The leaves are just starting to change, so it must be time for another big weekend at Bernheim Forest.
And so it is.
ColorFest is scheduled for next weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 20 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 21.
As the names suggests, this is a celebration of glowing orange maples and deep red oaks, of which Bernheim has about a million acres, give or take a picnic spot or two.
The 17th Annual ColorFest includes art, live entertainment (including a music set from Bernheim Horticulturist Casey Hammett), food and drink from the Bernheim Grill, Jarfi’s, Kentucky Pork Producers, kettle corn, ice cream and tons of outdoor fun for all ages including:
• Nature Discovery Stations
• Nature-related hands-on arts and crafts
• Hands-on music with Gregory Acker
• Pumpkin painting (small fee)
• Face painting
• Hayrides (ticketed; small fee)
• Hay maze
• Wool spinning demonstrations
• Birds of prey
• Geocaching instruction
• Boy Scout Troop 100 Rope Bridge
• “The Purple Martin Man” Larry Melcher
Here’s the complete entertainment schedule:
Saturday, October 20
Tamara Dearing 10:00-12:00 Singer/Songwriter
Tai Chi Demonstration 12:10-12:25 Tai Chi
Keltricity 12:30-2:30 Celtic, folk, acoustic instrumental
Casey Hammett 3:00-5:00 Singer/Songwriter
Sunday, October 21
Moondance 12:30-2:30 Classic rock
Troubadours of Divine Bliss 3:00-5:00 Eclectic razzamatazz
The events and music are free, but there is a $5-per-car weekend environmental impact fee at Bernheim’s front gate for non-members, with Bernheim members entering free.)
ColorFest is sponsored by Beam Inc., Stock Yards Bank & Trust, Publishers Printing and the Shepherdsville/Bullitt County Tourism Commission.
About Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest: Bernheim is in Clermont, Ky., about a 20-minute drive south from the Louisville airport. From Interstate-65, take exit 112 and follow the signs. The entrance is approximately one mile from the interstate. Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support.