Henry Ford Estate to celebrate centennial with folk music festival

This August marks the 100th anniversary of Henry and Clara Ford taking up residence at Fair Lane, a palatial estate surrounded by farm land in Dearborn, Michigan.
 
According to a release by the Henry Ford Estate, the Fords called Fair Lane home from 1915 to 1950. "Upon Clara’s death," they write, "Fair Lane was given to Ford Motor Company, and in 1957 Ford donated the estate and the farmlands to the University of Michigan for construction of the Dearborn campus. In 1966, it was among the first in the nation to receive the prestigious designation as a National Historic Landmark from the National Register of Historic Places. In June 2013, ownership of the Estate transferred from the University to the Henry Ford Estate, Inc., a new 501c3 corporation that will now restore, reimagine and reopen the Estate."
 
To celebrate Fair Lane's centennial, the Ford Estate will host the first ever Fair Lane Folk Festival on its grounds on Saturday, August 1, from 4-10 p.m.
 
The full lineup of musicians includes NBC’s "The Voice" finalist Joshua Davis, Matt Wertz, Frontier Ruckus, Rayland Baxter, The Accidentals, PigPen Theatre Co., Rachel & Dominic Davis, The Giving Tree Band, Chris Bathgate, Thunderwude and The Green Gallows.
 
In addition to live music, attendees will also be able to enjoy Michigan craft beers in the Bell’s Beer Garden, a variety of food trucks and local artisans and vendors.
 
Advanced tickets are available at two prices levels:
 
$25 general admission - Includes admission to festival, parking in a university parking lot, and access to estate grounds. If still available, tickets can be purchased on site on the day of the event for $35.
 
$75 VIP - Includes VIP parking at the estate, admission to festival, access to House, VIP reception in the air conditioned Pool Room with snacks, drinks and private acoustic performances.  VIP tickets are limited.
 
More information: fairlanefolkfest.org
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