June 13, 2018

Terhune Firefly Festival Sparks Love of Nature

Terhune Orchards holds its annual Firefly Festival on Sunday June 24, from 4-9 p.m. The farm is kept open late into the evening after dark, and participants can bring a blanket and lay down in the grass to watch fireflies blink in the twilight.

Children can dress up as fireflies after painting wings and making antennas in the craft area. They can also decorate bug boxes to use to catch, and later release, a firefly as the sun goes down.

During the afternoon Miss Amy and the Big Kids Band will entertain. Circus Place will showcase their Youth Circus Performance Troupe performing aerials, acrobatics, and juggling. Visitors can also participate in interactive workshops and learn to juggle, spin a plate, balance feathers, and walk a tight wire.

Visitors can look out for fireflies’ signaling each other while on a pony ride or a free wagon ride. Fireflies are mostly found along the edges of forests, wooded yard areas, and near streams or ponds. Terhune Orchards goes to great lengths to cultivate habitats for beneficial insects like bees, butterflies, and fireflies on it 200 acres of preserved farmlands.

Old-fashioned farm suppers will be available at Pam’s Food Tent. Hot dogs, barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, salads, and gazpacho will be available along with apples, pies, donuts, and treats. The winery tasting room will stay open late for flights of wine tastings.

Admission and parking is free. Craft activities are $5. Terhune is at 330 Cold Soil Road in Lawrence Township. For more information call (609) 924-2310 or visit www.terhuneorchards.com