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Don’t Miss Bill Hixson

For the seventh consecutive festive year, all are invited to enjoy more than 100 handmade holiday ornaments by regional artists through the Art Takes a Bough community art project at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.

These beautiful miniature pieces of artwork may be admired and purchased at Buy It Now prices Dec. 5-12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors may also cast their votes for the Peoples Choice Best of Show ornament. They will also be on display and auctioned off during an open house and reception Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m.

Reception guests will also have the opportunity to place silent bids on the artwork and enjoy holiday refreshments and music. Then, at 7 p.m., Bill Hixson, an accomplished floral designer who has helped decorate The White House for the holidays for almost 30 years, will talk about legends and lore surrounding popular, iconic holiday figures, as well as flora and fauna of the season.

Hixsons ornaments will be available for sale and signing.

Proceeds from the ornament auction and sale benefit participating artists, Geauga Park District and Geauga Council for Arts & Culture.

For more information, contact Eileen Smith at 440-279-0829.

Ferns, Fronds & Fiddleheads

Discover the diversity of ferns found in Geauga County, and where the frond and fiddlehead are located on the plant, with a photo-heavy presentation of interesting facts and folklore by nature education coordinator Judy Bradt-Barnhart.

Fun Facts & Folklore About Ferns, Fronds & Fiddleheads takes place Dec. 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.

In addition to assistance in identifying these lush feather plants, Judy will teach how looking at their life cycle and bring fern fossils, club moss and horsetail moss for up-close study.

This joint program with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio will include fern samples and fossils available for viewing. Registration is not required.

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