BUTLER TWP. — November is a wonderful time to visit Aullwood with many activities for people of all ages.
Celebrate birds at Happy Bird Day, make your own beeswax candles at Aullwood Farm, start your holiday shopping early at the Museum Holiday Shop Around, and volunteer for Project FeederWatch. After Thanksgiving, bring the entire family to Aullwood’s Holiday Art Fair. Come and make memories at Aullwood.
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 our website www.aullwood.org.
Morning Discovery Walks for Adults
Thursdays, November 5, 12, 19, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. A weekly walk along Aullwood’s ever changing trails reveals many new and exciting discoveries. Join Tom Hissong, Education Coordinator, to experience the seasonal changes. Bring binoculars! (Center)
Aullwood’s Happy Bird Day
Celebrate the awesome world of birds on Saturday, November 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marie S. Aull Education Center. Enjoy a Morning Bird Walk led by Tom Hissong, Aullwood’s Education Manager, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Fun bird related activities for families will be offered throughout the day. Take a close look at birds during a bird banding demonstration from 9:30 a.m. to noon. From 10 a.m. to noon Build Your Own Birdhouses or Bird Feeders in front of the Center (fees vary from $8-$10 for members of Friends of Aullwood and $10-$12 for non-members). Meet Aullwood’s beautiful Red-tailed Hawk from 10:45 to 11 a.m. and from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. The Discover Birds – Fill The Bill activity will be provided from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. From 2:30 to 4 p.m., Tom Hissong will lead a Family Afternoon Bird Walk on the trails around the Center.
Through the bird related activities offered on Happy Bird Day, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts can complete requirements for badges. Cub Scouts will be able to complete most of the requirements for Wolf-Bird Arrow Point Badge and Girl Scouts will be able to complete many of the tasks for All About Birds Badge.
The Friends of Aullwood truckload birdseed sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aullwood’s Nature Store will feature a big selection of quality bird feeders, field guides and natural history books. Admission is free all day! Happy Bird Day is sponsored by Fred P. Kreuzer, CPA & Associates, LLC.
*Aullwood Candle Dipping
Saturdays and Sundays, November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 starting at 2:30 p.m. The aroma of beeswax permeating the Farm Discovery Center strikes visitors as soon as they arrive. Traditional candle dipping using beeswax creates special memories at Aullwood. As a chill comes on with shorter days, visitors anticipate this wonderful hands-on activity. The glow of a dipped candle is the perfect way to “warm up” a cold winter night.
Individuals, families, scout troops, and youth groups will enjoy making red and/or blue colored candles. The cost is a general admission fee of $5/adults and $3/child (members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society are admitted free) plus $1 for each candle made. Call (937) 890-7360 for reservations. (Farm)
Aullwood Museum Holiday Shop Around
Aullwood’s 14th annual Museum Holiday Shop Around will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Marie S. Aull Education Center at 1000 Aullwood Road in Dayton. Discover that special gift while benefiting area cultural museums and organizations on Saturday, November 14. Distinctive gifts, a wonderful shopping atmosphere and great food all await as you wind your way through 12 area museum and non-profit gift stores in one location. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while lunching on homemade soups and sandwiches, learn about Dayton’s wonderful museums and organizations and know that this holiday season you are supporting the cultural arena of our community. It’s gift for the recipient and a gift for the community – twice the giving at once the price. Museums will offer special pricing on gifts perfect for our Toys for Tots toy collection. Admission is free all day. Bring your neighbors and friends to the Museum Holiday Shop Around.
*Share the Harvest Dinner
GreenFire Bistro’s 8th Annual Share the Harvest Dinner will be on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. Share the Harvest Dinner buffet will feature Aullwood Audubon Farm’s healthy meats – free-range turkey, lamb, chicken and all natural hormone-free smoked ham. Art Chin, owner and chef, will donate 20 percent of all sales, including alcohol, to support Aullwood’s education programs for children. A raffle with wonderful wines and other items will also benefit Aullwood.
Share the Harvest Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a variety of starters – chicken and wild rice soup, lamb gyro dumplings with tzatziki sauce, and chicken lettuce wraps. The salad will be fall Panzanella salad with maple mustard vinaigrette. The entrees will include traditional roast turkey with gravy, honey butter grilled chicken with parsley sauce, and bourbon glazed ham. The featured sides will include asiago and sage scalloped potatoes, braised root vegetables and cabbage, and fall fruit dinner rolls. The dinner will be topped off with apple pie and ice cream.
The cost is $35/person and does not include drinks or tip. Seating is limited to 50 people and reservations are required. GreenFire Bistro is located at 965 W. Main Street in Tipp City. Make your reservations as soon as possible since this dinner sells out quickly. RSVP by calling (937) 667-6664. The menu may be subject to change.
Thursday and Friday, November 19 & 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come count birds, drink coffee, eat donuts, share stories, and count more birds. Our bird counts help contribute to scientific studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out the Cornell web site at www.bird.cornell.edu/pfw for more information. (Center)
*Gingerbread House Making Workshop
Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. – noon. Discover a quick and easy way to build a miniature holiday house; a spicy twist on the traditional treat. Learn how to build a house out of graham crackers. Find out the tricks of cutting the crackers and constructing the house. Then, decorate a pre-made house. Use brightly colored candy for a traditional house or go rustic with nuts, seeds and berries. Take home templates, recipes and decorating tools as well as the miniature house you decorate. Take the class by yourself or as a family to make a village. Instructor Karrie Rossmiller has a home baking business that offers cookies, cupcakes and cakes. She learned the art of pastry and bread making in Sweden and she was the head baker at Concordia College’s German and Spanish Language Villages. Price is $15 FOA member, $25 non-members. For a family of up to four people – $40 FOA Member, $50 non-member. Family Workshop pricing consists of 2 adults maximum and children under the age of 18. Level is beginning/ intermediate. (Farm) Call (937) 890-7360 to register.
Mad Buck Moon – Full Moon Walk
Wednesday, November 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The male or buck white-tailed deer are in an excited search for does during this time of year. The urge to mate causes the bucks to take on a crazy or “mad” behavior. Join an Aullwood naturalist for a walk in the light of the Mad Buck Moon. (Center)
Aullwood Holiday Art Fair
Aullwood’s 12th annual Holiday Art Fair will be on Saturday, November 28 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Marie S. Aull Education Center at 1000 Aullwood Road in Dayton. Over 30 artists and designers will offer beautiful artwork, hand crafted jewelry, homemade edibles and exquisite gifts at Aullwood’s Holiday Art Fair. Admission is free all day. Unique and one-of-a-kind pieces will be available for purchase at this splendid event. Be sure to visit the newest additions to our line-up: Patchwork People Pins, Etc.; Nina Harfman – Photography; Judy’s Jewelry & Gems; Glass with a Past Jewelry; Jodi Blommel – Jewelry; Barbara Trombley – Quilter; Pat Klopfenstein – Pottery; Ron Lockhart Watercolors; Stacked Glass; and Rowlands Family Art. Returning to the Holiday Art Fair: Chickenmash Farms; Lady L Weaving & Apparel; Through Jenny’s Eyes Photography; LaRue’s Handmade Candies; Joyce S. Cashner – hand woven wearables and jewelry; BeDazzled; Phil Newport – Wood Turner; Heather’s Goodies; Brenda Jennings – Fiber Arts; Eileen Wiedeke & Jack Southern – fiber containers and wearables; Karen Farrell Skirha – wire artistry; Yellow Room Arts; Swart Photography; Thomas Hock Watercolors; Debora Ahmed – paper filigree; Hank Deneski – fine art photography; Silva Scensations; Family Traditions Baked Goods; Heavenly Basket Designs; and Metal Expressions.