Visitor Information
August 2002 Park Event Event Details
10 & 24 Gillette Castle Castle Workshop & Castle Grounds 9:00 - 12:00 Castle Workshop & Castle Grounds
10 Peoples State Forest: Stone Museum Slide Talk: Early Settlement Across the River 8:00 PM - A slide illustrated talk by Walt Landgraf: Explore the formation of the towns west of Simsbury, land division, roads, and settlement.
11 Peoples State Forest Walk Through the Lighthouse Site 9:00 AM - Visit original study area and new sites in this post Revolutionary War community. Learn of some new discoveries about the people who lived here and history of Peoples State forest. About 2 miles new discoveries about the people who lived here and history of Peoples State forest. About 2 miles and some off trail walking. Led by Walt Landgraf. Meet at 9 a.m. at the entrance to the Matthies Grove Picnic Area, Peoples State Forest on East River Rd. Bring water, insect spray. Allow about 2 hrs.
17 Peoples State Forest: Stone Museum Slide Talk: As the Wheel Turns 8:00 PM - A slide illustrated talk by Walt Landgraf: The story of the water resources, power, and early mills along the upper Farmington River.
17 Dinosaur State Park Dinosaur State Park Day Celebration of the dinosaur track discovery in Rocky Hill. Fun for all ages - activities for children, clowns, games, balloons, magicians, face-painting, food. Free admission. Outdoors, rain or shine. 10:00am to 3:30pm.
24 Peoples State Forest: Stone Museum Slide Talk: The Squires Tavern Neighborhood 8:00 PM - A slide illustrated talk by Walt Landgraf: The Youngs, Lees, Taylors and more. A look at the lives and lands of the neighbors of Peoples State Forest
31 Peoples State Forest: Stone Museum Slide Talk: Smoke & Silt 8:00 PM - A slide illustrated talk by Walt Landgraf: The method, markets, and environmental impact of charcoal making along the Farmington River.
31 Dinosaur State Park Guided Trail Walk "Late-Summer Wildflowers" 11 a.m. "Late-Summer Wildflowers" - Learn about the wildflowers in bloom at this time of year during this guided walk.
September Park Event Event Details
1 Peoples State Forest Hike to Upper Beaver Meadow 8:00 PM - Explore old mill sites, clay beds, and farm sites. About 2 miles of off trail hiking. Led by Walt Landgraf. Meet at 9 a.m. at the entrance to the Matthies Grove Picnic Area, Peoples State Forest on East River Rd. Bring water, insect spray. State Forest on East River Rd. Bring water, insect spray. Allow about 2 hrs.
2 Fort Griswold Fort Griswold Annual Commemoration Ceremony 2:00 PM -Friends of Fort Griswold Battlefield in Groton will hold their Annual Commemoration Ceremony and Memorial Wreath Laying.
1 Dinosaur State Park Guided Trail Walk "Late-Summer Wildflowers" 11 a.m. "Late-Summer Wildflowers" - Learn about the wildflowers in bloom at this time of year during this guided walk.
7 Peoples State Forest: Stone Museum Basket Workshop 9:30 AM - Basket Workshop with Carol Hart. Cost: $65. Complete a split ash basket in this 5 hour workshop. Bring your lunch. Reservations required with $25 deposit mailed to Stone Museum, Attn: Walt Landgraf, PO Box 88, Pleasant Valley, CT 06063. For more info, call the Museum or email walt@stonemuseum.org.
8 Peoples State Forest: Stone Museum Slide Talk: Tunxis State Forest 8:00 PM - A slide illustrated talk by Walt Landgraf: Explore the natural history and little known beauty of Tunxis Sate Forest.
9 Gillette Castle Friends Membership Meeting 7:30 - 8:30 Membership Meeting at the Castle - Public Welcome
7 & 21 Gillette Castle Castle Workshop & Castle Grounds 9:00 - 12:00 Castle Workshop & Castle Grounds
14 Gillette Castle Gillette Third Annual Wine Tasting Saturday, September 14, 2002 5-8 PM at Gillette Castle. The Friends of Gillette are hosting their 3rd Annual Wine Tasting to benefit their train restoration project and restoration of the trails and bridges. There will be a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and music. The event is sponsored by DeLorenzo's Package Store in East Haddam along with Foxwoods Resort-Casion and other generous donors.
29 Harkness Memorial State Park Harkness Family Day 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., Mansion and Grounds
8 Sleeping Giant State Park Geology-of-the-Giant Hike 1:30 PM. Open to the public. All hikes leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance on Sunday afternoons. The entrance to Sleeping Giant Park is on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.
13 Sherwood Island 3rd Annual Sherwood Island Shorefest & Fundraiser 6:00 PM The Friends of Sherwood Island are hosting a lobster dinner and silent auction fundraiser - open to the public. $35/person includes home made hors d'oeuvres, lobster, corn on the cob and dessert. Funds raised at this event will help to build a new Nature Center. Reservations required. Phone Hope Hageman at 203-227-5335 or Winnifred Balboni at 203-227-9093 by Monday Sept 9th.
29 Sleeping Giant State Park Fall Wildflower Hike 1:30 PM. Open to the public. All hikes leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance on Sunday afternoons. The entrance to Sleeping Giant Park is on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.
October Park Event Event Details
5 & 19 Gillette Castle Castle Workshop & Castle Grounds 9:00 - 12:00 Castle Workshop & Castle Grounds
6 Sessions Woods Friends of Sessions Woods - Fall Foliage Hayride The Friends of Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area are hosting a hayride on Sunday, October 6, with a rain date of Sunday, October 20. For more information, call Sessions Woods @ 860-675-8130.
7 Fort Trumbull State Park Monday Membership Meeting 6:30 P.M., Fort Trumbull, Program: Guest Speaker John Lincoln, Park Director of Fort Trumbull, conducting tour of Fort Trumbull facility
7 Gillette Castle Friends Membership Meeting 7:30 - 8:30 Membership Meeting at the Castle - Public Welcome
27 Harkness Memorial State Park FOH 2nd Annual Pumpkin Festival 6:00 - 7:00 in the Mansion - An interactive evening of music, art, and dance with Camille Saint SaŽns' "Carnival of the Animals" for children 3 to 12. Admission $3, adults free. Children who bring carved pumpkins get in free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
13 Sleeping Giant State Park Fall Foliage Hike 1:30 PM. Open to the public. All hikes leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance on Sunday afternoons. The entrance to Sleeping Giant Park is on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.
20 Sleeping Giant State Park "East-End" Hike 1:30 PM. Open to the public. All hikes leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance on Sunday afternoons. The entrance to Sleeping Giant Park is on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.
November Park Event Event Details
4 Harkness Memorial State Park Monday Membership Meeting 6:30 P.M., Mansion Program: Guest Speaker Sally Taylor, Horticulture Lecture
3 Sleeping Giant State Park Fall Hikers' Hike 11:00 AM. A strenuous hike over rough terrain. EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY. Open to the public. All hikes leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance on Sunday afternoons. The entrance to Sleeping Giant Park is on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.
December Park Event Event Details
2 Harkness Memorial State Park Annual Christmas Party 6:30 P.M., Mansion
8 Sleeping Giant State Park Holiday Hike and Social Hikes start at 1:30 PM. Social and songs at 3:00 PM. Choice of long or short hike. Open to the public. All hikes leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance on Sunday afternoons. The entrance to Sleeping Giant Park is on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.
January 2003 Park Event Event Details
1 Sleeping Giant State Park New Year's Day Hike 1:30 PM. Open to the public. All hikes leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance on Sunday afternoons ... except this one. It's a Wednesday. The entrance to Sleeping Giant Park is on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.
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