Har­vest Hoe­down to cel­e­brate birds

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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.

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