Saturday 5/31/2014 / 9am-2pm / Freeport, Maine
Activities • Music • Food • Face Painting • Hayrides • Demonstrations
Admission at the Gate: $7 per person (2 and under are free)
50% discount for members of Wolfe’s Neck Farm who pre-register by 7PM on Friday
Proceeds benefit Wolfe’s Neck Farm educational programming
This year’s Spring Festival will continue the tradition of great fun and learning for the whole family right here at the Farm. Music, games, demonstrations and learning activities make the Spring Festival unique with its country setting. There will be opportunities to explore the trails and gardens, interact with the animals, learn about seeds and plants, and try your hand at fiber arts. Come meet our barnyard animals and get up close to a Belted Galloway cow. For younger children, there will be craft activities, face painting, a hay pile and tractors to climb, as well as hayrides and live music. Food will be available for purchase.
Goat Milking – Tractor Demos – Vermicomposting – Chicken Tractors – Horse Handling –Pasture-Raised Sheep – Gardening & Planting – Cow Baths - Making Jam with Univeristy of Maine Cooperative Extension - Beekeeping with Cumberland County Beekeepers Association - Alpacas and Fiber with Abbott Farm Alpacas
Haywagon Rides – Haybale Climb - Chad Little Tractor Climbing - Face Painting – Seed Balls – Kiddie Art – Felting & Carding
Opportunities to meet-and-greet our:
Rabbits – Chickens – Sheep & Lambs – Goats – Cows – (visiting) Horses – Alpacas from Abbot Farm Alpacas
Pizza By Fire: Artisanal Wood-oven Pizza - Local Ingredients - Salads & Appetizers
Good Shepherd Food Truck: Catering for a cause; promoting healthy eating, generating awareness and donations for nutrition and education programs
Wicked Good Food Truck: The “wicked” half of the menu offers treats like chicken and waffles, frito pie, Philly cheesesteaks and breakfast sandwiches. The “good” half of the menu includes vegan dishes.
Kids Gone Raw: “Live. Life. Uncooked.” – Tasty smoothies and dehydrated raw snacks – including incredible kale chips
Treetops Music with Sammie Haynes (9:30 to 10:30)
Sammie Haynes has been writing and performing children’s music since 1990. Her “lively and engaging performances” (Portsmouth Herald) have won her a loyal following locally and nationally. Her recordings have won numerous awards (Parent’s Choice, Film Advisory Award of Excellence and more). Listeners are inspired by her warmth, humor and clever songs about everything from dogs and whistling to rivers and wiggling. This is music with a lot of interaction to delight the whole family!
Earth Jams with Matt Loosigian (11:00 to 11:45 and 12:30 to 1:15)
“I’ve been singing since I first laid eyes on this beautiful world. Music has always been my language and my love. I started Earth Jams as a way to put music back into the hands of the many. We express our souls through singing, and the gift of making music belongs to everyone. Through song, Earth Jams teaches, excites and empowers people to live in a peaceful way with each other and with this earth we share. Have fun and sing on!”
Volunteering: Many hands are needed to create this wonderful event, and we are offering a free family admission in exchange for two-hour volunteer shifts. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you at the Farm!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Wolfe’s Neck Farm
184 Burnett Road
Freeport, Maine 04032
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Saturday 5/31/2014 / 11am – 5pm / Manchester, Maine
Come on in Saturday for a FREE ROUND OF MINI GOLF while T’s Golf celebrates the GRAND RE-OPENING of their newly recarpeted/renovated course. The mini golf is FREE from 11 am-5pm. "Trucking Good Food" will be there all day selling burgers, hotdogs & fries while "fresh Ella's" ice cream bus will be on hand from 2pm on, selling cones, sundaes, pops etc.! Fun for the whole family on route 202 in Manchester.
More at http://www.tsgolfonline.com or Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ts-Golf-Academy/139592196096921
Saturday 5/31/2014-Sunday 6/1/2014 / Statewide
Info Courtesy of the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife & Emily MacCabe
On Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1 the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is promoting free fishing days to encourage people to get out and enjoy Maine’s waterways. This free fishing event is open to any person except those whose license has been revoked or suspended. All fishing regulations apply. For a complete list of fishing regulations, including limits and sizes, visit http://www.mefishwildlife.com
What better opportunity to introduce a youngster to the sport?
Here are some tips for taking kids fishing for the first time:
First, understand that fishing with children is not the same as fishing with your buddies. The trip needs to be centered on them. In fact, I recommend you leave your fishing equipment at home so you can focus solely on assisting them with their own.
Keep it simple. Use a basic spincasting rod/reel combo such as a good ol’ Zebco 22. Look for one with a smaller reel so their hands can comfortably control the “button” to release the line. Fish with a bobber, a hook and a worm and target species such as perch, bass, crappie or other pan fish that are often easy to catch and abundant. Consider saving the trout fishing for a trip later on.
Make it a shore thing. If you fish on shore kiddos have the freedom to move around and don’t feel isolated or confined, which will surely lead to boredom quickly. If they want to take a break, let them take a break! Chase butterflies, tadpoles, splash in the water; if they’re having fun in the outdoors then the trip is a success.
Make sure you teach skills. Allow them to do as much of the work as they are willing or able to do. Teach them how to put the worm on the hook, how to cast properly and accurately, and even how to handle their fish. If they are game right away, make sure you explain what you’re doing while they watch. If they’re really not interested then take a break and go throw a frisbee around for a minute.
The goal is that eventually they will have the skills and independence to enjoy fishing on their own.
Stress the importance of safety. Teach them to look around before each cast and always be aware of where their hook is. Also, I suggest making sure you both wear a hat with visor and eye protection (sunglasses or youth size shooting glasses work great). It’s not a bad idea to have them wear a PFD even on shore if they’re nervous around the water or they are not a strong swimmer.
Most importantly, be relaxed and make it fun. As you head out leave behind the tension and take along an open mind and a lot of patience. Don’t measure the success of your trip by the number of casts made or fish caught. Remember to praise children for their patience and cooperation and do what you need to do to make the day a positive memory even if that means stopping for a special treat on the way home.
I hope you take the opportunity to head outdoors with a young person in your life and discover all there is to benefit from fishing as a family.
For more information about fishing as a family check out www.takemefishing.org. Learn more about Maine’s Hooked on Fishing program by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.