Welcome to summer! The warm weather brings new and exciting events and tours at Castle Farms.
First, if you didn’t visit Castle Farms this spring, you are in for a big surprise: our Gift Shop has been newly expanded! Guests are thrilled with the new inventory, plus all the space the new Gift Shop offers as they enter the Castle. It is definitely worth a visit. With the new expansion, we’ve increased our inventory of Fairy Garden supplies as well!
Due to the growing popularity of these items, we’ve begun hosting Fairy Garden Make n’Take classes. Simply bring a container, then choose from an assortment of fairy plants and décor, and learn from an expert gardener on how to make your fairy garden a success. We have three Make n’Take classes coming up this summer: June 18th, July 8th, and August 13th. Classes start at 6:30 pm. Admission is free.
Our 5th Annual Antique Quilt and Gown Display begins June 17th through the 24th. Over 25 wedding gowns dating from the 1750s to present day will be on display, along with an impressive collection of antique quilts dating back to the 1800s. Guests will be able to view the antique wedding gowns and quilts while taking a self-guided tour of the Castle buildings and grounds.
We haven’t forgotten those little ones, either. The Castle will be hosting its annual Story Time parties again this summer. Bring your little ones out to the Castle, where they’ll hear stories, enjoy snacks, and take part in activities. The Castle’s Prince and Princess Story Time is scheduled for July 9th at 1:00 pm. The All Aboard! for Story Time will be held on August 6th at 1:00 pm. Admission is $5 per child.
New for 2014, we have combined our Craft and Fiber Festivals to make a three day long Craft Show and Fiber Arts Festival! Over 100 fiber artists and juried crafters will be showcasing and selling their one-of-a-kind works of art the 25th-27th of July. Admission is $5 a person (12 and under free) and the festival runs Friday 1:00 pm-7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
Last, we’re bringing back our popular Guided Tours, which are now open to the public. During the months of July and August, the Castle will offer historic guided tours once daily, beginning at 10:00 am. Tour the beautiful stone buildings and gardens escorted by one of the Castle’s professional tour guides, who’ll share personal stories about the past owners, plus the history behind Linda’s restoration. For those looking for a unique view of the Castle, try out a Twilight Guided Tour. Every Wednesday evening from mid-July through August at 8:00 pm, our tour guides will offer a guided tour of the Castle at dusk. Reservations are required for Twilight Tours, so be sure to call ahead. 231-237-0884 ext. 240.
We hope to see you at Castle Farms for one of these exciting events! Our Event Calendar is constantly updated, so check back often for new events. As always, the Castle is open daily for self-guided tours. Tour the grounds and gardens at your leisure while learning information about the nearly 100-year history of the property. Regular Monday through Sunday hours are 9:30am to 4pm; end times may vary on event days so please check our website to verify hours. Have a great summer!