January 22, 2009
Media Contact: Carla Murray, Assistant Director of Marketing
804-358-7166, ext. 315
PROGRAM CALENDAR, MARCH 2009
SPRING! AT MAYMONT
Throughout March, April and May
Maymont springs into spring with an action-packed, wonder-filled season brimming with programs and events for all interests and age groups showcasing every facet of the park and Victorian estate. Get up close and personal with the baby goats, climb aboard the Tram for a special tour, enjoy an in-depth look at the gardens, or chat with a Victorian lady! New this year, Maymont Mansion will highlight a special Victorian entertaining exhibit and offer a series of related programs. Fees vary for activities; some activities are weather-dependent. Call 804-358-7166, ext. 310 for details.
TODDLER TIME AT MAYMONT: SPRING SURPRISES
Four-session programs, Nature Center
I. Mondays, March 2-23, 9:30-10:30am
II. Mondays, March 2-23, 10:45-11:45am
Watch your child blossom at Maymont during some springtime discovery. Each session in this four-week program includes free play in the Discovery Room, a story, craft and visits with Maymont’s turtles, birds, insects and bunnies. You and your toddler might even make a few new friends! Ages 1-4; adult must accompany child. $34 per parent and child/$29 members. Registration begins December 8; call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.
HORTICULTURE HAPPENINGS AT MAYMONT: ROSE PRUNING
Wednesday, March 4, 9-11:30am, Italian Garden
Maymont's horticulturists share their techniques and best-kept secrets for growing beautiful, healthy roses, while you gain hands-on experience pruning roses in Maymont's Italian Garden. Bring your own secatur garden pruners and garden gloves. $20 per person/$15 members. Register by March 3; call 804-358-7166, ext 310.
FAMILY FISH PRINTING AT MAYMONT
Saturday, March 7, 10-11am, Nature Center
I caught a fish this big! Learn Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing, originally used by Japanese anglers to record the size and species of the fish they caught. Discover interesting facts about Virginia’s native fish and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Nature Center aquariums. Maymont provides the fish, paint and two Maymont t-shirts; just bring your imagination and creativity. Adult must accompany child; bring the whole family! $35 per project/$32 members (includes two t-shirts). Register by March 5; call 804-358-7166, ext. 324.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AT MAYMONT
Saturday, March 7, 1-1:30pm, Nature Center
Walk through the “Employees Only” door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center. Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. Ages 5 & up; adult must accompany child. $5 per person/$4 members. Register at the Visitor Center desk on the day of the program (groups of 5 or more must register in advance). For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.
MAYMONT’S ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: REPTILES
Saturday, March 7, 3-3:30pm, Nature Center
How do snakes smell their surroundings? Do turtles have backbones? Slither into the secretive world of reptiles with an encounter that includes fun facts and a close-up glimpse of one of Maymont’s snakes. Ages 5 & up; adult must accompany child. $4 per person/$3 members. Register at the Visitor Center desk on the day of the program. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 324.
MAYMONT’S TODDLERS AT THE FARM
Three-session programs, Children’s Farm Classroom
I. Tuesdays, March 10-24, 9:30-10:15am
II. Tuesdays, March 10-24, 10:30-11:15am
Toddlers will enjoy a story, craft, visit with one of Maymont’s animals, feeding the animals and free play at the farm. Ages 1-4; adult must accompany child. $24 per parent and child/$19 members. Registration begins December 8; call 804-358-7166, ext. 324.
NEW! BEYOND TRANSPORTATION: CARRIAGES IN THE GILDED AGE
A lecture sponsored by the Maymont Council for Conservation, Preservation and Restoration
Wednesday, March 11, 1-3:30pm, Garden Hall
Internationally recognized carriage historian Merri Ferrell will present an illustrated talk on carriages and associated estate outbuildings as signs of wealth and status in America's Gilded Age. Author of “19th Century American Carriages” and numerous published articles, Ferrell served as Curator of the Carriage Collection at the Museums at Stony Brook in Long Island, New York for 20 years and has consulted for major carriage collections in the United States and abroad. $15 per person (includes lunch and lecture). Register by March 9; call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
MAYMONT’S ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: RAPTORS
Saturday, March 14, 1-1:30pm & 3-3:30pm, Eagle Amphitheater
Why are some birds called “raptors?” Can owls see in the dark? Hunt for information about these awesome predators of the sky in an encounter that includes fun facts and a close-up glimpse of some of Maymont’s feathered friends. Ages 5 & up; adult must accompany child. $4 per person/$3 members. Register at the Eagle Plaza concession stand on the day of the program. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.
MAYMONT’S BEHIND THE SCENES AT RAPTOR VALLEY
Saturday March 14, 2-2:30pm, Eagle Amphitheater
Get a behind the scenes look at Raptor Valley’s bird exhibits. Learn some fascinating facts about birds of prey, daily duties of our zoologists, and the needs of our rehabilitated raptors. $5 per person/$4 members. Register at the Eagle Plaza concession stand on the day of the program. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.
EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
Maymont’s Barn Days, originally scheduled for Sundays, March 22 & 29 and April 5 & 19, have been cancelled.
NEW! OVER THE TOP TABLESCAPES AT MAYMONT
Presented by David Pippin
Tuesday, March 24, 6-8pm, Stone Barn
Noted Richmond floral designer David Pippin details the secrets behind creating "Over the Top" tablescapes for home entertaining. A bit of whimsy, a lot of creativity and David’s flare will ensure an entertaining program and do-it yourself know how by the end of the evening. $49 per person. To register, contact University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies at 804-287-6331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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