Beaver Brook Fall Festival is Sept. 28-29
Friday, August 30, 2013
HOLLIS – Beaver Brook invites the public to its 33rd annual Fall Festival and Nature Art Show.
Artwork by dozens of regional artists will be on display Sept. 28 and 29 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis.
The featured artist this year is Corinne Dodge, of Derry. Dodge works in a variety of media, including pen and ink, watercolor, graphite and colored pencil. Her subject matter is also varied. Beach rocks, trees and water are a favorite. Other subjects include landscapes, portraits and occasionally, abstract works.
Visitors can judge all of the art work by voting for the People’s Choice Art award. There is also a children’s art exhibit in the historic Cooper Shed at Maple Hill Farm. Artwork is accepted until Sept. 23. All rules, details and entry forms can be accessed at www.beaverbrook.org.
The Fall Festival is the signature annual event of Beaver Brook. There are activities of interest to people of all ages. Ongoing activities include live animal demonstrations, nature crafts for children, a honeybee talk, live music and homemade food for sale.
The Maple Hill Gardeners sell original arrangements and wreaths made from the dried harvest of their gardens. A silent auction and raffle table filled with prizes provided by generous donors like Skydive Pepperell, Crowne Plaza, the Bedford Village Inn, MT’s Local, Gibbet Hill Grill and Cape Ann Whale Watch, just to name a few.
Entertainment on Saturday includes “Wildlife Encounters,” a fun and educational presentation from noon-1 p.m. with seven species of animals, followed by Julie Collier and Jim Parks, of Wingmasters, presenting “Live Birds of Prey” from 1-1:50 p.m. and 3-3:50 p.m. Wingmasters are “dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey.”
Amy Conley will entertain from 2-3 p.m. Conley plays acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, banjo and percussion specializing in music for youngsters but also leading sing-a-longs and singing games. The day will be capped off with a performance by Kip Ferguson from 4-5 p.m. Ferguson is known for his commanding stage presence, strong vocals and lively sense of humor.
Music on Sunday
On Sunday, Robie Bones will start things off at 11 a.m. Bones plays harmonica, bones, Bodhran (Irish drum) and several percussion instruments of his own discovery. His instrumental repertoire is diverse and ranges from American, Irish and Scottish tunes to blues, Beatles, Cajun, and even Disney. He will be followed and perhaps accompanied by Tina and Sierra Landel playing fiddle and guitar. Eyes on Owls presents “Owls of the World” from 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Harmonica Saints will entertain and lead a sing-a-long from 2-3 p.m.
On Saturday, there will be a composting demonstration at 11:30 a.m., a honeybee talk at 2 p.m. and a Goldsworthy Walk and Design challenge at 4 p.m. (space is limited for this, call 465-7787 to register). Sunday there will be a guided hike conducted by BBA staff from 2-3 p.m. Check out the pumpkin trail, the mammal museum exhibit and a spinning demonstration.
This event is free to the public.
Sponsors include BAE Systems, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Markel Insurance, Lumbard Investment Counseling and the Pennichuck Corporation.