White Memorial
WMCC
Monthly Calendar of Programs and Events
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White Memorial
November 2014

November 1    Fall Family Fun with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living Join Deneen Bernier, Andy and Gabby Dobos of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living for an afternoon getting in touch with Nature. Families will enjoy learning about the world around us through games, exploration and adventure. Designed to reconnect both young and old to the plants and animals, these fun activities will open your senses to the mysteries of our natural world. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Bring water, good shoes and clothing for the weather and playing outside. You will leave filthy, fabulous and fulfilled. 1:00 P.M. –; 4:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. The cost is per child. Parents or Guardians attend at no cost. Members: $20.00 Non-members: $25.00.

November 5    Hiking and Healthy Eating with Gerri Griswold This sold out summer series was so popular we thought we should continue into the fall! It has been over a year since Gerri began a serious assault on her lifelong battle with obesity. The success of her weight loss began with juicing after watching the movie ‘Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead’. It is pretty much common knowledge that diet and exercise are key in losing weight. Many people falter when it comes to knowing how to be creative with food. They eat the same old turkey sandwich or salad, become bored and disillusioned, and quit. Spend this evening taking a brisk walk with Gerri, then settle into a delicious and simple to prepare vegetable based meal. The objective is to share recipes, learn how to use herbs and spices to create wonderfully delicious meals that will keep you focused on your goal and to use this beautiful property to help you become the very best you can be. You are worth it! Tonight's dish is a Hearty Vegetarian Chili, Mesclun Greens with Oranges, Avocado, and Toasted Almonds, and Fresh Fruit. Dress for the weather and pack a flashlight! BRING YOUR OWN PLACE SETTING! 6:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00 Non-members: $25.00. Limited to 20 people! Pre-registration and prepayment are required.

November 8    Lazy Birding at Point Folly with WMCC Education Director Carrie Szwed Stop by the Point Folly Observation Overlook anytime between 9am and 12pm to do some laidback birding with new Education Director Carrie Szwed. We'll be using scopes and binoculars to look for fall migrants and winter arrivals, both onshore and off. (Payment is in the form of hot chocolate for Carrie…Don't show up empty-handed!) Park in the Campground Store parking lot across from Point Folly. Meet Carrie at the observation platform FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

November 9 - 15    Museum Children Free Week In honor of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

November 15    Autumn Leaves in Watercolor with Betsy Rogers-Knox Here is your sterling opportunity to learn botanical illustration from world renowned botanical artist Betsy Rogers-Knox! Explore different techniques in this fun approach to painting our beautiful fall leaves! The class is for all levels of experience. All supplies are included. Ages 12 and up. 1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $35.00 Non-members: $45.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

November 21    Star Party! This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

November 22    Give a HOOT! Felting Workshop with Robin McCahill It's the perfect time of year to create a magical handmade gift for a loved one (or to keep yourself!). Using soft wool and a special barbed felting needle, sculpt a night time owl of your choice. This one day workshop will enable you to finish your bird in time to adorn your home for the holidays. Learn some of the nocturnal habits of the famed owls while you work. All materials included! 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $55.00, Non-members: $65.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

November 22    Circumnavigating Five Ponds with Gerri Griswold Spend quality time exploring one of the most magical areas on our property! We'll be tackling every pond! Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water. Sturdy footwear and rain gear are a must. We are conquering Five Ponds rain or shine! Meet at the trailhead at the junction of Route's 63 / 61. 11 AM – 3:00 P.M., Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

November 23    The Green Man: A Musical Afternoon with Michael McDermott and Friends Benefit Concert Supporting The White Memorial Conservation Center The Green Man is a mysterious, eerie figure depicted mainly in medieval European stonework, believed to represent an ancient vegetation deity. It is nearly always depicted as a "foliate head," that is, a face made of leaves and vines. Sometimes it appears as a human face peering out from leaves, other times with animal features. This joyful afternoon with ridiculously talented purveyor of joy, Michael McDermott and his band "Cead Mile Failte" Gaelic for "A Hundred Thousand Welcomes", will include music by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Irish singer / songwriter Luka Bloom, and many more. What a splendid way to spend the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving! 100% of the proceeds from this concert benefit the Conservation Center. 2:00 P.M., Carriage House, Members: $15.00 Non-members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

November 27 & 28 THANKSGIVING MUSEUM CLOSED

November 29    Walking the Cranberry Pond Trail with Gerri Griswold Welcome to our 5th Annual Edition of this popular walk! Nothing could cap off a wonderful "on the cusp of winter" stroll along this spectacular trail better than a cup of hot coffee and a thick wedge of Crimson Pie swimming in a pool of thick ginger crème anglaise! Meet in the Museum. 2:00 P.M., We'll drive over to the trail head together. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

White Memorial
December 2014

December 3    Hiking and Healthful Eating with Gerri Griswold This sold out summer series was so popular we thought we should continue into the fall! It has been over a year since Gerri began a serious assault on her lifelong battle with obesity. The success of her weight loss began with juicing after watching the movie "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". It is pretty much common knowledge that diet and exercise are key in losing weight. Many people falter when it comes to knowing how to be creative with food. They eat the same old turkey sandwich or salad, become bored and disillusioned, and quit. Spend this evening taking a brisk walk with Gerri, then settle into a delicious and simple to prepare vegetable based meal. The objective is to share recipes, learn how to use herbs and spices to create wonderfully delicious meals that will keep you focused on your goal and to use this beautiful property to help you become the very best you can be. You are worth it! Tonight's dish is a Chicken and Barley Bake, Mesclun Greens with Oranges and Toasted Almonds, and Fresh Fruit. Dress for the weather and pack a flashlight! BRING YOUR OWN PLACE SETTING! 6:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00 Non-members: $25.00. Limited to 20 people! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

December 6    Stories in Wildlife Tracking with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier from Three Red Trees School of Natural Living This slideshow presentation will introduce you to the world of wildlife through the eyes of local Naturalists. Andy and Deneen will recount tales of personal tracking adventures incorporating natural history and methods of track and sign identification. We invite you to shift your awareness and intimately connect with nature through the celebration of stories. Come prepared to share tracking stories and questions from your own backyard. 8:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

December 12    Museum Open House Stroll through the Museum. Sip mulled cider. Wrap up your holiday shopping. Take 10% off all purchases! One Night Only Open House Special: Buy a Membership for Yourself or a Loved One and Receive a Free WMCC Tote! (new members only) 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

December 13    The Photography of Leo Kulinski, Jr. All of the holiday hub bub no doubt has you on edge! EXHALE…Spend this evening with Leo as he indulges us in a montage of his very favorite photographs. Kulinski has been White Memorial's court photographer for years. Expect breathtaking images of Apple Hill, whales, the moon, musicians, his beloved white-tailed deer, Veronica the Red-tailed Hawk, and the stories behind the images. Before the presentation you will indulge in a beautiful beef bourguignon dinner. BYOB and your own place setting. Comfort and joy await you! 7:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $25.00 Non-members: $30.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

December 14    Litchfield Hills Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count For more information contact Ray Belding: hoatzin1@optonline.net

December 20    Nowhere is a Place: Travels in Chilean Patagonia with Gerri Griswold Just back from her second visit to this ethereal travel destination, Griswold shares breathtaking images taken near the bottom of the world. 2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

December 21 – 27    Museum Children Free Week Courtesy of Tara and Arthur Diedrick in honor of Adele and Joseph d'Assern. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

   December 24 & 25 CHRISTMAS MUSEUM CLOSED

December 27    Chasing Ice
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In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Icee depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. 2:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room,. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

White Memorial
January 2015

January 1    NEW YEAR'S DAY Museum Closed

January 3    Wildlife Tracking Club with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier Three Red Trees School of Natural Living's Andrew Dobos and Deneen Bernier take you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods. There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots! You never know where the animals have been! 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.. Meet in the Museum. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

January 3    A Winter Walk Along the Lake Trail and Butternut Brook Trail with Marlow Shami Tag along with Marlow as she leads you to the observation platform overlooking Bantam Lake and the Ice House Ruins. Pass by pretty Butternut Brook and indulge yourself in the sights, scents, and sounds of winter. 1:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

January 10    Film: 180 South This gorgeous, historic, and inspiring film documents the adventures of surfer and climber Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard (rock climbing legend and founder of Ventura-based Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins, on which they drove, mountain climbed and surfed their way to Chilean Patagonia. Along the way, Jeff encounters big surf, snowy mountains, a dangerous ocean crossing, pulp mills, cowboys, dams and more on his way to climb Cerro Corcovado in Patagonia. Jeff's life takes a turn when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature and have come to Patagonia to help use their influence to help protect it. The film is a road trip movie, a historic document, and an environmental call to arms, but mostly a meditation on what matters most in life – staying true to one's own vision and values. 2:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

January 12 – 18    Museum Children Free Week Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. John Morosani in Memory of Remy Edmund Morosani. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

January 17    Firewood 101 with Tom Worthley, Associate Extension Professor, Forest Resources UCONN A most extraordinary primer on everything you could ever want to know about firewood from a man who has heated his home exclusively with firewood for the last 30 years. Learn about firewood characteristics of different species of wood, selecting which trees to harvest for firewood and why, useful wood cutting and processing techniques, safe use of chain saws and other cutting tools, and sharpening and maintenance tips.

Tom Worthley is Associate Extension Professor, Forest Resources at UConn. He has heated his own home exclusively with wood for over 30 years, mainly from the management of his own woodland acreage. 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, In lieu of a program fee, Mr.Worthley asks that a donation be collected today for The Coverts Project, a wildlife habitat program offered by UCONN. Please pre-register by calling 860-567-0857.

January 17    Identifying Connecticut's Owls with Fran Zygmont Join Litchfield Hills Audubon's Fran Zygmont as he discusses about our native owls. Meet some taxidermy specimens of Great Horned, Snowy, Eastern Screech, and Sawhet Owls, familiarize yourself with owl calls and meet our very own Barred Owl, Shakespeare! 2:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

January 10    Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
MUSEUM CLOSED

January 24    DEEP CARE Family Ice Fishing Workshop The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the fifth year in a row. Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event which is part of the DEEP's CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program. The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it's FUN!!! All fishing tackle and course materials are provided ABSOLUTELY FREE! To learn more log onto the CT DEEP's website: www.ct.gov/dep and type in "CARE ". Classroom: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Ice Fishing: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857.

January 31    Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the Museum with a visit to the Ice House display, then head outdoors for a walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins. The program culminates with our own "Cut Ups", Carrie Szwed, Jeff Greenwood, and James Fischer, demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods. Dress for the weather. We will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods of time. Wear warm boots and prepare for wind and sun. Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Meet in the Museum. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

January 31    Winter Landscape in Watercolor with Betsy Rogers-Knox Create a winter wonderland for your wall with noted watercolorist Betsy Rogers-Knox! Learn how    to use transparent layers of watercolor to create a simple winter landscape painting. Step-by-step instruction with plenty of demos provided! All levels welcome. All materials included. 1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $35.00 Non-members: $45.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

White Memorial
February 2015

February 5    Nature's Nursery Series Join us on the first Thursday of each month through May for an hour-long program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. Bring your kids out to White Memorial for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning. Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:30-4:30pm. Advanced registration is appreciated. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org and print out a registration form. Grades Pre-K – Kindergarten, Members: $6/child per session or $22 for the whole series, Non-Members: $9/child per session or $25 for the whole series

February 7    Early Morning Owl Prowl with Fran Zygmont Join Fran Zygmont as he takes you on a crack-o-dawn walk in search of Saw-whet, Screech, Barred, and Great Horned Owls that call White Memorial home! Breakfast at Patty's afterwards! Program is limited to 10 participants! 5:00 A.M., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room. The program is free but you must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857.

February 7    Wildlife Tracking Club with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier Three Red Trees School of Natural Living’s Andrew Dobos and Deneen Bernier take you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods. There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots! You never know where the animals have been! 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.. Meet in the Museum. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

February 7    Ice Skating on Beaver Pond Pack your blades and head out to the beautiful Five Ponds trails for an afternoon of old fashioned ice skating! Bring your own mug for hot chocolate. Gerri will find something to feed you as a treat for braving the elements! 1:00 P.M. Meet at the trailhead parking area at the intersections of Routes 63 / 61. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.


Visit the Mattatuck Astronomical Society for dates and times of Observing Sessions.

White Memorial Conservation Center, Inc.
80 Whitehall Road
P.O. Box 368
Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 567-0857
E-mail: info@whitememorialcc.org
Museum Hours:
Monday through Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  Sunday - 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.