Firefly Presentation by Sara Lewis
At the Paxton Theater, Bainbridge
Friday, June 16, 2017, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

$15.00 adults, $3.00 youths 7 to 16, children 5 and under are free. Register
on-line or at the door. 
For quick entry and confirmed seating, please register ahead.

In this evening talk, Sara Lewis, noted biologist, award-winning author, and firefly expert dives into the mysterious world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these charismatic insects. Hear her remarkable stories of firefly courtship and romance, poison and even deceit. Program content is sophisticated enough to appeal to adults & interesting enough to engage children, so don’t hesitate to bring the entire family. 

Location. The event will be held at the historic Paxton Theater in Ross County and in downtown Bainbridge, at 133 E. Main Street, Bainbridge, OH 45612, 740-634-3333. Please don’t confuse Paxton Theater’s location with Paxton Restaurant, also in town. Bainbridge is 20 miles west of Chillicothe, and 4 miles east of the U.S. 50/Cave Road junction. Paxton Theater has been serving the public since 1910, and has been home to the Paint Valley Jamboree on Saturday nights for over 50 years! The theater is five miles from the Highlands Nature Sanctuary’s headquarters, and 11 miles to the Ridgeview Farm tract, where the Firefly Dinner and the firefly viewing will take place. 

Parking. Bainbridge is a small town with many quiet streets, all of which permit free parking. The Paxton Theater does not have a specified lot. Just park anywhere in town and schedule a few extra minutes to walk to the theater. If you aren’t staying for the Ridgeview event, give yourself enough time to linger in town for a Southern Ohio country dinner at either Paxton’s Restaurant or Doc’s Restaurant – both of them have excellent traditional fare.


Dinner, Music & Firefly Viewing at Ridgeview Farm with Sara Lewis
Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Friday, June 16, 2017, 7:30 – 10:00 pm

$20.00 per person, 16 – 6 $10.00, 5 and under free. Pre-registration necessary.

The rolling hills and meadows of Ridgeview Farm provide the perfect canvas for spectacular firefly viewing, after enjoying a delicious dinner prepared at the Sanctuary – where our reputation for memorable meals precedes us! As the sun slowly sets at Ridgeview, you will be serenaded by the dusk calls of the rare Henslow’s sparrows, and hauntingly beautiful music created by invited musicians. When Ridgeview’s hills begin to cast long shadows, we will be enthralled with the silent spectacle of thousands of fireflies rising out of the meadows in glowing drifts of light. 

Menu includes  artisan lasagna with local vegetables, meatballs or roasted nutballs (vegetarian), large salad with the Sanctuary’s signature  dressing, Andrea’s homemade bread sticks, and a egg custard with whipped cream & fresh fruit.

Ridgeview Farm was purchased to expand the Highlands Nature Sanctuary in 2003 – valued for its beautiful swamp forest and  large colonies of marsh marigolds and skunk cabbage. Ridgeview Farm is a biodiversity-restoration project at the Sanctuary, demonstrating how missing native plants and animals can be returned to old agricultural lands.  Intensive invasive plant removal and species reintroductions have been going on at Ridgeview Farm since 2009. The tract boasts an Chestnut Education Orchard with several chestnut species, including the latest F3 backcross of an American chestnut-Chinese chestnut hybrid.

Things to Bring. Lawn chair, a blanket, a water bottle, and a flashlight.

Directions. Ridgeview Farm is located at 6636 State Route 753, Hillsboro, OH 45133. Detailed directions will also be provided by email to all registrants.