Thornton Burgess Days Are August 16 and 17

The Thornton W. Burgess Society is joining in the celebration of the 375th anniversary of the Town of Sandwich with Thornton Burgess Days, a weekend of family activities on August 16 and 17 at the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen in East Sandwich.

Born and raised in Sandwich, Thornton Burgess (1874-1965) achieved national and international recognition for his children’s stories and pioneering conservation work. His life’s achievements are an important part of the town’s history.

On Saturday, activities include the annual Peter Rabbit’s Animal Day offering live animal exhibits from 10 AM to 3 PM, a pet rabbit show from 10 AM to noon, a performance of Burgess animal stories by members of the Harwich Jr. Theater at 11 AM, ongoing games for children, a children’s arts and crafts tent, and a meet and greet with pond critters under the Pond Discovery Tent. Story times are scheduled at 10:30 AM, noon, and 1:15 and 2:30 PM, followed by visits with Peter Rabbit directly after each story time. All activities are free.

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Sunday’s activities include an ice cream social from 1:30 to 3 PM. Visitors are invited to enjoy an ice cream treat for a $1 donation. Christie Lowrance, author of “Nature’s Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess,” will give a talk on “Thornton Burgess and the Heath Hen: A Conservation Story” from 1 to 2 PM. “Habitat Protection in the 21st Century” will be presented by Rick Jorgensen from 2 to 3 PM. Mr. Jorgensen is a conservation educator with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Impersonator David Hobbs will also be on hand, portraying Mr. Burgess and reading one of his stories.

These programs are free. Sunday’s hours are noon to 5 PM.

Green Briar is at 6 Discovery Hill Road, just off Route 6A in East Sandwich. It can be reached  at 508-888-6870.

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