Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 5, 2002
Harvest Festival 
Agricultural History Farm Park

Celebrate the autumn harvest “down on the farm” and enjoy live entertainment, old time games, unique crafts, farm demonstrations and much more! Fun activities for all ages include hayrides, working sheep dog demonstrations, music, old time children’s games and crafts, hay maze, sheep shearing, antique farm machinery, farm animals, food and lots more.  No pets on site please. For more information, call 301-924-4141 

  • 18400 Muncaster Road
    Derwood, MD  20855
  • 11 am to 4 pm
  • $5 per car. Call for bus rates

Thursday, October 10th through Saturday, October 26th, 2002
Art for Parks  – 
A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Montgomery County’s ParksRockville Arts Place

The Art for Parks Exhibit will be held at the Rockville Arts Place (  100 E. Middle Lane in Rockville from Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 26, 2002.  The Parks Foundation is jointly sponsoring this exhibition with the Washington Society of Landscape Painters (  All paintings will depict park scenes in the county and will be available for sale.  For exhibit hours, call (301) 309-6900.

  • 100 E. Middle Lane
    Rockville, MD 
  • Free admission

Saturday, October 26th, 2002
Harry Potter Campfire
Locust Grove Nature Center

October is a magical month when nature bewitches us with vibrant color and subtle transformations.  Experience its enchantments at our unique campfire for the Friends of Locust Grove members and their families.  Spirited activities for wizards and muggles alike will help us celebrate the charms of autumn.  S’mores and Bertie Bott’s every flavor jelly beans included.  Wands are welcome but leave broomsticks at home.  Must be a Friend of Locust Grove to attend.  New members are welcome!

  • Cabin John Regional  Park
    7777 Democracy Blvd.
    Bethesda, MD 
  • 7 pm to 8 pm
  • $5.00 per family of four

Saturday, November 2, 2002
Maryland State Emancipation Day

Come celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day and enjoy a day of hiking, interpretive events, musical groups cooking demonstrations, and much more at these historical  sites:

Join in a walk that traces a trail of the Underground Railroad, beginning on the grounds of Woodlawn Manor.

  • 16501 Norwood Road
    Sandy Spring, MD 
  • 10 am

Interpretations and refreshments at the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House

  • Corner of Meeting House Road and Maryland Route 108
    Sandy Spring, MD 
  • 11 am to 12 noon

Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery

  • 18524 Brooke Road
    Sandy Spring, MD 
  • Lunch will be available for purchase from “Ribs on the Run,” beginning at noon

Oakley Cabin Museum and Park Open house

  • 3610 Brookeville Road
    Brookeville, MD 
  • Open from 12 noon to 4 pm, with a program from 2pm to 3 pm

Saturday, November 2, 2002 and Sunday, November 3, 2002
7th Annual East Coast All Blacksmith Christmas Show
Agricultural History Farm Park

Demonstrations by members of blacksmith guilds throughout the East Coast.  See metal forging of items from the Early American period to today’s modern styles.  Fireplace tools, towel racks, door knockers, flower hose racks, shepherd’s crook hangers, and other metal gifts are available for purchase.  Hayrides and delicious food are available.  Meet a Civil War Santa at the Civil War encampment.  For more information call 301-670-4661 or 301-253-2084.

  • 18400 Muncaster Road
    Derwood, MD  20855
  • 10 am to 4 pm Rain or shine
  • Free admission

Sunday, November 17, 2002
3rd Annual Montgomery County Marathon in the Parks

Created by the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC), the Montgomery County Marathon in the Parks will showcase one of the most extensive metropolitan parks systems in the country while providing runners with a competitive, top-notch race. The marathon is limited to 2000 runners. The Marathon in the Parks is more than a 26.2 mile foot race, it is a simultaneous celebration of running, nature, and community in the place where all three come together every day – Montgomery County, Maryland! For more information and to register, visit the Marathon in the Parks web site at: 

Saturday, December 21, 2002
Victorian Holiday and Crafting Party
Locust Grove Nature Center

Mother Nature can be a tremendous inspiration during the holiday season.  Join us as we feast on cakes and hot chocolate.  For holiday gift giving we will make crafts and cards that Queen Victoria herself would be proud to receive.  We invite you to share the holiday spirit with us as we explore this historical period. 

  • Cabin John Regional  Park
    7777 Democracy Blvd.
    Bethesda, MD 
  • 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Ages 7 – 12 (under 8 must be accompanied by adult)
  • Fee: $10.00; Friends of Locust Grove – $8.00

The Nutshell News
A Calendar of Nature Center Events

Published by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is a bi-monthly publication which lists Nature Center events for adults and children. If you want to know what’s happening at your favorite Nature Center, please visit: