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Abbott’s Mill Concludes 35th Anniversary Celebration with Fall Events

MILFORD, Del. (October 14-15, 2016) – 2016 marked the 35th anniversary of Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, a hidden gem of southern Delaware nestled just 4 miles outside of Milford. Abbott’s encompasses 483 acres of towering upland forests, restored native meadows, pristine ponds fed by sinuous streams, mystic Atlantic white cedar swamps and bogs, saltmarsh and wetland preserves, and Delaware’s only preserved, working grist mill. In May, the celebration was kicked off with Patagonia’s The New Localism Documentary Film Festival and an inaugural Run the Mill 5K. As 2016 comes to a close, Abbott’s Mill will conclude its 35th Anniversary celebration with our Meal at the Mill on Friday, October 14th and a returning perennial favorite, Autumn at Abbott’s Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15th.

Meal at the Mill guests will arrive at twilight, enjoy a featured brew from Dogfish Head while touring our preserved, working grist mill, and then conjoin for a family-style, three-course seated dinner under the stars. Our menu will feature delectable produce grown on Delaware Nature Society’s Coverdale Farm Preserve, in Greenville, DE, with a menu pairing by Abbott's Grill & Bald Jason's Pub, and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Meal at the Mill will highlight the bountiful fall season while honoring the historic and cultural importance of mills in food production. This inaugural event brings together conservation-minded people in the spirit of raising funding for the education, advocacy, and conservation activities of Abbott’s. Happy Hour begins at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. Tickets are $75 for members and $85 for non-members.

The celebration will close with the return of Autumn at Abbott’s Festival, which was previously held every fall for 24 years. Historically, this festival has featured a variety of artisan craft demonstrators, live music, children’s activities, hay rides, live animal shows, and tours of our historic Abbott’s Mill. For the 35th, we’re adding local farm vendors, food truck fun, a Dogfish Head beer garden with lawn games, yoga sessions with the Free Spirited Foundation, an aquatic touch tank with Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile, and guided SUP & kayak trips on Abbott’s Pond by Quest Fitness. This event is free for members, $5 for non-member adults, and $3 for non-member kids (5+).

For more information on these events, visit DelNature.org/MealAtTheMill and DelNature.org/AutumnAtAbbotts.

Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society works to improve the environment through conservation, advocacy, and education. For more information, visit www.DelNature.org.

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