The Dexter Area Historical Society will again this year hold our raffle fundraiser to help preserve Gordon Hall. This is our fourth year selling tickets for our $10,000 drawing which will be announced during Dexter Daze on August 13, 2016.
We have printed 4,000 tickets and we have from May until August to sell our tickets. Most of our sales will be around Dexter with personal contact. Many businesses will be selling tickets and the businesses that will not be selling we have personally met with to tell them about this fundraiser.
This has been a great fundraiser for the Historical Society and all funds go toward preserving Gordon Hall. We will begin our sales on May 21st and you will see many of us around town with our green Gordon Hall shirts. Our next sale will be May 28th and then from then on sales will take place throughout the summer months usually on Friday and Saturday. We will also be selling at the Dexter Farmers Market and someone will usually be there on Saturdays also throughout the summer.
We appreciate all of your tremendous support and look forward in hearing from all of you!!
We hope that everyone in the Historical Society can help sell tickets to family, friends, and neighbors. Please contact Bev Hill (734-426- 4767) or Caryl Burke ( 734 -476- 5232) for tickets to sell or to volunteer to sell tickets. WE NEED YOU!!
For Gordon Hall Days, we have scheduled some special speakers who are experts on various aspects of the Railroad. All speakers will be in the large tent behind Gordon Hall. There is no charge for these presentations.
On Saturday, the 11th of June, John Guidinger will be speaking two times. The first will be at 10 AM and he will be telling us the History of the Chicago-Detroit Mainline. His second talk will be at noon, and this time he will speak on Rebuilding the Amtrak Chicago-Detroit Railroad. Then at 3 PM on Saturday, Clark Charnetski will share with us a talk on the North-South Commuter Rail Line (also known as WALLY, after the counties - Washtenaw and Livingston). N-S Rail is being investigated as a way to provide a transit option for travel between Howell and Ann Arbor.
On Sunday, at 11:30, Rahn Stokes will do a presentation on The Third Generation: Life on the Railroad. As a Michigan Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer, Stokes will be bringing a Michigan Operation Lifesaver display with take away materials which we will have on the second floor. On Sunday at 2PM, Debra Meadow will be giving a powerpoint presentation on the Underground Railroad in Washtenaw County.
On Saturday, June 11, 2016 the Dexter Area Historical Society will be hosting the first Dexter Area Historical Society Dance at Gordon Hall. Dance Master Robin Warner will walk the dancers through easy and fun old time dances. You will then dance to the music of the Whistle Stop Players as he prompts the movements.
Robin Warner began calling with the Cobblestone Farm Country Dancers. This group is now sponsored by the Pittsfield Grange for contra dancing. In 1992, Robin joined another historic performance group, the Pleasant Moments Vintage Dances. He has also led dancing at weddings, anniversaries, and community dances. The Whistle Stop Players will accompany Robin Warner. We are delighted to be able to have this great caller and this outstanding live band at our initial dance at Gordon Hall.
Hearty appetizers and drinks will be served. Reservation will be required since space is limited. Ticket prices are $50 per person or $125 per family with children ages 12 and older. The dance will be held at Gordon Hall on Saturday June 11th at 7pm. To make a reservation please call Bev Hill at 734-426-4767.