BELMONT — Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosts Bug Ball, a family-friendly fundraiser that encourages children – and those young at heart – to come dressed as their favorite bug from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27.
“Going to Bug Ball is a great way to bring the entire family together for a terrific cause,” said Amy Spencer, chairwoman of the Bug Ball Steering Committee. “This fundraiser supports the garden’s education programs, which help children learn more about the importance of nature and its positive influence on our lives.”
From children wearing wings, to adults in bug-eyed glasses, all attendees have the opportunity to participate in insect-inspired activity stations, games and entertainment such as: Beeswax Butterflies, where children can make butterfly-shaped candles; Fireflies in a Jar, letting children create a jar filled with glow-in-the-dark dots resembling fireflies; Swat-a-Bug, finding out who can swat the most “bugs;” and Insect-O-Rama, a bug-themed wheel of fortune. In addition, the Charlotte Youth Ballet will perform throughout the night while being dressed as butterflies.
A silent auction will add to the festivities for the night; items include: a catered cheese and wine party, tickets to a Panthers game, a 90-minute massage and more.
Carriage rides will be provided by Southern Breezes Carriages, weather permitting.
Special food and drinks are included with ticket purchase.
The Garden Store will have bug merchandise available, such as wings, insect masks, bug head-bands and spider hair clips for the event.
Advance registration for Bug Ball is required, Call 704-829-1290 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation. Registration ends Sept. 20. Proceeds from the Bug Ball benefit the garden’s school programs.
Bug Ball has four ticket levels: Caterpillar (children 3 and younger), $10 per person; Beetle, $35 per person; Ladybug (includes a gift box of live ladybugs), $50 per person; and Venus Flytrap (includes a potted Venus flytrap and one complimentary beverage ticket), $75 per person. For more information, call 704-829-1290 or visit DSBG.org.