Peony tea grows in Grindrod

The peony buds are just beginning to open with the sun, just in time for Runaway Moon Theatre’s annual Peony Tea, June 16.

This giant felt rug calendar

This giant felt rug calendar

The peony buds are just beginning to open with the sun, just in time for Runaway Moon Theatre’s annual Peony Tea, Sunday, June 16.

Held at Curly Willow Farm in Grindrod,  the tea is Runaway Moon’s annual fundraiser and membership event.

“Come and find out what we do and what our plans are,” said Runaway board member Deborah Humphries. “Everyone is welcome, and the event is all ages.”

Visitors can enjoy harp music, courtesy of Julia, and violin played by the Friedman sisters. In addition, the unique sounds of the Popoleko Balkan choir will be heard as well as the visual stimuli that is belly dancer Kristi Christian and her Twilight Gypsies.

Families will also be able to spot giant birds in the trees, dance around the “June” pole, help make peony petal paths, print T-shirts, and find out what it’s like to be a bee.

On display will be the Grindrod sheep calendar rug, created by students at Grindrod Elementary School and community members.

People may have a chance to add to it while they are visiting the farm during the tea, said Runaway Moon’s artistic director Cathy Stubington.

“It is part of our Calendario project, developing a local calendar based only natural indicators,” she said.

Visitors will also have a chance to visit the farm’s puppet museum, as well as bid on silent auction items.

Hot tea and delicious desserts will also be available.

Admission to the tea is $8 per person ($3 for children), which includes membership. A family rate is $15.

To get to Curly Willow Farm, take Highway 97A and turn right onto Tomkinson Road at Sure Crop Feeds. Drive to the end of the straight gravel road.

Email info@runawaymoon.org for more information.