Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Join birder 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 walk. Kristi is the founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com
In the words of Kristi, “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. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place rain or shine! 9:00 – 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.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Strap on yer dancin’ shoes, pack dinner, or a snack, and BYOB! Conservation Center favorite Robert Messore and his colleagues will fill the Carriage House with the gleeful 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 the 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. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org .
SOLD OUT! Please call 860-567-0857 to be placed on a waiting list!
Saturday, November 23, 2019
You can do it! Venture out into the crisp autumn 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 apres program.
In the event of a meteorological Armageddon, the alternate date will be December 7.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Follow along in this step-by-step watercolor workshop and create a simple, scenic, late autumn watercolor, just in time for Holiday gift-giving! All levels welcome in this step-by-step workshop which includes all materials. 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $40.00 Non-members: $65.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online
Sunday, November 24, 2019
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.
First Thursday of Each Month (Sep. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5)
Ages 3-6 Years
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on the first Thursday of each month for hour-long programs 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. Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series, Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Let’s wander through the towering white pines of Big and Little Cathedral in search of bird and mammal life or just to work off that Thanksgiving dinner or prepare for the holiday eating Olympics! These lovely trails are some of the least wandered on our property. Come out and breathe in some fresh air! Dress for the weather! 2:00 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. We’ll carpool to the trailhead. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Join birder Kristi Dranginis (founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com) on the second Tuesday of each month (**Except February) for a golden opportunity to dive deep into the practice of Instinctive Birding. Winter is a wonderful time to participate in this nearly lost art. Learn to interpret the subtle signs and voices of the birds while also becoming more proficient with your bird ID skills.
We’ll begin observing the unfolding story of the landscape with a bird sit. Please bring something to sit on (camp chair, cushion, etc) and a blanket to keep you warm if you like. Minty hot coco will be provided, so bring your mug. We’ll then transition inside where we’ll warm up and peel away the layers of the mysteries that presented themselves to us during our sit.
Our sessions will average about 2 hours, but feel free to head out whenever you need to. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place snow or shine! 9:00 a.m. start time. Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. Head on over to www.birdmentor.com/birdwalk to add yourself to the email list & receive updates for each month. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.