The buzz is that Honey Harvest fest will be all the rage

History buffs can enjoy re-enactments of Civil War

Family: events, activities

October 02, 2003|By Julia Furlong | Julia Furlong,SUN STAFF

Looking for a fun family outing that even mom and dad will deem sweet? Oregon Ridge Nature Center's Honey Harvest Festival will come to the rescue Saturday and Sunday. Whether you are looking for a taste of history or a little local flavor, everyone will be able to find something to their fancy at this annual event.

Members of the Central Maryland Beekeepers' Association (CMBA) will display their many wares and offer demonstrations of honeybee-related activities such as candle dipping, honey extraction and mead making. Director Kirk Dreier will sport an outfit befitting a Colonial honey hunter and lead hikes to an active hive, where he will simulate the art of collecting honey using handmade tools.

Children will have the opportunity to pet sheep and chickens, as well as have their faces painted by teen volunteers. Puppet shows will also be running in the auditorium.

Military-history enthusiasts should make sure to report to the meadow to see Civil War re-enactors battling. Dreier says this is one of the highlights of the festival, as people love to see them drill and march. Re-enactors also do interpretive talks that are "much more than just a lecture." He says that re-enactors' use of flourish and description let the crowd experience "living history."

History aficionados who are more entertained by a dirtier approach to the past can tour the Peter Goff Archaeological Museum. A wool spinner, blacksmith and potter will all be ready to demonstrate their early-American crafts.

Nature buffs will enjoy a very up-close-and-personal viewing of hawks and other raptors, courtesy of wildlife rehabilitation personnel.

Visitors famished from all of the buzzing around will be able to enjoy hot dogs, hot apple cider and homemade honey ice cream and baked goods.

Also, the sound of folk and bluegrass music will be wafting from the outdoor stage courtesy of the local John Leatherman Band. And don't miss Kara Westercamp from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this year's Honey Bee Princess.

The wide range of offerings may be overwhelming, but according to Dreier, one thing is inevitable: "You're going to learn about mankind's most important and valuable insect, the honeybee."

The Honey Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Oregon Ridge Nature Center at 13555 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and most activities are free. Call 410-887-1816.

For more family events, see Page 45.

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