2017 Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend Schedule

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Information Desk Open at the Appalachian Forest Museum. Registration is not necessary, but feel free to stop in to confirm field trip directions, and/or pick up a hiking map of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. You can also call us with questions any time before or during the weekend at 937-365-1935. Sometime during your stay, be sure to enjoy the Appalachian Forest Museum’s eight stunning hand-painted forest murals, each one illustrating the world significance of the America’s Eastern Hardwood Forest.

Thursday Evening: OHIO LANDSCAPE – BEAUTY REVEALED. Tom Croce, Photographer
 Appalachian Forest Museum; We are offering the program twice, due to very limited seating. Please attend at the time assigned.
6:45 Snacks and Welcome 7:00-8:00 Evening Program
8:15 Snacks and Welcome 8:30-9:30 Evening Program
Welcome by Arc Director, Nancy Stranahan, followed by a striking visual presentation by Master Photographer, Tom Croce, author of the book, Ohio Landscape. Tom is renowned for capturing artistic images of Arc of Appalachia Preserves and many other splendid landscapes across Ohio and the Greater Eastern Forest. Tom is a master at composing pictures with stirring artistic balance, moody contrasts, and striking lighting. See Ohio as you have never seen it before and celebrate home sweet biome.

Friday, April 14, 2017

8:00 am: Breakfast at the Appalachian Forest Museum. Scrambled eggs with Swiss cheese, spinach and mushrooms, turkey sausage, Apricot corn muffins (gluten free), fruit cups with yogurt and granola, tea, & coffee. To complement the main offerings, there will be a side bar of granola cereal, milk, soy milk, bread, toaster, jelly and peanut butter.

Pick up your Packed Lunch! Be sure to register ahead if you are vegan or gluten-intolerant. Standard Menu: Hummus & Fresh Veggie Sandwich OR Turkey Sandwich with lettuce, tomato & creamy Italian dressing; chips, organic apple, chocolate cashew bar.

Friday Field Trips to Southern Ohio’s Best Floral Showcases.
After breakfast, attend your Friday field trip. You will be assigned one of your top preferences in the registration process. Hikes last until mid-afternoon. If you have time, we recommend you hiking the short but stunning Appalachian Forest Museum trails on your own sometime during the weekend.

Dinner in the Woods – A Wildflower Pilgrimage Tradition at the Appalachian Forest Museum.
Dinner line can be entered anytime between 5:45 and 6:15. Arrive at your convenience and stay as long as you like. Just give yourself 20-25 minutes to drive to Bainbridge and walk to the Paxton Theater.
Some meals are just too good to change! Menu includes mixed salad greens and fresh spinach topped with celery, avocados, chopped apples, feta cheese, and walnuts with herbed vinaigrette dressing; hearty vegetarian chili with optional toppings of sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onions; and tortilla chips,. Dessert will be our traditional fresh strawberries over homemade biscuits with real whipped cream!

Friday Evening Presentation: OHIO’S BOTANICAL HOTSPOTS by Ohio Botanist & Nature Photographer, Andrew Gibson.
7:30 pm AT THE PAXTON THEATER IN BAINBRIDGE.
Not all land is “created equal,” especially when it comes to plant diversity and wildflower showcases. Hidden across the state are geographic regions which, for various reasons, and sometime puzzling reasons, are unusually demonstrative in displaying beautiful wildflowers, dizzying diversity, and botanical rarities. Few people know the botanical map of Ohio better than Andrew Gibson, who is sharing with us his  favorite places, and top photographs. After enjoying this program, Ohio may never look the same to your eyes!

Location. Built in 1910, the Paxton Theater is made of local rainbow sandstone and seats 300 people. It has sponsored the Paint Valley Jamboree, featuring live country musicians, for 52 continuous years! Bainbridge is on Route 50, 4 miles east from the turnoff to the Sanctuary on Cave Road, and 20 miles west of Chillicothe. The theater is on north side of Main Street on Highway 50, next to the Dairy Queen, on the east side of downtown Bainbridge. You can park anywhere in town, either on HIghway 50, or on the side streets of residential Bainbridge on both sides of 50. Plan a 5 minute walk from parking to the theater. We recommend carrying a flashlight. Address is: 133 E. Main St., Bainbridge, OH 45612 (740) 634-3333. Please don’t confuse Paxton Theater with Paxton Restaurant, also in town.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

8:00 am: Breakfast at the Appalachian Forest Museum. Beer pancakes with butter & syrup, turkey sausage, and fruit cups of bananas, apples, dates and walnuts smothered in orange juice.

Pick up your Packed Lunch! Be sure to register ahead if you are vegan or gluten-intolerant. Standard Menu: Lentil, Rice & Veggie Wrap OR our amazing homemade Chicken Salad Sandwich with walnuts, grapes, and celery; with carrot sticks, clementine orange, and a no-bake chocolate-peanut butter-oatmeal cookie.

Saturday Field Trips to Southern Ohio’s Best Floral Showcases.
After breakfast, attend your Saturday field trip. You will be assigned one of your top preferences in the registration process. Hikes last until mid-afternoon. If you have time, we recommend you hiking the short but stunning Appalachian Forest Museum trails on your own sometime during the weekend.

Wildflower Pilgrimage – Art for Sale at the Appalachian Forest Museum

Ann Geise – Original paintings, giclee prints, and paper prints of birds and nature themes in oil and watercolor, cards and other artwork will be available from this Batavia, Ohio native artist. Ann holds a biology degree from Northern Kentucky University. Combining her natural history knowledge and artistic skills, Ann worked as Artist and Exhibits Manager for Cincinnati Nature Center for 19 years where she designed and illustrated the center’s publications and educational exhibits. An engaging naturalist, she will also be leading hikes during the weekend.

Tom Croce – Thursdays night presenter and the Photography Workshops leader, Tom Croce, will be selling prints throughout the weekend. Tom is our Thursday night presenter, and a weekend Workshop Leader.

 

AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO REGISTERING FOR THE PILGRIMAGE, consider reserving a space in Tom Croce’s Photography Workshop the same weekend with all the same meals and evening presentations. A few of Tom’s photos are below.

Native bee Photo Courtesy of John Howard
Native bee Photo Courtesy of John Howard