A Week-Long Festival Celebrating the Beauty and Ecology of our Local Pollinators

Our 2022 Festival of Butterflies & Blooms was a blast! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the fun. If you Stony Kill Farm, and the programs and work we do, please consider making a donation to help keep this wonderful place and our community programs thriving!

2022 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 6th

10 – 11 am
Yoga by the Garden
with Lauren Magarelli from beBhakti Yoga Center
Ages 12+ | $15 | Meets by the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House | Bring a mat and water bottle
A serene class beside the beautiful flowers and butterflies of the Verplanck Perennial Garden. If rain is forecasted, the class will be inside the Learning Center.
11 am – 1 pm
Open Barn | Every Saturday & Sunday through November
All Ages | Free | Stony Kill’s Big Red Livestock Barn
Visit the cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens, and chat with our volunteer barn guides.
7:45 pm
Firefly Exploration: Junior Naturalist Activity
All Ages | Free | Next to the Manor House
Complete the Firefly Junior Naturalist Badge with Stony Kill Educators and make a recycle craft before movie night!
8:30 pm
Outdoor Movie: Flight of the Butterflies
All Ages | Free | Next to the Manor House
Join us for an outdoor screening! “Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.” Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. There will be popcorn! During the movie, artist Hilary Astrid will be live painting a floral artwork.

Sunday, August 7th

11 am
Butterfly ID & Pollinator Plant Walk
with Adrienne Papazian
Ages 16+ | $5 | Meets at the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House
Join pollinator aficionado Adrienne Papazian on an exploration of butterflies and pollinator plants!
11 am – 1 pm
Open Barn | Every Saturday & Sunday through November
All Ages | Free | Stony Kill’s Big Red Livestock Barn
Visit the cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens, and chat with our volunteer barn guides.

Monday, August 8th

10 am
Beginner Quilling
with Naflah Mohammed
Ages 8+ | $5 | Meets at the picnic tables by the Manor House
Learn the art of paper quilling and make a sweet greeting card. Pre-registration required (click here)
5 pm
Bustling Beehives
with Reagan Upshaw
Ages 8+ | $5 | Meets at the Learning Center by the Manor House
Visit the Stony Kill apiary and learn all about beekeeping with one of our resident honeybee experts!

Tuesday, August 9th

3 pm
Summer Stories at the Howland Public Library
PreK – 2nd grade | Free | Meets at the Howland Public Library in Beacon
Join Miss Stephanie in the Children’s Room for a story time celebrating our pollinating friends!

Wednesday, August 10th

10 am – Noon
Community Science: Monitoring Monarchs from Egg to Migration
All Ages | $5 | Meets at the picnic tables by the Manor House
Join Stacey Lynch-Adnams in a community science lesson on the lifecycle of monarch butterflies. We will view monarch eggs, caterpillars, and adults, and collect data together as part of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.

Thursday, August 11th

9:30 am
Beginner Bird Walk
with Alan Peterson from the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club
Ages 12+ | $5 | Meets at the picnic tables by the Manor House
Stony Kill Farm is a popular birding destination with varied habitat for diverse species. Bring your binoculars for a walk around the farm with seasoned birders from the Waterman Bird Club. We will explore many of the farm’s popular birding spots. Some extra binoculars will be available. Limited space available.

Friday, August 12th

9:00 am
Qi-Gong
with Felicia Ballos
Ages 16+ | $5 | Meets at the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House
Join us for an introduction to Qi Gong, a style of Chinese slow-movement exercises, similar to Tai Chi.
11 am to 12:30 pm
Flower Arrangements for Beginners
with Rebecca Cossa
Ages 14+ | $25 | Meets at the picnic tables by the Manor House
Learn how to arrange a beautiful bouquet of summer blooms. Pre-registration required (click here)
8:30 pm
After-Dark Moth Walk
with Margaret Maruschak & Alanna Facchin
All Ages | $5 | Meets at the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House
Join us for an after-hours walk as we search the farm and forest for fluttering night life. Wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers and bring bug spray and a flashlight.

Saturday, August 13th – Morning Activities

10 – 11 am
Yoga by the Garden
with Lauren Magarelli from beBhakti Yoga Center
Ages 12+ | $15 | Meets by the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House | Bring a mat and water bottle
A serene class beside the beautiful flowers and butterflies of the Verplanck Perennial Garden. If rain is forecasted, the class will be inside the Learning Center.
11 am – 1 pm
Open Barn | Every Saturday & Sunday through November
All Ages | Free | Stony Kill’s Big Red Livestock Barn
Visit the cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens, and chat with our volunteer barn guides.

Saturday, August 13th – Evening Finale & Concert! | 4-7:30pm

4 – 6 pm
Hay Rides in the Butterfly Wagon
All Ages | Free | Rides leave from in front of the Manor House
Bounce along in the hay wagon as we pass field and forest and enjoy a jovial afternoon.
4 – 7:30 pm
Activity Tents, Pop-up Shop, Food Truck
All Ages | Free | On the Lawn in front of the Manor House
Butterfly-themed activities for all ages! Pop-up shop, crafts and games, bring a picnic, Food truck by Thailicious
5:30-7:30 pm
Concert on the Lawn*
featuring The Big Band Sound
All Ages | Free | On the Lawn in front of the Manor House | Rain date Aug 14
Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, and blanket, and prepare to dance along and enjoy a relaxing evening of music in a beautiful setting. The Big Band Sound is a 20-piece jazz orchestra that recreates the swinging sounds of the big band era, performing compositions that span an entire century of music.

Thank you 2022 Festival Sponsors!

We are so grateful to our members, donors, and sponsors, whose support allows us to host Butterflies & Blooms and other community festivals at Stony Kill Farm. Our wonderful sponsors who have committed support to this year’s festivals so far include: Adams Fairacre Farms, Antalek & Moore Insurance, Arts Mid-Hudson, Blue Seal Feeds, & Prime Print Shop!

*The finale concert on the lawn is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

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