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White Memorial
April 2014

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30   CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: ARTinNATURENATUREinART with Valerie Culbertson Students will create site-specific nature inspired sculptural installations from off-trail wooded, field and streambed natural materials. The workshop is designed to be collaborative and innovative in the spirit of artist naturalist Andy Goldworthy. This is designed to be 100% Hands-ON FUN!!!! A. B. Ceder Room, 3:15 P.M. - 5:15 P.M., Members: $25.00 per program, Non-members: $30.00 per program. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

April 5   CT DEEP CARE Family Fresh Water Fishing Class The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this terrific free program. 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 DEP's website: www.ct.gov/dep and type in "e;CARE"e;. Classroom: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Fishing at Ongley Pond: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857.FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

April 5   Llama Walk with Deb Elias from Country Quilt Llama Farm Llama Walks are being offered by Deb Elias from Country Quilt Llama Farm. CQLF has been presenting educational programs at schools and libraries for twenty years. Get your chance to walk a llama and find out how easy it is. Along the walk you will also learn all kinds of llama information. This is appropriate for children and adults. Sign-ups are necessary with a limit of 10 people per walk. 1:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. $15.00 per person. Register directly through Deb by calling 860-672-2753 or emailing cqlf6@hotmail.com. A portion of the fee will be donated to White Memorial.

April 12  Turn Turn Turn: A Road trip to the Studio of Wood Turner (Bodger) Richard Heys Richard's stunning work includes decorative and utilitarian wooden bowls, vases, lidded vessels and sculptural objects made on the lathe and/or by carving. Evolving from a hobby in the early 1990s to a serious pursuit since he retired from a career in chemistry research in 2005, his work aims to reflect both the skills of the craft and an aesthetic response to the character of the wood. He obtains most of his wood locally from stormfelled or otherwise unwanted trees. Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room at 9:45 A.M. We'll carpool! 10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M., Limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

April 12   Bird Language Club with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier Do you find bird song beautiful? We do. All those sounds are more than mating songs. It's a complicated web of communication describing the needs and warnings of many creatures. Bird language is the study of the songs, calls and body language of birds and other animals giving their running commentary of the world around them. Among other things, they announce the presence of predators and threats. Birders, hunters, photographers and outdoors people can use this understanding to move through the landscape without disturbing the wildlife they came to see as well as predicting the arrival of other animals.

While we may spend some time observing birds to identify their species, it is not the focus of the club. The goal is to recognize the baseline of a specific area and what any change may indicate. The benefit of returning to the same location allows us to observe the impact of the progressing season. We invite participants in the club to share their knowledge so that we all grow in this new and exciting understanding of how we relate to our environment.

We will be sitting outside (very still) so bring an outdoor chair and warm clothes along with a notebook and binoculars. Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room, 7:00 A.M. — 10:00 A.M., Members: $15.00 Non-members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

April 12  A Day of Clay Houses for Your Yard and Garden with Reggie Delarm Early American pottery comes to White Memorial! The incomparable Reggie Delarm will be demonstrating wheel thrown bird houses on her 1800s wooden treadle wheel. Her wooden treadle wheel is a replica wheel of local potter Hervey Brooks from Goshen CT. Foot-powered, hand-made wooden wheels were used throughout New England even after the invention of electricity!

Reggie will make a variety of birdhouses on her wheel. Round houses, face houses, and carrot houses are her specialty.

After the demonstration, you will learn to make little hand-made fairy garden pinch houses. These cute little clay houses will look great in a terrarium, garden, or around your yard. Clay houses must be fired. Reggie will fire your little pinch house at her studio. You can return to White Memorial to pick them up one week later.

Reggie Delarm, a Connecticut native, has been a potter for over 40 years. Her love for clay and history combined in 1986 when she and her sister started making and selling Yellow Ware, an early type of pottery that started in England in the 1600s. (eastknollpottery.com) Yellow ware, originally hand-thrown, was factory produced, mostly by pressing and casting here in Connecticut in the 1800s. Her specialty is Mocha patterns on the yellow clay. For the past 20 years, you may have seen her demonstrating at area museums and fairs.

Reggie started demonstrating at the Goshen Fair in the History barn. This prompted her to build a wooden treadle wheel and travel to other fairs and museums to demonstrate the wheel, tools, clay, glazing and firing of Early American pottery.

She has been demonstrating at Storrowton Village at the Eastern States Exposition in September for over 10 years. She has traveled around New England, the Carolina's, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Reggie has acquired a wealth of information on a variety of clays, uses, tools, throwing, pressing, casting, glazes and firing and shares with enthusiasm and dedication.

She makes a wide variety of items from clay, wheel thrown, sgraffito, red ware, yellow ware, stone ware face jugs, little cast animals and birds and literally thousands of miniature pots.

2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, $30.00 per person includes all materials and firing. Limited to 10 participants ages 8 and up. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

April 12  An Evening with Photographer and Musician Gary Melnysyn Gary is one of the Conservation Center's all time favorites. He has been delivering delicious photography programs and workshops to us for several years. Tonight he will share with you some of his favorite wildlife photographs BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE…he will also break out the guitar and sing for you! This man has many hidden talents! Come out for a tasty potluck supper and an evening of music and nature unlike any other! BYOB and a pot luck dish plus your own place setting! 6:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Members: $20.00 Non-members: $25.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

April 13   Llama Walk with Deb Elias from Country Quilt Llama Farm Llama Walks are being offered by Deb Elias from Country Quilt Llama Farm. CQLF has been presenting educational programs at schools and libraries for twenty years. Get your chance to walk a llama and find out how easy it is. Along the walk you will also learn all kinds of llama information. This is appropriate for children and adults. Sign-ups are necessary with a limit of 10 people per walk. 2:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. $15.00 per person. Register directly through Deb by calling 860-672-2753 or emailing cqlf6@hotmail.com. A portion of the fee will be donated to White Memorial.

April 13   ARTinNatureNatureinART with Valerie Culbertson Valerie Culbertson helps you create site-specific nature inspired sculptural installations from off-trail found natural materials near the Lake and Ongley Pond Trails. Students under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. This workshop is designed to be collaborative and innovative in the spirit of artist and naturalist Andy Goldsworthy. Young and old are welcome! Dress for the weather. Bring water and a snack. This workshop is going to be so cool!!!!!! 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Members: $25.00 Non-members: $30.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

April 19   Bird Language Club with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier Do you find bird song beautiful? We do. All those sounds are more than mating songs. It's a complicated web of communication describing the needs and warnings of many creatures. Bird language is the study of the songs, calls and body language of birds and other animals giving their running commentary of the world around them. Among other things, they announce the presence of predators and threats. Birders, hunters, photographers and outdoors people can use this understanding to move through the landscape without disturbing the wildlife they came to see as well as predicting the arrival of other animals.

While we may spend some time observing birds to identify their species, it is not the focus of the club. The goal is to recognize the baseline of a specific area and what any change may indicate. The benefit of returning to the same location allows us to observe the impact of the progressing season. We invite participants in the club to share their knowledge so that we all grow in this new and exciting understanding of how we relate to our environment.

We will be sitting outside (very still) so bring an outdoor chair and warm clothes along with a notebook and binoculars. Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room, 7:00 A.M. — 10:00 A.M., Members: $15.00 Non-members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

April 19  Exploring Catlin Woods with Gerri Griswold Gerri takes you through the old growth forest we call Catlin Woods. Early spring wildflowers should be in abundance. Vernal pools should be teeming with life and the air will be awash with the calls of warblers! We'll get into all sorts of mischief! You KNOW a treat awaits you at the end of your journey! 10:00 A.M., Meet in front of A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

April 19  Celebrate the Earth! "Caws" for Recycling Puppet Show and Musical Parade with Robin McCahill Meet Tacu the Crow Puppet and his friend Robin! Tacu spies a pile of stuff to be recycled and decides to build something clever with it…something MUSICAL! Bring your own repurposed bucket…one gallon…two gallon…five gallon…or fifty gallon or other recycled musical instrument and join Tacu and Robyn on a musical parade celebrating the earth along the trails surrounding the Conservation Center! For ages 3 and up! 2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.>

April 19   Woodcock Cocktail Party Learn about the comical little woodland bird also known as the Timberdoodle. After a brief talk over hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic libations, we'll set out with Gerri Griswold in search of the Woodcock and its fascinating mating display, one of ornithology's greatest treats. 6:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $5.00, Non-members: $10.00. Group size is limited to 20. This program fills up quickly! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

April 20 - 26  Museum Children Free Week In memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

April 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. 7:30 P.M., Mott -Van Winkle Classroom. 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.

April 26   Bird Language Club with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier Do you find bird song beautiful? We do. All those sounds are more than mating songs. It's a complicated web of communication describing the needs and warnings of many creatures. Bird language is the study of the songs, calls and body language of birds and other animals giving their running commentary of the world around them. Among other things, they announce the presence of predators and threats. Birders, hunters, photographers and outdoors people can use this understanding to move through the landscape without disturbing the wildlife they came to see as well as predicting the arrival of other animals.

While we may spend some time observing birds to identify their species, it is not the focus of the club. The goal is to recognize the baseline of a specific area and what any change may indicate. The benefit of returning to the same location allows us to observe the impact of the progressing season. We invite participants in the club to share their knowledge so that we all grow in this new and exciting understanding of how we relate to our environment.

We will be sitting outside (very still) so bring an outdoor chair and warm clothes along with a notebook and binoculars. Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room, 7:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M., Members: $15.00 Non-members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

April 26  Salty and Fresh: Exploring Aquatic Habitats with the Cedar Island Marina What a wonderful opportunity we have in store for you! The Ceder Island Marina Research Laboratory from Clinton, CT brings the ocean to you! Our presentation begins with an interactive lecture and introduction to Long Island Sound and its occupants while showing the vertebrate and invertebrate species found there. After the presentation, get up close and personal with the animals via a touch tank. We will then make our way to Ongley Pond to catch and observe the creatures which are native to a fresh water habitat! Limited to 30 participants ages 10 and up. 1:00 P.M. — 3:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room. Members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

White Memorial
May 2014

May 2   GIVE LOCAL!!!!! On May 6, 2014, Connecticut Community Foundation is hosting Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills. During this 24-hour online giving challenge donors can make gifts of $10 or more to participating 501c3 nonprofit organizations that are located in or provide services in CCF's 21 town service area. Those contributions will be amplified by local matching funds and nonprofits will be eligible for local prizes as well. Beginning at 12 noon on May 6 and ending at 12 noon on May 7, this 24-hour event will be a community-wide, online giving challenge benefiting participating local nonprofit organizations. Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills coincides with Give Local America, honoring the 100th Anniversary of Community Foundations. Watch our website www.whitememorialcc.org or read your Habitattler for more details on how you can donate!

May 3   On May 3, 2014, GIVE LOCAL! NATURE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE!. As part of the give local campaign on May 6, 2014 The Nature Museum will be open to the public today at no charge! During this 24-hour online giving challenge donors can make gifts of $10 or more to participating 501c3 nonprofit organizations that are located in or provide services in CCF's 21 town service area. Those contributions will be amplified by local matching funds and nonprofits will be eligible for local prizes as well. Beginning at 12 noon on May 6 and ending at 12 noon on May 7, this 24-hour event will be a community-wide, online giving challenge benefiting participating local nonprofit organizations. Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills coincides with Give Local America, honoring the 100th Anniversary of Community Foundations. Watch our website www.whitememorialcc.org or read your Habitattler for more details on how you can donate!

May 3   Dawn Walk to Little Pond with Gerri Griswold Rise and shine and head off to the Boardwalk before the crowds arrive! Nothing beats having this special patch of property all to yourself! Coffee and homemade muffins and scones will clear your head and put a spring in your step! Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room at 5:00 A.M. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

May 3  Tying One On: Fly Tying Workshop with Doug McDevitt Learn the history, science (fly fishing covers a good deal of it!) and fine art of fly fishing with twenty-five year veteran of this graceful sport, Doug McDevitt. Doug loves nothing more than sharing his passion with you! Learn how to tie your own fly in the morning and employ your new creation on the water in the afternoon! This program is suitable for ages 10 and up and is limited to ten participants! REGISTER EARLY! 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $40.00 Non-members: $50.00 All materials are included! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

May 3   Exploring the Lake Trail and Butternut Brook with Gerri Griswold 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., Meet in front of A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

May 3   Meet the North American Porcupine North American Porcupines are large, solitary rodents commonly found in New England including Connecticut. Although they are elusive and mostly nocturnal they can be found perched in the top of a tree during the day. Find out so much more from CT DEEP Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Gerri Griswold and a non-releasable Quill Pig named Skitur in an hour long program addressing the natural history of one of Connecticut's most fascinating species and the world's third largest rodent! 2:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

May 6  GIVE LOCAL!!!!! On May 6, 2014, Connecticut Community Foundation is hosting Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills. During this 24-hour online giving challenge donors can make gifts of $10 or more to participating 501c3 nonprofit organizations that are located in or provide services in CCF's 21 town service area. Those contributions will be amplified by local matching funds and nonprofits will be eligible for local prizes as well. Beginning at 12 noon on May 6 and ending at 12 noon on May 7, this 24-hour event will be a community-wide, online giving challenge benefiting participating local nonprofit organizations. Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills coincides with Give Local America, honoring the 100th Anniversary of Community Foundations. Watch our website www.whitememorialcc.org or read your Habitattler for more details on how you can donate!

May 7, 14, 21   CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: ARTinNATURENATUREinART with Valerie Culbertson Students will create site-specific nature inspired sculptural installations from off-trail wooded, field and streambed natural materials. The workshop is designed to be collaborative and innovative in the spirit of artist naturalist Andy Goldworthy. This is designed to be 100% Hands-ON FUN!!!! A. B. Ceder Room, 3:15 P.M. - 5:15 P.M., Members: $25.00 per program, Non-members: $30.00 per program. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

May 10   Experience Nature as Healer with Marlow Shami Experience the simple power of nature's healing effects through guided meditation and out-of-door experiential activities. You will learn a simple yet profound method of deepening your relationship with Nature and in the process validate your sensitivity and discover personal guidance. We will spend time both indoors and out-of-doors. 10:00 A.M., A. B. Ceder Room, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

May 11 - 17  Museum Children Free Week Courtesy of Arthur and Tara Diedrick. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

May 17   Wild Edible Plants with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier We all know that locally grown organic food is what is best for us. No unwanted chemicals, more healthy nutrients, less wasteful byproducts of large scale farming and long distance transportation. Having your own garden is even better of course.

What about wild plants? They're right there. Some in great abundance. Some non-native species in to much abundance, out competing their native neighbors. Many of these we can eat and it is becoming quite well documented that they are better for us, containing higher and more complete amounts of the nutrients we need to be healthy within the same volume of food.

Three Red Trees School of Natural Living's Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier will help you learn some common, easily identifiable edible wild plants and how to responsibly harvest and prepare them. We will walk through field, forest and wetland edge, all almost within sight of each other and will include a chance for all to participate in gathering and preparing the plants we discuss.

We have special permission to pick plants on WMCC property, something that is not normally allowed, which gives us an incredible opportunity to do this in a most beautiful setting. All the plants we cover will be species one could find in their back yard or old farmland or wood lot so no excuses for not making future use of what you will learn.

Bring, lunch, notebook, camera, protection from the elements, and a cup or mug for tea at the end of the walk. Class is limited to 20 participants! 10:00 A.M. — 2:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum. Members: $20.00 Non-members: $25.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

May 17   ARTinNatureNatureinART with Valerie Culbertson Valerie Culbertson helps you create site-specific nature inspired sculptural installations from offtrail found natural materials near the Lake and Ongley Pond Trails. Students under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. This workshop is designed to be collaborative and innovative in the spirit of artist and naturalist Andy Goldsworthy. Young and old are welcome! Dress for the weather. Bring water and a snack. This workshop is going to be so cool!!!!!! 2:00 P.M. — 4:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Members: $25.00 Non-members: $30.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

May 17  Flowering Shrubs in Watercolor with Betsy Rogers Knox Spring into spring with acclaimed botanical artist Betsy Rogers-Knox! Using live materials learn the introductory basics of botanical illustration - with step-by-step instruction on drawing, color matching, and composition. All supplies included. For 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.

May 23  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. 7:30 P.M., Mott -Van Winkle Classroom. 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.

May 24   Exploring Mallard Marsh and the Pine Island Trails with Marlow Shami Did you have any idea that Alain White was very involved in the restoration of Mallard Duck and Wood Duck populations in Connecticut? Take a beautiful walk with Marlow to the place where much of this activity occurred. Wander the sweeping expanses of the Pine Island Trail in search of spring wildflowers and other natural wonders! 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.

May 25 — 31  Museum Children Free Week In honor of Helen Ryan Donnelly. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

May 26  Memorial Day MUSEUM CLOSED

May 31  Dawn Bird Chorus and Nature Walk with Litchfield Hills Audubon President Fran Zygmont Fran Zygmont will lead a nature-filled morning starting with a dawn bird chorus followed by a nature walk. Chorus: Listening to the transition from night-calling birds (owls, rails) to diurnal birds (cardinals, robins, thrushes, etc.) is a magical nature event you must experience! Here's your chance. The walk, for "late" risers, will take us to some of White Memorial's favorite haunts. Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room. Dawn Chorus: 4:00 A.M., Nature Walk: 7:00 A.M. Bring a pot luck dish and your own place setting for breakfast afterwards. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

White Memorial
June 2014

June 7   Celebrate Connecticut Trail Days!!! Geology Walk Through Five Ponds with Tom Alena Geologist and meteorologist Tom Alena knows a thing or two about rocks! Join Tom on this beautiful hike through one of White Memorial's richest geological arenas. Tom will explain the glacial event that occurred thousands of years ago in laymen's terms revealing the stories of white quartz, garnets, mica schist, and that incredible boulder field that define this very special area. Wear sturdy boots. Rain or shine! 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.

June 8   Litchfield Hills Road Race
MUSEUM CLOSED

June 8 — 14  Museum Children Free Week In memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

June 14   Exploring Topsmead with Gerri Griswold

Topsmead State Forest is the former summer estate of Miss Edith Morton Chase, daughter of Henry Sabin Chase and Alice Morton Chase. Henry Sabin Chase was the first President of Chase Brass and Copper Company in Waterbury. Chase Brass was one of the leaders in the brass industry when Waterbury was the Brass Capital of the world.

In 1917, Miss Chase received from her father approximately 16 acres on Jefferson Hill in Litchfield. Here she built a rustic cabin, which was replaced with a more substantial summer home in 1923. She hired noted architect Richard Henry Dana, Jr. to help her design and build the English Tudor style house which was completed in 1925. The exterior woodwork is of cypress, the downspouts are lead, the walls of brick and stucco, and the roof is slate. The interior woodwork is oak, as is most of the flooring. The foyer, hallway and dining room floors are of polished terra cotta tile. Most of the interior walls are of the same type of stucco as is found on the exterior. Fine craftsmanship, an eye for detail and understated wealth are evident throughout the house, which is tastefully and simply furnished with 17th and 18th century English country antiques.

Miss Chase loved the outdoors and as much care was given to the landscaping as was given to the design and furnishings of her home. Surrounding her home are plantings of holly, lilac, and juniper. Apple trees line the drive and formal gardens on each end of the house compliment the English Tudor architecture.

Edith Chase shared her summer home with her life-long companions, Mary and Lucy Burrall. The ladies spent the winter months at the Burrall sisters' home on Church Street in Waterbury. Because it was their dream to create a pocket of serenity, the ladies' lifestyle at "Topsmead" was relaxed. Guests were entertained informally.

Miss Chase was a clever businesswoman. She built up her financial inheritance and subsequently her real estate holdings. One of her most significant acquisitions was the 1927 purchase of the Buell Farm which was renamed Topsmead Farm to reflect its location at the "top of the meadow". The farm produced food used on the estate. In addition to vegetable and flower gardens there were beef cattle, poultry, sheep, pigs, and at one time, draft horses.

Upon her death in 1972, Edith Chase left her beloved country estate to the people of Connecticut and to be known as Topsmead State Forest. In her will, Miss Chase requested that Topsmead State Forest "be kept in a state of natural beauty". To ensure that Topsmead would remain undisturbed, Miss Chase left an endowment to be used toward maintaining and operating the buildings and grounds as they were upon her death. Pack a picnic! Meet Gerri Griswold at Topsmead at 11:30 A.M.. House tour: 12:00 P.M. We'll wander the property after the tour! For directions visit: www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

June 21  High Tea on Chickadee Bridge and Boat Parade Our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the White Memorial Conservation Center cruises along with a whimsical boat parade along the Bantam River ending with a high tea on Chickadee Bridge. Entrants will dress up their canoes and kayaks and launch them at Alain White Road then parade down to Chickadee Bridge following our Parade Marshall, The QUEEN of the Bantam River, Robyn Dinda. Our esteemed panel of judges will award prizes to the top three participants! Fancy dress is optional but wouldn't you look just darling in a lacey Victorian dress or a top hat holding a parasol? Do the White's proud! 2:00 P.M. with High Tea to follow the parade. Registration fee for Boats (includes high tea and payable in advance): $20.00, Admission to High Tea: $5.00 payable the day of the event but you must pre-register for the tea by calling 860-567-0857. RAIN DATE JUNE 23.

June 27  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. 7:30 P.M., Mott -Van Winkle Classroom. 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.

June 28   4th Annual Celebration for the Bats Help Gerri Griswold celebrate our planet's most extraordinary creature! A lecture featuring a live Big Brown Bat will begin the evening's festivities then head off to the Activity Shed for a special concert provided by the ever so talented Lana Peck!!!!! We can then count our bat colony as it emerges from the Green barn! Charming bat cupcakes and lemonade will be served (to humans..not bats..they prefer insects)! Pack a picnic or BYOB! The event is on rain or shine. Come out and show your support for bats! Lecture: 6:00 P.M., Concert: 7:00P.M. Please call 860- 567-0857 to register. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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.


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.