The Château de Piatt will host the event on July 31

WEST LIBERTY – Enjoy a summer day at Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek in Logan County for a relaxing yet stimulating time exploring nature through walks, demonstrations, workshops, performances and exhibits .

A free public event, The Art and Science of Nature, will be offered on the grounds of Mac-A-Cheek Castle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. The site is located at 10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty.

The building itself is a testament to the nature that surrounds it. Built as a home for Abram and Eleanor Piatt from 1864 to 1871, the structure is made of limestone quarried from the family farm. Various woods making up the interior Gothic panels and the parquet floors were transformed in the Piatt family sawmill from wood taken from the trees on the property. The Fresco-secco ceiling patterns painted by Oliver Frey in 1881 reflect both flowers and grains that research has proven to be part of the late 19th century landscape.

Members of the Piatt family and others in the past and present have drawn inspiration from the woods, fields, streams and lawns surrounding Mac-A-Cheek Castle. Their work has been expressed through painting, poetry and photography, some of which will be shared at this event. Participating guest artists include Keara Henry on stencil art, Grace Matchett and Robin Schricht portraying 19th century painters, and Suzanne Dennis, dancer and choreographer in a session called Trees in Motion.

Presentations by naturalists include a discussion of white-tailed deer with Sarah Schott, ODNR educator, and several presentations by Piatt Castle staff: a discussion of trees on foot, a presentation on trees at towers describing the use of woodwork in building, a demonstration of limestone carving and a discussion of entomology. Start times and duration of activities will be posted on the website, and a handout will be available at the Welcome Tent.

This event is sponsored by the Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that produces educational experiences at Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek. Support for this free event was made possible by a grant from the Mary Eleanor Morris Fund of the Columbus Foundation, Event Sponsor – Heximer Investment Management, 2022 Seasonal Sponsor – Dr. Ronald A. Stewart, and contributions from Piatt Castle Co. Inc., MFH Visitor Memberships and Donations.

Facilitated and self-guided tours of Piatt Mac-A-Cheek Castle will be offered for a regular admission fee on July 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information from the Château de Piatt

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