Holiday Ornaments for Backyard Wildlife (kids!): Sat. Dec. 14, 2013

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HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS FOR BACKYARD WILDLIFE
Saturday, December 14 (Kids)
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Birds and other critters often need extra food in the winter for fuel and warmth. Children will enjoy making tasty delights such as peanut butter pinecone feeders and popcorn-cranberry garlands that will attract birds and wildlife to your backyard. All materials will be provided. Cost: members’ children $3; non-members children $5. Please register by December 13. Phone 601-799-2311 to sign up today!

Attention: Arboretum Volunteers needed to assist Ms. Drackett with the class. Contact 601-799-2311 to sign up. Find out about our Volunteer Program.

Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

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Residential Soil Testing: Get Prepared for Spring Planting! Sat. Dec. 14, 2013

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RESIDENTIAL SOIL TESTING: GET PREPARED FOR SPRING PLANTING!
Saturday, December 14
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Winter is a good time to have your soil tested to prepare for spring planting. Pearl River County Extension Agent, Eddie M. L. Smith, will discuss the importance of soil testing. Participants will also learn about the different soils located here in Pearl River County. Program is free to members and $5 for non-members. Register by December 13. Call 601-799-2311 to sign up today!

Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

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Come Rain or Come Shine, We Had a Grand Time: Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Last Friday and Saturday November 15 & 16, 2013 was the 11th annual Piney Woods Heritage Festival. Friday was our day for school children and Saturday was a public day.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Exhibitors with information and demonstrations related to old-timey crafts and skills, particularly of the Piney Woods region, were on hand to not only display but talk about their materials. Below Bob Rouse discusses his Piney Woods Cattle breed.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Indian Summer entertained the Friday guests with live music on Pinecote Pavilion.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Will Sullivan, from the Picayune Item, demonstrated fly fishing on the Piney Woods Pond and answered questions from viewers.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Many of our exhibitors, such as Richard Scott who brings his 1840’s shaving horse, have hand-crafted items for sale and are eager to demonstrate and talk about their skill.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

I love the smell of leatherwork and Sherry from Plantation Gaits Saddlery does a wonderful job explaining her craft to children and adults.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The Greater Picayune Arts Council had several tables of artists with old-timey crafts for the children including corn husk painting and puppet-making.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

John Houston brought members of his wood carving class so you could not only learn about wood carving, but you could watch wood carvers in action and purchase items to take home.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Many folks enjoyed fresh, hot kettle corn in a variety of flavors from RC Sweet and Salty Kettlecorn.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Indoors folks could admire the beautiful quilting work of the Picayune Piecemakers.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The Arboretum is always thankful to have members of the Gulf Coast Blacksmith Association donate their time to demonstrate their skill. They will be back in January for our annual FORGE DAY.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Those who needed to take a rest found a welcome smile with Ms. Chocolate’s Storytelling. Storytelling in a creative art that allows us to preserve our cultural heritage.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Unique Woodworks has many beautifully crafted wood products, made locally in Slidell. Mr. McHenry also creates beautiful furniture for the home.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The Arboretum was lucky to have some very wonderful Volunteers who greeted arriving visitors out front, who worked the Silent Auction, led school groups to the festival from out front, assisted with setup and breakdown and worked the Arboretum Volunteer information table. Not to mention Volunteers who donate their time exhibiting or playing music. Below Lillie Burton welcomes visitors to the Silent Auction on Saturday.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

There are too many images to list and discuss each one but please view a couple hundred I captured during the weekend, below:

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Be sure to look for our announcement for the 12th annual festival November 2014.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2013, November. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Sign up to be on our email listserv for news and updates by emailing a request to rstafne@ext.msstate.edu.

Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

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Crosby Arboretum Annual Open House December 7, 2013

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ARBORETUM OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, Dec. 7
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Please join us for the Arboretum’s annual holiday open house celebration. Come browse the gift shop, and the work of local artisans and craftspersons. Light refreshments will be served. Program is free and open to the public.

View our post-event blog post from 2012.

Arboretum Volunteers will decorate for Open House on Friday December 6 8:30-11:30 a.m. See images from last year’s decorating. If you would like to Volunteer, please contact Cathy Bordelon at 601-799-2311 ext 104 or visit the Volunteer webpage.

Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

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11th annual Piney Woods Heritage Festival Exhibitors Announced

On Friday and Saturday November 15 and 16, 2013, the 11th annual Piney Woods Heritage Festival will take place at The Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, MS. Our event uses many Volunteers. If you would like to be an Arboretum Volunteer, please call us at 601-799-2311.

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Friday is a school day from 10am-2pm and Saturday is for the general public from 10am-4pm.

PINEY WOODS HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Friday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Schools)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Public)
Celebrate the early days of the Piney Woods in this 11th annual festival with exhibits and demonstrations of traditional skills such as blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, basket-making, and more. Friday open to preregistered school groups, $2 per child; free to teachers/chaperones, and bus drivers. Saturday live music performances in the Pinecote Pavilion. Call 601-799-2311 to register school groups. Saturday admission adults $5, children $2. Silent Auction on Saturday in Pinecote Pavilion.

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Some of our exhibitors will have items for sale, so bring your wallets to support local artisans and pick up some great gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

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We are still trying to find a food vendor for one or both days. Please call the Arboretum 601-799-2311 if you are interested. We do not have any FEES for exhibitors or vendors. Ideally we would like to have roasted corn, boiled peanuts, kettle corn, pork rinds, turkey legs, candied apples, etc. Something with an old-timey feel. Plus beverages.

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The following exhibitors/musicians have been confirmed:
Organization Type of Craft Friday (yes/no) Saturday (yes/no)
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Wildlife Demonstrations YES YES
Plantation Gaits Saddlery Leather Goods YES YES
Mississippi State University Extension Service Pine needle baskets Yes Yes
Jordan River Band Old time music NO YES
Pine Needle Baskets Longleaf pine needle baskets Yes Yes
GPAC Greater Picayune Arts Council Corn Husk Dolls, Old Fashioned Pin Cushions, Rag Dolls Yes Yes
Wood Carver Woodcarving YES YES
Pearl Strings Dulcimer Group Playing the dulcimer No YES
Unique Woodworks cypress lawn furniture, bird houses Yes Yes
Indian Summer 2 person old timey music. YES NO
Bob Rouse’s Piney Woods Cattle Piney Woods Cattle Yes Yes
Hazel and the Delta Ramblers Music No YES
Have Shaving Horse Will Travel Use of 19th century shaving horse, knives and a frog to make paddles, canes, spoons, sling shots, etc No YES
Myra’s Jams and Jellies Jellies No YES
MSU Center for Educational and Training Technology Tree Rings Table: calculating tree rings YES NO
Will Sullivan’s Flyfishing Flyfishing Demo Yes No
Picayune Piecemakers Quilt Guild Quilting Yes Yes
MSU Extension Service: canning information canning Yes Yes
PRC History and Geneology No Yes
Ms. Chocolate the Story-Teller Story-telling Yes YES

We are awaiting confirmation on a few more exhibitors too!

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2012. Image by Sr Curator RStafne

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2012. Image by Sr Curator RStafne

Ms. Laura Ousset and Ms. Barbara Lane will perform as Indian Summer Friday morning in Pinecote Pavilion 10am-2pm.

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Piney Woods Heritage Fest Nov16_2012RStafne

The Pearl Strings Dulcimer Group will perform Saturday in the circle loop of exhibitors from 10am-4pm.

Pearl Strings Dulcimer Group at The Crosby Arboretum. Image by Sr Curator R. Stafne

Pearl Strings Dulcimer Group at The Crosby Arboretum. Image by Sr Curator R. Stafne

The Jordan River Band will perform Saturday from 12:30-1:30 in Pinecote Pavilion.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2011. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2011. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.



Hazel and the Delta Ramblers
will perform Saturday from 2-4pm with a break about 3pm for the announcement of the Silent Auction winners! Yes, don’t forget folks, we will have a Silent Auction on Saturday!

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2011. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Piney Woods Heritage Festival 2011. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

If you know of anyone who can do cheese making, candle making, cane syrup making, grape pressing, etc. we are looking for them!
Help us preserve the heritage of the Piney Woods!

See you at the Festival,
Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

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Tree Care in the Home Landscape, Sat. Nov. 2, 2013

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TREE CARE IN THE HOME LANDSCAPE

Saturday, November 2 (Adults)
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Dr. Jason Gordon, MSU Extension Community Forestry Specialist and Certified Arborist, will discuss planning and caring for trees around the home. Topics include the homeowner’s purpose for planting the tree, soil conditions, tree location, species growth and form, and undesirable species traits. Dr. Gordon will also discuss tree pruning and maintenance, which is an unavoidable task that homeowners should include in their evaluation of a tree. Members free; non-members $5. Register by November 1.

To register, please call 601-799-2311.

Take care of your trees and they will take care of you!

A perfect pine for tree hugging, along the Pond Journey. April_24_2012 WalkAround. Image by R Stafn

A perfect pine for tree hugging, along the Pond Journey. April_24_2012 WalkAround. Image by R Stafn

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Native Bees and Other Pollinators, Fri. Nov. 1, 2013

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NATIVE BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS
Friday, November 1 (Adults)
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Join Dr. Blair Sampson, USDA/ARS Research Entomologist at the USDA/ARS Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville for an informative discussion of the valuable role that native bees play in the pollination of flowering plants, our world’s food supply, and the to the ecological health of our planet. Learn how you can encourage bees and other native pollinators to visit your home garden.. Bring a sandwich and make a date with a friend for Friday lunch at the Arboretum. Members free; non-members $5. Please register by October 31. Call 601-799-2311 to sign up!

Dr. Blair Sampson (left) with PRC County Extension Agent Eddie Smith (right) at Bugfest 2013

Dr. Blair Sampson (left) with PRC County Extension Agent Eddie Smith (right) at Bugfest 2013

Honey bee at the Arboretum. Image by Sr Curator R Stafne

Honey bee at the Arboretum. Image by Sr Curator R Stafne

It just so happens, this fine lecture will be immediately following the November Volunteer meeting. Volunteers will be folding, sealing and labeling the Winter News Journal for mailing. Come on our and join the fun. Sign up to become an Arboretum Volunteer!

Don’t BEE a stranger! Come out and see us.

Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

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Painted Pumpkins for kids Sat. Oct. 19, 2013

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BOO! Space still available for Painted Pumpkins!

We are also looking for Arboretum Volunteers to assist with setup and pumpkin purchase on Friday October 18 as well as assisting on Saturday October 19. For information contact Richelle Stafne rstafne@ext.msstate.edu or phone 601-799-2311

Read our previous blog post about the Painted Pumpkins class.

Sr. Curator,
R. Stafne

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Crosby Arboretum 7th Annual BUGFEST was a GINORMOUS Success!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Last Friday and Saturday, The Crosby Arboretum hosted the 7th annual BUGFEST! The two day event attracted about 1000 visitors, the highest Bugfest in Arboretum history.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

With only a few staff members and a handful of Arboretum Volunteers, it was amazing that the event was pulled off so well. The visitor parking lot was filled both days and overflow parking had to be used.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.


Thank you to everyone who showed patience with parking and admissions.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The event, while coordinated by MSU Crosby Arboretum, is held mostly due to the participation of MSU Associate Extension Professor Dr. John Guyton. He and his graduate and undergraduate students, not to mention past Bugcampers, work to introduce visitors young and old to insect collecting and identification.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

On Friday morning, visitors were greeted by Arboretum Volunteers and ushered to the Gift Shop for admission. Arboretum Volunteer Jean MacInnis worked hard leading groups from the front back to the event.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Guests ventured from the Visitor Parking lot through the Arrival Journey (woods).

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

After paying and getting their hand stamped, it was off to the exhibits!

Buddy Broadway, local beekeeper, answered questions and talked to folks about bees, honey and beekeeping.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The USDA APHIS housed in Biloxi, Mississippi presented information on invasive insects and those that are a threat to Mississippi.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Slush Factory Snoballs provided cool, tasty snoball treats for just a couple bucks!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Harriet Greulich had tables of insect-related crafts for children to create. Ms. Greulich, an Arboretum Volunteer, was one of two who represented the Greater Picayune Area Arts Council.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

After arriving, Friday guests were seated for a brief orientation that included instruction on the proper use of the insect collecting equipment.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

From there they checked out equipment in groups of three from Crosby Arboretum Volunteers. Arboretum Volunteers and staff prepared and filled jars for collecting during September.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Visitors strolled the Arboretum trails looking for insects in all sorts of places. These children in the image below were viewed collecting across the Piney Woods Pond.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Children had fun practicing “sweeping” with their nets, even when they didn’t catch many “bugs”.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Once they were finished collecting, they returned to the Pinecote Pavilion to have their collected insects identified ,and in most cases, pinned.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Live collection and ID with a return to the Arboretum was also an option for those not interested in killing and pinning insects.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

I saw many wonderful pinned collections. Everyone was able to take home their “pinned insects” on foam core mounted boards that were cut last Sunday by Arboretum Staff Member Terry Johnson.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Many fine insect collections were available for guests to view and admire!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The USDA ARS was represented by Dr. Blair Sampson who assisted with id and collections.

A live, active beehive was available for viewing and visitors could ask questions of an MSU Extension Associate.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Friday night and Saturday morning Arboretum Volunteer and area teacher Mary Cordray hosted the Buggy Midway with fun activities for children! Arboretum Volunteers assisted.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The Children’s Medical Group provided information on insect stings and bites.

Friday night in the Pinecote Pavilion was breathtaking and fun.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Viewing the insect collections at night was perhaps even more beautiful than during the day!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Dr. Guyton brought cool commemorative t-shirts that sold for $20.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The roach races brought lots of excitement. Folks gathered around the Portentosa Speedway! Volunteers conducted the roach races every so many minutes Friday evening and Saturday. (would you like to Volunteer to run the roach races next September 2014? Contact me next summer!)

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

I laughed myself silly when I learned that portentosa is the species name for Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (the roaches being raced).
Their scientific name is Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa).

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Where else can you cheer on roaches in a ROACH RACE AND perhaps adopt the winner?

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Saturday, Crystie Baker with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science had a table and talked about insects and insect predators such as bats and toads. Kids could also create a pipe-cleaner butterfly to take home.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The Audubon Nature Institute BUGMOBILE was at the Arboretum on Saturday morning.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

The Audubon staff did a wonderful job engaging the audience.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

The Bugmobile was made possible by the generous donations of two Arboretum Foundation Board Members: Ruth Cook and Fay Bright. THANK YOU! (Interested in helping out with educational opportunities through a donation? Call Pat Drackett, Arboretum Director 601-799-2311).

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Hungry? Not if you stopped by Saturday afternoon! Dr. Guyton cooked up meal worms in rice and folks could get a free sample of the yummy creations. (Yes, I did taste some too.)

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Dr. and Mrs. Peggy Guyton created a “photo stand-in” and a grasshopper sign for our event. THANK YOU!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

It was a great event for families:

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

First timers:

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7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

And frequent visitors of the Arboretum alike:

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

I would like to thank the following Crosby Arboretum Volunteers for their hard work preparing for and working this annual event: Robin Craft, Lillie Burton, Amy LeMien, Brenda Myers, Diane Lafferty, Mary Cordray, Harriet Greulich, Cindy & Dick Murchison, Sue Stine, Heidi Forgione (and son Mickey), Tim Chastain (and son Nick), Paul and Jean MacInnis,Teri Borne and Reba Beebe (Arboretum Foundation Board Member). I sure hope I didn’t miss anyone.

Many of us put in 13-14 hours on Friday. It was a lot of work, but a good time. If you would like to be an exhibitor with a table or Volunteer to help out next year, please contact me at 601-799-2311 ext 101 or rstafne@ext.msstate.edu.

Please enjoy this slideshow of ~150images that I captured Friday and Saturday:

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I will try to get video posted to our Youtube channel by the end of the week.

Lastly, here is a photo of me greeting newly arriving guests on Friday.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

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Express Yourself with Garden Art. Fri. Oct 4. 11:00 a.m.

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EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH GARDEN ART
Friday, October 4 (Adults)
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
The garden is the perfect setting for having a little fun with garden art. It’s pretty safe to assume that everyone has seen a bed frame planted with flowering annuals, also called a flower bed. Join Dr. Gary Bachman, MSU associate horticulture professor and Host of Southern Gardening as he explores ways to express yourself in the garden using “art”. Bring a sandwich and make a date with a friend for Friday lunch at the Arboretum. Members free; non-members $5. Please register by October 3.

Before the lecture we will have a VOLUNTEER MEETING at 9:00 a.m. Come on out and join the fun. To sign up to be a Volunteer, fill out an application form.

Volunteers work in the Arboretum Butterfly Garden, May 2013. Image by Sr. Curator R. Stafne

Volunteers work in the Arboretum Butterfly Garden, May 2013. Image by Sr. Curator R. Stafne

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