Socialize with neighbors, make new friends, and celebrate how land conservation helps our communities as we gather under the big tent at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course. Bring a friend!Register by September 17
Recently donated hardwood uplands will connect to Reservoir #3 and provide views of Metacomet Ridge …
One block from Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield’s most densely populated neighborhood sits Lisa Lane Farm with 10 acres…
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We are having a party with Wintonbury Land Trust members and supporters to celebrate recent land conservation achievements in our region. Bring a friend to socialize with neighbors under the big tent at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course, and make new friends from nearby communities!
Also you can become a “Cool Cat in a Wintonbury Hat.” New and Current Members will receive our new Land Trust cap! Treat a friend to the party! If they become a Member that evening, your guest will receive a cap, too.
Register with a suggested minimum contribution of $20 per person by Saturday, September 17:
This invigorating hike from Simsbury to Bloomfield will showcase Simsbury Land Trust, Wintonbury Land Trust, and town properties that link the town centers through Penwood State Park … along with glorious autumn scenery!
RSVP online for free to help us plan ahead. We’ll meet at 9:00 a.m. at the end point, historic Filley Park at 33 Tunxis Ave, Bloomfield Center. Bloomfield Leisure Services will shuttle us to the start point at SLT’s Owen-Mortimer Preserve near Simsbury Center. Please be prepared to take any appropriate Covid-19 safety precautions that may be required by that date (e.g. wearing a mask on the shuttle bus).
The hike will be approximately 6 miles. We’ll cross into SLT’s Tanager Hill Preserve and ascend onto Penwood State Park’s yellow trail to visit Lake Louise and the Pinnacle. We’ll descend to Penwood’s picnic grounds and follow the red trail to WLT’s Stout Family Fields, Bloomfield’s gateway to the state park. After a short distance along local roads we’ll enter WLT’s Hawk Hill Farm and the adjoining LaSalette Open Space for stunning views of Hartford and a visit to the 1834 Oliver Filley House. We’ll end our journey on the recently refurbished Filley Park loop trail.
We invite you to join this annual hike to experience a different mode of traveling between our neighboring towns and to enjoy the Fall colors along the Metacomet Range.
(Photo: Paula Jones)
The Justice Dance Performance Project, founded in Hartford by Judy Dworin, is coming to Bloomfield’s Farmington River Park to perform a seasonal, dance theater work about the wisdom and value of trees, especially in the urban forest. “In the Presence of Trees” will highlight the hidden connections and communication among trees, and the lessons trees can teach us about communities, climate change, and the implications of environmental justice inequities.
Audience members will explore the autumnal beauty of Farmington River Park as they walk from the parking area to a forest clearing overlooking the river. Dancers will converge together to express the communal nature of the forest as it undergoes its fall metamorphosis. A Q&A talk back with the performers and artistic director will follow.
Tickets are free, but advance registration is requested. This project is graciously welcomed to Bloomfield by the Town’s TREES FOR BLOOMFIELD initiative, Bloomfield Leisure Services, Doll’s House Foundation, and Wintonbury Land Trust.
Our partner, the Land Trust Alliance, describes why land trusts matter.
Created by Hartford Art School Civic Design class members Paulina Modestow, Darcy Peterson, and Emma Schroh.
I love the sense of community with the Land Trust. Farming is a hard business but people stopping and supporting my CSA, asking about the Scottish Highland cattle, or just shooting the breeze made it so worthwhile. And the Land Trust was amazing with their follow through. They put in electricity, water and restored the barn to make it a workable situation for us. They have a level of commitment that I think is very special.
I got involved because I wanted to give back to my community. My children grew up here and now my grandchildren. I want them to enjoy the land that I love and the diversity. I like meeting new people and the social interaction that the Land Trust offers.
My mother wanted her land to remain as it was. She left Stout’s Family Fields to me and my two siblings. I convinced them it was a good idea to donate to the Land Trust and they all agreed. Every day in all seasons, 20 or more people walk the path through the fields to reach Penwood Park. It’s a very special place in our community.