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"Art Takes a Bough" Ornament Reception

Return to the Ice Age...and Something's Afoot Continues


"Art Takes a Bough"
Ornament Reception

Tuesday, December 16, 6-9 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center

For the eighth consecutive year, all are invited to enjoy and purchase handmade holiday ornaments by regional artists through the "Art Takes a Bough" Community Art Project!

From 6 to 9 p.m., these beautiful miniature pieces of artwork may be admired and purchased at "Buy It Now" prices of $10 or $30 during an Open House & Reception.

Guests will enjoy holiday refreshments while they enjoy the hunt. Also featured that evening will be a make-n-take Zentangle ornament, plus a display of ornaments by the students of Geauga Achieve/STARS.

Then, from 7-8 p.m., Bill Hixson, an accomplished floral designer who has helped decorate The White House for the holidays for over 30 years, will share humorous stories centered on decorating various rooms within the White House and folklore surrounding ornament designs and holiday traditions. Some of his ornaments will also be available for sale and signing at the event.

As in the past, 50 percent of sales will go directly to the artist; the remaining 50 percent will be split equally between the Geauga Council for Arts and Culture and Geauga Park District.

It's a joyous, fun-filled event that decorates your heart and home! Registration is not required to attend. Just call 440-286-9516 with questions.


Return to the Ice Age...
and Something's Afoot Continues

at The West Woods Nature Center 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED THROUGH DEC. 26 FOR ICE AGE ADDITIONS)

If you didn't stop by our our hands-on 2014 exhibit focusing on the modes of movement among wild animals via water, land and air — have no fear! The exhibit lives on in 2015!

SOMETHING'S AFOOT will continue to explore seed dispersal in plants; geological movement, showing how the movement of rock and sediments over long periods of time have resulted in our bedrock formations and various soil types; and how water moves from earth to sky and back in an endless cycle. Children's room activities include hands-on games and play stations exploring animal movement and animal-aided human travel such as horse and wagon.

2015 will also see RETURN TO THE ICE AGE, as SOMETHING'S AFOOT "moves on over" to make room for a corner devoted to Ice Age animals that briefly found a home in Northeast Ohio after the last glacier retreated.

The highlights of this exhibit will be a selection of bones from actual Geauga County mastadon and mammoth finds discovered in Montville, Chester, Russell and Middlefield townships throughout the last century.

Also look forward to video features, replicas, animal figures and more hands-on activities associated with this frozen period in our history.

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