Blooms & Butterflies
18Jun2022Celebrate the return of the blooms & butterflies to our area at a fun and safe outdoor event!!
ECEC’s butterfly gardens and native plant park are the backdrop for this annual celebration. There’s something for everyone at this unique and charming Garden & Art Festival, including local artisan, ‘make & take’ and community booths, live music, recycled art workshop, kids activities, and more! Take a tour of historic Fort Umpqua and learn about the life cycle of native butterflies in the ECEC flight room. Enjoy burgers from the grill on the greenhouse patio or fresh baked goods and coffee drinks from the Outpost Cafe. Find garden-themed presents in our Gift Shop and plants for your own backyard habitat in our Native Plant Nursery.
We’re really pleased to be part of the Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program this year to provide nutrition to young people while school is out. The Blooms and Butterflies festival is our kick-off for the program in Elkton, and we’ll keep it going throughout the summer. Adults can also purchase a meal at the event to support the BBQ fundraiser. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The festivities start with the free Kid’s Fun Run through the Carol Beckley Native Plant Park and a scenic 5K Butterfly Run / Walk along the river. Other activities get into full swing at 10 AM in the all-outdoor event area where you can shop, eat, create and enjoy live music. Dress up like a butterfly and enter the costume contest at 1pm! Prizes will be awarded for best costume in pet, child, young adult, and adult categories. All event proceeds ECEC’s programs. We hope you’ll join us!
Thank you to our event sponsors: Big-K Guest Ranch & Custom Meats, Flutestock & Natural Grocers!!!
2021 Schedule of Activities: 2022 coming later this spring!
9:00 AM – Outpost Cafe & 5K Butterfly Run Check-In Opens (on-site registrations available)
9:30 AM – 5K Butterfly Run Route & Kid Run Opens
10 AM – Artisan & Community Booths Open
10 AM / 12 PM / 2 PM “Creative Re-Use Workshop” Hosted by Artist Jen Wolfe. 1st of 3 Recycled Art Workshop series @ ECEC in 2021
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM – Burger Station opens on the greenhouse patio. Enjoy a hamburger or veggie burger on a whole-grain bun with baked beans and your choice of garden salad, potato salad, or fruit salad. 18 and under are eligible for one free meal!
11 – 1 PM – Live Music Decor’mm
Cathy Byle and Phil Berglund have joined together to provide a cadre of original and classic cover songs. You pick a genre and they will most likely have one or two in their cache. They play guitar, piano, accordion, and trombone, combining vocals for sweet, warm harmonies.
1 PM – Butterfly Costume Contest & Raffle Drawing
1 PM – 3 PM – Live Music by The Flutestock Players
The Flutestock Players will present music from various genres, mostly improvisations, all played on Native American-style flutes. We look forward to returning to ECEC next year for Flutestock 2022, which will be July 15-17, 2022.
3 PM – Vendor Booths Close
Kids & Family Activities:
Butterfly Run- Kids Under 10 Run for FREE
“Creative reuse” – Recycled Art Workshop Hosted by Artist Jen Dalen Wolfe
Upcycle plastic into mosaic art with Defy Ind. and take part in the new art installation at ECEC
Make succulent gardens out of recycled materials at SecondhandSucculents
Stop by Dragon Art for Glitter and Mehdi Art
AvivaHealth will have kids activities and eco-friendly give-away
Bob’s Looney Balloons
ECEC Gift Shop with Unique & Local gifts
Check out our fabulous list of Artisan, Business & Community Booths
Blanket Wagon Cotton Candy
K and R Krafts