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Friday, September 20, 2013

Boxerwood Fall Family Festival Postponed to Sunday Sept 22nd

This morning it appears that the weather forecast for Saturday the 21st has deteriorated further.  Differing sites are calling for 80 to 90% chance of thunderstorms and additionally predicting that these will come in the form of a front that will approach earlier in the afternoon.

Based on this latest forecast, we have decided to postpone the Fall Family Festival until the next day, Sunday September 22 from 1pm to 5pm.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope that every one that intended to come will still be able to join us.  This is just one of the challenges of working in nature.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Final Music In The Garden Event Friday Sept. 13

Boxerwood will be hosting its final edition of "Music In The Garden" this Friday at the Meadow Stage.  This free event will feature the Coprolite Band which is made up of a group of "Jurassic Rocking" VMI professors.  They play a lot of older rock music that is just fun to dance to.

The fun begins around 5:30pm and ends before 8pm.  So bring a packed dinner and a blanket or chairs to join us for one last blast of summer.

The Coprolite Band

Fall Family Festival On September 21

Get Down ‘n Dirty at Boxerwood’s Fall Family Festival on September 21
Celebrate the turning of the seasons next Saturday afternoon, September 21, at Boxerwood’s 14th annual Fall Family Festival from 1-5. The nature center will host a variety of fun, educational activities, including an archaeology field station and a ukulele jam on the meadow stage.

Washington and Lee Archaeology Program will set up an outdoor lab where kids can dig and sift soil to recover genuine artifacts from a local dig site, then wash and identify them. The material comes from a midden, or trash pile, from the 1800’s discovered behind the old Robinson Hall dormitory during recent construction.

Other hands-dirty activities include a watershed mini-quest, traversing Boxerwood in search of clues to where water has been and what it has done; digging in a Worm World; and making clay pinch pots and beads.  Festival activities will also include traditional favorites, like pressing apples and weaving honeysuckle head-wreaths.

At 3pm, members of the RCHS Ukulele Club will perform on the meadow stage. Children and adults who play the ukulele are invited to bring theirs and join the club for a jam session.

For festival-goers who work up an appetite, fresh cider and donuts will be available for purchase throughout the day and members of the Lexington Moms Club are baking desserts to help support Boxerwood’s environmental education programs. The SPCA will also be on site, bringing pets in need of families to adopt them.

Admission to the Fall Family Festival is free for Boxerwood members and $5 per carload for non-members (refunded for families that join Boxerwood the day of the festival). All activities and the ukulele performance are free.  Entrance fees will help cover festival costs; any extra proceeds will go to support Boxerwood’s education programs for the local schools and upkeep of the garden.
In the event of bad weather, the rain date for this all-outdoor event is Sunday, September 22.  More information about the Fall Family Festival can be found at and on Boxerwood’s Facebook page.