Festivals and Events
Marshall’s must-see event is, of course, the Annual Historic Home Tour (800/877-5163, www.marshallhistoricalsociety.org, $15–20), which usually occurs the weekend after Labor Day and is a wonderful way to view hundreds of historic buildings. While strolling along the shady streets of Marshall, visitors can listen to choirs, quartets, and brass bands, the nostalgic sounds of the 19th century.
If you happen to be in town in mid-October, you may be able to check out one of the most unique festivals, Marshall Scarecrow Days (800/877-5163, www.scarecrowfestival.com). As the name suggests, this weeklong event focuses on scarecrows, scarecrows, and more scarecrows. You’ll see a variety of scarecrows in gardens and yards throughout Marshall. There’s even a parade that features costumed children and “live” scarecrows.
Southwest of Marshall, Colon’s Magic Get Together is worth a look, even if you’re not a magician. Begun in 1934 as a sales incentive, this annual August gathering of magicians has lured some of the best names in the business, from Harry Blackstone to Lance Burton. For more information, contact Abbott’s Magic Company (124 St. Joseph St., Colon, 269/432-3235, www.magicgettogether.com, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.), with its enormous inventory of magic books and supplies.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel