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Bug Daze Festival is Saturday at VMNH
Friday, May 2, 2014
Spring is in the air and the Virginia Museum of Natural History has gone buggy.
The annual Bug Daze festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum on Starling Avenue in Martinsville.
Coinciding with the festival will be the opening of a new exhibit: “Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants.” (See related story.)
Plenty of bugs will be on display at the festival, designed to help bug lovers learn more about them and bug haters conquer their fears, museum officials said.
“The little creatures on earth are taken for granted, but (they) actually drive our planet,” said Joe Keiper, the museum’s executive director and a renowned bug expert.
“Bacteria, insects, earthworms, and other inconspicuous life forms engineer our soil, propagate plants, and recycle nutrients,” Keiper said. “Without humans on earth, the planet would go on. Without insects, ecosystems and civilization would collapse.”
Here is a schedule of Bug Daze activities:
• The Bearded Bee Man, presented by Bells Bees: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Entomology collections presented by the museum and Virginia Tech: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Games, crafts and youth activities: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• "Virginia Tech Department of Entomology: An Overview," presented by Dr. Mike Weaver of the university: 10 to 10:30 a.m.
• “Why do I have bugs in my house? Insects on a mission,” presented by Dr. Mini Miller of Virginia Tech: 11 to 11:30 a.m.
According to Carolyn Seay, special events manager at the museum, the festival is the perfect blend of fun and learning.
“The Bearded Bee Man is all the buzz right now,” Seay said. As his name suggests, he fearlessly covers his face with hundreds of bees.
“But he’s not all we’ll have on Saturday,” said Seay. “The museum will be displaying its entomology collections that are rarely seen by the public,” along with the Virginia Tech presentations and youth activities.
The museum’s PALEO Café and Museum Store will be open throughout the day for snacks, drinks and lunches, as well as gifts and souvenirs.
The exhibit “Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants” is made possible by the support of VMNH corporate partners, Bassett Furniture and the Marjorie Sutton Memorial Fund. The Bug Daze Festival is made possible by the support of VMNH corporate sponsor, Hooker Furniture.
Regular admission rates apply for festival-goers. For more information about the museum’s exhibits and events, visit www.vmnh.net.