gardenFest will spring to life this Saturday

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville’s Main Street will be in full bloom when gardenFest 2012 comes to town on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The free event will feature more than 60 vendors and will focus on spring-related activities. The fun/educational outing will include workshops, vendors, music and food.
The workshop schedule includes:
• 10:30 a.m.: Dave Holscher, owner of Roxbury Mountain Maple, will give a presentation on 21st-century Maple Syrup Production. Dave will talk about the interesting changes in the maple industry and answer questions about the business.

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• 11 a.m.: Beekeeper Will Patterson of Tea Thyme Herb and Fruit Farm in Denver, will discuss starting a hive, sourcing bees, choosing a site for the apiary, hive maintenance and the lifecycle of the honeybee. Would-be beekeepers and those just interested in honeybees will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.
• 11:30 a.m.: Marguerite Uhlman Bower, a registered nurse and herbalist, will lead a wild food and plant identification walk along the East Branch of the Delaware. The guided walk, entitled “Weeds, Leaves, Seeds and Shoots” will give participants a chance to “consider our lowly, holy weeds as often irreplaceable forms of food that go misunderstood in current day thinking. These plants nourish not only us but also the environment that surrounds us.” This workshop will take about an hour.
•12:30 p.m.: Fairview Public Library in Margaretville will host a half-hour reading of Gardening with Paddington. In typical Paddington style, hapless mischief leads to blind luck, and his garden turns out to be a most unique site indeed!
• 1 p.m.: Mel Bellar, owner of Zone 4 Landscaping of Andes, will give a presentation titled “Dealing with Deer and Your Garden.” According to Mel, “Not everyone can afford to erect ad eight-foot fence around gardens and landscaped areas. We will explore a variety of strategies, including deterrents and plant selection that can replace or complement fencing.”

Vendors who have signed up in the past week include: The Roxbury Arts Group Margaretville Bed & Bath Shoppe, Festival of the Voice, WIOX radio, Little Sprouts, Harmony Farms Egg Farm, Margaretville Liquor Store (hosting a “Spring Wines of France” tasting from noon-5 p.m., Pika’s Quiches (introducing their new Belgium waffles in the food court and Blue Sky Farm & Winery from Stamford. For a complete vendor list and events schedule, please see page 7A.

In addition to scheduled presenters, entertainment choices will feature: an all-day petting zoo, a music stage in the NBT Bank parking lot which will feature performances by local favorites Story Laurie and Ira McIntosh at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the Catskill Mountain Boys at noon and 2 p.m. Other free activities include face painting by Karina Marvelina, birdhouse making with the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild, a seed exchange at the Andes Sprouts Society booth, and a half-hour reading of Paddington Bear in the Garden by the Fairview Public Library at 12:30 p.m.
On display will be a gardenFest2012 ice sculpture donated by the School of Culinary Arts, SUNY Delhi.

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