Stage Old Time Exhibit in the Mall

| December/January 1994

Walnut Lizzie

'Walnut Lizzie' built by Jerry Goodman.

Sadonnna Myers

4077 Day Street Burton, Michigan 48519

Story and photos by Sadonnna Myers

On the first full weekend in March, people could get a pretty good idea of the fun our club has when we gather to show off the many things that keep us entertained. The wintertime blues get chased away as we all converge on Courtland Center Mall, filling the main concourses with all sorts of things for the visitors to see. Dressed in our old-style outfits, we give visitors a sneak peek into why we enjoy doing what we do all summer at Crossroads Village in Flint, Michigan.

The types of displays are as numerous as we are, and our group just keeps growing an easy-going, laid-back assembly of folks who share their enjoyment of things such as: the usual old engines, tractors, pig oilier, tools, dishes, milk bottles, old medicinal remedies, clothing, dolls and handwork. Also, there are newer items like a display of the many different types of baby bottles that have been made; the basket makers; toys; seeing the ladies work on the beautiful quilt to be raffled in August; handmade reproduction furniture; many kaleidoscopes of all types; clowns; photo displays of various events; and a genuine 'Walnut Lizzie.' That car is a prized piece of workman ship. It's an exact replica of a 1924 Model T, on an old chassis with black walnut wood. Many people gaze, and share their stories of those vintage automobiles. Young and old want to be behind the wheel.

An added plus to the exhibition is the fact that, since it is held inside the mall, the weather is perfect. The shoppers stroll by, gawk and talk to their heart's content.

If you want the full treatment of the hissing and popping hum of the sounds of these old farm implements running, you'll just have to come out to the Village and see them in their setting, a replica of a small Victorian village set in the 1860s.