Thanksgiving with the Birds- Nov 21

Thanksgiving with the Birds (All)
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 11:30am-3:30pm
Nature Center multipurpose room and grounds
$6 plus a dish to pass (and optional soup pot contribution)
Reservations are required by Monday, November 16, 2015.
Call 716-569-2345 to reserve a seat, or scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up online.
Limited Seating:  100 people

The soup pot

The soup pot

Join us for a dinner tradition that dates back to 1965:  great food, great company, and a fascinating talk.

Gather around the old iron pot hung over a cozy fire and bring a small container of your favorite warm broth-based soup to add to the mystery brew. Fresh air, good friends, and sharing are the not-so secret ingredients for this fun and always satisfying soup.

Next, the indoor dinner is served buffet style with the Nature Center providing the roasted turkeys and hot and cold beverages. Bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad, or dessert) and your own table service (no one wants to wash that many dishes!), including a mug for soup. Dress for the weather if you’d like to enjoy the grounds before and/or after dinner. Janet Forbes and Alan Brown are hosting.

Jennifer Miller with her artwork for the 2015-2016 Duck Stamp.

After Dinner Talk:  The Art of Conservation
Jennifer Miller will be speaking about her background as an artist, sharing her artwork, and her passion for nature, as well as the Federal Duck Stamp and her experiences with the stamp program.
Jennifer Miller has had a long history of loving the natural, rural Western NY setting where she was born and raised. Combined with her passion for creating, it has led her on an interesting adventure as she recently won the 2015-2016 Duck Stamp Competition, becoming the youngest of only three women to do so since 1934. Jennifer will be talking about her history as an artist, her experiences with the Duck Stamp, and the ways (some unusual) she has woven together her love for art, nature, and conservation issues. She will also be sharing her artwork.

Jennifer Miller is a wildlife and fantasy artist, whose work focuses on birds, living in Western New York. Recently, she has taken the top honors of winning the 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp competition. Jennifer’s love of the outdoors from an early age developed into a life-long passion for the natural world. Though having received no formal education, she has always been driven by studying birds and recreating them in her artworks.
By studying wildlife, and combining it with her vivid imagination, Jennifer is also a renowned fantasy artist. She has created many fantasy paintings and illustrations for publication, including several novel covers. She also enjoys sculpture, as well as crafting hand-made jewelry with precious metals and gems.
Along with her artistic pursuits, Jennifer is active in conservation and paints endangered species to raise awareness. It was a natural transition for her to enter Duck Stamp Competitions, and this is her first win.
Jennifer lives in a rural setting in Western New York, along with her husband Brian, four parrots, and a delightful flock of chickens.

Special Information: When you call to reserve, let us know what dish you will bring to pass. Bring:  $6, a dish to pass, a broth-based soup for the soup pot (optional), and your own table service. Don’t forget your winter clothes if you’re spending time outside!