Beaver Brook Fall Festival and Art Show has special attractions

HOLLIS – The Beaver Brook Association invites the public to its 35th annual Fall Fes­tival & Art Show, where artwork by dozens of regional artists will be on display from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 26-27, at Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road.

The featured artist is Denise Rainis, of Dunstable, Mass.

The festival is the signature annual event of the Beaver Brook Association. As well as the display of artwork, there will be activities of in­terest for all age groups.

Activities include a silent auction and raffle table filled with prizes. The Maple Hill Gar­deners sell original arrangements and wreaths made from the dried harvest of their gardens. There are nature crafts for children, live music, a petting zoo, a beekeeping demonstration and a maple sugaring demonstration.

The day is packed with fun things for every­one, and also includes garden tours and guided hikes.

There will be many opportunities to get up close and personal with animals and nature.

On Sept. 26, Julie Collier and Jim Parks of Wingmasters will present "Live Birds of Prey" from 2-2:50 p.m. and 4-4:50 p.m. Wingmas­ters is "dedicated to increasing public under­standing and appreciation of North American birds of prey," and this is a wonderful opportu­nity to see a presentation of live birds of prey in a calm atmosphere that promotes learning.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildlife Encounters will offer a live animal show featuring a selec­tion of amazing animals that you may never have encountered before.

On Sunday, Eyes on Owls will make pre­sentations from 1-2 and 3-4 p.m. Everyone will participate in a hooting lesson and learn tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. While the selection of live owls varies, chances are you will meet New England’s tini­est owl, the northern saw-whet owl – weighing in at 4 ounces – along with the world’s largest owl, the Eurasian eagle owl – check out that 5-foot wingspan.

Other species that figure prominently in the program include the eastern screech owl, barred owl, barn owl, great-horned owl, snowy owl and spectacled owl.

For more information, visit eyesonowls.com.

Beaver Brook is calling for artists to make this event special. All original artwork by am­ateurs and professionals is eligible. The accent of the artwork should be on New England settings, but art reflecting a nature theme else­where in North America may be included.

The media used can be color or black and white photography, prints and paintings (wa­tercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, collage and mixed media), and indoor and outdoor sculp­ture in various media.

This is a nonjuried event, but the Beaver Brook Association retains the right to reject any work that is considered to be inappropriate.

Beaver Brook will accept artwork for display from Sept. 18-21 at Maple Hill Farm. If you are interested in displaying your work at the festival, see the rules, details and entry forms at beaverbrook.org.

There also will be a children’s art exhibit in the historic Cooper Shed, and children of all age groups are encouraged to submit their work.