Brewer hosts Children’s Garden Day on waterfront Saturday

Posted June 07, 2012, at 4:55 p.m.
Last modified June 07, 2012, at 6:44 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Chain saw woodcarving, music, live creatures, bug-eating plants and more will be on hand for Children’s Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Brewer’s waterfront Children’s Garden.

The fun-filled gathering is the first big event for Brewer’s bicentennial celebration, said Gibran Graham, executive director of the city’s bicentennial.

“The event begins with woodcarver Josh Landry, who will be giving a custom chain saw carving demonstration,” he said. The carving starts at 10 a.m. and attendees can “watch as a block of wood comes alive and is transformed into an incredible piece of art,” he added.

The carving created by Landry will become a permanent part of the Children’s Garden, Graham said.

Veteran Maine musician John Tercyak will perform using a guitar, fiddles and his voice at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

He will perform children’s music from his “Small Stuff — Kid Songs” and “Olde Stuff — Family Songs” collections, Graham said.

At noon, “The Bug Man” Tony Sohns, a naturalist and educator from Bangor, will have a variety of creatures on hand.

His “Life on Earth” program includes “a live creature demonstration of bug-eating plants, giant cockroaches, flying frogs, huge spiders and slithering snakes,” Graham said.

Other Children’s Garden Day activities include making fairy houses and planting flowers and pumpkin seeds, he said.

To get to the Children’s Garden, head to South Main Street, turn onto Hardy Street, heading toward the river. Park in the lot and follow the foot trail to the Children’s Garden.


An earlier version of this story said Gibran Graham was chairman of the bicentennial committee. Graham is executive director of the city’s bicentennial.