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!
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.
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 & Non-Member ticket price: $15.00
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register HERE!
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.
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 HERE!
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 apres program. 4:00 A.M., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses. REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED! Please call 860-567-0857 to be placed on a waiting list.