Cel­e­brate spring with LANDJAM May 19

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE - By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekent­coun­tynews.com

BETTERTON — The Leigh Fam­ily Farm, a per­ma­nently pre­served farm not usu­ally open to the pub­lic, is the spot for the in­au­gu­ral LANDJAM hosted by the East­ern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy.

The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. May 19 at the farm lo­cated at 127 How­ell Point Farm Road. Tick­ets are $10 for individuals or $25 for a fam­ily. Tick­ets can be pur­chased in ad­vance at eslc. org/events.

ESLC Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager David Fer­raris said in a tele­phone in­ter­view Tues­day the event is aimed at get­ting peo­ple out on the prop­erty and giv­ing them the chance to ex­plore and cel­e­brate the land.

The Leigh Fam­ily Farm is a pri­vately owned farm and con­ser­va­tion ease­ment.

Fer­raris said ESLC nor­mally hosts a high-end fundraiser, Party to Pre­serve, in Oc­to­ber, but the or­ga­ni­za­tion wanted to host a more re­laxed event for the com­mu­nity to en­joy.

The event will in­clude live mu- sic from blue­grass bands in­clud­ing the Fid­dle Oaks and Kindred Spir­its, en­vi­ron­men­tally re­lated ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and demon­stra­tions, and an as­sort­ment of lo­cal foods, beer, wine and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages for sale.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to cel­e­brate spring and get out­doors with fam­ily and friends and to spend some time on a pri­vately owned farm that they nor­mally wouldn’t have ac­cess to,” said Fer­raris in a news re­lease. “The Leigh Fam­ily is ex­tremely gen­er­ous to open their prop­erty to us. We sin­cerely hope that fam­i­lies will join us on this pris­tine land for an af­ter­noon full of great mu­sic, food and fun.”

Fer­raris said vis­i­tors may ex­plore trails on the farm that of­fer views of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful prop­erty that is so well-pre­served,” Fer­raris said. “It of­fers peo­ple the chance to see what a con­ser­va­tion ease­ment is all about.”

Fer­raris said there will be ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and adults in­clude guided na­ture walks, farm tours on trac­tor-pulled peo­ple movers and bird­ing demon­stra­tions.

Food and bev­er­ages will be pro­vided by Dog­fish Head Brew­ery, Sprout, Bar­beque and Be­yond, Lock­briar and Daugh­ter Ice Cream, and Crow Vine­yard and Win­ery.

“We’d like to do this ev­ery year. We’re still go­ing to host Party to Pre­serve as our big fundraiser, but this a more laid back fundraiser for peo­ple to get out­side and en­joy na­ture,” Fer­raris said.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Pic­tured is an aerial view of the Leigh Fam­ily Farm out­side Betterton. The farm will be open to pub­lic to ex­plore dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral LANDJAM hosted by the East­ern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy May 19.

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