Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How the Bug & Bud Festival Began

I have told the story before on this blog that our vision to have a store that focused on the ladybug was inspired by the fact that the ladybug became Delaware’s official state bug thirty-five years ago after an elementary school class in Milford lobbied the State Legislature for this. So it was natural that when we had the grand opening of the LadyBug Shop in fall of 2003 we invited the class’s teacher, Mollie Brown Rust, and all the students (now grown up, many with children of their own) to attend the opening. Mollie Brown did come, as well as a number of her students.

During the grand opening event I talked with Mollie about how the City of Milford had celebrated both the 10th and 20th anniversary of the State Legislature’s decision, but that I had not heard anything about a celebration of the 30th anniversary, which would be the following April. She said that she did not think that anything was being planned—so then and there I promised her that I would try to organize a celebration.

The next week I talked with Don Abrutyn, who headed Milford’s downtown revitalization organization ( and Gary Emory, the head of Milford’s Parks and Recreation Department. Both men were enthusiastic about the idea of an event to celebrate the anniversary. And Gary immediately suggested that we should combine it with recognition of Arbor Month, since Milford had just joined the national Tree City program and was committed to some form of public recognition of that event. A few days later it was also Gary who came up with the idea that the festival be called the “Bug & Bud” festival.

As they say, the rest is history! Within weeks a committee was formed, planning meetings were underway and within a short time the event was announced with fanfare. A family-oriented spring festival was seen by all as a nice addition to the City’s calendar, as a popular festival was already held each fall in downtown Milford.

The first event was so popular that it seemed that without any discussion it was decided that this would be an annual event, and so it has become. This year we will have our 5th Bug & Bud Festival on Saturday April 26. And we are looking forward to many more in future years.

To learn more about the Bud & Bud Festival and to read the account written by Mollie Brown about how her class petitioned the Delaware State Legislature visit

Friday, April 18, 2008

Bug & Bud Festival April 26

The Bug & Bud Festival is only one week away. Come to Downtown Milford on Saturday April 26 from 9AM-4PM. Participate in the Costume Walking Parade, visit the various vendors, participate in the Ladybug Chalk Art Contest, and various Children's Games and Activities. Read the full list of activities at Downtown Milford Inc.

During the Bug & Bud Festival come to LadyBug Shop to buy the new and exclusive "Cute As A Bug" Ladybug TShirt and "Love That Lady" Ladybug TShirt. While you're here be sure to sign up for the FREE Ladybug Raffle and pick up a package of Live Ladybugs to put in your garden, courtesy of Ladies in Red. LadyBug Shop will also be having a wonderful SIDEWALK SALE with lots of ladybugs on sale!!

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is a wonderful reminder to us all about how important it is to take care of Mother Earth. Here at LadyBug Shop we recycle all unused cardboard boxes, water bottles, unused paper and more. And to reuse we use cardboard boxes to mail our ladybug filled packages! We also use energy efficient light bulbs, a great way to save energy and money.

In case you didn't know ladybugs are a wonderful way to promote organic farming. Ladybugs are used in place of harmful pesticides. Some of the places I have found that use ladybugs for organic farming include the Mariquita Farm, Black River Organic Farm, Ladybug Organic Coffee Company and more! To find farmers near you that offer organic farming check out Check out this wonderful article about a group of students in Oregon that are planning to release 250,000 ladybugs in honor of Earth Day! Don't forget to contribute something this Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bed Bug Ladybug Chime

The Bed Bug Ladybug Chime is now in stock! Order while supplies last! The Bed Bug Ladybug Chime is a soft toy with a melodic chime inside. This cute Ladybug Chime is manufactured by North American Bear. North American Bear also creates the matching Ladybug Puppet. Other fun North American Bear Ladybug gifts include the Ladybug Goody Bag, Daisy and Ladybug Goody Bag, Ladybug Musical Mobile, Ladybug Topsy Turvy doll and more. Currently on a Special Sale is the North American Bear Large Ladybug Tote Bag, perfect for those "on the go" days, just sling this cute bag over your shoulder and go!!

Fun Ladybug Game