This weekend will mark the end of Camp Dearborn’s summer season, as fall events and activities will be coming up in the next couple months.
The summer’s leisure activities will conclude with the Labor Day weekend. On Sunday, there will be a deejay playing music at the Canteen for dancers, and bouncies set up in the field for kids.
“People will be listening to music, and there will be good food at the Canteen for everyone,” Camp Dearborn administrative assistant Cheryl Musial said. “It should be a good time.”
The bouncies will be available near the Canteen for children to play on from 4-8 p.m. The deejay will be performing from 7-11 p.m.
“We have a full house for Labor Day weekend,” she said. “There’s lots to do, good food, good times.”
The camp has been signing up people this month for the upcoming fall hayrides at Camp Dearborn. From Sept. 13-Oct. 1, the camp will have hayrides departing at various times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.). If groups need a special day or time to hold a hayride during the weekdays, according to Musial, they can give the camp office a call at (313) 943-2350 (Dearborn office) or at (248) 684-6000 (Milford office).
The reservations must be for a minimum of 20 people in each wagon (maximum of 30), with the price being $7 per-person. Musial added that this price also includes the use of a shelter, in case the hayriders wish to have a cookout, or bonfire.
“There’s also the option to rent the Chalet, if they want to do that,” she said. “They might want to do that in case the weather is cold.”
The Chalet is available for rental at $40 per-hour (three-hour minimum) and $100 damage deposit, and accommodates 80 people with amenities (kitchenette, restrooms, refrigerator, round tables with folding chairs, and electrical outlets). All fall hayride reservations require a $25 down payment ($10 for each additional wagon).
The SPORTSTACULAR Camp Dearborn will be held next week from Sept. 5-7, followed by the “Battle of the Brits,” a show of antique cars and motorcycles, on Sept. 8. The Holiday Ramblers, a camping club, will be holding a member-based weekend at camp Sept. 18-23. The Tin-Can Tourists, which have been holding their spring and fall rallies at Camp Dearborn since 1997, will be holding their 2013 fall rally Sept. 26-29.
The SPORTSTACULAR will start with a 4-7 p.m. registration on Sept. 6, followed by activities geared for people with disabilities from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Sunday. The Michigan Adaptive Sports Board member for internal communications; Sue Boeve; said that family members, friends or caregivers of the participants can come to the SPORTSTACULAR that weekend.
“It’s not like Special Olympics, its more like adaptive sports,” Boeve said, explaining that people with disabilities will be able to try out activities like kayaking, swimming, cycling, wheelchair tennis, golf, fishing, wheelchair basketball, and rugby; as well as moonlit paddle-boating on Saturday night. Boeve added that people with disabilities will also be able to sign up for clinics run by therapists on different sports, and that SPORTSTACULAR participants can also camp out during the weekend.
“With the lakes and pool there, we usually have a fun time,” Boeve said. “The camp is so gracious to close off the tent city where we hold our events every year, so we have a very good time.”
Those wishing to participate can go to the Michigan Adaptive Sports website for forms and fees, she said, or “they can show up at camp” to sign up for the activities they want to participate in (those who come to camp to sign up for the event can look for the Michigan Adaptive Sports signs to guide them to the site). Those wishing for further information are directed by Boeve to the Michigan Adaptive Sports website, which she said has everything they will need.
Detroit Triumph Sports Car Club and Metro Triumph Riders (a motorcycle club) will be holding a big show of British vehicles in the Sept. 8 Battle of the Brits. Registration will open at 9 a.m. Sunday.
“We hope to get 300-400 cars to come out, and we usually have 100-150 motorcycles,” said Sue Snyder, the contact person for the event. “This is our 30th show, and the reason Camp Dearborn is our new site is because we have some families with fond memories of being there in their youth.
“They have nice open areas that are sheltered by trees, and their facilities have everything they need,” Snyder said.
The Canteen will remain open to serve those participating in the event, she said, and the field that the camp is providing used to be a tent village but now is closed, so it has the restrooms and paved roads needed for motorists to park their vehicles there.
The show will merely involve participating vehicles parking on the site for the day, Snyder said, and since most of them will come around by 10:30 a.m., “that is the best time to come and spectate.” As any vehicle with some British connection can enter the show, according to Snyder, the shows will include “a lot of Jaguars, Minis, and Lotuses.” There also have been new Bentleys, she added, with one recent show entry was a 2011 Aston-Martin, and there have also been examples of a car rare in this country, the Cortina.
Since most of cars entered in the “Battle of the Brits” were actually built for the U.S., or built for the rest of Europe, Snyder said, there are “only a couple guys who have cars with actually made for Britain, so the right-wheel drive is very unusual in our shows.” Probably 90 percent of the cars participating in the shows have stick-shift transmissions, she believed.
Several expert judges will be judging about 30 classes of cars, and there will be balloting among those entered in the show to judge 13-14 more categories for the participants choice awards. The show will try to present the awards at 3 p.m., Snyder said, but there is no formal closing time for the event.
“A lot of people will stay after the judging, because they like to get together with people that they only see at these events,” she said.
For more information on Battle of the Brits, contact Snyder at (586) 979-4875 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are offering three Halloween Weekends at Camp Dearborn this year,” Musial said. “The reservations have been on-going, and we’re offering temporary electric (trailer) sites, full hook-up sites.
“We also are offering our tents, cabins and resort cabins—our resort cabins have been really popular,” she said.
Musial added that the camp would like the reservations to be for two nights at a minimum, and that the in-season rates will be charged for these weekends. The weekend reservations can be made at either of the Camp Dearborn offices (15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, or 1700 General Motors Road in Milford).
The 2013 Halloween Weekends at Camp Dearborn will take place Oct. 11-13, Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. A pumpkin carving contest will be held, she said, with some other events happening during each weekend being hayrides, haunted house, face painting, costume parade, scavenger hunt, mummy wrap, and campsite decorating.
The off-season rates starting Tuesday and running through Nov. 4 will be $145 for tents weekly ($35 for nightly rentals made according to availability, starting the Monday prior to the rental week), $150 weekly for rustic cabins ($40 for nightly rentals), and $540 weekly for resort cabins ($90 nightly). Contact the camp office regarding group and individual post-season Tent Village reservations and policies.
For rental at the 191 trailer campsites, the charge is $19 nightly for the temporary electric hookup ($114 for six days, which includes a seventh free day), and $27 nightly for full electric, water and sewer ($162 for six days, which includes an extra day). Campers may choose their specific site (based on hookup requirements and availability), and weekly rate applies only to full-week reservations paid in full at the time made.
The current gate fee of $4 ($6 for non-residents) will be cut to $3 for all vehicles (that do not have a current season sticker, or are not registered on a camping permit), starting Oct. 1 and continuing through May 23 of next year. The daily admission is already $3 for everyone entering after 5 p.m. on weekdays.
For more information or to make reservations, call the camp office.