Honey Harvest Festival

October 1 and 2, 2011

Bee lovers and beekeepers are headed to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center for the celebration of the Honey Harvest Festival. Members of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association will kick off the festivities on Saturday with hive demonstrations, beeswax candle dipping, and mead (honey wine) making. Visitors can also hike with the “Honey Hunter,” who dresses in colonial garb, reenacts the search for active hives, and demonstrates the use of homemade tools. Children will enjoy homemade baked delights. Other children’s activities include face painting, puppet shows, hayrides, and a petting zoo with chickens and sheep. Food and drink will be sold.

Special features this year include American crafts such as wool spinning and blacksmithing. The Peter Goff Archaeological Museum will be open for tours each day. A Honey of a Basket filled with honey gift items will be raffled off, Sunday afternoon. Tickets will be sold at the Nature Center for $1, six for $5. In addition, the Nature Center Gift Shop will be selling a variety of nature items.

Bring family and friends and enjoy the festivities on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm both days.

Here are some photos from this year’s festival.