The science of bee-keeping, the art of floral arranging and the necessity of soap-making are some of the skills on display at the Victorian Extravaganza at the Ocean County Historical Society on Saturday.
The inaugural Victorian Extravaganza will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the society museum at 26 Hadley Avenue in Toms River.
Chairperson Betsy Dudas said an all-day bee-keeping demonstration by the Uriah Creek Apiaries is planned. The society will also hold a plant sale featuring both indoor and outdoor plants.
Beekeeper Mike Long plans to bring different sized beehives along with some specialized equipment to illustrate what's involved in getting honey from the bee.
"Everyone knows you get honey from bees," he said. "But people aren't sure just how that happens. We use extracting equipment. It looks like a big washing tub."
To see just how the honey is removed from the honeycomb, stop by on Saturday.
“We’ll have nine local florists decorating each room in our Victorian-era Pierson-Sculthorp House with floral arrangements," Dudas said. "In addition, we’ll have original pieces of art from TRACx81, a new local artist group.”
Stella and Sandy Skolnick from Skip’s Florist will speak at 11 a.m. on arranging fresh flowers. At 1 p.m., folks from the Master Gardeners will discuss vegetable gardening in containers. Candace Lillie from the Ocean County Parks Department will give a presentation on the wild orchids of the Pinelands at 2 p.m. Brianna Esposito from the Scum Soap Company will discuss soap making at 3 p.m., Dudas said.
Music will be provided by members of the Garden State Philharmonic. Volunteers from the society - dressed in authentic Victorian clothes - will give tours of the museum.
Dudas said society members hope to make the Extravaganza an annual event.
“It’s going to be a nice event to illustrate the cooperation between the local business community and the Historical Society and a great opportunity to showcase our unique Victorian-style building,” she said.
“I’m especially grateful to the numerous local businesses that donated items to be included in a gift basket, valued at $500, which we’ll raffle off,” Dudas said.
Admission for the Victorian Extravaganza is $5 for adults; children under 12 will be admitted for free. The event will be held rain or shine.
The Ocean County Historical Society is located at 26 Hadley Avenue in Toms River. For more information call 732-341-1880 or visit www.oceancountyhistory.org.