Fall Family Festival by Jenny Houghton, Teacher

The 2009 Fall Family Festival, held on Saturday, November 7th, was a huge success thanks to enthusiastic staff and volunteers, a great bunch of visitors, and beautiful fall weather. The event included storytelling by John Grega, live music, and a puppet show. Book illustrator Kim Harrell signed copies of “While a Tree Grew: The Story of Maryland’s Wye Oak,” and Native American educator John Fishback (accompanied by his dog Cinders) brought history to life with demonstrations on arrow making.

In the craft tent, children enjoyed creating pinecone turkeys, bean mosaics, tree cookie necklaces, and paint ‘n plant pansy pumpkins. A new addition to the festival, the Touch ‘n Feel tent, entertained little ones with a wetlands pool, a grain bin, an animal track sand box, a worm barrel, and a nature table.

Festival goers also enjoyed lunchtime treats and a hay maze. Pony rides were popular, along with face painting and dried flower arranging. As one visitor shared, “We’ve been coming to the festival for three years now; there’s something for everyone!”

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