On Sunday, May 4th from Noon until 5 pm, brand new shows and old favorites will make the16th Annual Bayonet Farm Earth Day Festival the best event of Holmdel’s spring calendar!
The Earth Day Festival, Parking, Shows, Exhibits, Tours and Crafts-for-Kids are all free! Head for the Welcome Center to receive a free schedule map, door prize entry and Harding House Tour tickets!
· Mammal Mania will excite and educate kids of all ages with its furry creatures and the Farm Friends Petting Zoo returns to thrill the littlest of our visitors! (There is a nominal fee for the Petting Zoo.)
· New Jersey American Water will present “Everything Water!” and have their trusty Puddles Van on hand. (Bring your refillable water bottle!)
· Get up close with threatened Honey Bees via an Observation Hive and learn why these tiny dynamos are so important to Earthlings beyond the breakfast table!
· Holmdel’s Finest K-9 Officers return to demonstrate their brave maneuvers at their own agility facility at Bayonet Farm.
Continuous folk-rock performances all afternoon in the Grey Star Barn! Thanks to these wonderful musicians who donate their talents to help Mother Earth!
Festival Sponsors Citizens for Informed Land Use and Holmdel Environmental Commission are among the Holmdel-based exhibitors, including Friends Of Holmdel Open Space, Shade Tree Committee, Green Team, ECO Club, Girl Scouts, Historical Society and more.
S*T*A*R* Astronomy Club will have special telescopes to witness Solar Flares! Other organizations that will help you “Go Green” include Citizens for Climate Lobby, Sierra Club, Monmouth County Master Gardeners and Composters.
Always a hit is the Pet Adoption Network with their kittens, cats and the occasional pup: come meet your new best friend!
Holmdel Village and Indian Hill Schools will have an Earth Day Art Exhibit.
Take a Guided Tour through the elegant Harding House, home of open space activist and philanthropist, Laura Harding. Purchased by this former actress in the early 1930’s, the historic structure hosted movie stars of the day! The tours are free but very limited; please get a Harding House Tour Ticket early, at the Welcome Center.
Tours of the glorious Bayonet Farm property are also given regularly; no ticket necessary. Please sign up at the Friends of Holmdel Open Space exhibit table.
Rain or Shine: COME HUNGRY!
Rain or shine, the Earth Day Festival is fun! All shows take place in lovely 75-year old barns on the property. This ever-growing springtime mainstay hosted 1,000 guests of all ages, last year. Come hungry - and support future Festivals – by having a delicious lunch at the Red Barn Deli, where renowned homemade sandwiches are featured, and visit the Olde Fashioned Bakery to enjoy fresh cookies, cakes and breads to take home! Alex’s Lemonade Stand will be on site, too. Beautiful tee shirts proclaiming your affiliation with Holmdel’s most bucolic park, Bayonet Farm, will be available.
Join former Holmdel Mayor Larry Fink as he leads a hike through Ramanessin Brook Nature Trail, the former “Chase Tract.” This is a moderate, hilly hike over some of the most beautiful parkland in the county; it ends at Bayonet Farm in time for the Festival. Hikers will meet at Holmdel Park lower parking lot, near the large Shed adjacent to the pond at 10am.
Bayonet Farm is located at 41 Middletown Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733. For more information, please call Carol at 732-946-9064. Please note: this is a free and non-commercial Festival. Vendors, please do not call.