Online Staff Report
BELOIT, Wis. — Saturday, May 5, is opening day at Beckman Mill Park, offering many activities, demonstrations, tours and lots of delicious food.
The traditional pig roast by the Friends of Beckman Mill (FBM) is not to be missed! Visitors to the park may enjoy hot pork sandwiches and more while listening to music by the Mill Road Band.
As always, activities and demonstrations focus on life in the Midwest as we entered the 20th century. Laura Baker and Gayle Brown will demonstrate the process of turning wool into yarn as they show visitors how to sort, clean, card and spin the wool. Will Pollock and Dave Konowal will provide a display of cooperage tools and explain how they were used to create barrels, casks and buckets. Actual grinding demonstrations and tours of the Mill will be held throughout the afternoon.
The authentic Mill Park Museum offers a wealth of historical information, with a new exhibit this year describing the Griinke family’s contributions to the area.
At the museum, see a video display, the Beckman house model, and other exhibits exploring the history of the Beckman home, cooperage, mill and the Beckman family.
Begin your day at the Visitor Center & Gift Shop, take a stroll in the oak savanna and enjoy the wetlands boardwalk.
FBM President Sheri Disrud said: “The Mill Park has something for every age and interest, and entrance to the park is free. Don’t miss this wonderful event!”
Donations to FBM for displays and upkeep are accepted at various locations throughout the park.
The “Springtime at Beckman Mill” celebration begins at noon, Saturday, May 5, and concludes at 4 p.m. Beckman Mill Park is at 11600 S. County Road H, just west of Beloit, Wis. Visit the website at www.beckmanmill.org or call (608) 751-1551 for more information.
Posted May 3, 2012