Take A Hike @ Flanders Nature Center in Woodbury

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust holds in trust more than 2,100 acres of open space in Woodbury, Bethlehem, Southbury, and Middlebury, Connecticut, including seven nature preserves and sanctuaries that include hiking trails.

From a photo trek across a sunny meadow to a cross-country ski adventure on a snowy, woodland trail, the passive recreational opportunities on Flanders’ land are as diverse as the settings. Each of the properties has its own character and attributes, from historic buildings, stone walls, and marked trails to expansive vistas of woodlands, lakes, ponds, streams, fields, and a bog. These pristine, undeveloped areas offer moments of reflection, relaxation, and recreation.

The 200-acre Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary and the 686-acre Whittemore Sanctuary, both in Woodbury, Connecticut offer a network of well-marked and well-maintained pedestrian-only trails for year-round passive recreation, including walking, hiking, wildlife observation, photo treks, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The diversity of terrain, plant life, and habitat areas that can be experienced at the Van Vleck Farm Sanctuary are reflected in such trail names as the “Botany Trail,” “Wildlife Vegetation Trail,” “Wilderness Trail,” “Farm Trail,” “Old Orchard Trail” and others. Similarly, trails at the Whittemore Sanctuary wind through expansive, natural vistas and are identified by color. Trails at both Sanctuaries are open every day from dawn to dusk. Trail maps can be downloaded by clicking here

Fall in Love with Autumn @ White Silo Farm Winery

White Silo Farm located in the bucolic village of Sherman has organized some safe autumn fun for wine lovers. The tasting room is open and wine tastings are $10 per person and include a choice of four wines plus a taste of our Sangria. Visitors will be able to take home the vineyard’s wine glass that you used for your tasting. Glasses and bottles of wine may also be purchased to enjoy in the tasting room or on one of the outdoor terrace gardens. Of course, bottles may also be purchased to take home.

White Silo also offers cheese platters with homemade membrillo and mustard to enjoy with your wine. Gourmet picnic lunch boxes for $20 per person are available by advance reservation (24 hours’ notice required). The lunch box menu changes seasonally. Lunch boxes can include turkey and arugula with White Silo Mustard on 7-grain bread, Mediterranean quinoa salad, mini cheese plate, salted mixed nuts, and a chocolate caramel turtle bar. Please call the winery in advance to reserve lunch. Please do not bring your own food or beverages. In addition to picnic lunches, each weekend White Silo offers an assortment of cookies, scones, and pastries prepared by our chef. Come early Saturday and Sunday morning for a warm pastry and a cup of local organic Sacred Grounds coffee.

About White Silo
White Silo Farm is a small specialty winery. The wine is produced and bottled on premises from farm-grown fruit. In 1985, the family purchased a portion of the spectacular Upland Pastures dairy farm. Their intention was to continue the farming tradition and preserve the land for generations to come. They planted their first crop of raspberries, then blackberries and rhubarb. In 2000, they opened the winery. The dairy barn, built circa 1780. was renovated and converted to the wine tasting room and production area. In 2010, they planted their first grape vineyard and added additional grapevines in 2016.

Guests are invited to tour the original dairy barn where the winery is located. Visit the fermentation, bottling, and corking rooms. Walk the fields or relax in one of the outdoor gardens.

From the Earth to Sea @ Institute for American Indian Studies – Sept. 12

This year with social distancing in mind, the Institute for American Indian Studies is hosting its annual Founder’s Day clambake on Saturday, September 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the River Walk Pavilion, 11A School Street in Washington, Connecticut. This annual event held every September, honors the founders of the museum and celebrates Connecticut’s Indigenous people, and the bounty harvested from Connecticut’s waterways.

In addition to a delicious dinner of lobster, clams, corn, and potatoes, folks attending this year’s Founder’s Day clambake are in for a special treat – a riveting performance by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Formed in 1963, this is the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. The Thunderbirds are dedicated to keeping the traditions, songs, and dances of Native Americans alive that might otherwise have been lost.

Guests will be regaled with stories, dances, colorful costumes, traditional music, and chanting that celebrates the diversity of Native American culture from the Northeast, Southwest, and Great Plains regions. The Thunderbirds have toured across the United States, and in Japan, Canada, and Israel bringing a greater understanding of American Indian people through their performances.

If you plan to attend this festive celebration staff members will conduct a temperature and symptom check upon your arrival. Each table will be for family or friends only and all guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the State Executive order. There will be plenty of hand sanitizing stations, and restrooms and high touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

The cost of the clambake is $40 for members of the Institute and $50 for nonmembers. If you prefer to enjoy your clambake at home, the Institute is also offering curbside pick-up. All reservations must be made in advance. A special menu for children is also offered for $10. To reserve your tickets click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/founders-clambake-tickets-118518581267 The proceeds for this year’s annual clambake will go to the education department in order to support schools’ indigenous curriculum through the Institute’s newly developed remote learning programs.

About the Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have the 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.

White Memorial Offers Four Virtual Programs this Week

Litchfield’s White Memorial Foundation is offering a series of Virtual programs on September 4-6 that will be fun for the entire family. All the trails of the Foundation are open with the exception of the Little Pond Boardwalk. Trail maps can be purchased online or at the Campground Store. The Zoom programs are free but require pre-registration. If the program is full, head to the “CTWhiteMemorial” YouTube page or “The White Memorial Conservation Center” Facebook page, where it will be streaming live.

On Thursday, September 4 at 4 p.m. there will be a free read-aloud of the Giving Tree featuring a feathered friend, the foundation’s barred owl, with Carrie, the education director. The program will be hosted on zoom and will feature Shel Silverstein’s book, the Giving Tree. This is a wonderful story that should be passed down to our children and grandchildren. To register click here..

On Friday, September 5, join in the fun with a live virtual concert at 7 p.m. with the Zolla Boys, Live! Blue Grass wonders, local yokels, The Zolla Boys hit the Activity Shed for a one hour concert that will get your Labor Day weekend festivities off to a zesty start! To pre-register click here

If you enjoy meditation, then don’t miss a “deep dive into nature” with Marlow at 10 am. This os a guided meditation designed to support relaxation and restoration with Nature during these uncertain times. Shami offers practical tips in deepening your healing connection with the natural world here and now. Refresh yourself while reveling in the synergy we create in our group meditation. To pre-register .

Also on Saturday, September 5 at 2 p.m.learn about White Memorial Foundation through the seasons at 2 pm. This program pays tribute to Connecticut’s greatest land conservationists, Alain and May White. This brother and sister pair left their fingerprints all over Litchfield County beginning with our 4,000 acre sanctuary, but also in the gifts they bestowed upon the State of Connecticut: Kent Falls, Peoples State Forest, Macedonia State Park, Dean Ravine, and more! Sit back and enjoy breathtaking images from a variety of contributors depicting the extraordinary people, places, and things which make up this living masterpiece! To register click the link https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gnJNBSn6T0SNJ-r8XNGARQ

Shakespeare in the Litchfield Hills

There will be a musical benefit, Wanda Loves William on Sunday, September 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to make Twelfth Night happen in the summer of 2021. This event will be held at River Walk Pavilion Lawn in Washington Depot, CT.

Wanda L. Houston sings the great American Song Book, jazz standards, rhythm and blues, soul, and rock. She has lived and performed professionally throughout the U.S, Europe, and Australia. She has performed on Broadway stages, in films, on television and has recorded extensively.

She has worked with Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle, Eddie Izzard, John Tuturro and Sam Harris on the stages of Pasadena Playhouse, Universal Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. Locally, she has been on the stages of the Bushnell, Goodspeed, Infinity Hall, Stamford Performing Arts Center, The Mahaiwi in Great Barrington.

Wanda is delighted to come with her HBH Band to celebrate with us her joy and belief in the power of music and its effect on the hearts of all of us. She is a huge fan of Shakespeare and is thrilled to support our efforts to bring Shakespeare back to The Litchfield Hills in 2021. This will be an afternoon to remember!!

Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children under 14. Sponsor tickets are $250 for two tickets which include preferred seating and special mention. Box Picnic prepared by the Pantry may be reserved for $25. Thank you, Michael Ackerman. By Governor Lamont’s order and the Town of Washington, we are limited to 125 people at the event. There will be will designated pods and markings for social distancing. Masked volunteers will escort you to the seating area. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Please reserve quickly by calling 203.754.2532 or by clicking the banner at the top of the homepage at www.shakesperience.org

Girls, Girls, Girls & More new art exhibit @ Falls Village Library

Getting to the library in Falls Village is half the fun, the ride there is so beautiful especially this time of year. The David M. Hunt Libary sits in the center of town and is offering a new art exhibition that runs through November 14, 2020 called Girls, Girls, Girls, Painting, and Sculpture by Robert Cronin, Robert Andrew Parker, and Sam Posey. All visitors to the library are required to wear masks and will register at the door and have their temperature checked. Social distancing allows for only five people at a time. For more information, or to make an appointment, call the library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary.org/art-wall, where the full exhibition can be seen beginning September 25. 63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031. Hours: Tues & Thurs 10-5, Fri 3-7, Sat 10-1.

The Hunt Library celebrates in its upcoming exhibition the power and significance of the female who has been recognized by artists from paleolithic times to our own. She has been seen through art as goddess, virgin, loving mother, saint, pixie, child, diva, seductress, she-devil, wench, etc. As a muse, she has for centuries inspired the creativity of, mostly male, artists. But as with so many recent revelations, we are now seeing ourselves and our genders in a different light while female and LGBTQ artists join and expand the male tradition of “muse inspiration.”

GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! Is a feast of female images of grace, grit, and humor. The artists here are three GUYS! GUYS! GUYS!: Robert Cronin, Robert Andrew Parker, and Sam Posey — all “old masters” and all internationally recognized in the art world. Each has lived and worked among us for decades. Although all three have embraced a vast range of media and subject matter, many of their “Girls” are people known or admired, while others live in their imaginations. Please do not miss this opportunity to have serious fun and be able to acquire gems from these magnificent artists.

The artists will donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit the Hunt Library. The full exhibition can also be seen virtually at huntlibrary.org/art-wall, where works can be reserved for purchase.

About the Artists

Robert Cronin received his degrees at RISD and Cornell University and has taught at Bennington College and Brown University. His work is in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Academy Museum (New York), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). The artist’s webpage is at robertcroninart.com.

Robert Andrew Parker’s artworks have appeared in the pages of Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Esquire just to name a few. His drawings and paintings have accompanied the writings of Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, W. H. Auden, and Marianne Moore. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Morgan Library and Museum, and private collections throughout the world. Parker is also a working musician, a drummer, performing with his band mates locally at the Interlaken Inn. The artist’s webpage is at robertandrewparker.wixsite.com.

Sam Posey received his BFA at RISD and has works in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery (London), the Walker Art Museum (Minneapolis), the Phillips Gallery (Andover, Ma.). A designer of cars, furniture, houses, a school, and a firehouse, he is universally known as a racing driver including drives in the Indy 500 (5th), U.S. Grand Prix, and Le Mans (3rd). He was a TV commentator with ABC Sports, Speedvision and, most recently, NBC Sports. He won an Emmy for best writing in 1990. In addition, he is the author of The Mudge Pond Express (G.P. Putnam, 1975), Playing With Trains (Random House, 2004), Where the Writer Meets the Road (2015), and articles for The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated, Road and Track. The artist’s webpage is at https://www.obergallery.com/sam-posey.