USA Melting Pot Picnic at Troy Historic Village

Everyone is invited to the USA Melting Pot club’s picnic at the Troy Historic Village from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19.

The USA Melting Pot club will hold its first annual potluck picnic at the Troy Historic Village 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2012. Bring a dish to share and join us for good food and conversation! We’ll eat at 5 and see some 1800s American history the day after the Woodward Dream Cruise.

This new club is unique in building and crossing bridges between ethnic groups, which already have their own individual clubs. In the past three months, we’ve had meetings on Chinese culture and bicycle touring, India’s culture and canoeing, and Korean culture and camping.

Everyone is invited, including multi-ethnic Americans like me whose ancestors came in the 1800s farming era when Troy was settled. We are partnering with other non-profit organizations that fit with our club’s values to give them higher visibility.

Troy Historic Village

If you’ve never been to the Troy Historic Village, it’s worth a visit. Located at 60 W. Wattles Rd (west of Livernois), Troy, Michigan, it’s at the center of what used to be Troy Township (six miles square). It’s like Greenfield Village, only smaller and more manageable, especially for children with short attention spans.

The museum’s Pioneer Room contains the fireplace crane arm from Johnson Niles' tavern (1837), lumber for the bookcase and a door cut by James Bayley (1825), and ceiling beams from the Denison barn (1860). The former Troy Township Hall, it also contains a reference library and a gift shop. The Log Cabin, Caswell House, Poppleton School, General Store, Print Shop, Wagon Shop, Troy Hall, Church, and Parsonage are located around the Village Green and will be open during our picnic.

We’ve invited the city council members and their families; it should be a good time to get everyone away from the politics that occupy everyone’s attention on Monday nights.

Help us Spread the Word

Please print a few copies of the flyers and post them at work, church and local businesses, invite some friends and join us! If you can’t come to the picnic, at least come for a few hours to support the Troy Historic Village. You won’t be disappointed.

Cost: Museum & Grounds Admission $5 adults, $3 seniors, $3 kids 6-12; 5 and under free.

Please RSVP to Weilou Gao at 248-978-7904 or weilou@USAmeltingpot.org if you plan to come to the picnic so we’ll know how many to expect. We’ll get some extra supplies so don’t let that stop you if you decide at the last minute to come.

Club Purpose:

  • To help newcomers assimilate into the USA and mingle with all ethnic groups
  • To celebrate ethnic background & cultural identity, including American culture
  • To provide a forum for conversational English
  • To encourage face to face dialogue in our increasingly technology-dependent world

For more information, visit www.USAmeltingpot.org or read our .                      

Future meetings

September 20: German culture and classic car restoration

October 18: Brazilian culture and soccer at the Troy Public Library Meeting Room, 7-9 p.m.

Troy’s Hidden Treasure

When Weilou and Dale introduced the club at the city council meeting May 7, Loraine Campbell, the Troy Historic Village director, invited us to hold our picnic there instead of at a local park as we had planned. Our club is history related, so we are excited to have the opportunity.

Like the Troy Nature Center, it’s another hidden treasure many Troy residents don’t even know about. We hope many people can join us on August 19 to support the Village.

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