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Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Blackbird Creek Reserve’s Oct. 17 fall festival
to celebrate Delaware’s outdoor treasures


TOWNSEND (Oct. 12, 2015) – Autumn’s vibrant foliage, the pristine waters and lush landscape of Blackbird Creek Reserve will be showcased 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the 8th annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival. The festival will be held, rain or shine, at one of the most treasured natural areas in Delaware, the Blackbird Creek Reserve, 801 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend, DE 19734.


Set on the banks of beautiful Blackbird Creek, the festival will feature traditional crafts and demonstrations by a blacksmith, hands-on learning, lively music and kids’ activities including crafts, free face painting and colonial-era games. Visitors are invited to browse the works of artisans and exhibitors, enjoy hay rides, a guided hike on the reserve by a Delaware State Forester and check out Native American demonstrations.


“The festival is free and offers something for the entire family,” said Education Coordinator Maggie Pletta, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), of which the Blackbird Creek Reserve is a component. “We encourage people to come and explore this scenic area – by foot and hayride – and enjoy the musical talents of Delaware blues/folk-rock legend Crabmeat Thompson, the Bog Turtle Band, Rick Schuman and the Smyrna High School drumline. New this year we will have archery demonstrations and activities thanks to Delaware 4-H. Bring a blanket or some chairs and join us for the day.”


Families can participate in the “Thank You Delaware Bay Adventure” and earn a prize by visiting all the participating stations throughout the festival learning about the natural resources and heritage of the Delaware Bay through games, demonstrations, and challenges. Local food vendors will provide a variety of food and snacks for purchase.


For more information on the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, contact Maggie Pletta, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, 302-739-6377, or visit


The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) was established in 1993 to promote the stewardship and understanding of Delaware’s coastal areas through science and education. DNERR is a cooperative program between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Coastal Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the country. DNERR consists of two components, the Blackbird Creek Reserve near Townsend and the St. Jones Reserve south of Dover. Both include brackish and freshwater estuaries, and represent the diverse estuarine ecosystems found throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit, or check out DNERR’s Facebook and Twitter sites: and


DNERR’s Thank You Delaware Bay campaign celebrates the bay’s diverse resources and the delicate ecological balance between man and the bay, which provides food, jobs, recreational opportunities and the natural resources that make our region unique. For more information, visit


This event promotes DNREC’s Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information on the Bayshore Initiative, click Delaware Bayshore.

Vol. 45, No. 341
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