BUTLER TWP. — September is a time for beautiful seasonal changes and lots of fun and excitement at Aullwood. Come to Aullwood Farm and enjoy a draft horse drawn wagon ride. Join the Morning Discovery Walk for Adults every Thursday and learn more about the natural world. Celebrate the bounty of the autumn season at Aullwood’s Apple Fest.
General admission is $5/adult and $3/child unless otherwise noted with an asterisk (*). Members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society are admitted free. Aullwood Center programs are held at 1000 Aullwood Road. Aullwood Farm programs are held at 9101 Frederick Pike. Call (937) 890-7360 for more information. Read more on Aullwood’s website www.aullwood.org.
Aullwood is a Blue Star Museum
Aullwood is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.
Aullwood will offer free admission to active duty military personnel, National Guard and Reserve and their families, as well as veterans from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Flower Power Art Quilt Exhibit
Through September 11 Aullwood’s Hallway of Wonder at the Marie S. Aull Education Center is a wonderful place to view works of art. Aullwood is delighted to present its annual Art Quilt Exhibit from through September 11. Flowers range from snowy white trillium of the northern forests to the hot colored blossoms of the tropics. Hummingbirds, bats, bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators dine on their nectar. They become fruits and vegetables – peas, peaches and tomatoes. They enchant us, inspire us and give us hope. We could not live without them. Dwayne M. Daniel, the juror for this exhibit, holds an MFA from Miami University, Oxford. He graduated with honors from Central State University and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University.
Morning Discovery Walk for Adults
Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. A weekly walk along Aullwood’s beautiful trails reveals many new and exciting discoveries. Join Tom Hissong, education manager, to experience the wonderful seasonal changes taking place at Aullwood. Bring binoculars! (Center)
Free Admission Day
Sunday, September 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. For nearly 60 years Aullwood has been a treasured resource to the local community. As a benefit to local residents and friends, Aullwood has scheduled three Free Admission Days, the last of which takes place September 4 with support from the City of Union and the City of Vandalia. (Farm and Center)
*Aullwood Draft Horse Pulled Wagon Rides
Sunday, September 4, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join Red and Mick, Aullwood’s draft horse team, and Farmer Bill for a relaxing tour of Aullwood Farm on a wagon drawn by horse power. This is a great way to explore Aullwood Farm for the first time or to view it from a new perspective. Fees for the program are $1/person. Each ride lasts about 30 minutes. (Farm)
The Joy of Sunflowers – Farm Walk
Saturday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m. Come enjoy the sun’s rays and the beautiful sight of sunflowers. Take a peaceful stroll through the Children’s garden and taste vegetables in season. Water the garden by using a rain barrel and help look for earthworms. Stroll down to the herb garden and enjoy its variety of colors and marvelous scents. Make a sunflower craft to take home. Discover the flower that makes you smile! (Farm)
*Aullwood’s Adventure Preschool – September 13 through December 13
Fall is a wonderful time for youngsters to come to Aullwood to discover the natural world and the farm with our Chipmunk Adventure Classes for children 2 – 5 years old. Goodbye Birds! is the first class on Tuesday, September 13 from 10 a.m. – noon. Children enrolled in Aullwood’s Adventure Preschool classes will enjoy outdoor experiences, stories, songs, crafts and Aullwood’s live animals. Children should be dressed for all possible weather conditions because the class will go outside every week unless severe weather threatens. Two adults will be with the children and safety is a top priority. Classes will be held at the Marie S. Aull Education Center unless otherwise noted for Aullwood Farm. For information call (937) 890-7360.
Harvest Moon – September Full Moon Walk
Friday, September 16 from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The harvest moon is the full moon occurring nearest the Autumnal Equinox on September 22. In the past, the harvest moon provided light for farmers working late into the night to harvest the bounty of their crops. Join an Aullwood naturalist for an evening walk in the light of the beautiful harvest moon. (Center)
*Aullwood Apple Fest
Enjoy an apple feast and so much more at Aullwood Apple Fest! Spend the day at Aullwood Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, on September 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and enjoy all the sights, sounds and delicious aromas of Apple Fest. Sample apple pie baked in a Dutch oven, freshly pressed cider, apple dumplings, apple butter, lemon shakes, kettle corn, fish boats, cabbage rolls, pizza, corn-on-the-cob, lamb chili, grilled cheese sandwiches, sugar waffles and home-made ice cream. This year Aullwood is excited to welcome caramel apples, apple sundaes and several new food vendors to the event. Downing Fruit Farms will offer fresh apples and apple slushies.
Free children’s activities, games, crafts, and balloon animals will keep the little ones entertained and the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure will have lots of interactive learning and giveaways. Everyone enjoys a visit with farm animal friends and a tractor or draft horse pulled wagon ride. Johnny Appleseed will stroll the festival grounds – always a highlight. Can’t Stop Cloggers and The Rabbit Hash String Band will entertain all on Saturday. The Corndrinkers and Chris Rowlands will bring more fun and music on Sunday. Several Artisans and craft exhibitors will offer needle crafts, animal masks, sand art, garden ornaments, painted pumpkins, wood crafts, soaps and lotions, woven items, jewelry and more. Truly, Aullwood Apple Fest has something for everyone.
Apple Fest is sponsored by PNC, Dayton Freight, Cargill, Enterprise Roofing & Sheet Metal, Western Ohio Graphics, and Riverdale Optimist Club. Admission: $5/adult, $3/child; (ages 3 & under free); Friends of Aullwood members are free with membership card.
Reach Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm at (937) 890-7360.