'Even Bigger Bug Bash' Planned For Heritage Museums

Due to popular demand, Heritage Museums & Gardens will host “An Even Bigger Big Bugs Bash” on Sunday from 10 AM until 6 PM. All are invited to experience a full day of insect-themed activities. For children and families there will be an insect safari from 10 AM until 6 PM, visitors will be challenged to visit all 10 of David Rogers big bug sculptures and learn fun facts about the insects depicted at each.

Children can make their own insects to take home at Crafty Critters from 10 AM until 2 PM. Jackson Gillman, the Stand-Up Chameleon, will present a live performance on the Hidden Hollow stage at 11 AM. Mr. Gillman will turn into a fly, mosquito, doodlebug, ant, cockroach, and other creepy crawlies in his educational low-life revue.

From noon until 4 PM there will be a Bug Ball where children can create a bug mask, use borrowed costumes and puppets and mimic insect moves and join the dance party on the Hidden Hollow stage.

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Mr. Gillman will also lead an insect safari at 1 PM. Starting at the Daddy Longlegs Big Bugs sculpture, families can learn with Mr. Gillman as they follow him around the grounds to many of the Big Bugs sculptures, where he will present a custom-fit routine at each site.  

A live performance by The Ticks will take place at the Outdoor Concert Stage at 2 PM.

For grownups Amy Stewart, author of “Wicked Bugs,” “Wicked Plants,” and “The Drunken Botanist” will be on hand for a members’ book signing from noon until 12:30 PM. Ms. Stewart will give a “Wicked Bug Talk” beginning at 1 PM; the best-selling author will take a darkly comical look at the sinister side of mankind’s relationships with the insect world. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the book worms that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on roses, “Wicked Bugs” delves into the extraordinary power of six and eight-legged creatures. The 45-minute talk will be accompanied by photographs, historical images, copper engravings and other visual illustrations and is recommended for an adult audience.

Admission to Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street in Sandwich, is $18 for adults, $8 for children ages 3 to 12, and free to members and children under 2.

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