Events & Art Shows

Special Event Jump Into Fall Days

Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7 • 1 to 5 PM
Swine Creek Reservation

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Celebrate autumn with hands-on activities for all ages: free horse-drawn wagon rides, kayaking, fishing, corn box and bounce house fun, face painting and balloon creations, the Off the GRIDdle food truck, Classic Kettle Corn and Snowie snowcones for sale, and live music by the Sev & Starr Duo.

Wagon rides will be first come, first served until 4 PM.

Special Event Art Shows

Scheduled this season at The West Woods Nature Center:

  • Geauga Arts Council Juried Art Show
    Opening Wednesday, August 8 (6-8 PM reception); show runs through October 8
  • Margaret Khairallah & John Tillotson
    Opening Friday, October 19 (7-9 PM reception); show runs through January 22
    Paintings, prints and black & white fine art photography
  • discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition
    Opening Sunday, February 17; show runs through April 15
    Please scroll down for details and our community call for entries!

Special Opportunity Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Saturdays & Sundays, October 20, 21, 27 & 28 • 1 to 5 PM
Swine Creek Reservation

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Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of fall with a horse-drawn wagon ride! Free passes ensure first-come, first-served boarding. No pets. Rides last about a half hour and are cancelled by bad weather. Last ride leaves at 4:30 p.m.

Special Event Holly Days Artisan Boutique

Saturday, November 10 • 10 AM to 4 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

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Shoppers at Geauga Park District’s reinstated, ever-popular Holly Days Artisan Boutique will revel in a premier selection of juried Nature-themed gifts by more than 25 regional artists. It’s the perfect place to find quality handmade items for everyone on your list!

The additional Mistletoe Market, meanwhile, features youth artisans ages 18 and under selling items that they themselves have made at various price points.

Within a festive nature setting, Holly Days shoppers have come to expect heirloom-quality ornaments and holiday décor, all-natural bath and beauty products, gourmet food and snack items, unique jewelry and accessories, beautiful and functional pottery and glass items, gifts hand-turned from wood, indoor planters and terrariums, and much more.

All are welcome free of charge. The West Woods is wheelchair/stroller accessible. With questions, please contact Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, at trunion@geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-279-0882.

Special Opportunity Greens for Giving

Saturday, December 1 • Noon to 3 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

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Gather your friends and family around a great cause this holiday season – creating more than 250 evergreen decorations for Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals for seniors!

Now in its fourth festive year, Greens for Giving guarantees a way to brighten a senior’s holiday season by building a thoughtful and completely unique handmade creation from scratch.

All supplies – fresh evergreens, decorations and containers – will be provided, but feel free to bring your own hand pruners and additional decorative add-ins if you’d like.

“This is a great way to start your holiday season, sharing a little of your time to share holiday joy with our senior neighbors,” said Holly Sauder, outreach coordinator for the parks.

Registration is not required to participate. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Special Event Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, December 21 • 7:30 to 9:30 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

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Make the most out of the longest night of your year during this annual celebration, which introduced an all-new format in 2017!

Indoors, take in cookies and hot cider while listening to festive music of the season performed by the Pilgrim Brass Choir. Also, children are invited to try a free solstice-themed craft.

Then, outdoors, stroll the self-guided Solstice Traditions Trail, a magical, candlelit route through the forest; warm up by a bonfire; and stop by the stage area to watch costumed interpreters perform interactive skits highlighting solstice traditions of past civilizations, i.e. the Druids and the origins of mistletoe.

Please dress for time spent indoors and out. Only indoor portions will be fully wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration is not required for this free event. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Community Art Show discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition

Sunday, February 17 – Monday, April 15
Open
10 AM to 4:30 PM Daily
The West Woods, Nature Center

(Meet the Artists Reception: Sunday, February 17)

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CALL FOR ENTRIES! Geauga Park District invites community members and regional artisans to participate in a 2-month exhibition featuring creative works of art transformed from discarded/found materials. Entries will be accepted January 29 and 30 at The West Woods Nature Center.

Goals for this project are:
٠ To increase environmental awareness and encourage recycling.
٠ To demonstrate sustainability through the use/reuse of discarded or recycled materials.
٠ To showcase the creative talents of community members and regional artisans in a unique way.
٠ To delight visitors with the unexpected connection of discarded materials to finished artwork, as well as the cleverness of the transformation.

Artwork created from recycled materials is a carrier of memory, containing a vestige of these materials’ former function into the new art piece. Possibilities for raw materials are endless…what will you create?

For more information, please contact Teresa Runion at 440-279-0882 or trunion@geaugaparkdistrict.org.