Fernwood hosts celebration of the seasonPublished 10:30pm Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The annual Autumn Air Celebration will be held this weekend at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd., in Niles.
The family-friendly event features musical guest Saline Fiddlers, Wither’s Choo Choo train rides, a workshop and lecture with willow artist Bim Willow, face painting and chef Tim Carrigan this Saturday and Sunday.
Wither’s Choo Choo train, which takes children and adults on a tour through the nature preserve’s gardens, runs from 1 to 3 p.m. both days.
“It is great fun and runs mostly on our paved paths,” said Carol Line, with Fernwood.
Robyn Ake will be offering face painting from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Food by Chef Tim Carrigan will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Carrigan will also teach an introductory class from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday on the basics of food preservation. Topics include pickling, canning, freezing, making preserves and jellies and drying. Cost is $20, or $16 for members. Call (269) 695-6491 to register.
Autumn Air also features the Saline Fiddlers at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Saline Fiddlers is billed as America’s premier youth fiddling show band from Saline.
Expect high school students to perform a high-energy program of music, song and dance appropriate for the whole family.
“It’s our real showstopper,” Line said. “There should be about 30 fiddlers who dance and sing.”
Fernwood will offer on Saturday two rustic furniture-making workshops with Bim Willow, a master of rustic furniture design, author, artist and teacher. No experience is necessary, but attendees should bring a hammer and pair of pruners.
Willow’s morning session runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Participants will make one authentic Americana chair, loveseat or rocker. During the afternoon session, from 1 to 5 p.m., participants can choose to construct bakers’ racks, plant stands, garden benches, arbors, trellises or chairs. Register by today.
“Weather permitting, we’ll have (Willow) outdoors so visitors who didn’t partake in the class can see the people and Bim creating furniture out on the lawn,” Line said.
Free children’s activities will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the Railway Garden will be open.
Also, stop by the bulb sale table to order spring flower bulbs and receive a free Fernwood tote bag.
Autumn Air is sponsored by Fernwood and WNIT Public Television. Admission to Autumn Air is free for Fernwood and WNIT members. Regular admission prices apply to all others.