Beaver Brook Fall Festival opens Saturday

HOLLIS – The Beaver Brook Association will hold its 35th annual Fall Festival & Nature Show from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 26-27, at Maple Farm, 117 Ridge Road.

Artwork by dozens of regional artists will be on display. The featured artist this year is Denise Rainis, of Dunstable, Mass.

"I like to find little creatures and images that are created by the blending of colors and values … and inevitably, crazy little faces often reveal themselves," Rainis said.

For more information about the artist, visit deniserainis.com.

The festival is the signature annual event of the Beaver Brook Association. It also will have activities and items of interest for all age groups.

Ongoing throughout the weekend will be a silent auction and raffle table filled with prizes, and the Maple Hill Gardeners will sell original arrangements and wreaths made from the dried harvest of their gardens. There will be nature crafts for children; animal presentations by Wingmasters, Eyes on Owls and Wild Encounters; live music; a petting zoo; and demonstrations of beekeeping and maple sugaring.

There will also be garden tours and guided hikes.

During the festival, there will be many opportunities to get up close and personal with animals and nature.

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

At 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Julie Collier and Jim Parks, of Wingmasters, will present "Live Birds of Prey." Wingmasters is "dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey," and this is an opportunity to see a presentation of live birds of prey in a calm atmosphere that promotes learning.

At 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Eyes on Owls will host a hooting how-to lesson and give 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, and the world’s largest owl, the Eurasian eagle owl, which has a 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.

The event is free. For more information, call 465-7787 or visit beaverbrook.org.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday

11 a.m.-noon: Wildlife Encounters – live animal show.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Roast a hot dog over a campfire – $2.

11:30 a.m.: Walking tour of gardens.

Noon-1 p.m.: Learn to make vinegars.

Noon-1 p.m.: Kip Ferguson – live music.

12:30 p.m.: Walking tour of gardens.

1-2 p.m.: Tina & Sierra Landel and Friends.

2-2:50 p.m.: North American Birds of Prey.

3-4 p.m.: Amy Conley – live music.

4-4:50 p.m: North American Birds of Prey.

4-6 p.m.: Tethered balloon rides provided by Re/Max – $10.

Sunday

11 a.m.-noon: Robie Bones – live music.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Roast a hot dog over a campfire – $2.

11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Petting farm presented by Carriage Shack.

11:30 a.m.: Walking tour of gardens.

Noon-1 p.m.: Honeybee talk.

Noon-1 p.m.: Maple sugaring talk.

12:30 p.m.: Walking tour of gardens.

1-1:50 p.m.: Eyes on Owls.

2-3 p.m.: Guided hike.

2 p.m.: Old-style apple recipe demonstration.

2-3 p.m.: Harmonica Saints – live music.

3-3:50 p.m.: Eyes on Owls.

4-5 p.m.: Robie Bones – live music.

Ongoing

Mammal display; nature crafts for kids; dried flower products, baked goods and herbs for sale; adult and children’s art shows; raffle and silent auction table; homemade food and beverages for sale at the BBA Cafe; cider pressing; caramel apple slices; spinning demonstration.

For more information, call 465-7787 or visit www.beaverbrook.org.