Log Cabin Day & Ice Cream Social in Palmer Park Opens up Detroit’s History

iolinists will fiddle and square dancers will swing in the style and celebration of 1880s Detroit at the Palmer Park Log Cabin Day & Ice Cream Social, which takes place Sunday, June 30, 2013.

The People for Palmer Park (PFPP) organization will open the doors to the 128-year-old historic Log Cabin in the park to offer a look into Detroit's past and to honor the neighborhood's second annual Log Cabin Day-over ice cream!

Featuring live performances from Celtic fiddlers, a Native American drummer, a blues band and African square dancers, Log Cabin Day is down-home summer fun with face painting, raffle prizes, workshops and slow churned ice cream donated by Guernsey Farms Dairy.

Built in 1885 as a summer home for Detroit native and United States Sen. Thomas Palmer, the old cabin is another local relic that has quietly avoided the wrecking ball over time to preserve its history.

"For us it represents a tribute to Palmer who was the founder and the person who donated the land for Palmer Park," says Rochelle Lento, People for Palmer Park president. "Our Log Cabin Day is a way to open up the cabin so residents of the city can view the interior and get a slice of history in the process."


Formed in 2010, PFPP works to make Palmer Park a destination site for healthy living, recreation and nature preservation.

Log Cabin Day kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday and is free and open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy the festivities dressed in their finest vintage garb.

Visit the BLAC calendar for more summer fun around metro Detroit.

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