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West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market
Wednesday, September 27 • 4 to 7 PM • The West Woods

Jump Into Fall Days
Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15 • 1 to 5 PM • Swine Creek Reservation

Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Mistletoe Market
Saturday, November 11 • 10 AM to 4 PM • The West Woods

Art Takes a Bough Ornament Reception & Bill Hixson Presentation (Final Year!)
Thursday, December 7 • 6 to 9 PM • The West Woods

Winter Solstice Celebration (All New!)
Thursday, December 21 • 7:30 to 9:30 PM • The West Woods

Free Exhibit: Home Sweet Habitat
Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM • The West Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 


West Woods Wednesdays

Last Wednesday of the month, June - September
4 to 7 PM
at The West Woods' Picnic Shelters

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Introducing Geauga Park District’s new West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market, your one-stop shop for all your mid-week, farm-fresh needs, taking place beneath the scenic shelters of The West Woods..

The last farm market of the year is scheduled for September 27. Click here for a list of vendors scheduled to appear.

From after-work hiking to shopping local to a trendy food truck dinner, there's truly something for everyone. Join us!


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Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15
10 AM - 4:30 PM
at Swine Creek Reservation


Celebrate autumn at Jump Into Fall Days! Free family fun will include hands-on activities for all ages, first-come-first-served horse-drawn wagon rides, kayaking, fishing, face painting, balloon creations, a corn box, music, snack and lunch/dinner options for sale and more!

Can't catch a ride this day? Don't stress - just come back either of the next two weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, October 21, 22, 28 and 29) for more rides available 1 to 5 p.m. Timed passes will be distributed as guests arrive; each day’s final ride leaves at 4:30 p.m. Rides will be canceled by bad weather. Please leave pets at home - thanks!

 

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Holly Days Artisan Boutique &
Mistletoe Market

Saturday, November 11
10 AM - 4 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center


Vendor/artisan applications:
Holly Days Mistletoe Market

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 arts. It’s the perfect place to find quality handmade items for everyone on your list!

Plus, in a twist from previous years’ incarnation of the Mistletoe Market, this year’s will feature youth artisans ages 18 and under selling items that they themselves have made at various price points. Also encourage the kids to take a look in here – they may just find some gifts for family and friends, as well!

Within a festive nature setting, Holly Days shoppers can expect to find 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. There will truly be something for everyone.

And in addition to fine shopping, visitors will be treated to live music by Jan Pavlinak and Vic Swanson.

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.

 

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Art Takes a Bough Ornament Reception & Bill Hixson Presentation (Final Year!)

Thursday, December 7
6 - 9 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center


For the 11th and final year, Geauga Council for Arts & Culture is seeking regional artists of all ages to participate in its “Art Takes a Bough” Community Art Project, a showcase for community handmade holiday ornaments.

Entries may be submitted on Thursday, December 7, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township.

Art Takes a Bough is a venue to display and sell your ornaments directly.

Ornaments must be priced at $5 increments ($5, $10, $15, etc.). Artists may submit a maximum of 10 ornaments, and each much fit inside a 6-inch square box, be lightweight, have an ornament hanger, and be signed by the artist. Artists may also choose to provide a short, typed bio or business card to include with each ornament.

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 & Culture and Geauga Park District. All artists must be present at the reception that evening, and will be paid on location for ornaments sold.

Once all ornaments are put on display, these beautiful miniature pieces of art may be admired and purchased by the public at “Buy It Now” prices during an Open House & Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center.

Reception guests will have the opportunity purchase the handmade ornaments and enjoy holiday refreshments. Also, from 7 to 8 p.m., Bill Hixson, an accomplished floral designer who has helped decorate The White House for the holidays for more than 30 years, will share humorous stories centered on decorating various rooms there, plus folklore about ornament designs and holiday traditions. Some of his ornaments will also be available for sale and signing at the event.

It’s a festive, fun-filled evening to shop local and acquire handmade, heirloom-quality décor for the home. Join us!

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

 

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Winter Solstice Celebration (All New!)

Thursday, December 21
7:30 - 9:30 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center


Celebrate the longest night of the year in this all-new format as we explore
the roots of our modern holiday celebrations indoors and out!

Indoors, enjoy treats, hot beverages and music by the Pilgrim Brass Choir
and make a solstice-themed craft. Outdoors, stroll the self-guided "Solstice Traditions Trail," a magical, candlelit route through the forest, stop by a
bonfire, and enjoy interactive skits highlighting solstice traditions of different civilizations with costumed interpreters.

Please dress for indoor and outdoor fun. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

 

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Open daily 10 AM - 4:30 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center


Educate yourself throughout 2016 with this enjoyable, FREE Nature exhibit! Home Sweet Habitat: A Place for Wildlife to Survive and Thrive will show you all about Geauga County’s natural homes – divided between forests, meadows and wetlands – and introduce you to their residents both common and unique.

Expect many animal mounts, interactive elements (like a crawl-through log, an otter slide, and a crawl-in beaver lodge build with real beaver sticks!), a couple robotic animals, and hands-on displays, games and activities for the whole family.

The West Woods Nature Center is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible at 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87) in Russell Township. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

 

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