Harvest Hoedown to celebrate birds
Pickering Creek Audubon Center will celebrate birds and fall on the Eastern Shore on Sunday, Oct. 14, at this year’s Year of the Bird-themed Harvest Hoedown.
EASTON — Pickering Creek Audubon Center will celebrate birds and fall on the Eastern Shore on Sunday, Oct. 14, at this year’s Year of the Bird-themed Harvest Hoedown.
People around the world are celebrating 2018 as Year of the Bird. This year marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the oldest wildlife protection laws in the United States. In honor of this milestone, Audubon, National Geographic, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International and dozens of other partners around the world joined forces to celebrate 2018 as the Year of the Bird.
Harvest Hoedown, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature music at three locations, unique craftspeople, nature walks, wildlife exhibits, boat rides on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Winnie Estelle, and kids and adult activities about birds, as well as food prepared by the Easton Lions Club and new local food vendors.
Activities and vendors will be found throughout the center.
Explore the property with wagon rides or take a stroll on the forest trail for a sampling of the Eastern Shore’s natural beauty, from wetlands to 100-year-old trees.
Native plants will be available for guests who participate in activities about birds, plants and habitat.
From deep in the vaults of Pickering Creek, the Harvest Hoedown T-Shirt Art collection will be on display, featuring the folk art that has graced the back of each Harvest Hoedown T-Shirt for the past 20 years. These works will be on display at the Welcome Center.
Scheduled events also include brief nature talks by area naturalists on topics pertinent to the Year of the Bird, the Chesapeake Bay and life on the Eastern Shore.
The kids’ stage will feature Slim Harrison and the Sunnyland Band from western Maryland, returning for their 17th year.
The main stage will kick of f at 11:30 a.m. with local favorites Fog after Midnight, followed by Baltimore musician Norm Hogeland, and Slim Harrison and the Rock Candy Cloggers.
New and Used Bluegrass will headline the main stage. The group features Alan Breeding on banjo, Jim Bieneman on bass fiddle and vocals, Toby Price on mandolin and vocals, Ed Finkner on guitar and vocals, and Jon Simmons on fiddle, mandolin and vocals.
New and Used Bluegrass performs various flavors of bluegrass music, ranging from the traditional — like the Stanley Brothers “How Mountain Girls Can Love” to “Eastbound and Down” from “Smokey and the Bandit,” to “Caravan,” a Duke Ellington tune — to assorted banjo and fiddle tunes and songs.
Admission to Harvest Hoedown is $5 per car. ----Online: pickering.audubon.org
Boat rides on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Winnie Estelle will be available Sunday,Oct. 14, during Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s Harvest Hoedown.
New and Used Bluegrass will headline the main stage Sunday, Oct. 14, at Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s Harvest Hoedown.