2020 Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend Schedule
Friday, April 17, 2020
4:00-6:30 pm – Optional Check-in at the Appalachian Forest Museum. Stop by the Museum or our office directly across the road anytime after 9:30 in the morning to grab any materials you have forgotten and your name tag. Come early in the day if you want so you can enjoy some quiet hiking on the Sanctuary’s floral-laden trails. Maps provided upon request.
6:30 pm: Evening Program at the Paxton Theater. “FOREST SPRAWL – THE ARC OF APPALACHIA’S REPORT FROM THE FIELD by Nancy Stranahan, Director. There is ALOT of news to share this year!! This program is recommended for both Arc supporters, who will see gorgeous new photos of our latest land acquisition projects and newest hiking trails, as well as for folks new the Arc, who will gain an overview of the Arc’s 20-plus preserves in southern Ohio, 40-plus miles of hiking trails, and nearly 7000 acres of natural areas.
7:15 – 7:30 pm – Intermission. Explore the historic Paxton Theater and partake of delicious refreshments. For those visitors just arriving, please be seated by 7:30 so that we can begin our evening program on time.
7:30 pm – Evening Program: STORYTELLERS – WOMEN, NATURE AND ART. Over the last few centuries, women have become powerful voice among nature-inspired artists. Tonight is the celebration of those voices. Join us “around the campfire” as we listen to a reading by Jay Jackson of one of Maya Angelou’s (1929-2014) powerful poems – an internationally recognized artist. Moving closer to home, we will hear short stories from four Ohio artists: Musician Sarah Goslee Reed, textile artist Sue King, photographer Kathryn Cubert, and painter Ann Geise.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:00 am: Hot Breakfast at the Appalachian Forest Museum. Scrambled eggs with Swiss cheese, spinach and mushrooms, turkey sausage, fruit, yogurt and granola, tea, & coffee. Side bar of granola cereal, milk, and soymilk, bread, and peanut butter.
8:30 am: Pick up your Packed Lunch! Be sure to register ahead if you are vegan or gluten-intolerant. Standard menu: our amazing homemade Chicken Salad Sandwich with walnuts, grapes, and celery or Grown Up Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich (VEGAN + non-peanut butter option available). All lunches served with chips, apple and homemade dessert.
After breakfast – Saturday Field Trips to Southern Ohio’s Most Splendid Floral Showcases
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.
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Dinner in the Woods – A Wildflower Pilgrimage Tradition at the Appalachian Forest Museum
The dinner line can be entered anytime between 5:30 and 6:15. Arrive at your convenience. Just be sure to give yourself 20-25 minutes to drive to Bainbridge (roadside parking) and walk to the Paxton Theater for the evening program. Fresh spinach-apple salad with our beloved herbed vinaigrette dressing. Hearty vegetarian chili with optional toppings of sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onions; served with cornbread and butter. Dessert is our traditional fresh strawberries with homemade shortbread cookies and real whipped cream!
7:30 pm – Evening Program: STORYTELLERS Part II – WOMEN, NATURE AND ART. Tonight we especially dedicate our artistic tributes to the insects and other invertebrates described by E.O.Wilson as the “little things that run the world.” We will begin with stories sung by Musician Sarah Goslee Reed, followed by a reading by Jay Jackson of a Mary Oliver poem (1935-2019), the most beloved American nature poet of all time. Next we will hear poems inspired by the Highlands Nature Sanctuary from Wendy McVicker, who for the last two years has been involved in the Arc’s Artist in Sanctuary program as our Poet-in-Residence. Afterward, we will hear stories told by Karen Klein, Michigan painter and insect artist extraordinaire. Following Karen will be our keynote speaker, Laura Hughes, Ohio videographer. Laura is one of Ohio’s most talented naturalist and, among her circle of friends, a highly sought after hiking companion. Why? Because her sharp senses and ecological understandings – especially of invertebrates – mean that her hiking companions will find ten times more creatures than they would on their own, with the added benefit that Laura will have a story to share about nearly every one of them! Laura and her husband David have many precious footage in their film archives, some of them showing animals and animal behavior most of us have never seen before. For this evening’s presentation, then, we invited Laura to the Paxton Theater with just one guiding directive. “Laura, tell us some good stories tonight. Stories of your choice. Richly illustrated!” We know we won’t go home disappointed!
Sunday, April 19, 2020
8:00 am: Hot 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.
8:30 – Pick up your Packed Lunch! Be sure to register ahead if you are vegan or gluten-intolerant. This year’s menu: Hummus Salad or Chicken & Veggies Wrap. All lunches served with chips, apple and homemade dessert.
After Breakfast: Sunday Field Trips to Southern Ohio’s Best Floral Showcases
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.
Drive safely home, or hike on your own. We highly recommend the short but wildflower-rich Museum trails – Valley of the Ancients and Etawah Woods. You are welcome to stay until sunset.
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.