Saturday, January 26, 2019
THIS PROGRAM IS FULLY BOOKED!
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the seventh consecutive year. Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event, which is part of the DEEP’s CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program. The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it’s FUN!!! All fishing tackle and course materials are provided ABSOLUTELY FREE! To learn more, log onto the CT DEEP’s website: www.ct.gov/dep and type in “CARE”. BRING LUNCH! Classroom (mandatory participation): 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Ice Fishing (conditions permitting): 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., A.B. Ceder Room. Call 860-567-0857 to be placed on a waiting list!
Strap on yer dancin’ shoes, BYOB, and heat up on a cold winter’s night with Conservation Center favorite Robert Messore and his band, Wry Bred! Tonight the Carriage House will undulate with the gleeful sights and sounds of Contra!
Contra is danced to Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music played by live bands, either from Atlanta or elsewhere. In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or “contra to” — their partners. A dancer and his/her partner form a couple.
Through a caller’s instructions, each couple interacts with the couple next to them to form a four person “set” and each set interacts with the sets on either side of them. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with every other couple in their multi-set “line.”
There is no fancy footwork involved (that is the other sort of line dancing) but the instructions given by the Caller do form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize. As this happens, the Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until he drops out entirely, leaving you, your partner, and the others in your line to finish the dance, accompanied only by the exciting, lilting, haunting, and/or pulse-pounding music provided by the band.
Dancing is not mandatory this evening, but we DARE you to stay seated!
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Carriage House, All tickets: $15.00. Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register HERE!
Light refreshments will be available to purchase or bring your own!
First Thursday of Every Month (Jan. 3, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 4)
Ages 3-6 Years
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, 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, click HERE or call 860-567-0857. Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series, Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series. Feb. 7 SOLD OUT!
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 HERE!
Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the Museum with a visit to the Ice House display, then head outdoors for a walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins. The program culminates with our own “Cut Ups” 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.
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 12:15 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 2:15 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 4:00 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 HERE!