For Adults Only Monarch Festival To Be Held

The Monarch Butterfly Festival is for all ages, but the night before is just for grown-ups.

Monarchs and Margaritas, a special adults-only preview of the festival is 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.

The Nature Center is transformed into a butterfly house full of lovely flowers and Monarchs in all stages of development: tiny eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies.

A mini program on the Monarch Butterfly gives you insight into these remarkable long-distance fliers and their plight. A silent auction features Monarch migration-themed items. Past items included a butterfly garden, a summer fun basket, car care basket, artwork, a children’s basket and more.

In recent years Monarch populations have been decimated by habitat loss, deforestation and drought. Through a game those attending will learn more about their plight and how they can help, and possibly win some prizes.

There will be appetizers with vegetarian options and each admission includes two drink tickets. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages as well as margaritas will be available.

Admission is limited. The cost is $25 for those who reserve and pay by Wednesday, Aug. 22, or $30 for those paying at the door.

Pay by phone with a credit card at 569-2345 during business hours, or register online at the bottom of the page at

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.