In Land We Trust

What does it take to preserve our land?



Stephen G. Donaldson

Look out over your nearest vista, along the distinctive ridgelines that define the Berkshire landscape—forests, wetlands, valleys, open meadows, and working farms—and it’s likely you’re looking at preserved land. 

This is no accident. Our landscape has been shaped by massive collaborative regional and local efforts. Ahead of the curve, the Berkshires is arguably home of the first land trust, the Laurel Hill Association in Stockbridge, founded in the Victorian era. Later, during the Great Depression, the state bought up large tracts of farmland for only five dollars per acre. Today, a staggering amount of land—33 percent of the Berkshires—is permanently protected from development, and as much as 75 percent is protected in some of our more rural towns.

Never simple to achieve, good land use balances conservation with development, sustaining both the environmental and economic health of a community. Without our landscape, the Berkshires would not be the distinctive place it is. More important, it would not remain so.

What does it take to preserve our land?

“No two conservation plans are alike,” says Kathy Orlando, Sheffield Land Trust’s executive director of land protection. Land trusts often work with families to help them realize a unique vision for their land. This often takes the form of a conservation restriction, where the state buys the development rights. Once in place, restrictions on land use can be modified to preserve specific attributes of each site, whether it’s working farmland, well-managed forest, clean water in a stream, accessibility of a view, a species habitat, or an historical feature. The restriction can also include education and recreation for the community, including hiking trails. And it may set aside a house lot for the owners to live on or rent, while the rest of the property is preserved for posterity. 

Money to buy development rights or land outright comes from private or agency funding or, oftentimes, a combination of both. Essential players may be the municipalities, the state, or other important regional agencies, such as the Nature Conservancy, the Trustees of Reservations, and the Audubon Society. The key  negotiators oftentimes are town and regional land trusts because they have vested interests and deep ties in the community.

Most recently, a grant of up to $850,000 has been awarded by the state with the goal to preserve about 1,400 acres in Otis and Tyringham, on the Berkshire Plateau. 

Nat Karns, executive director of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, readily admits that there are tensions every time towns discuss land use. Some say conservation increases taxes on homeowners while making land less available. Preserved land does bring in tax dollars, albeit less than developed land, but it also demands considerably less services. Studies such as those from the American Farmland Trust and Williams College show that open space costs towns less. As one land-trust director puts it, “Cows don’t go to school.” 

A large amount of preserved acreage runs along unbuildable ridgelines and wetlands. This kind of open space makes the Berkshires attractive to residents and to tourists, bringing tremendous revenue into the local economy.  Karns sees land conservation as a balance between sometimes competing interests, ultimately benefiting all engaged in the process.

 

Baldwin Hill
Keeping the Farmland

The preservation of 630 acres atop Baldwin Hill in Egremont was 18 years in the making. It involved three farm families and was spearheaded by Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), a pioneering land conservancy dating from 1967 that now owns 8,512 acres. That land is open for public enjoyment, including many hiking trails and a diverse landscape, from riverfront to ridgeline. Additionally, the council protects another 10,045 acres through conservation reserves. 

The Baldwin Hill project began under founding director George Wislocki and was completed last year under current director Tad Ames. The BNRC worked with the land’s dairy farm owners—first the Turners and later the Proctors and Burdsalls—to facilitate the preservation of this summit and its breathtaking 365-degree views. 

The Proctor family came to Baldwin Hill in 1958 after leaving their dairy farm in Lunenbuerg, Massachusetts, for a larger tract of farmable land. After the scion of the Proctor family died, his son, Charles, with wife Ellen and their son Rhett, continued to farm the land. Because it is now preserved, the land will always be used agriculturally, whether for dairy cows or strawberry growing. 

That guarantee came after the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources bought the development rights, paying over $6 million. The three dairy-farming families covered a large part of the local share with “bargain sales” that generously sold the land for less than the appraised value. The balance of $150,000 was raised by the BNRC and the Egremont Land Trust. 

“You have to give lots of credit to Tad Ames, he worked long and hard on this project,” says Charles Proctor.  “I see what we come from in Lunenberg and how the houses have encroached on the farmland, so that it’s 90 percent gone, and I don’t want that to happen again.” 

 

Hoosac Range
Piecing Together an Historic Ridgeline 

One of Ames’s favorite hikes is the Hoosac Ridge in North Adams, which he can see from his house. It’s a dramatic ridgeline, where you can spot snow year round. Pieced together in six separate land acquisitions that the BNRC made over three years at a cost of $1.1 million, Hoosac Ridge totals 730 acres. 

It covers linear miles of ridgeline, extending from Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) to Spruce Hill in the Savoy Mountain State Forest. The BNRC subsequently sold a conservation restriction over the entirety to the state’s Division of Conservation & Recreation for about $340,000 so it can never be developed.

In 2011, the BNRC built a three-mile hiking trail for the public that winds along the ridgeline through several rugged rock faces. It’s well designed, allowing hikers to look up, rather than constantly down at their feet. The BNRC schedules regular hikes here, but most visitors take the trail on their own. 

Families with small children or those looking for a short interlude can take a quick hike—a little over a mile, round-trip—and get great satisfaction when they reach the first vista. Heartier hikers can continue on through the BNRC trail connecting Savoy Mountain State Forest, where there’s a view of three states from Spruce Hill. The trail doubles as a section of the 100-mile Mahican-Mohawk Trail, an ongoing project recreating the traditional Native American travel route from the Hudson River to the Deerfield River. 

 

Sheep Hill 
Educating Future Land Stewards 

A “poor man’s” dairy farm built in the early 19th-century, Sheep Hill, with its sweeping views, is home to Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF). Today, this 50-acre property, about a mile outside of Williamstown, “is a place that reflects what we do,” says Leslie Reed-Evans, the foundation’s executive director. Sheep Hill’s offices, educational centers, and hiking trails provide the community with the tangible pleasure that comes from land conservation. 

To some extent, wealth and community generosity have driven much of the conservation in the Berkshires, and Sheep Hill is no exception. It was purchased in 2000 with a private loan of $550,000, after which the foundation was able to raise close to $1 million from members and other community members to repay the loan and renovate the farm. 

While WRLF acquires, facilitates, and manages conserved properties in the town, its educational programs are an essential part of its work. “There’s hardly a childhood picture without me holding a shell, flower, or a critter,” says Reed-Evans, who feels strongly about the importance of early nature education in land conservation.

Young children join her preschool nature classes and after-school Woodchuck Wednesdays. Sheep Hill’s summer program teaches mapping and compass-making. Kids scavenge-hunt for types of leaves, cook on an outdoor oven, and lift “bug boards” to see what is underneath. The property also includes a kitchen for teaching, a gathering place for events, two large barns, and a nature cabin. Once a rundown farm with a rich history, Sheep Hill has been reinvented in a way that makes the area’s rural heritage, as well as finding pleasure in nature, relevant to the next generation of land stewards.

 

OUR FUTURE
Engaging the Community

In keeping with the trend to engage communities in conservation, the vigorous Sheffield Land Trust is working with local school children to replace a bridge over Schenob Brook. Once completed, it will connect two preserved parcels, making them usable for planned hiking trails, which will be open to the public. The land, totaling 20 acres, includes forest, wetlands, upland, and rare species.

Students have walked across the bridge to go to school for generations. Now they’re preserving the surrounding land by making it accessible once more. They’ve created a vernal pool, pulled out invasive plants, and even sought out proper permitting—so that generations from now, their children’s children can enjoy the land.

What can you do? Take advantage of the many hikes and workshops available on protected land, and bring family and friends along. Join one of the many organizations that protects our landscape. Preserve specific tracts that are dear to you and your community, and pay attention to land use in your community. Become active in your town by joining a planning board, conservation or agricultural commission— or simply by speaking out at a town meeting.

 

Get Engaged
The following is a list of land conservation organizations, all town-based, with the exception of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, a regional organization. You can also go to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission’s website, sustainableberkshires.org, and sign up for their email notifications. 

Alford Land Trust, alfordlandtrust.org

Becket Land Trust, becketlandtrust.org

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, bnrc.net

Egremont Land Trust, egremontlandtrust.org

Great Barrington Land Conservancy, greatbarringtonlandconservancy.org

Great Barrington River Walk, gbriverwalk.org 

Lee Land Trust, 413-143-2097

Lenox Land Trust, lenoxlandtrust.org 

Monterey Preservation Land Trust, 413-528-6609, Jonathan Sylbert

New Marlborough Land Preservation Trust, 413-229-7738, or email rrsfish@aol.com

Richmond Land Trust, richmondlandtrust.org

Sheffield Land Trust, sheffieldland.org

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, wrlf.org

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Blending nature and spirituality, Connecticut artist Lori Barker explores the rhythms of life in a new collection of mixed media works on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery
5 Wykeham Rd.
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey

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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, with Santa visiting on December 8! Decorated for the...

Cost: Members free, Non-member adults $10/ kids $5.

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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The Bruce Museum is organizing an exhibition of small artworks created entirely by the public for the public. We invite art lovers of all ages, interests, and abilities to submit a depiction of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Zachary Zaitzeff is a painter living in the Hudson Valley who has incorporated his extensive world travel, including his 2011 summit of Mount Everest, into his artwork. Zachary spent 2018 studying...

Cost: free

Where:
RT Facts Gallery
8 Old Barns Rd
Kent, CT  06757
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Sponsor: RT Facts
Telephone: 860-927-1700
Contact Name: Natalie Randall
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Do you have a child or teen with emotional or behavioral difficulties?  Join a powerful group course and discover a wealth of facts about mental health conditions and how best to...

Cost: Free

Where:
First Congregational Church of Ridgefield
103 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: NAMI Southwest CT
Telephone: 203-984-8329
Contact Name: Karen West
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Do you have a child or teen with emotional or behavioral difficulties? Join a powerful group course and discover a wealth of facts about mental health conditions and how best to support...

Cost: 0

Where:
First Congregational Church of Ridgefield
103 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: NAMI Southwest CT
Telephone: 203-984-8329
Contact Name: Karen
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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Hartford Boat Show (HBS50) features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, deck and pontoon boats, sport and...

Cost: $12 in advance online, $14 at the door, $10 Senior/Military one day pass

Where:
Expo Center at Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT  06382
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Sponsor: Connecticut Marine Trades Association
Telephone: 860-767-2645
Contact Name: Kathleen Burns
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Dr. Dan Villiers, co-founder of the Anxiety Institute in Greenwich, Conn., will give a free talk titled In the Trenches: Family Impact and Parenting Strategies for Anxiety and OCD. Dr....

Cost: 0

Where:
Greenwich Town Hall
101 Field Point Road
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: NAMI Southwest CT
Telephone: 203-400-6264
Contact Name: Karen West
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Here’s a holiday idea for the whole family – a private tour of the Peter Parley Schoolhouse! The Ridgefield Historical Society maintains and operates the 1756 Schoolhouse, also called the...

Cost: Suggested donation $10 for adults, kids are free

Where:
Peter Parley Schoolhouse
Intersection of West Lane and CT Rte 35
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Ridgefield Historical Society
Telephone: 203-438-5821
Contact Name: Peter Parley Schoolhouse
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Robert Kalm discusses his documentary Self Make: The American Dreams of Philip Musica, about the notorious swindler Doctor Frank Donald Coster, also known as Philip Musica, who was a respected...

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Jae Ko: 漂流 Drift,” the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.   In addition to showcasing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed...

Cost: See Website

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: 203-438-5795
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Join New Morning Market’s new knitting club! We’re crafting wearable items for Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury and welcome all levels to join! Instructors will be on-hand for beginners. Yarn,...

Cost: Free - registration requested

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: New Morning Market
Telephone: 203-263-4868
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Blending nature and spirituality, Connecticut artist Lori Barker explores the rhythms of life in a new collection of mixed media works on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery
5 Wykeham Rd.
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey

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Idea exchange and brainstorming for entrepreneurs.  Sign up at www.martinhosueworkspace.com/event-listings.

Cost: no charge with one-day pass or membership

Where:
Martin House Workspace
69 Westchester Avenue
Pound Ridge, NY  10576
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Sponsor: Martin House Workspace
Telephone: 914-764-3128
Contact Name: Erin Trostle
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The Bruce Museum is organizing an exhibition of small artworks created entirely by the public for the public. We invite art lovers of all ages, interests, and abilities to submit a depiction of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Website »

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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Website »

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Zachary Zaitzeff is a painter living in the Hudson Valley who has incorporated his extensive world travel, including his 2011 summit of Mount Everest, into his artwork. Zachary spent 2018 studying...

Cost: free

Where:
RT Facts Gallery
8 Old Barns Rd
Kent, CT  06757
View map »


Sponsor: RT Facts
Telephone: 860-927-1700
Contact Name: Natalie Randall
Website »

More information

The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Hartford Boat Show (HBS50) features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, deck and pontoon boats, sport and...

Cost: $12 in advance online, $14 at the door, $10 Senior/Military one day pass

Where:
Expo Center at Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT  06382
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Sponsor: Connecticut Marine Trades Association
Telephone: 860-767-2645
Contact Name: Kathleen Burns
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January Swing Dance w/ Chops, Sauerkraut, Krewtons Friday, January 18, 2018 Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257 Doors open at 7:30, Lesson with Jason Fenton at 8:00, Live music at...

Cost: $10-$20 sliding fee scale

Where:
Dewey Hall
91 Main Street
Sheffield, MA  01257
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Sponsor: Oldtone Productions
Telephone: 413-429-1176
Contact Name: Beth Carlson
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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Jae Ko: 漂流 Drift,” the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.   In addition to showcasing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

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Here’s a holiday idea for the whole family – a private tour of the Peter Parley Schoolhouse! The Ridgefield Historical Society maintains and operates the 1756 Schoolhouse, also called the...

Cost: Suggested donation $10 for adults, kids are free

Where:
Peter Parley Schoolhouse
Intersection of West Lane and CT Rte 35
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Ridgefield Historical Society
Telephone: 203-438-5821
Contact Name: Peter Parley Schoolhouse
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Do you have a startup you’re trying to get off the ground? Are you thinking about starting your own business? Are you a solopreneur who’s trying to do it all? Everyone needs a...

Cost: no charge with one-day pass or membership

Where:
Martin House Workspace
69 Westchester Avenue
Pound Ridge, NY  10576
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Sponsor: Martin House Workspace
Telephone: 914-764-3128
Contact Name: Erin Trostle

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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, with Santa visiting on December 8! Decorated for the...

Cost: Members free, Non-member adults $10/ kids $5.

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
View map »

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Blending nature and spirituality, Connecticut artist Lori Barker explores the rhythms of life in a new collection of mixed media works on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery
5 Wykeham Rd.
Washington, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey

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We invite you to join us at Dojo Fairfield on Saturday January 19, 2019 when we host the founder/CEO of C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense, Chris Sutton, for a one-day self-defense/ASRP (Active Shooter...

Cost: $129.00

Where:
DOJO FAIRFIELD
2317 Black Rock Tpke.
FAIRFIELD, CT  06825
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Sponsor: DOJO FAIRFIELD
Telephone: 203.319.9989
Contact Name: Karina Gramesty
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Caring for a loved one with a mental health condition can be overwhelming and stressful. Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, friends and significant others...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Greenwich Hospital
5 Perryridge Road
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: NAMI Southwest CT
Telephone: (914) 527-2994
Contact Name: Janet
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Celebrate Helena Hernmarck’s materials and processes at our monthly free admission day. Work with teaching artists and Museum staff on warm wintery projects while enjoying hot cocoa and seasonal...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, with Santa visiting on December 8! Decorated for the...

Cost: Members free, Non-member adults $10/ kids $5.

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
View map »

More information

The Bruce Museum is organizing an exhibition of small artworks created entirely by the public for the public. We invite art lovers of all ages, interests, and abilities to submit a depiction of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Website »

More information

In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Website »

More information

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Hartford Boat Show (HBS50) features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, deck and pontoon boats, sport and...

Cost: $12 in advance online, $14 at the door, $10 Senior/Military one day pass

Where:
Expo Center at Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT  06382
View map »


Sponsor: Connecticut Marine Trades Association
Telephone: 860-767-2645
Contact Name: Kathleen Burns
Website »

More information

Here’s a holiday idea for the whole family – a private tour of the Peter Parley Schoolhouse! The Ridgefield Historical Society maintains and operates the 1756 Schoolhouse, also called the...

Cost: Suggested donation $10 for adults, kids are free

Where:
Peter Parley Schoolhouse
Intersection of West Lane and CT Rte 35
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Historical Society
Telephone: 203-438-5821
Contact Name: Peter Parley Schoolhouse
Website »

More information

Zachary Zaitzeff is a painter living in the Hudson Valley who has incorporated his extensive world travel, including his 2011 summit of Mount Everest, into his artwork. Zachary spent 2018 studying...

Cost: free

Where:
RT Facts Gallery
8 Old Barns Rd
Kent, CT  06757
View map »


Sponsor: RT Facts
Telephone: 860-927-1700
Contact Name: Natalie Randall
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Jae Ko: 漂流 Drift,” the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.   In addition to showcasing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

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Type 2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic. Dr. Shawn Carney, a naturopathic physician at Northeast Natural Medicine, LLC, will address the development of problems with blood sugar control. He will...

Cost: Free - registration requested

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: New Morning Market
Telephone: 203-263-4868
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Join artists and crafters Amelia McIsaac of Flowering Heart and Susannah White of Carapace Farm Puppetry to explore the process of felting. Work with plant-dyed wool from their small family flock...

Cost: $15; $13.50 member

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Learn some basics of a simple honest cuisine created by thousands of years of heritage, shared culture and a bit of Viking pillaging.Menu:Demo: Gravlax from Scratch, served with Mustard Dill Sauce...

Cost: 100.00

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
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Comedian, actor, and impressionist Frank Caliendo has been making people laugh his entire life.  He is well known for his impressions of famous personalities: Donald Trump, Morgan Freeman, Al...

Cost: See Website

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: 203-438-5795
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