Harvest festivities celebrate all things honey

Festival offering art, shows and food for everyone

Family: Events/Activities

September 30, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

It's all the buzz. This weekend's Honey Harvest Festival will surely have folks making a beeline to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville.

The 23rd annual festival - a celebration of all things honey - features an array of bee-related events and demonstrations, sweet honey treats and gifts for sale, as well as various children's activities.

Visitors can watch as members of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association conduct live demonstrations with beehives, extract honey, dip beeswax candles and even make mead (honey wine).

Master beekeeper Steve McDaniels and his wife, Angie, "set up a beautiful display of honey, beeswax and true-to-life figurines," says Kirk Dreier, Oregon Ridge Nature Center director. "They'll be selling comb honey, too. And they'll be there to talk bees."

Visitors can take an easy hike with a Colonial honey hunter (portrayed by Dreier), in search of active hives. The honey hunter uses handmade tools to uncover the beehives.

"I guarantee we'll find bees," says Dreier.

Visitors can also appreciate Colonial life by watching craft demonstrations of wool-spinning, pottery making and blacksmithing. Gary Anderson, a Pennsylvania blacksmith, will set up an old-time display and show his craft.

Other activities include tours of the Peter Goff Archaeological Museum and Civil War re-enactments by the 4th North Carolina Regiment.

There will be apple-cider pressings, mead tastings, honey ice cream tastings (from ice cream made at the festival), showings of films on honey hunters, puppet shows on bees, hayrides, face painting, a bake sale, gift items for sale, a raffle and more.

Visitors can also enjoy hearing folk tunes from the Lonesome Valley Mountaineers, who will play old-time Appalachian music.

Young visitors can visit the petting zoo and meet sheep and chickens, and even get up close with birds of prey, including a vulture, a great-horned owl and a screech owl, from the Hashawha Environmental Center in Carroll County.

"It's a great family event," Dreier says.

The Honey Harvest Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Free admission. Call 410-887-1815.

For more family events, see Page 45.

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