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Summer Solstice Spicebush Celebration

Summer Solstice Spicebush Celebration

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Time: Noon to 10pm

Location: Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens, OH

Contact: Chris Chmiel

Phone: 740-678-6060

Jun 23 2012

2nd Annual Summer Solstice Spicebush Celebration

Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens, Ohio
12 noon – 10 pm
$5.00 for adults, free for kids 12 & under


Last year we teamed up with Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery for the first ever spicebush celebration.  We’re partnering with the Dairy Barn this summer to expand into a family-friendly event with more workshops, music and other activities.  Check it out if you're in town for Ohio Brew Week!

What’s Happening When
Spicebush Basics by Chris Chmiel, Integration Acres Ltd.
Learn howto identify, harvest and preserve this native shrub.

1:00 pm 
Spicebush Beer by Garin Wright, Buckeye Brewing Company, Cleveland, and a brewer Jackie O’s, Athens
Hear how these brewmasters crafted their unique spicebush beers.

1:30 pm
Spicebush Swallowtail Butterflies by Loraine McCosker, Athens’ Chapter of the Ohio Sierra Club

2:00 pm
Spicebush Berry Gin by Kelly Sauber, Dancing Tree Distillery

3:00 pm 
Spicebush in the Landscape by Mason Chambers, Five Springs Farm
Plant a few spicebush shrubs in the yard at the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

3:30 pm 
Spicebush Cook-off
This is an open cook-off featuring fresh or dried spicewood or dried spicebush berries.  Bring at least three samples for the judges to try or more for the crowd to sample if you’d like.  Judges are Eric LeMay, Assistant Professor, Ohio University English Department; Michelle Wasserman of Casa Nueva Restaurant;  and Natalie Woodroofe of the 30-Mile Meal project.  Prizes will be awarded for the top three spicebush delicacies.  Please bring a recipe card for your entry.

Musical Line-up
12:00 pm
Liz Pahl and Friends 

1:30 pm
Coal Fired Bicycle

3:00 pm

4:30 pm
Controlled Folly

5:15 pm

6:00 pm
Wormz & the Decomposers 

8:00 pm
Lennon Orchestra  


All Day

For the kids: Solid Ground Farm/Rising Appalachian Warriors will have outdoor activities including challenge initiatives and mini obstacle course, sword making and boffing battles, field games and contests, martial arts and parkour, water balloons, arts and crafts, music and more.  There will also be a bounce house from Athens Inflatables, plus volleyball, cornhole, and other games throughout the day.  12 noon – 8 pm

Balloon fun:  Patty Mitchell and Robert Lockheed of Collaborative Arts will be on site from 5 -  6 pm with balloons to twist and turn into fun hats and more.

Art VendorsAmanda Buchanan (silver and glass); Nancy Baur (recycled fiber); Allyson Horsley/Craving Green (recycled products)Nalnee Khureya (jewelry); Marlene L'Abbe (tile art & painting); Virginia Sustarsic (photography); Laurie Vancouver (ceramics); Michael West (wood)

Food Vendors:  A-Town Pies & Fries; Burrito Buggy; Sol Restaurant; Integration Acres

Community Organizations:  The Athens Water Project; 30-Mile Meal

BusinessesThird Sun Solar


Spicebush Beer Garden
Enjoy original craft beers from Jackie O’s (Golden Spice Ale featuring the dried spicebush leaves and twigs) and and Buckeye Brewing Company (a Belgian-style Witbier (Wheat) brewed with lemon peel and spicebush berries).  


For more info on the event, contact 740-698-6060 or info@integrationacres.com.