Find the turtles at Annandale National Historic Site - June 17

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Annandale National Historic Site is once again one of the main venues for Turtlefest on Saturday, June 17.

"Turtlefest is coming yet again to the Museum's lawn - full of family fun, games and crafts," said Patricia Phelps, Manager of Culture and Heritage/Curator. "Our lawn will be full of fun things to do, from crafts and stories to turtley games to play.

"New this year is the Annandale Kindergarten Story Walk ® and Lemonade Stand," said Phelps.

On a Story Walk, you read a story 'page by page' on a path around the museum property, ending at the Kindergarten's Lemonade Stand.

"The money raised from the Lemonade Stand is going to help get playground equipment for the Kindergarten section of Annandale Public School."

Inside Annandale House, the ever-popular Turtle Find returns.

"Throughout Annandale House we have turtle figurines and stuffies - not live ones. We've been collecting them for seven years now so the number is never the same, it keeps growing. Or it might be less than last year if we don't put all the turtles out."

The idea is to figure out how many turtles are on display in the house.

"There is a wonderful turtley prize for the person who gets the right answer."

For the first time in Turtlefest's seven-year history, live turtles from Turtle Haven Rescue Centre - and Peek-a-Boo the Tortoise - will not be featured at Annandale National Historic Site.

"They are sorry to be missing it because it's normally the highlight of their summer," said Phelps. "They can't come this year, but they promised to come back next year..."

Laurel Beechey and the Wildlife Guardians, a group of rehabbers and wildlife lovers, will be on site, Saturday, June 17.

"There is lots of things to see and do," said Phelps.

It's also free - there is no charge for any of the games or crafts on the lawn, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there is no admission for the Turtle Find inside.



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