April 1 – May 14, 2021
We’ve selected pollinator-friendly plants that provide flower blooms throughout the growing season. Our pollinator kits provide food for caterpillars and adults butterflies, bees, flower flies, hummingbirds, and many more. No more guesswork, just install the correct sized kit for your growing conditions and let the power of the plants do the rest. You’ll see pollinators in your yard that you have never seen before!
Woodland Shade or Sunny Meadow Kits
Mailbox Garden (16 plants of 4 species)
Veggie Garden Booster (32 plants of 5 species)
Pollinator Powerhouse (48 plants of 6 species, plus a free Pollinator Pathway Medallion)
Pollinator Pathway Medallion (6 inch metal placard that indicates that your yard is pollinator-friendly
Visit https://whitememorialcc.org/plant-sale/ to see the plants: May 14 Pre-Order Deadline,
May 22 Pick-Up Your Kits
Saturday, May 15, 2021
During the 1800’s there was a mysterious wanderer who hiked Westchester County, New York, western Connecticut, and the Berkshires. Speaking very little, he communicated his needs of food primarily with hand gestures. Dressed in his leather “suit”,he was, at first, a curious and fearful sight. But as residents grew to expect his appearances in their towns, they were happy to accommodate his simple requests and were known to also give him leather scraps, tobacco, and sometimes money.
Due to his attire and the fact that he did not reveal his name, he was given the name Leatherman. In time, most people came to accept his diverse appearance and ways, and waited with anticipation for his return visits. Despite the tramp laws of the time, there is no record of his arrest other than in 1888, in concern for his failing health.
Misidentified as Jules Bourglay of Lyons, France, a great deal has been written about him, some of it truth, some of it fiction. It is hard to discern what is fact since all who knew him, or saw him, have passed on. Today’s public is left to draw conclusions and decide for themselves who the Leatherman really was.
Shirley Sutton is an Independent Educator, Historical Storyteller, Master Wildlife Conservationist, and Performing Artist. Currently an employee of Hale Reservation in Westwood Massachusetts, she leads adventures in the forest and on a “floating classroom”.
Sutton first became interested in the Leather Man in 1974 when her then Canton, CT landlady revealed having seen him.
To date Shirley has visited a couple dozen Leather Man shelter sites. She continues her quest to learn all she can about this mysterious figure.
2:00 p.m., ZOOM, Members: FREE, Non Members: $10.00, Pre-register at www.whtememorialcc.org .
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Tornados are one of Nature’s most violent and sudden atmospheric phenomena. How they form, what conditions are necessary for their development, and how they are forecast will be a focus of this presentation. We’ll take you back to the deadly Springfield, MA tornado of June 1, 2011 as well as highlight the 1989 Bantam, CT tornado. As a teacher, Tom show you how he demonstrates tornado formation in the classroom and how he sets up a tornado simulation display in his science lab. Join us for a blustery afternoon of conversation and information on this fascinating subject. 3:00 p.m., ZOOM, Members: FREE Non-Members: $10.00 . Please pre-register: www.whitememorialcc.org
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Rachel Carson imagined a world void of the sounds of insects and birds in her ground-breaking book “Silent Spring,” published in 1962. Millions were stunned to discover the deadly consequences of our increasing dependence on potent pesticides. Poisons like DDT slowly accumulated in each stage of the food chain almost destroying some birds of prey like the Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagle. In the 11th hour the efforts of falconers single-handedly pulled the Peregrine from the clutches of “nevermore”. Gerri Griswold will address the history of DDT and the amazing comeback of raptor species with the discontinuation of its use. 2:00 P.M., ZOOM and Facebook Live! FREE. Zoom users register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NR6xreUzTLaED-aX86jhQw
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Contemplative Yoga (Previously Yoga in The Garden) is a gentle all-level yoga class provided online through Zoom. The class meets on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30. This class cycles through each chakra, focusing on anatomy and energetic benefits, combining vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga forms. Students can attend the classes in any sequence. Poetry, music, and mudra assist the student in focusing on class intention. This class encourages stress reduction and efficient breathing, while building strength, flexibility, and balance. No registration is required. Class is $10, paid on Venmo to @JudithEhrman-Shapiro. Please leave a note which says “White Memorial”, and $1 will to be donated to WMCC for each class. Other payment arrangements can be made by calling Judith at 860-309-9489. Please use the following Link to join class!
Topic: Contemplative Yoga Time: Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm
Meeting ID: 998 133 6171 Passcode: 365gifts Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board-Certified movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered yoga teacher. She operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Winsted. Judith has been running Yoga in The Garden at White Memorial since 2015!
One Thursday Per Month (May 6, June 3, July 8, August 12)
Virtual Nature’s Nursery Series
Ages 3-6 Years
4-4:30pm (note the time change from the previous series).
Join us via Zoom on one Thursday per month from May – August for a 30-minute program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story featuring wild animals and then an up-close encounter with a live animal! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please visit whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857 to register. Space is limited! The day before each session for which you are registered, you will receive an email with the Zoom link. Sign up by session or for the whole series. Members: $5/session or $15/whole series (4 sessions), Non-Members: $8/session or $25/whole series (4 sessions)
Friday, June 4, 2021
Get all of the star power you could possibly desire from this informative talk presented by the star-studded members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club! FREE! 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM and Facebook Live! Zoom viewers register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IUAYW-7lQYSfpobO0shUrQ
Saturday and Sunday June 5 & 6, 2021
Trails Day is a two-day national event (the first weekend in June) that pays tribute to all the wonderful trails our country has to offer. If there was ever a time to celebrate our amazing Connecticut trails, 2021 is it! Trails and open spaces have become the places to escape to and enjoy in challenging times. This year’s Trails Day will be different, but the spirit will be the same.
There are new guidelines for this year’s Trails Day events so we can all participate safely. To see what White Memorial is offering this year, visit www.ctwoodlands.org
Saturday, June 5, 2021
The origin and domestication of sweet potato occurred in either Central or South America. In Central America, domesticated sweet potatoes were present at least 5,000 years ago. It was introduced to the Phillipnes, Japan, and China in the 1500’s, and 1600’s. Today the sweet potato belongs to the world and is particularly prevalent in Africa where increased cultivation was encouraged because vitamin A deficiency is such a health problem. A 2012 study of 10,000 households in Uganda found that children eating beta-carotene enriched sweet potatoes suffered less vitamin A deficiency than those not consuming as much beta-carotene. So let us toot this tasty tuber’s horn today with some delectable concoctions: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter, African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew, Roasted Sweet Potato with Chimichurri Sauce and Avocado Mash, and Sweet Potato Brownies. 2:00 p.m., ZOOM and Facebook Live, FREE Zoom participants register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_och5jyUsRPq3yapkM6GMgg