Annual ‘Black and Blue’ Berry festival celebrates summer berries

Published 12:17 pm Thursday, June 8, 2017

By EMILY REED / Special to the Reporter

Petals from the Past is hosting its annual “Black and Blue” Berry Festival June 10 beginning at 9 a.m.

The event is open to all ages, and invites those interested to celebrate the summer fruits, as well as opportunities to learn more about both berries.

“We have a good supply of berries this year,” said Pat Conlee with Petals from the Past. “We have a good crop, and we look forward to people coming out and enjoying them.”

Conlee said the annual event has been held for over 15 years, and is designed to celebrate the fruit season as well as educate individuals on ways to grow blackberries and blueberries.

Individuals wanting to pick their own fruits will have the option to at the store’s U-pick fields.

Blueberries and blackberries will be $5 per pint, with a limit of 20 pints per family.

Conlee said there are also berries available for purchase for those not interested in picking their own.

Pony rides will be available for $5 and a petting zoo will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will also be a hayride, and Southern Sweets Catering will be located in the barn serving lunch and desserts for purchase, and a berry dessert tasting for $6 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available in the gardens.

Conlee said live music will be provided by JQ’s One Man Band from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

JQ’s is based in Montevallo and takes listeners on a sentimental journey back to the “golden age of swing.”

With accompaniment by JQ’s Box Band, JQ uses voice and horn to pay homage to classics such as Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, and other artists from the era.

The event will also have an informational talk on growing blackberries and blueberries at 10 a.m. with Dr. Arlie Powell in the tent beside the lake. The fee for the session is $3.

There will also be a Honey bee question and answer session from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Petals from the Past is located at 16034 County Road 29 in Jemison.

For more information, call (205) 646-0069.