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During a special Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village on July 4, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate as 46 people become new U.S. citizens on our nation’s birthday. With other activities planned throughout the weekend including playing the game of Cricket, special music, making ice cream and more – Sauder Village is the place to be this year to create special memories while celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday!

The U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony will be held on Monday, July 4 at 11:00 a.m. on the Village Green, weather permitting. Forty-six people from 24 countries will take the oath of American citizenship during this special ceremony at Sauder Village. The Naturalization Ceremony will include special music, the colors carried by the Fulton County Honor Guard and remarks by Judge James R. Knepp, II. The Boy Scouts from Troop 63 in Archbold will do the Pledge of Allegiance during this special ceremony.

“It is an honor for us to host a Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village again this year,” shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations. “This is a special opportunity for our guests to watch as people become new citizens of the United States of America on our nation’s birthday. For people who have never attended a Naturalization Ceremony, it is a truly inspiring way to celebrate Independence Day.”

Again this year, Tom Melville will be at Sauder Village on Saturday, July 2 to teach guests how to play cricket – a fun game of yesteryear. An American cricket player, teacher and author, Mr. Melville will be traveling from Wisconsin to share his love of cricket with Sauder Village guests. Cricket was brought to America by British immigrants and continues to be played here for many years. In fact, the beginning of what we know as baseball developed in New York City before the Civil War and many early baseball players were originally cricket players. The fundamentals of both games are similar – with the goal being to knock two wooden rounds, called bales, off three poles, called wickets, and get the batter out. Throughout the day guests will have an opportunity to learn about the game and even get involved in this fun sport of days-gone-by!

Many other special activities are planned for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July weekend at Sauder Village. Families can spend time together making homemade ice-cream, enjoying story time and a fun craft. Patriotic songs will be played on the reed organ in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and guests will be encouraged to join in singing the patriotic songs that are part of our history and heritage. Guests can also help with special activities in the historic homes.

To add to the festivities of this special day, the Village Strings will play on the Village Green on Saturday, July 2. These musicians from Southeastern Michigan play Celtic, Irish, Scottish and folk music on hammered dulcimers, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, whistle, marimbula, spoons, tambourine and washboard. The group has been performing traditional music together since 2008. They play a delightful mix of old-fashioned dance tunes that help keep tradition alive and guests may want to grab a partner and dance along!

To celebrate this special holiday guests can also enjoy a special “Holiday Brunch” at the Barn Restaurant featuring made-to-order omelets, biscuits and gravy, home fries, chocolate fountain, pastries and many other specialties. The Fourth of July Brunch will be served on Monday, July 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In honor of their service to our country, all veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to Sauder Village for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend. As part of the Blue Star Museum program, Sauder Village also offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families every day through Labor Day weekend. The Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

The Waynedale News Staff

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