The 39th Annual Family Nature Day Upscale Tag Sale

White Memorial Foundation is hosting the 39th Annual Family Nature Day Upscale Tag Sale on September 25, 2021.

To bid on a beautiful book, blanket, artwork, antique, High Tea with a Turtle, or Owl Prowl with Fran Zygmont visit https://www.32auctions.com/NatureDayAuction2021 This year they are taking their silent auction online! You’ll never feel left out again! All of these riches are now available to you! A handy donation button can be found on the upper right-hand side of the page! Funds raised will support the Conservation Center’s end of fiscal year expenses.

About The White Memorial Conservation Center
The White Memorial Foundation is the result of the vision of two generous and creative people, Alain C. White and his sister, May W. White. Between 1908 and 1912 they purchased several tracts of land surrounding their family’s Whitehall property on the north shore of Bantam Lake. In 1913 these lands were conveyed to the White Memorial Foundation, an organization that was incorporated in May of that year as a memorial to Alain and May’s parents, John Jay and Louise.

In 1964, the Trustees of The White Memorial Foundation established The White Memorial Conservation Center to further the Foundation’s education role through the implementation of natural history education and research programs for the public. Located in the heart of the Foundation property, the Conservation Center is housed in “Whitehall,” the former White family home.

The Center, whose mission is to instill understanding, appreciation and respect for the natural world, provides year-round programs for people of all ages. Programs are directed by full-time professional staff, assisted by a core of volunteers and part-time employees.

The Center also operates a Nature Museum with exhibits focusing on the interpretation of local natural history, conservation, and ecology. Over 20,000 people of all ages visit the Center each year to walk through the Museum or take part in an education program.

Hopkins Vineyard Open Labor Day Weekend

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, head to Hopkins Vineyard located in New Preston Connecticut overlooking beautiful Lake Waramaug. Tour the vineyard and treat yourself to a wine tasting in their atmospheric tasting room located in an old barn. Head to the hayloft and enjoy your favorite wine while snacking on local cheese overlooking the lake.

For a special treat, try Hopkins Apple Cider Wine, an authentic off-dry farmhouse cider made from select local apples from Buell’s Orchard in Eastford.

This weekend, Hopkins is also offering music. Mike Tedesco will play from 3 pm – 6 on Saturday, September 4, Dunn St. Revival will play on Sunday, Sept. 5 from 2 pm – 5 pm and Lesiw and Gardener will play from 2-5pm on Monday, September 6.

The winery is open daily, Monday – Friday from 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 6pm.

From Earth To Sea –Clambake, Silent Auction, and Native American Dancing

Every September the Institute for American Indian Studies hosts an al fresco traditional clambake, called From Earth to Sea. This year the clambake will be held on Saturday, September 11th, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion on 11a School Street in Washington Depot. There will be plenty of socially distanced tables set under a large open-air pavilion in a beautiful park setting.

This annual event honors the founders of the museum and celebrates Connecticut’s Indigenous people and the bounty harvested from our fields and waterways. A new highlight this year is the Silent Auction that is taking place as part of the fun. Auction items will be on display and guests can bid on them during the event. Auction items include gift certificates from local restaurants and shops, plus beautiful Native-made jewelry, baskets, and more.

In addition to a delicious lobster dinner served with all the fixings – corn, clams, and potatoes guests are in for a special treat – a riveting performance by the highly esteemed Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. The dance troupe was founded in 1963 and is the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. Their mission is to preserve dances, songs, and traditions that might have otherwise been lost. They have toured across the United States, as well as internationally in Japan, Canada, and Israel in order to bring a greater understanding of American Indian people through dance. Guests will be regaled with stories, dances, traditional drumming, singing, and colorful regalia that celebrate the diversity of Native American culture in the United States.

Tickets are limited and pre-registration is required by September 9th. To register, click here. The cost of the traditional clambake dinner including dancing and drumming by the Thunderbird Dancers is $50 for IAIS Members and $55 for non-members. There is a special price for children and non-seafood eaters of $10 and that meal consists of hot dogs, chips, and lemonade. The proceeds from this event will go toward the education department to support schools’ indigenous curriculum through the Institute’s 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.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Welcomes Two New Black and Gold Howler Monkeys

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is the new home for two Black and Gold Howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya). The two Howler monkeys are sisters from San Antonio, Texas. Estrella, six years old, and Catalina, four years old, join the Zoo’s existing male Howler monkey, Cain, whose two previous female companions passed away from advanced age.

Photo Jack Bradley

Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “Our Black and Gold Howler monkeys are some of the most popular animals who make their home here at the Zoo for their charismatic personalities. Native to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, they are an important South American species. We’re pleased to welcome ‘Ella’ and ‘Lina’ to the Zoo.”

Other recent additions to the Rainforest Building include a golden lion tamarin, a Goeldi’s monkey, and a two-toed sloth, all new residents within the last year. Two North American river otters, Sedge and Tahu, are also recent additions to the Zoo family. Last week, two Dexter cows were added to the New England Farmyard.

About Black and Gold Howler Monkeys
These large monkeys grow to about 2 ft. in length, not including their tail, and have long soft fur. Males can weigh on average about 15 lbs., sometimes weighing twice as much as females. These monkeys have a long prehensile tail, with a hairless underside, useful for grabbing onto tree limbs when they are feeding. Howler monkeys are the loudest animals in the New World, with a guttural howl that can travel for three miles through dense forest. These monkeys are a great example of sexual dichromatism when females and males of the same species have different colors. Females and young of both genders are a golden color, while adult males are black. The species is under pressure from habitat loss as well as being hunted for meat, and for export for the illegal pet trade. Their average lifespan is 16-20 years, although the Zoo was once home to the longest living Howler monkey in human care, Zuele, who passed away at 32 years of age.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 99th year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the Rainforest Building, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can ride on the carousel, grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and ecosystems is more important than ever.

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org; guests taking advantage of the free program for Connecticut children must also make reservations online. In accordance with the state of Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines: we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and are able to maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks are required. Everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available.

PechaKucha Night Storytelling Returns to Downtown Bridgeport

A “Larger than Life” story event, PechaKucha Night for adults is taking place on Sunday, August 29th, 2021 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, CT. PechaKucha Night (PKN) Bridgeport is a free storytelling event featuring amazing tellers from CT, CA, India, and Japan who will share personal stories that are larger than life! The evening’s fun festivities will be hosted by Lauren Coakley Vincent, President, and CEO of the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District. Free tickets are available to attend the event live in person or virtually on YouTube.

The theme for this fast-paced visual in-person event at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre is “Larger than Life.” Storytellers speak with 20 photos that are projected on the big screen for 20 seconds each. PechaKucha events originated in Japan and now take place in over 1200 cities in 140 countries around the world, and Bridgeport, CT is one of them! PKN is an exciting, fun night of listening to personal stories from people across disciplines to spark conversation, new ideas, and collaborations. If you can’t make it in person, join the live stream on “YouTube” on Sunday, August 29th from 6:00 PM – 8:00PM. It’s free to attend. Doors open at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre at 5:00 PM and the PechaKucha telling will begin at 6:00 PM. to hear true personal stories on the theme

Food at the cabaret will be available for purchase from “A Pinch of Salt” Chef Raquel Rivera. Seating is open at tables in a cabaret-style setting. The Cabaret Theatre is located at 263 Golden Street #3, Bridgeport, CT.

PLEASE REGISTER FOR FREE TICKETS: Register for In-Person tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridgeport-pechakucha-vol-11-larger-than-life-in-person-tickets-156996084515

Register for Virtual tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridgeport-pechakucha-vol-11-larger-than-life-virtual-tickets-157723341761

PechaKucha Night Bridgeport is organized by the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, the Barnum Museum, City Lights Gallery, Bill Derry, and Nina Lesiga.

Metered parking is free on Sundays in downtown Bridgeport. In addition, there is a parking lot directly across from the Cabaret Theatre.

Woodbury Arts Walk @ The Glebe House August 19

One of the best ways to experience a summer evening is by strolling through a beautiful garden where you can enjoy artwork and flowers! On Thursday, August 19 head to the Glebe House located on 49 Hollow Road in Woodbury to participate in a summer Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participants are invited to stroll through the historic Gertrude Jekyll Garden to admire the flowers as well as the art of Angelo Perrone who has been painting in mixed media for the last 60 years. Perrone’s recent works of art, called “Impressions of Nature” blend seamlessly with the beauty of the Jekyll Garden and celebrates his love of natural beauty which is inspiring. Select pieces will be available for purchase.

If your stroll through the garden has gotten you into a gardening mood – you are in luck because the Glebe House is also hosting a Pop-Up-Plant-Pot sale! Gardeners will be available to dig up and pot specific plants from the garden, pot them on the spot so they can be taken home and transplanted into your garden. This is a unique chance to purchase a plant from a historic garden. Previously potted plants will also be for sale including painted ferns, dahlias, pulmonaria, lily of the valley, lobelia, globe thistle, vinca, and spiderwort. Plants that will be dug up on the spot include herbstonne, globe thistle, dogwood, English ivy, and panicle hydrangea.

The first floor of the Glebe House, one of the finest examples of an early American home in New England will be open for visitors to tour.