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White Memorial
September 2014

September 1    LABOR DAY MUSEUM CLOSED

September 3    Hiking and Healthy Eating with Gerri Griswold It has been over a year since Gerri began a serious assault on her lifelong battle with obesity. The success of her weightloss began with juicing after watching the movie "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". It is pretty much common knowledge that diet and exercise are the key to 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 disillusioned, and quit. Marlow Shami begins the evening with a guided meditation which will help you to understand body language as it pertains to your eating habits. Spend this evening taking a brisk walk with Gerri, then settle into a delicious and simple to prepare healthful 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 Pan Sauteed Salmon, Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Ginger, and Wilted Spinach with Caramelized Garlic, and Fresh Fruit. BRING YOUR OWN PLACE SETTING! 6:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00 Non-members: $20.00. Limited to 20 people! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

September 6    Early Morning at Little Pond with Gerri Griswold Join Gerri Griswold in search of Wood Ducks, herons, shore birds, muskrats, frogs and whatever else Mother Nature decides to dish out in the early morning! Muffins and coffee are your reward for being such a trooper! Group size is limited to 20. Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register. 5:00 A.M., Meet at the White's Woods Road entrance to Little Pond. Rain or shine! FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

September 6    An Evening at Little Pond with Gerri Griswold Join Gerri Griswold in search of Wood Ducks, herons, shore birds, muskrats, frogs and whatever else Mother Nature decides to dish out at dusk on Little Pond! Group size is limited to 20. Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register. 6:00 P.M., Meet at the White's Woods Road entrance to Little Pond. Rain or shine! FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

September 11    Let Freedom Ring: Remembering the Victims of 9/11/2001 This very special tribute features the music of retired Education Director, Jeff Greenwood and the unfettered beauty of falconry with Master Falconer, Brian Bradley at the top of Apple Hill.. 11:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M., Apple Hill. Please call 860 -567- 0857 to pre-register. In the event of rain the program will be canceled.

September 13    Exploring the Boulder Field Loop with Marlow Shami The Boulder Field Loop can only be described as a glacier's calling card! This little known area of Five Ponds is a granite cemetery of glacial erratics and is truly unique to the property. Along the way visit Fawn Pond in search of beavers or perhaps a Wood Duck hen and her chicks. A sweet treat awaits you at the end of your hike. 10:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. The program is free but pre-registration is required. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

September 14 – 20    Museum Children Free Week

In memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

September 20    Nature Poetry by the Fire with Gerri Griswold We love poetry and we love it by a fire and we love it even more when it involves nature! Join Gerri Griswold at the Kienholz Firepit for a cozy reading of poems dedicated to the glory of nature! Our selections heavily favor the writings of Mary Oliver. Hot dogs cooked over the fire (weather permitting) and homemade pie and coffee will be served! In the event of inclement weather the program will be moved into the Meeting Barn. If it is really cold..the A.B. Ceder Room. 7:00 P.M. Kienholz Fire Pit, Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

September 28 – October 4th    Museum Children Free Week Courtesy of Joan and Jack Benham in honor of Wesley D. Parcell. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

September 26    STAR PARTY! There will only be star gazing tonight! 8:00 P.M., Meet at the Observatory in the Sawmill Field.

September 27    The 33rd Annual Family Nature Day! Our annual celebration of Mother Nature is a must for folks of all ages. This 33rd edition celebrating The White Memorial Conservation Center's 50th Anniversary is chock full of the greatest presenters! Brain Bradley will be here with his beautiful hawks and falcons. The Wolf Conservation Center presents its glorious white wolf, Atka!. Learn about our imperiled allies as Gerri Griswold aka The Bat Lady teaches you about bats. Riverside Reptiles' Brian Kleinman is perhaps the greatest mind in reptiles in our state. Come visit the many friends he'll be bringing along. Meet the North American Porcupine! Music provided by Robert Messore and The Boxcar Lilies will make your heart soar. The day is filled with live animals, guided nature walks, information booths, horse drawn wagon rides. Shop until you drop at the artisans market. Get in a bidding war at our silent auction. Our bake sale is always a crowd pleaser. Lots of nature crafts for the kiddies too! Will you be the winner of a trip for two to Iceland with Gerri Griswold in January? That's the first prize in our raffle courtesy of Krummi Travel LLC! So much to do! Feed your mind, body, and soul! 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Admission: $6.00, Center Members and children under 12 are FREE!

White Memorial
October 2014

September 28 – October 4th    Museum Children Free Week Courtesy of Joan and Jack Benham in honor of Wesley D. Parcell. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

October 1    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 White Bean, Potato, and Kale Stew, 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 prepayment are required.

October 3    Hawk Talk with Paul Carrier Paul Carrier authored the cover story for the Autumn 2014 edition of White Memorial’s quarterly newsletter, Sanctuary. Carrier is very active in the annual Hawk watch and migration for this area. He developed a guide for hawks seen in the northeast during migration for the NorthEast Hawk Watch (NEHW). Spend an hour with Paul learning about identifying falcons, accipiters, and buteos which are often very difficult to ID from your place on terra firma and theirs so high above. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

October 4    You Have Gall!!! Learning About Plant Galls with Pete and Barb Rzasa Gall enthusiasts Barbara and Peter Rzasa will pique your curiosity about plant galls and the insects that make them. You've probably seen these weird plant cell growths on plants and trees and wondered what they were. Galls are the highly distinctive plant structures formed by gall makers that act as both the habitat and food source for the maker of the galls. Galls are varied in color, size and shape. Learn what causes plant galls and the effect of galls on our vegetation. A collection of galls will be available for viewing. This presentation will consist of a 60-minute lecture followed by a short hike on local trails to search for galls. Dress for the weather. 10:00 A.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00, Pre-registration and prepayment are required.

October 11    Autumn Tree Identification Walk with WMF Forest Superintendent Lukas Hyder Meet in the Museum parking lot at 10:00 A.M.…FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

October 11    Sensory Wisdom Walk with Marlow Shami Forget your field guide on this walk. Marlow will provide the tools and information to help leverage your ability to access nature's restorative power. You will traverse White Memorial's gorgeous terrain and experience how our inner landscape is reflected in the natural world around us. Learning to interpret these maps can provide guidance and restoration. 1:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room, Pre-registration is required. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

October 13    COLUMBUS DAY MUSEUM CLOSED

October 18    Fall Family Hike with WMCC Education Director Carrie Szwed Shoot the breeze (hopefully not a cold one!) with new Education Director Carrie Szwed as we admire fall's beauty around Ongley Pond, at the Bantam Lake Overlook, and along Butternut Brook. Rain or shine! Dress for the weather! 2:00 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.

October 24    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.

October 25    Celebrating Connecticut's Apples! Join Barr Weeks from the New England Apple Association as she weaves the delicious story of apple growing in Connecticut. Learn about apple history, their growing cycle, Connecticut's ten most popular apples and some rarer New England varieties. Samples will be available in raw form as well as pie form! 2:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. The program is FREE but you must pre-register by calling: 860-567-0857. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

October 25    Litchfield Historical Society and WMCC present : A Halloween Spooktacular! The evening begins at the Tapping Reeve Law School with a candlelight reading of excerpts The evening begins at the Tapping Reeve Law School with a candlelight reading of excerpts from the Washington Irving classic, ’The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ interpreted by local thespians, Ilvi Dulac, Jane Coughlin, and Michael Medeiros. Elizabeth O'Grady, Curator of Education at the Litchfield Historical Society will then lead a walking tour along Gallows Lane, site of the hanging and death of America's first mass murderer. The evening ends at White Memorial's A.B. Ceder Room with spooky treats prepared by WMCC Director of Administration and Development Gerri Griswold. Meet an owl and a bat and watch out for other things that go bump in the night! Bring a flashlight! Halloween costumes are suggested but not required! This unique program has very limited space! 6:30 P.M. &ndsh; 9:30 P.M., LHS and WMCC Members: $25.00, Non-members: $35.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

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 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.


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.