White Memorial
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White Memorial
July 2014

June 29 – July 5    Museum Children Free Week In memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

July 2    NEW SERIES: Hiking and Healthful 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 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 which you can enjoy while watching the inspirational movie "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". 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 an Indian Style Roasted Cauliflower, Lentils with Pumpkin, Mesclun Greens, and Fresh Fruit. Dress for the weather! BRING YOUR OWN PLACE SETTING! 6:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00 Non-members: $20.00. Limited to 15 people! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

July 4    INDEPENDENCE DAY - MUSEUM CLOSED

July 5    Fall Guys: Road Trip to Kent Falls, Dean Ravine, and Campbell Falls with Gerri Griswold Let's hit the road today and explore some coveted properties gifted to the State of Connecticut by Alain and May White! We'll begin early in the day at glorious Kent Falls. Coffee and muffins first then a hike to the top! We'll wind along the Housatonic River, drive over the covered bridge in West Cornwall and end up Dean Ravine in Cornwall. This is a lesser known property but very charming with beautiful winding trails and its own little waterfall. Our final stop will take us over Canaan Mountain, through Great Mountain Forest and Norfolk to our final destination, Campbells Falls. Meet at Kent Falls off of Route 7 in Kent at 7:00 A.M.. Dress for the weather. Bring a bagged lunch and plenty of water! This 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.

July 6 – 12    Museum Children Free Week In memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

July 9    Black Bear Ecology in the Urban-Wildland Interface Mike Evans is a PhD student at UCONN. His current dissertation research concentrates on understanding the effects of human density on black bear population ecology in Connecticut. Learn more about bears and their behavior in your neighborhood and around the state. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

July 11 / 12    A Celebration of The Bantam River The festivities begin Friday evening with a presentation by Washington Chef, Photographer, and Adventurer, Horst Antosch. Nibble hors d'oeuvres, sip wine and immerse yourself in Antosch's ethereal images. On Saturday morning at 6:30 A.M. meet at the boat launch on Whites Woods Road for an early morning interpretive paddle down the Bantam River. End at Litchfield Town Beach where you will be treated to a delicious breakfast prepared for you by Gerri Griswold. Pray for perfect weather! Kayaks or canoes can be rented through Dave Faber at CT Outdoors, LLC by calling 860-274-6213 or bring your own! Friday: 6:30 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room and Saturday: 6:30A.M at the boat launch on White's Woods Road. Members: $20.00, Non members: $30.00…Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

July 19    We Honor the Birch Robert Frost waxed poetically about it! Birch trees are an exceptionally important tree species for people; pre-historically, culturally, economically, and ecologically. Join Research Director James Fischer as he teaches you how to identify the birch species that live on the property. We’ll explore a variety of uses, starting with taste testing our own birch beer soda and cookies! 10:00 A.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

July 25    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. 8:00 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.

July 26    The Hills are Alive: Exploring the Peaks of White Memorial with Gerri Griswold Apple Hill, Schemerhorn Hill, Windmill Hill, Spruce Hill, Wheeler Hill. Spend the day with Gerri Griswold as we "climb every mountain" on the property! Bring a lunch and plenty of water! Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. We'll be out for about four hours rain or shine! 10:00 A.M. – 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.

July 26    Thirty-three Trips to Iceland: A Photographic Journey Nobody knows this magical country better than frequent flyer Gerri Griswold. Spend an evening full of breathtaking photography and anecdotes as Griswold gleefully shares her second home with you. Sit down to a tasty Icelandic dinner and perhaps become inspired to purchase a few of our Family Nature Day Raffle Tickets which feature a trip for two to Iceland with Gerri in January 2015! 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $20.00 Non-members: $30.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

White Memorial
August 2014

August 2    The Great Lobster Dilemma: Plight of the Maine Lobster The American lobster, Homarus americanus, is found along the Atlantic coastline from Labrador to New Jersey. Although their average size ranges from 8-20 inches and 1-9 lbs, American lobsters have been known to reach 25 inches and 44 pounds. They thrive in cold, rocky habitats where there are places to hide from predators and can be found up to 1,570 feet below the surface. Canada and Maine are currently the largest producers and use primarily lobster traps, bottom trawlers, and gillnets.

In 1999 the Long Island Sound lobster population experienced a detrimental die-off where about 80-90% of the population was lost. There are many opposing views as to why this happened including but not limited to: pesticides, overfishing, changing water temperature, and hypoxia. The 'V-Notch' program was implemented across New England in an attempt to save all lobster populations, but it did not have an impact in LIS as our populations have still not recovered 15 years later.

We now rely on our neighbors to the North in the state of Maine, who still participate in the 'VNotch' program. Research completed on lobster populations in Maine is controversial, in that state and federal organizations are battling research studies based in both education and private sectors. Some studies state that since 2007 populations have dropped by almost half, while opposing studies say that the Maine lobster industry is experiencing record high catches since 2011 because of effective management.

Beth Patrizzi, Director of the Ceder Island Marina Research Laboratory in Clinton, Connecticut will help us get to the bottom of the controversial research. 12:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $20.00 Non-Members: $25.00 INCLUDES LUNCH! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

August 3 - 9    Museum Children Free Week Courtesy of Joan and Jack Benham in honor of Brianna R. Parcell. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

August 6    Hiking and Healthful 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. We begin this evening with a visit from Marlow Shami. Marlow will begin us with a short guided meditation and discuss food triggers and strategies to avoid falling into the food pit. Take a brisk walk with Gerri, then settle into a delicious and simple to prepare 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 Spicy Puttanesca Sauce over Pan Sauteed Cod, Spaghetti Squash, Mesclun Greens, 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.

August 9    Camp-Out in the Activity Field and Movie Night: Opposable Chums: Guts and Glory at the World Series of Birding with Fran Zygmont

Spend the night in the company of crazy like-minded nature lovers like yourself. Begin the festivities with a showing of the movie "Opposable Chums" starring our own Fran Zygmont! This award winning documentary covers The World Series of Birding each spring which attracts 120 international teams competing to identify the most species in 24 hours! WHAT FUN! Popcorn and hot dogs will be served and we hope to watch the film outside the A.B. Ceder Room. We'll be inside in the event of rain. Tent set up at 5:00 P.M., Movie at 6:00 P.M., Pre-registration is required. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

August 9    Things That Go Bump in the Night

Join Gerri Griswold for a night walk. Learn to identify all of those insect, owl, and frog voices that lend such beautiful ambience to a summer evening. Watch for and even LISTEN to bats (with an ultrasound detector of course!) 8:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder RoomAfter the walk, head to the Kienholz Fire Pit for S'Mores and more! Pre-registration is required. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

August 10    Moonset / Sunrise Hike Up Apple Hill with Leo & Gerri Don't hate photographer Leo Kulinski, Jr. for getting you out of bed well before the crack of dawn to experience the pure unadulterated joy of watching the remains of August's Full Sturgeon Moon setting just as the sun begins to rise in the east! K...so hate Leo...but LOVE Gerri Griswold because she is going to fill your empty belly with breakfast in the A.B. Ceder Room after your walk! Bring a flashlight or a head lamp and your camera and a sense of humor. This hike is limited to 20 brave guests. Meet at the Apple Hill trail head 4:30 A.M. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

August 16    Bantam Lake Day and Museum Open House! Celebrate Connecticut's largest lake in this day-long event sponsored by the Bantam Lake Protective Association and White Memorial Conservation Center. The Museum will be open to the public all day free of charge! Alain and May White managed to acquire 60% of the shore around Bantam Lake which today is managed by the White Memorial Foundation! We will celebrate the day with three walks in which the lake plays a major role but there will be soooooo much more as this wonderful event evolves! Stay tuned! Rain Date is August 17.

August 16    Exploring the Lake Trail The Lake Trail is chock full of wonders including the ice house ruins, abundant bird and amphibian life and so much more! You KNOW a treat awaits you at the end of your journey! 10:00 A.M with Lee Swift and Gerri Griswold and 2:00 P.M. with Marlow Shami, Meet in front of A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

August 16    Exploring Camp Townshend with Gerri Griswold Put on your clam diggers! Follow Gerri to the site of this former Girl Scout Camp. Listen for a variety of birds along the way. Once you reach the beach you can wade into the water and search for all sorts of creatures. What a splendid way to spend a summer afternoon! Gerri will provide a treat because you expect her to! 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.

August 17 – 23    Museum Children Free Week Courtesy of Tara and Arthur Diedrick in honor of Ann and Arthur Diedrick. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

August 17    Old Fashioned Haying with the Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association Learn all about the practice of haying the old fashioned way with gentle giants. Members of the Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association will hitch their charges to antique mowing machines and work a portion of the a filed located off of North Shore Road. Learn about harnessing, hitching, raking and so much more! Look for the sign at the entrance to the field. Ample parking is available. 10:00 A.M. until ????? Refreshments served! FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

August 22    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. 8:00 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.

August 23    Discovering Spruce Hill, Schemerhorn Hill, and the Cathedrals with Gerri Griswold Spend some quality time discovering the beautiful twists and turns, stone walls and bridges, and plant and animal life which are so abundant throughout this beautiful property. Carry a little picnic and we'll dine alfresco by the stream. 11: A.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

August 30    Loving Haight with Gerri Griswold Pack a picnic and let's explore this beautiful piece of property together. Babbling brooks, towering trees, a bevy of birds, and a view of the vineyard will be highlights of this exploration of one of the Foundation's less traveled parcels. 11:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

White Memorial
September 2014

September 1    LABOR DAY - 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 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 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 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 Non-members: $15.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

September 28 – October 4    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!


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.