Butterfly fest this weekend
A young girl wearing butterfly wings holds a slice of cantalope with a butterfly on it. PHOTO BY SCOT BRINKLEY.
More than 3,800 butterflies will take flight during the annual Butterfly Festival at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens in Wimberley this Saturday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Since late March, area students and businesses have been carefully tending cages of caterpillars. This week the waiting will pay off as beautiful Painted Lady butterflies emerge from their chrysalises, ready to be released at the festival.
The festival offers a wide variety of games, crafts, nature activities, live entertainment and, of course, butterfly releases throughout the day.
“Come out to the EmilyAnn for a day of family fun and help make our annual fundraiser a success while experiencing the magic of the butterfly,” Executive Director Ann Rolling said. "Nancy's Flight House will be back, filled with swallowtails and other native Texas butterflies from the Houston Museum of Natural History."
"Kids will enjoy the Princess Tea Party and a Pirate Tent both featuring costumed characters as well as a variety of crafts, game, and nature activities," Rolling added.
Admission to the festival is free. Donations are appreciated. Games and crafts cost $2-$4 each and a variety of concessions including barbecue plates will be for sale. New this year are wristbands enabling visitors to participate in all activities. They will be for sale at the festival and in advance on the EmilyAnn’s website. Parking will be at Wimberley High School and overflow parking will be at Lions Field Market Day parking with shuttles running throughout the day.
The butterflies will fly rain or shine. The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens is located at 1101 FM 2325 in Wimberley. For more information about the Butterfly Festival and a complete schedule of activities and entertainment, visit www.emilyann.org.
• Submitted by EmilyAnn Theatre