Over the weekend, we visited a wonderful festival for the first time. It was held in a town that is approximately 45 minutes from our home. We had never even heard of this festival before, but were informed of it’s existence by a Facebook friend. After looking into it, we decided to give it a shot. What a great decision that was!
We attended the Ned Smith Arts & Nature Festival in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. We visited the Ned Smith Center first where we found an art gallery, some local honey for sale, a working bee hive and a beautiful trail. We then took the shuttle to the festival itself. Side note: Shuttle drivers should NOT talk on their cell phones when driving, especially drivers that are over the age of 95.
We walked over a suspension bridge to get to the festival. (Not my favorite part) But once there, our senses were flooded with sights, sounds and smells. The festival was filled with vendors, music, food, demonstrations, presentations and tons of people having a great time.
We sat through the presentation “Wild Edible Plants” and learned a few things. I was so very distracted by the bug in the speakers hair, that I learned nothing for the first 15 minutes until the insect took flight elsewhere.
We listened to a great band perform while munching on pretty much the best french fries ever.
We learned all about local wildlife.
There was a tin can row set up for the kids to make their own music with sticks. Some loved it, others not so much.
Our favorite was learning how to make syrup out of Shagbark Oak trees. Fascinating and quite delicious.
The location was perfect. It was in a park along the river under tall shade trees. So despite the soaring temperatures, the festival remained nice and cool. We ended up spending about four or five hours there and enjoyed every minute.
Lesson is…we should all learn more about the wonderful things that are offered in our own areas. We should then take advantage of said wonderful things. You never know what treasures are in your own backyard until you dig. And for goodness sakes…have some fun!