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        2014- Special Events Calendar

May 16, 17, 18: HERB FESTIVAL at Green Briar from 10 am - 4 pm. Our 33rd annual Herb Festival features an extensive plant sale (herbs, perennials, wildflowers, everlastings and annuals), exhibits, garden walks and a delightful luncheon accented with herbs. Paid reservations required for luncheon and lectures. Please call (508)888-6870.  

DAY at Green Briar from 10 am - 4 pm.  Enjoy fresh strawberries in a homemade dessert served in the historic 1903 Jam Kitchen and view old fashioned strawberry jam making from 11am-2pm. Fee for dessert is $4.00. Sample jam tastings in our gift shop. Browse among the used book sale. Visit the resident animals, stroll the paths of the Wildflower Garden or walk the trails of the Old Briar Patch.

June 20: ANNUAL MEETING at Green Briar at 6pm
The Annual Meeting of the Thornton W. Burgess Society will be held in the Putnam Education Building at Green Briar. All members are invited. Program and light refreshments will follow a brief meeting. Please call the office at 508-888-6870 for further details available in June.

in Sandwich from 10 am - 4 pm.  GARDEN TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

August 2:   BLUEBERRY DAY at Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen from 10 am to 4 pm.  Celebrate our native blueberry at the height of the season. Enjoy a special homemade blueberry dessert served in the historic Green Briar Jam Kitchen along with a demonstration of blueberry jam making from 11am-2pm. Desserts are $4.00. Spend some time enjoying all that Green Briar has to offer.  Special Demonstration from 1:00-3:00pm by P.J. Hamel, author of the King Arthur Flour cookbooks and long-time King Arthur test kitchen baker. Ms. Hamel demonstrates fast and easy cream shortcakes, scones and Welsh cakes- all the perfect base for your tasty, fresh-picked blueberries. Bring all of your baking questions for her to answer as well. Free admission to all.

August 16 - 17:   THORNTON BURGESS DAYS Celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the Town of Sandwich  at the Green Briar Nature Center  from 10 am - 4 pm.  Families will enjoy indoor and outdoor activities throughout the weekend.  Free admission.

September 6 & 7:  BIRD CARVER & WILDLIFE ARTS SHOW & SALE at the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen from 10am to 4pm. New England’s most prestigious carvers of birds and animals plus wildlife painters will gather at Green Briar to show and sell their wares during our 11th annual carvers’ show. Some will give carving demonstrations for the public.  As a special feature this year, the show will host Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds radio program, which will be broadcast from Green Briar between 9:30am and 10:00am on Sunday.  All admission fees benefit the educational programs of the Burgess Society. Purchase tickets at the door. Admission: $3 members, $5 non-members

September 27:  CAPE COD CRANBERRY DAY at Green Briar from 10 am - 4 pm  celebrates this native berry so prominent in the history of Cape Cod.  Green Briar celebrates this native berry so prominent in the history of Cape Cod. See cooking demonstrations in the historic 1903 Jam Kitchen using traditional cranberry jam and relish recipes. Enjoy a delicious homemade cranberry dessert, clam chowder or chili served from 11am-2pm. Spend some time walking the nature trails on a fine fall day. Fee for dessert is $4.00.

The Thornton W. Burgess Society presents “AN EVENING FOR GREEN BRIAR” on
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 from 5:30pm-9:00pm
The Pilot House at the Sandwich Marina
Cocktail Hour with Wine and Hors d’oeuvres
Live Music for Dancing
Buffet including Gluten Free and Vegetarian Dishes
~ Silent and Live Auctions ~
Tickets: $75 per person may be purchased by calling 508-888-6870
Proceeds from this important fundraiser benefit
the educational programs of the Burgess Society.

Sunday, DECEMBER 14 11:30am - 4:00pm
Join us as renown chocolatier/confectioner Raymond Hebert conducts a candy making class, chocolate tasting and fine wine pairing at the Green Briar Jam Kitchen. All proceeds will benefit the Thornton Burgess Society and Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The class is limited to the first 15 participants who send in their pre-paid registrations to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster (508-896-5588). All ingredients will be donated by Stage Stop Candy of Dennisport. Wines donated by friends of Thornton W. Burgess Society. Participants will be able to bring home what they make. They will learn melting/tempering chocolate, advanced chocolate ganache, Almond Toffee Crunch, authentic Kentucky Bourbon Balls, Old Fashioned Puff and if time permits Cut Marshmallow. The cost (donation) is $200 per person.

Dec. 6 & 7, 13& 14, 20 &21:  COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
   Come by our Open House at Green Briar during the first three weekends in December. Taste a sampling of our delicious Jam Kitchen products and a cup of mulled cider. Browse among a variety of great holiday gift ideas in the Green Briar shop offering jams, jellies, relishes, books, an abundance of nature-related items as well as books, games, puppets and toys for children. Unique handmade gifts and home decorations created by our Green Briar Crafters are also available.

 10:30AM     Cost: $2.00 per person
Families are invited for a SPECIAL naturalist-led story time with live animals in honor of the 141st birthday of Sandwich native, author and conservationist, Thornton Waldo Burgess [1874-1965]. Each child will receive a paperback Burgess storybook.







Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537