FCCA hosts workshop

FCCA Hosts Pollinator Workshop and Dinner to Support Community Center

Pollinator themed workshops and dinner to spread awareness about the benefits of pollinators

Franklin Creek Conservation Association is holding the first Evening at the Mill this coming Saturday, April 13, at the Franklin Creek Grist Mill. All are invited to attend this pollinator filled day. This year we are focusing on pollinators and the important role they play in our local ecology. We will start our day with a workshop at 4 p.m. by Dan Fitzpatrick about Bumblebees, Honeybees, and how to raise butterflies as well as how to attract more pollinators to your home. Dan will be going over a variety of pollinators, insect life cycles, and have some hands-on demonstrations. There will be opportunities for participants to make orchard bee nests and honeybee swarm traps, taste honey and pollen, and make lip balm. This workshop will be held at 1480 Old Mill Road—the future home of the Franklin Creek Community Center and Youth Education Program. Thanks to the a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation, we are able to provide this workshop to the community free of charge.

After the pollinator workshop FCCA will be grilling out at the Mill for the official start to our evening at the Mill. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a liquid nitrogen presentation where attendees will see how to use it to make ice cream along with demonstrations showing how extreme cold affects bubbles and balloons, as well as the liquefication of gases. Dan will be making a honey and pollen flavored ice cream for dessert using liquid nitrogen and cat tail pollen. Dinner will be grilled pork chops, sausage, and portabella mushrooms along with fried potatoes and a green salad. If you are interested in joining us for diner you can purchase your tickets online or reserve your spot by April 9 by calling the mill at 815.456.2718 or sending us an email.

To conclude our evening, we will be following along with Gretchen Fitzpatrick, award winning artist and art teacher of 19 years, as we paint a bee themed painting on a 16x12 canvas. Tickets for this portion of the evening are also available online through our website and Facebook. If participants would like to attend both the dinner and the painting workshop tickets are $45/person, to attend just the painting workshop tickets are $35/person. If you would like to join us for dinner only tickets are $15/person.

We are asking that those interested RSVP by April 9.

Franklin Creek Conservation Association is a non-profit that exists for the care of the natural areas of Franklin Creek for current and future generations by striving to preserve, restore, and maintain those areas; involve individuals and organizations in Our common purpose and activity; build knowledge and appreciation of the natural area and our cultural heritage. Donations of time and money to help us achieve our goals are much appreciated!



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