Bluegrass at the Village

August 09, 2020

The Ozaukee County Historical Society will hold Bluegrass at the Village on Sunday, August 9th at the Ozaukee County Pioneer Village from 11:00-5:00PM. Now one of the largest bluegrass festivals in this area, Bluegrass at the Village will host four bluegrass bands that will take the stage on the old Cedarburg Train Station platform. Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss Bluegrass at the Village 2020!

We are pleased to introduce this year's line up! From Milwaukee first up will be Pickin' Up Speed, an all-time favorite of the festival; Second will be from Madison, Wheelhouse with their version of bluegrass/americana; Third will be our featured band from Illinois, Special Consensus which will be a special treat: Fourth from Milwaukee, Chickenwire Empire with their high-energy, fast-pickin' bluegrass.


This year’s featured band is Special Consensus from IL. The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. The band is led by Greg Cahill, banjo player and recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and includes Rick Faris (guitar), Dan Eubanks (bass) and Nate Burie (mandolin). Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations. They are four talented vocalists and instrumentalists who follow their creative desires without straying too far from their bluegrass roots. The 19th band recording, Rivers and Roads (Compass Records, 2018), was nominated for the 2018 Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY award and received 2018 IBMA awards for Album of the Year! Greg Cahill will be inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Hall of Greats in Nashville, TN in February 2020!


Those who attend will be greeted by young fiddlers from the area who will play a tune or two. They can stroll through the outdoor living history museum to learn what life was like in rural Ozaukee County between the years of 1840-1920. At 2:00 anyone who wants to show off their talents can join in an old fashioned "Kitchen Band" on the porch of the Maronde Cabin.


There is a wide variety of food and beverage selections that will be served throughout the day and people who “love to win" can participate in the huge fundraising raffle for some awesome prizes donated by local businesses. 

Over 500 seats under the tent. Picnic tables, additional chairs are shaded by trees. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.  (No pets, coolers, carry-in food or beverage is permitted). Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors & Students.

Harry Potter at the Village

September 12, 2020

The Ozaukee County Historical Society will hold Harry Potter at the Village on Saturday, September 12th at the Ozaukee County Pioneer Village from 10AM-5PM. 


Harry Potter makes a visit to Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, with magic, wizardry and fantasy. Dress in your Harry Potter costume and parade around the village with Harry Potter. Put on your robes and house colors to help us celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter. We will have fun Harry Potter themed activities for the whole family including a sorting hat, wand decorating, trivia, a costume parade, Quidditch tournament, and much more!


Kids and adults will be able to interact with some of their favorite characters, hunt fantastic beasts, enjoy lunch at the Great Hall, and have their picture taken at Platform 9 ¾. This celebration will take place rain or shine, and is sure to be a good time for all Harry Potter fans. 

Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15.00 at the event.

Autumn at the Village

October 03, 2020

The Ozaukee County Historical Society brings you the sights, smells and sounds of fall at their Autumn at the Village fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 3rd at Ozaukee County Pioneer Village in Saukville.  Enjoy a great day in the country that is fun for the whole family. Rain or Shine, we'll have a good time. Most of the activities will be brought inside the buildings so don't let the rain keep you away!


Visitors will see historic demonstrations of blacksmithing, wood cutting, basket making, wool making, candle making, spinning, corn shelling and embroidery to name a few. The smells of mulled cider, seasonal foods cooking on the wood stove and bread baking in the Summer Kitchen will fill the air. Poul and Linda Sanderson from, Pickin' Up Speed will demonstrate old time instruments such as an auto-harp, dulcimer and stand up bass to play a few tunes. Special guests from Old World Wisconsin will demonstrate drying fruits and vegetables among the things folks did to get ready for winter.

Everyone can take part in a 15-minute wagon ride, compliments of the Wisconsin Antique Power Reunion, through Hawthorne Hills Park. Pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples and hand-made brooms will be available for sale.


Children can participate in craft activities which will include, rope making, corn-husk doll making, wooden puzzle making, stamp art, weaving and more. The Oscar Grady Library of Saukville will provide spooky stories and Halloween legends in the Liberty Schoolhouse.


Finally, families can relax and enjoy a warm bowl of homemade sausage stew, chili with cornbread or chicken with dumpling soup. Some of the other fall foods that will be served are hot cider, pumpkin pie, apple pie with Pumpkin or Apple ice cream.


Admission is $5 and Children 5 and under are free. Children who wish to show off their Halloween Costumes will receive a sweet treat!


 All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Village Hall capital campaign.

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