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Outing Club schedules New Britain trip
On Sunday, Feb. 17, the Outing Club will visit the New Britain Museum of American Art, followed by a walk in Walnut Hill Park, directly across the street from the museum. The park features 98 acres with meandering walkways and a scenic overlook.  We will then stop in Collinsville for pizza.  Admission to the museum is $12.00 for seniors over 62. Meet at the Litchfield Town Hall at 1 p.m. and car pool.
 
Outing Club events are open to single and married adults. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent/guardian.  All activities are non smoking, non alcohol and no pets.
 
Please call Anna 860-309-7545 or Doyle 860-921-8323 if you would like to join us.
 
 
 
Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft Course
Northwestern Connecticut Community College is offering a course in Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft on March 11, 12 and 14 from 6:00-9:00 pm. This Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) certificate course is taught by boating professionals sponsored by the Connecticut DEEP Boating Division. 
 
Successful completion fulfills the requirements to obtain the Connecticut Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft Certificate, which enables individuals to operate jet skis and recreational vessels up to 65 feet in length.  The course fee is $25.
 
For more information or to register for this class, please contact Jane Williams, Program Coordinator, at (860) 738-6444 or at jwilliams@nwcc.edu.
 
 
 
Litchfield skating rink is open 
The Town of Litchfield skating rink behind Town Hall is open after the current cold snap froze the rink. Skaters should have their own skates and skate at their own risk. The skating rink will be open from dawn until dusk, weather permitting. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 860-567-7569.
 
 
 
Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT   06763
Phone: 860-567-7437
 
Westminster Dog Show “Meet & Compete Section” – Saturday, February 9; $80.00 pp. We’ll be traveling to New York City to experience the “Meet & Compete” section of the Westminster Dog Show. We’ll view the Agility Preliminaries and also experience the AKC (American Kennel club) Meet The
Breeds. Cost includes admission to the event, motor coach transportation, driver gratuity and more! Convenient departure from the Morris Town Hall. Contact Morris Beach and Recreation for more information: 860-567-7437.
 
Museum Mile, NYC – Saturday, March 16; $55.00 pp. The Museum Mile is a lovely stretch along 5th Avenue in New York City chock full of museums and other fine art institutions, such as MOMA, the Guggenheim an the nearby Museum of Natural History are all options to consider. Cost includes motor coach transportation, driver gratuity, snacks and more. Admission to Museum(s) is a separate fee. Convenient departure from the Morris Town Hall. Please contact Morris Beach and Recreation for more information: 860-567-7437.
 
TRIVIA NIGHT! – Saturday, March 16; Doors open at 7:00 pm / Games begin at 8:00 pm; tickets $20.pp. Get a table together and join us for Morris Beach & Recreation’s second annual Trivia Night – a fundraiser for Morris Beach and Recreation. Event held at South Farms, Morris. Beer / wine / snacks will be available for purchase. No outside food or beverages permitted. Tickets are $20.00 per person and are on sale at Eventbrite.com
 
Red Cross Babysitting Course – Saturday, March 23; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; $70.00 per student. The best way to prepare children aged 11 – 15 for a babysitting business! Class sponsored by the Warren & Morris Recreation Departments. Class held in the Community Room at the Morris Senior Center, 109-21 East Street, Morris. Please pack a bagged lunch. Advance registration required by contacting Morris Beach & Recreation at 860-567-7437.
 
New York Botanical Gardens / Bronx Zoo – Saturday, April 6; $55.00 pp. We’ll be visiting during the Garden’s spectacular 17th annual Orchid Show: Singapore, a dazzling tribute to Singapore – one of the world’s greatest orchid cultures. Combined with a second stop at Little Italy in the Bronx, time permitting. Cost includes motor coach transportation, driver gratuity, snacks and more. Admission to Gardens / Zoo is a separate fee. Convenient departure from the Morris Town Hall. Please contact Morris Beach and Recreation for more information: 860-567-7437. 
                                 
        
White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events February 2019
 
February 7
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on the first Thursday of each month from January-April 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/Grandparents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $8/child per session, Non-Members: $12/child per session
 
February 9
Winter Wildlife Tracking with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf
Andrew Dobos takes 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. Members: $10.00 Non-Members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
 
February 9
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 Ceder Room with a presentation which illustrates the history of ice cutting. Many old tools of the trade will be on display.  The program culminates with our own “Cut Ups” Jeff Greenwood, James Fischer, and Gerri Griswold 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.
 
February 16 – 22
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of The Laurel Ridge Foundation in memory of Francesca M. Thompson, M.D. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
 
February 16
Arctic Blast!
Narwhals, and Foxes, and Auroras…OH MY! Chill out with us for a full day of programming devoted to the awesome Arctic from a spectacular team of experts in their fields! We begin at 10:00 a.m. with Gerri Griswold’s stunning visual presentation of her winter exploits in Iceland. Griswold has made Iceland her second home, having visited 49 times since 2002. At 11:00 a.m., you’ll hear from Iceland’s Arctic Fox expert, Ester Rut Unnsteinsdóttir. Follow Ester’s research in Iceland’s remote Western Fjords. You will be captivated by her words and photographs. At 12:00 p.m., Tom Alena will wow you with his knowledge of the Northern Lights lavishly illustrated with photographs from Iceland’s Keeper of the Northern Lights, Olgeir Andresson (www.olgeir.com). After a quick break for lunch, the afternoon programs kick off at 2:00 p.m.; Joseph Meehan will talk about his experiences with Narwhals. Meehan is an expedition and documentary photographer for Smithsonian-sponsored research on the Narwhal, undertaken by Dr. Martin Nweeia. Explorer and Arctic Expert Moki Kokoris will wrap up the day at 3:00 p.m. with a joyful program devoted to the many cultural facets of the Artic. This hands-on program is utterly breathtaking! Pack a lunch! Coffee, water, and light refreshments will be provided. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room. Members and Non Members: $10.00 per program or, for Members only, a $30.00 All Day Pass! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. The festival is limited to 30 participants per program! Register early! Call 860-567-0857 or register online at www.whitememorialcc.org.
 
February 17
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 
2:00 p.m., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.
 
February 18
President’s Day
MUSEUM CLOSED
 
February 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. 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.
 
February 23
An Evening with Abe: 1863 ~ Lincoln’s Remarkable Year
Being in the presence of Howard Wright as President Abraham Lincoln is an experience you will not soon forget. Dressed in precise period attire and speaking with a Kentucky accent, Lincoln’s mannerisms, speaking style, and humanity flows over the listener with each moving sentence, witty observance, or eloquent description of a tortuous time that was the Civil War. 
 
Authenticated speeches, letters, quotes, and humorous stories have been the foundation from which Howard Wright has crafted his program, giving you a sense of what it was like to have been in the presence of Abraham Lincoln.
 
One of Wright’s most requested programs is “1863: Lincoln’s Remarkable Year.” The full power of Lincoln’s steadfast resolve to finish the war and his eloquence in defining the issues and persuading the North to carry on are on full display. 
 
From the Gettysburg Address to a multitude of letters, speeches, or quotes, to the Second Inaugural Address, Lincoln’s leadership through a troubled time saved the Union. Howard Wright is an inspiring embodiment of Abraham Lincoln, especially to those who want to hear “Lincoln” speak his words. 
 
7:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00, Non-Members: $30.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org. Light refreshments will be served.
 
About Mr. Lincoln: Howard Wright is a life member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, an organization dedicated to the serious interpretation of Abraham Lincoln, and he has performed as the 16th president since 2005.
 
Dressed in authentic period attire and speaking in a high tenor voice with a Kentucky accent, Mr. Wright has appeared to great acclaim in a variety of venues such as the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, historical societies, and living history events.
 
Mr. Wright was the “Lincoln of choice” for numerous events planned by the Connecticut Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Throughout the commemorative period (2011 – 2015), Mr. Wright was the only “Lincoln” the commission entrusted to accurately portray the 16th president. He served as Co-Chair of the Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission from 2008 - 2010, and was one of seventeen “Lincolns” profiled at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. in 2010. Mr. Wright is the Science Department Head at the Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT.
 
 
White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events March 2019
 
March 2 – 8
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Arthur and Tara Stacom Diedrick in Honor of Claire and Matthew Stacon. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
 
March 2
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 
10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.
 
March 2
The Secret Lives of Owls with Mary Beth Kaeser, Horizon Wings Raptor Center
It seems that owls have always been surrounded by an air of mystery, probably because most are nocturnal and not easily spotted in the wild. This is your chance to be only a few feet away from four different species of owls. Discover the extraordinary features of owls, including exceptional eyesight, hearing, and ability to fly silently. 2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $5.00
Non Members: $10.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org.
 
March 3
Owl Prowl with Fran Zygmont
You can do it! Venture out into a cold winter morning in search of our native owls with expert Fran Zygmont. We’ll be in search of Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Saw-Whet Owls, and Great Horned Owls. Dress for the weather. Coffee and comestibles will be served beforehand. Optional breakfast at Patty’s après program. 4:00 A.M., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room. Online registrations for this program are closed. Limited space is available. Please call 860-567-0857. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
March 5
After School Adventures: Grades 1 –3
Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series
 
March 6
After School Adventures: Grades 4 - 6
Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series
 
March 7
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on the first Thursday of each month from January-April 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/Grandparents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $8/child per session, Non-Members: $12/child per session
 
March 9
Winter Wildlife Tracking with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf
Andrew Dobos takes 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. Members: $10.00 Non-Members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
 
March 9
3rd Annual Nature Trivia Night!
Cerebrum, Cerebellum, Medulla Oblongata, Hippocampus…How big are yours? Are you even remotely prepared to test your nature knowledge at our 3rd Annual Nature Trivia Night? Teams of up to six (we HIGHLY encourage team costumes) will compete for a valuable prize. Register individually, but form teams beforehand. Otherwise, we’ll put you a team when you arrive.
A Chili supper will be served along with dessert, coffee, and soft drinks. BYOB and your own place setting. Come on, Brainiacs! Accept the challenge! 7:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00, Non-members: $25.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. You can register for this program online: www.whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857.
 
March 12
Monthly Bird Walk  Series with Kristi Dranginis
Join Kristi Dranginis on the second Tuesday of each month, for a golden opportunity to explore the rich and varied habitats of White Memorial while learning how to identify birds on an educational bird walk. Kristi is the founder of Bird Mentor.  www.BirdMentor.com
 
If you are looking for a walk where the leader gives you all of the answers, this is probably not for you.  If, on the other hand, you are ready to learn how to distinguish and deeply connect with what you are seeing and hearing, then please join us!  
 
The walks will average about 2 hours, but feel free to head out whenever you need to.  They are open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Kristi’s walk will take place rain or shine! 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. FREEDonations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
March 12
After School Adventures: Grades 1 –3
Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $9/child per session, Non-Members: $13/child per session
 
March 13
After School Adventures: Grades 4 –6
Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $9/child per session, Non-Members: $13/child per session
 
March 16
Animal Architects with Gerri Griswold
Egypt, Greece, Rome, from Thomas Jefferson to I. M. Pei, humanity’s history has been chock full of extraordinary architects and architecture. We, however, were not the first to erect monumental structures! While humans had yet to emerge from caves, many animals were going gangbusters impressing mates with their own monuments! Meet some incredible builders in this one-hour picture presentation celebrating the glory of human and animal architecture. 2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 8660-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org.
 
March 17
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 2:00 p.m., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.
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March 19
After School Adventures: Grades 1 –3
Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $9/child per session, Non-Members: $13/child per session