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Baldwin City to have annual wine celebration; Fiber to Farm Festival to tour Douglas County farms; Eudora event to give away oak trees


Two events, the Farm to Fiber Festival and the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine Fest, will put the Earth Day focus on unique agricultural pursuits in the area.

Rain is forecast from Friday evening through Saturday morning, but it should not affect the Wine Fest, Baldwin City chamber director Jeannette Blackmar said. The event is scheduled for 4 to 8 pm. Saturday at Joe Spurgeon Park, 710 High St., when, hopefully, the rain has moved on, she said. The site will be dry, nonetheless, because a large tent is being put up Thursday in what is known as the Lotatorium.

The Wine Fest will feature wine sampling from Haven Pointe, Holy-Field and White Tail Run wineries, Blackmar said. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are good for at least six samples from the vendors. Food baskets and live entertainment also will be available.

Tickets are available at the chamber office, 718 High St., or in advance online at baldwincitychamber.com.

The event will coincide with an exhibit of fiber art and the opening of a Baker University student art show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lumberyard Arts Center just west of the Lotatorium.

The fiber art show will tie Saturday evening’s downtown activities to the Farm to Fiber Festival planned for Baldwin City area farms earlier in the day.

The first Farm to Fiber Festival is actually part festival and part tour of three southern Douglas County farms with fiber-producing animals. The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Light Center retreat of Robin Goff. The Light Center features a converted barn, sweat lodge and yurt at 1542 Woodson Road on the Douglas-Franklin county line. Saturday’s Farm to Fiber Festival will highlight the center's agricultural side. Goff said rabbits, goats, sheep and hybrid alpacas will be on display, as well as demonstrations of felting and drop-spindle classes.

About 1 p.m., the tour will travel to the nearby Little Hawk Farm, 127 East 900 Road, which belongs to Ruth and Justin Hawkins. Ruth Hawkins said the stop will include viewing of the Pygora goats and French Angora rabbits raised on the farm.

The final stop on the tour will be just south of Baldwin City at Claudia Hey’s Ad Astra Alpacas farm and store, 168 East 1700 Road, where tour members will be treated to more demonstrations, Goff said.

Online pre-registrations for the tour can be made through the Farm to Fiber Fest 2017 Facebook page or by calling Goff at 785-255-4583.

The Douglas County Community Foundation will have a free workshop on professional development for nonprofit board members from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Dance Cafe, 711 High St.

The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce will continue its coffee and conversation series on local issues from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Homestead Kitchen and Bakery, 719 Eighth St. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden and city community development director Ed Courton will speak on growth.

The Eudora High School Student Council in association with the Community Blood Center will have a blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school commons, 2203 Church St.

With the arrival of spring and the garden season, the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department is teaming with community master gardeners to present “Let's Get Growing” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm St. The first 40 residents attending the event will receive a free red oak tree courtesy of the National Arbor Day Foundation and the city of Eudora.

Master Gardener presentations will include Jill Kleinberg on native plants, Jon Standing on trees and tree care, Sara Dinges on vegetable gardening, and Sharon Ashworth on becoming a Master Gardener.


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