Wyck House hosts final Second Saturday Festival of the year this weekend

For the final Second Saturday Festival of the season, the Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm will celebrate the arrival of autumn with “Expedition! Nature’s Curiosities” on Saturday.

The last free festival of the season at the historic site, located at 6026 Germantown Ave., will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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Eileen Rojas, executive director of Wyck, said the event will educate the community about nature and science through some of the site’s collections.

“It’s a little deeper if you know the historic base and the evolution of science and how these things don’t just live in the past and they have a contemporary significance,” she said.

The attractions

A special display will include a stuffed duck as well as collection items from Wyck’s main collector, Rueben Haines III, including shells, corrals and skulls.

Botanical drawings of an eagle’s claw, lion’s paw and a butterfly will be shown and a workshop and workshop in the site’s farm called “Magnolia Soulangeana: What is it, and Where does it come from?” will teach attendees more about the Magnolia tree on the grounds.

Philadelphia Woodworks in Roxborough will provide a wood-working demonstration.

Children activities include a scavenger hunt and leaf-rubbing activity to examine the structure of leaves. There will also be an apple-tasting event highlighting the differences between varieties.

Multiple vendors will be on site selling eco-conscious foods, chocolate and organic bees-wax products. Wyck will serve apple cider and soup at a low price.

Urban Draw will perform new bluegrass tunes for all ages beginning at 1 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly, bring blankets for a picnic and chairs.

After this weekend, Second Saturday festivals will resume in June.

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