Celebrate Midsummer with German Fest & Blacksmith for a Day

The Door County Historical Society celebrates midsummer with a German Festival and Blacksmith for a Day at the Heritage Village at Big Creek on Aug. 4, 10 am – 3 pm.

During German Fest guests may view exhibits of German steins, Hummel figurines and nutcrackers. Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion and enjoy Helen Cordon playing German music on her accordion. A highlight of the day is at 11 am and 1 pm when Randy Zahn gives a presentation on Albert Zahn Sr., whose Baileys Harbor homestead became known as “Birds Park.” Randy will also demonstrate his self-taught skills at wood carving. Food served includes bratwurst with accompaniments of German potato salad, red cabbage and sauerkraut, German chocolate cake, Black Forest cake or Apfel Kuchen.

Blacksmith for a Day is an opportunity to try blacksmithing. “Participants will leave with a small item made either an “S” hook or leaf; they will have an opportunity to see what iron can do,” said blacksmith volunteer Larry Stuth. Program participants should wear cotton fabric and bring safety glasses. Admission to the Village’s historic buildings, German Festival, demonstrations, birds of prey, and programs is $6.50 for adults 18 years and older. Heritage Village at Big Creek is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. For more information visit

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