opens for ticket holders - 7:30 p.m.
  • Richard Lynch Band - 8-10 p.m.

Food by GMC and Prairie Farms

OPEN BARNS— BATTLE CREEK (Free)

Jones Barn—June 9, 2-6 p.m.
(2650 Peaceful Valley Road)
Dismantled, moved and rebuilt, this 1870s swing beam barn collects antiques and friends.

Historic Sullivan Barn—July 15 - 3 p.m.
(49 Cass St.)
Built in 1922, the three-story, seven-bay barn housed horses and milk delivery wagons. On the National Register of Historic Places, it is now home to multiple businesses.

Historic Adventist Village Barn —June and July during Village hours
(stop first at Village Welcome Center,
480 W. Van Buren Street)
Moved twice, this barn accents Adventist history in Battle Creek.

Events as the Art Center

265 E. Emmett St.,
Battle Creek 269 962-9511
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 11-3,
Sun. & Mon. closed

EXHIBITS (Free)

  • Multidimensional art
  • Model barns
  • Hand-forged barn hardware
  • Barn artifacts and memorabilia
  • “Tribute Wall” to beloved barns

PUBLIC RECEPTION (Free)
June 9, 2 to 4 p.m.

KIDS ART CAMP
July 16, 17, and 18

KIDS ART FAIR
July 20

“ARMS AROUND BARNS”
(Free) JULY 15

(Gallery closed - Art Center open for presentations)
Tom Nehil - 10 a.m.
Jim Slining - 11 a.m.
Jan Corey Arnett - noon

PAINTING:
Hex Signs (June)
Roosters (July)
Third Wednesday each month

*Double Strung Band is an ”Americana” band known across southern Michigan. Classic, country, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and gospel.

Traditional timber-frame barns are rate, irreplaceable, economic assets. Professionals who dispel misinformation and provide tips for sound decision making are:

Jan Corey Arnett, Battle Creek, author of American Barns, writes a monthly barn feature for Michigan Farmer.  Co-founder of Barn Believers, she shares insight into the significance of timber-frame barns, challenges faced, and issues a aoll for action in image and story.

Ken Brock, owner of Legendary Timberworks, Novi.  Ken discusses benchmark projects involving rehabilitation of foundations, timer-frame repairs, and extensive work to transform old barns giving them new lives.  He specializes in historic structures and has worked on log cabins, timber-frame barns and homes, from the 1830x up.  Ken offers tips on issues faced.

Tom Nehil, of Nehil-Sivak, a Kalamazoo structural engineering firm, explains how evaluation is done of timber-frame barns, followed by crafting a strategy for repair, renovations, or reuse.  Understanding the strengths and limitations of barns allows informed decision making.  Tom teaches wood identification, timber-framing, and stone masonry with Tillers International

Jim Slining, curator with Tillers International, Scotts.  Jim has long been fascinated by hand-0forged barn hardware.  Sharing examples of items found in old barns from door latches to gates, Jim brings to light the purpose and beauty of things taken for granted.

Tim Wasielewski, owner of Michigan Heartland Reclaimed Lumber, Jackson.  Tim is called when a barn is taken down.  He dismantles and salvages as much as possible to repurpose a ban's bones.  Tem separates fact from fictions, shares examples of how wood is reclaimed, and offer words of wisdom for working effectively with a dismantler.