By Sanilac County Historical Society
(Port Sanilac, MI – November 21, 2021) #OptOutside started in 2015 when outdoor recreation store, REI, chose to close their stores for Black Friday. Instead they encouraged everyone to grab their hiking boots and hit the trails, rather than grabbing their wallets.
With the addition this year of their new one-mile walking path, the Sanilac County Historical Society decided to jump on the trend. They invite the community to join them for their #OptOutside Black Friday Hike at the Museum. Museum administrator, Dawn Malek says, “We love the whole idea of cashing in on nature with a great hike, instead of spending money and time at the mall on Black Friday.” Malek goes on to say, “Bring the family! Well-behaved pets on leash are invited, too.”
Guests can wander the brick/stone portion of the path, see where the Historical Society’s newest acquisition, a 1942 U.S Army Troop Kitchen railcar will be placed on the grounds, hike the nature trail, see the beginnings of the “I Spy” Vintage Christmas Window (officially opens 12/4), stroll past the 16 historic buildings, and enjoy the many photo opps. Guests are also invited to bring an ornament to hang on the outdoor Christmas tree on the nature trail. The event finishes up with bonfires, Christmas music, and complimentary hot chocolate.
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* Meet museum staff at 11am at the southeast corner of the property, along M25, where the path starts.
* Dress for the weather.
* Wear good boots as portions of the trail/property can get muddy.
* Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
* Bring a lawn chair for the bonfire if desired.
The Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum is located at 228 S. Ridge St. (M-25) in Port Sanilac. More information is available by calling the office at 810.622.9946, or on the Museum’s Facebook page at “Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum”, and online at www.sanilaccountymuseum.org.