Merrifield Garden Center Stage Schedule
10:00 – 10:30 Ted Garber/Topper Shutt
FFX Park Authority is excited to welcome back musician and entertainer Ted Garber to perform and emcee Springfest 2019. Garber was recently named “Best Live Entertainer” by Northern Virginia’s “Posh Seven Magazine.” His musical talents combined with his knack for reaching and engaging with audiences is a delight for all ages. His production company Garber Partners also donated the AV production. *
Topper Shutt is Chief Meteorologist for WUSA 9 and appears weekdays on the station’s 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 11pm newscasts, as well as throughout the day and night during all major weather events affecting our region. Since 1988 he has provided weather forecasts for WHUR 96.3 FM, and also does weather for All-News 99.1 WNEW. In 2008, readers of washingtonpost.com’s “Capital Weather Gang” voted Topper their favorite local weathercaster.
10:30 – 11:15 Poetry Showcase
11:15 – 11:40 Backyard Reptiles
There are over 30 native reptiles to Fairfax County and some live right in your backyard! Get up close and personal with some of our scaly friends. Naturalist Tony Bulmer will show live reptiles and talk about their preferred habitats, how to properly interact with these animals, and most importantly, talk about their vital role in the ecosystem that we are a part of.
Tony Bulmer has been a naturalist for Fairfax County Park Authority for 19 years. He currently serves as the Lakefront Naturalist /Historian Senior Interpreter.in the Park Services Division and is in charge of the nature programs at Burke Lake, Lake Fairfax and Lake Accotink Park. He has worked for Reptiles Alive for over 23 years and does hundreds of educational programs a year. He also has been on the Wildlife Rescue Hot Line for over 15 years. He is skilled in the identification of birds, mammals and, of course, reptiles and amphibians.
11:40 – 11:45 Merrifield Garden Center
Louie Ratchford from Merrifield Garden Center talks about what earth day means to him and the spectacular native plants that surround the stage.
11:45 – 12:15 Recycling Pirates
A rollicking musical about puppet characters created from trash. Led by Captain Jack Sparetire, they sail the urban seas looking for things to recycle, reuse, reduce and repair. **
12:15 – 12:45 Earth Day/Arbor Day Ceremony/Board of County Supervisors
12:45 – 1:15 Ted Garber*
1:15 – 1:45 Hula Hoop Fun
Pick up a hoop with Tina B. who has been revolutionizing the exhilarating and ageless Hoop Dance.
1:45 – 2:15 Trevor Brown
Trevor Brown, 18 years old, from Culpeper, VA is a young guitar player who will entertain you with music and stories describing one of the best all-time caretakers of our planet: the Farmer.
2:15 – 2:45 Recycling Pirates **
2:45 – 4:00 Ted Garber*