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“Getting outdoors is a great way to relax and soak in the peace from the natural beauty that surrounds us. Best of all, there are real benefits to enjoying the outdoors, especially for seniors,” says Christopher Barstein, Meadow Ridge Executive Director.

Wells that were dug 40 to 50 years ago may average 150 to 200 feet in depth. Nowadays, the average well is probably 320 to 420 feet deep, according to Hartline.

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According to Redding Health Officer Doug Hartline, 97 to 98% of homes in Redding have an onsite water supply. His office has received a number of inquiries from people regarding the depth of their wells but not any infor mation on wells actually going dry.“It happens this time every year late August early September,” he said. “This is a more extreme drought and I would tell you, yes, we probably are receiving more than usual inquiries about the characteristics of on-site wells. It’s a good time to realize that this (water) is a limited resource.”

Open year-round from sunrise to sundown to Redding residents, the Meadow Ridge Trail surrounds the campus, meandering through 100 acres of open space, with a screened-in wooden gazebo and benches for resting. A trail from the main Meadow Ridge meadow continues to and through Redding’s Brinckerhoff Preserve and into Devil’s Den.

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Leashed dogs are permitted, and there’s a dedicated dog park called Bark Ridge. Doug Dawson, 75, also a Meadow Ridge resident, walks one to two miles daily, and brings along his Tibetan terrier. “I call it an aerobic walk. The trail is fairly even, with no tripping points. I like that I can walk at full speed,” says Dawson who feels “perfectly safe” walking late at night. A nature enthusiast, he appreciates the surroundings. “After sunset you can see the red glow against the clouds. The other day it was wonderful to smell the trees. The meadow has a lot of milkweed that attracts butterflies, I’ve seen a lot

The historic Georgetown Bible Church at 5 N Main Street has been purchased by the Redding-based Be Foundation. The foundation plans for the church to become an arts and cultural space for Redding and surrounds. Extensive renovations will be required, far exceeding the purchase price of $600,000.“Thisis an important gateway property for the Georgetown Historic District and stands at a crossroads for the towns of Redding, Weston, Wilton, and Ridgefield in Fairfield County. We view this as an opportunity to weave the historic Church back into the fabric of our community and achieve both social and economic returns on Be Foundation’s investment,” said Richard Wenning, Be Foundation’s Executive

Helium for the spirt and a vitamin for the soul is how Meadow Ridge resident Carol Morgan describes the Trail. “Walking through Meadow Ridge’s extraordinary nature preserves I feel greeted by the buoyancy of nature and enchanted. The changing light at times highlights the bark on tree, the grasses in the meadow, or provides sun-bathed twinkle spots glancing on the mosses in the forest — it’s nature’s way of saying look at me.”

“When a well driller is dig ging a well they basically have to make an on-site decision as they are drilling whether they have enough water to be able to service the they are drilling the well for,” he said. “If it’s a five bedroom home, they’re going to need more water.”Aside from using less water (not washing cars, not watering lawns, etc.), there are a number of things homeowners can do so it is not wasted. Fixing leaky faucets or pipes is one way. Homeowners can also postpone planting things.

“A thin stream of water run ning down the side of a toilet bowl is an ongoing stream of wa ter,” he said. “Sometimes you can hear it, other times you can’t.”

Originally known as the Gilbert Memorial Church, for the Gilbert family that made its construction possible, the granite building was completed in 1902. The congregation was affiliated with Methodists in its early days, but by the time the Church was built it was for the Congregational Society of Georgetown. In 1944, unhappy with the direction of the Congregational Church, the congregation sought independence and since then has been wholly independent. The Church has been known as the Georgetown Bible Church since 1965.

and back, which is a mile or so,” says Klump who is joined by her husband, Kirby. “I love exercise, but I want it to be fun.” Klump appreciates seeing the natural wildlife and flora. “It’s certainly interesting. The other attraction is seeing all kinds of birds on the property.” Ann Raymond, a Meadow Ridge resident and 13year bird watcher, reports seeing over 70 types of birds along the trail over eight years.

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Hartline said they can make sure that none of their toilets are running without their knowledge.

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become a vital community resource again reflects our commitment to Redding. It also fits with the values of SpreadMusicNow, the music education non-profit Rich and I founded in 2013, which supports the arts to build creative and engaged communities,” Be Foundation’s founder and chairman, Greg Young added. “Looking ahead to the redevelopment of the Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill, we are excited to see what the Church building can become in that chapter of its historic life. In the interim, we look forward to discussing ideas for the building’s use with the Town of Redding, its residents, and local organizations interested in using it for performances, events, exhibits, and more,” Wenning said.

For more than 120 years the imposing Georgetown Bible Church, built of local granite, has been a focal point of the Georgetown Historic District. With its purchase by the Be Foundation and envisioned use as a center for arts and culture, there’s a new life in store for the building in the heart of the community.

Picturesque countryside, serene ponds, and a walkable hiking trail. Redding’s best-kept secret is located on the park-like campus of Meadow Ridge, Redding’s senior living retirement community.

Theis.depth of a private well can vary, depending on when it was drilled and the size of the home.

of birds, and a deer in the meadow. That’sDebexciting.”Korwin, from Redding, walks a daily two to three mile loop with her goldendoodle. “It’s really nice. I like it because it’s very wide open and well-tended to. I live close to it so it’s very convenient,” says Korwin. “It’s good exercise for me and it’s good for my dog. Sitting by the pond is nice. It’s beautiful.”

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By Susan Clark

One way to test for a running toilet is to put food coloring in the holding tank and see if it bleeds into the bowl when the toilet is not in use. If it reaches the bowl, there is a leak.

Redding’s Big Outdoors

New life for the old church

Bill Brown, 79, a Meadow Ridge resident and hiking group member, is a year-round walker who walks two to three times a week with his wife, Margaret. “It’s easy to get sedentary here and I don’t want to. I’m an active person. Afterward I feel refreshed and appreciative of doing it,” says Brown, who enjoys exploring. “I like the pond. It’s a beautiful place. Occasionally you’ll see some turtles, a swan, some deer. I also go to a further trail at the end of the meadow through trees that connects to Farview Farm.”

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Georgetown Bible Church sold to local foundation

He added that when a well’s water quality starts to get cloudy or murky, that might be an indica tor that it is getting down toward the bottom. At that point many residents call a well driller who will then ask about how deep the well

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Louise Klump, 81, a Meadow Ridge resident, leads a year-round Friday morning hiking group with residents. “I enjoy introducing new people to the trails and the open space. I take residents to the pond

The granite for the beautiful Church was quarried in Branchville under the direction of geologists from Yale University. Built in the Gothic Revival Style, the magnificent structure with its stained glass, tower and bell, has stood the test of time and will continue to do so following renovations. The Church has many features found in larger churches

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He added that sometimes a well driller can deepen an existing well, Another possible solution is hydro fracking, a less expen sive process that involves putting pressurized water into the well to help clean out the pores, fissures and cracks to increase its output from perhaps one gallon a minute to four or five gallons a minute.

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Despite some heavy rain early last week, Redding still continues to experience drought conditions, causing residents to be concerned over the state of their wells.

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Consider volunteering for one of the many organizations that keep Redding ticking along, and that help us help others. There are very local ones, such as New Pond Farm, and local chapters of national and regional non-profits, such as the League of Women Voters.

I have also had the chance to serve on the Board of Finance with her Democratic opponent. Unfortunately, her opponent doesn’t possess the same qualities mentioned above in which Toni excels.

“You are wasting a lot of water if you have an older toilet,” said Hartline. “If you replace it you are saving a lot of water without changing any of your behaviors.

Redding Parade Path

Thank you for your efforts in creating the Redding Sentinel. As one example of your impact, I read in the Senti nel that there was a newly created part of the Norwalk Valley River Trail about 300 yards from my house. I was completely unaware of this. I have enjoyed many walks on the trail. Thank you. Please persevere.

If you love Redding’s natural beauty, consider getting involved with the organization that helps keep it that way. Become a member, and volunteers are often needed for special events. Trail Tenders, under the auspices of the Conservation Commission, keep trails clear throughout the year and welcome www.reddingctlandtrust.orgvolunteers.

As a surgeon, I understand the value of data, scientific rationale, and clinical findings. I do not arbitrarily decide upon a diagnosis without examining all the evidence. But Eversource is not doing due diligence. Using a “fall zone” as the determinant for what tree poses a threat is founded on empirical data at best and that should not be allowed to define the rationale for this project. One would have hoped, at the very least, a TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification) arborist would be making decisions about tree removals, yet that is not the case. Eversource is using the opinion of their salaried arborist to make recommendations. There is no objectivity here, no process to include the opinion of independent TRAQ certified arborists, no evaluation based on the best interest of our community, environment, and safety.

I appeal to my neighbors to demand that Eversource explore all options and present a comprehensive report to all who reside in Redding. We love this town and want to preserve its integrity and grace.

The Friends & Neighbors (FANS) of Putnam Memorial State Park is a non-profit group whose mission is to help maintain and promote the historical, educational and recreational values of the park. FANS was founded to ensure that Putnam Park is preserved for future generations, and soon expanded to offer educational programs that promote greater understanding of Connecticut’s role in the Revolutionary War. Become a member or join the group at the Visitor’s Center on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. to get involved.

The Town of Redding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Many of Redding’s governmental functions are supported by volunteers, from our fire and EMS teams to elected volunteers on boards and commissions. On page 12 of this issue, you’ll see a graphic that shows core governmental functions, departments and commissions (not including fire and EMS – we’ll explore those in a future issue).

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We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who made this year’s Mark Twain Library Book Fair one of the most amazing, satisfying, and profitable events yet. 199 people worked to set up the fair, and 226 people added up sales, took credit cards and cash, neatened the shelves, and helped customers find books during the sale days. A special shout out to our three lead sponsors — Meadow Ridge, The Redding Sentinel, and WSHU — for helping to make it all possible.

Toni Boucher is the clear choice for the 26th State Senate District.

Corrections to the September 1 Issue

To the Editor,

Accompanying the article about Meadow Ridge’s new assisted living neighborhood, page 3, the wrong photo credit was given for the picture of Krista and Paul. Carol Morgan took the photo.

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To the Editor, My name is Dr. Robert Pellecchia. I live on Cross Highway in Redding and I’m greatly concerned with Eversource’s planned tree removal for many reasons including the lack of data and the destruction of hundreds of healthy trees.

Midge Loery and Catherine Riordan Co-chairs MTL Book Fair

Respectfully,

New Pond Farm on Marchant Road in West Redding thrives on 102-acres with rolling pastures, woodlands, and wetlands. It is a Connecticut Dairy Farm of Distinction. But is much more than a dairy farm. As a non-profit environmental organization, it has programming throughout the year for children and adults. Become a member, and volunteers are sought for trail tending, invasives removal, and special events.

Here are a few organizations that would welcome your involvement. If you represent a group not on this list and would like us to shine a light on your group and its work, please get in touch and we’ll publish an updated list in a future issue.

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Our landscape will forever be mutilated by the loss of healthy trees. And Eversource has never answered the all-important question: “Can anyone accurately predict what tree will fall during a storm.” The reason is because there is no answer. I apologize for continually relating this to my medical specialty, but this would be tantamount to telling a family, “I’m not sure if this will cause a problem in the future, but let’s remove it anyway.” This thought process is unacceptable and would never be supported by anyone in the health care industry. What is the rush to begin severing trees when other options have not been formally discussed with Redding townspeople? How about a costs/benefits analysis of underground power lines and the long-term advantages of such consideration? Other cities have done this with success. Looking at this project critically there are many questions that have been raised. I can’t address every nuance of electrical grids, power distribution, underground projects etc. because this is not my area of expertise. However, others can if given the opportunity and the time. There seems to be a rush to remove trees on Cross Highway. Why? One would expect that such extreme measures would be handled with a delicate balance.

Don’t forget to register to vote!

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With gratitude,

My government experience with Toni is when we called her each year to brief our Board of Finance on state budget and policy issues affecting our Wilton Town budget. She was well-informed, detail-oriented, and always prepared for any questions we would ask of her.

To the Editor,

Members of the Redding League of Women Voters are part of a proud non-partisan organization that began as American women gained the right to vote in 1920. In Redding, it has been an active organization of women and men since the 1950’s. When you join or renew your membership, you are contributing to our non-partisan efforts to educate and encourage Redding’s residents to participate in local political and community life. The League supports voter registration and education around https://my.lwv.org/connecticut/local-leagues/lwv-reddingelections.

Election season is upon us. The mid-term elections take place November 8. The Sentinel welcomes letters to the editor in support of candidates or causes. We may need to limit the length of letters as the election gets closer so we ask for your understanding.

Call 203-938-2559 for more information on the Redding CERT. CERT needs volunteers!

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The Redding Parade Path is a public garden which highlights plants of earlier eras through a journey back in time. It has been run by local volunteers and supported by donors since it was created in 2003 on the periphery of Redding’s historic Town Green.

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As we turn from summer pleasures to the cooler days of fall, kids go back to school and teens are off to college. With that back-to-school energy, our thoughts might turn to new initiatives and involvements.

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To our readers,

Drought causes concern over wells

Quite honestly, this is a potential embarrassment for Connecticut. Without concrete evidence as to the efficacy of this Extreme Tree Removal program, we could have this same discussion years from now with a mutilated canopy and no improvement of power outages.

League of Women Voters

Robert Sample

The bulleted list of ARPA projects that appeared on page 9 contained a few inaccurate amounts. The amounts approved by the ARPA working group and the Redding Board of Selectmen are: $250,000 for Joel Barlow stadium and ballfield enhancements, $100,000 for the Boys Club/Girls Club, $92,689 for pickleball courts and $45,000 for the Redding Grange. These are the sums that will go before Redding voters later this month. The amounts listed for the five other projects detailed in the story were correct.Apologies.

We welcome letters to the Editor. Please be clear, civil and concise. Publication preference will be given to letters that suggest solutions to challenges identified.

Redding CERT is a community-based program that’s been in existence since 2006. It’s made up of citizens who are trained to help their neighbors and community during times of need. CERT training is designed to help prepare for emergencies, and it teaches how to assist neighbors in a disaster situation. Should local resources be overwhelmed or delayed, CERT support enables first responders (fire, EMS, and police personnel) to address the most critical issues at hand.

I am endorsing Toni Boucher as the best qualified candidate for the 26th Senate District seat. Toni has rep resented our interests in Hartford for many years as both Representative and State Senator and is best qualified to do so again.

It was a joy to be part of this community effort and we hope to see you at the fair next year, either as a volun teer or as a shopper--or both!.

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Redding Sentinel Ltd believes in supporting the community it serves. We pledge to donate all profits to local community organizations.

As an association rather than municipal library, MTL needs to raise about 40% of its annual budget every year. There are volunteer opportunities throughout the year not just for fund-raising and support at special events but for programming and other library activities.

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Installing a low-flow toilet will also save water. The only toi lets available for purchase today are 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF) or less. Many older toilets are three to five GPF.

Toni demonstrated all the qualities we would want in our State Senator – initiative, drive, knowledge of actual government workings, superior relationship management, preparedness, integrity, and an ability to “get along with others to get things done.”

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The motion was made by attorney Mary-Michelle U. Hirschoff, identified in the motion as a spokesperson for Trees and Power Eversource Energy, on behalf of the Garden Club of New Haven.The PURA request asserted that Eversource failed to notify the authority or the municipalities of the programs according to the general statutes of Connecticut and that PURA had not had a chance to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of these projects.

In a Sept. 6 phone call Eversource CT Manager Vegetation Management Sean Redding explained the next steps the utility will take to proceed with the proposed project.

When the cease and desist was received the company “paused all work out there including the meetings with property owners,” but will “pick up again” now that it is“Welifted.provided the information the regulators had asked about the resilience base segments,” he said.

“A decision to maintain a Scenic Road without change is a denial of the application” Barrett said.

must preserve, to the highest degree possible,” the scenic characteristics that the Planning Commission used as a basis for the initial Scenic Road designation.

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“We are continuing to follow through with our commitment to improving the reliability of that segment which does provide power to 2,200 customers and critical infrastructure. We are following all regulations set by the state and regulators and we are happy to hear the Town has identified a person as the tree warden,” Redding told the Sentinel.Julia Pemberton announced Redding appointed Sean McNamara as tree warden. He previously served in this volunteer role.“We’ll start that conversation with them once we finish the survey of the Scenic Road, we will be putting together the application to present to Planning and Zoning. That’s a requirement,” Sean ReddingDanielsaid.Barrett, Chair of the

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In a special meeting on Sept. 6, the board interviewed four candidates (one Democrat, one Republican and two unaffiliated) to fill the vacancy left by Julie Hardridge, who resigned and moved out of town. On the fifth ballot, Mike Shanahan (unaffiliated) was selected.

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According to Board Chairman Chris Parkin, The actual amount of unspent money is closer to $600,000 after the transfer to the health claims fund. As such, the amount is just under 3% of the overall budget.

“I think our previous Director of Finance was certainly concerned with the trend regarding healthcare costs during this operating year and wanted the buildings to exercise a lot of caution with spending.” said Dr. Ugol. “I think that as we neared the end of the year it became clear that there would be additional monies than perhaps might have been if the trend got worse.”

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Thanks to some cautious spending a larger-than-expected amount of unexpended funds remained in the Redding Board of Education’s budget at the end of the last school year.

Ms. Scrofani and Assistant Superintendent Stephanie Pierson Ugol explained that the District has a unique system because of the health insurance account

See page 10 for the PURA ruling lifting the cease and desist order.

Meadow Ridge was recently named one of the best senior living communities in the country by U.S. News & World Report in the inaugural edition of its Best Senior Living rankings. They were awarded for Independent Living,

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By Grace Whitmore

Eversource will continue with its evaluation of trees on private properties and in the town right-ofway along a 3.7-mile route where trees would be removed to protect the utility’s power lines in its proposed vegetation management plan.The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a cease and desist order on Aug. 23 to Eversouce, preventing the company from moving forward with its program in 13 towns including Redding, calling on the company to “cease and desist for notice violations” and respond by Sept. 6. The utility responded to the regulator’s questions prior to thatIndate.the coming weeks, the company will resume meeting with property owners to determine which trees it will propose to be removed. The company will work with individual property owners on opportunities to retain and plant new wire-friendly trees and pollinator plants in appropriate locations.

About 40 percent of the properties had been visited prior to the PURA motion and home visit appointments will continue under the supervision of Eversource arborist Sam Berg leading the project.

The application needs to detail such proposed alterations. A vague statement about their overall intent or general scope of the alterations will not provide sufficient information for the Planning Commission to make a reasoned determination, Barrett said.

Among contentions, the motion said “it has not been determined whether the new programs provide meaningful resilience benefits. The garden club also stated that “existing tall trees provide myriad benefits to the environment and economy that have not been

Planning Commission, described the evaluation process that will be undertaken by members once the Eversource application is presented to the commission. He cited the Redding Scenic Roads Ordinance, noting that no alterations to a Scenic Road “shall be made” without application to the Planning Commission. Thus, Eversource must apply to remove or trim trees that are along a Scenic Road prior to taking any action.

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At the Board’s August meeting, School Director of Finance, Technology and Operations Sara Scrofani said as of July 30 $1,205,622 was left in unexpended funds and another $165,053 in encumbered funds. The bulk of the latter amount was for the school security enhancement projects. She cautioned that there are still some outstanding final costs in the areas of professional services, tuition and energy.

Cross Highway met several of the designation criteria, and the most relevant of these is that it is “bordered by mature trees.”

and being self-insured, and that also because of concern for this system, the previous director of finance wanted schools to use extreme caution in spending.

Meadow Ridge named one of the best in the nation

The PURA request to Eversource came after a summerlong effort by the new Redding Tree Conservancy to convince Eversource to seek alternatives to tree removals that would include burying power lines underground.

“And so we want to make sure that there is enough in our health benefits account at all times ad so I think it looks a little bit different on paper,” she said. “When you transfer the money in and out that is essentially how the self-insured works. So it’s not really unanticipated to have some remaining funds like this that would then go back into the account.”Sheadded that on June 7 there was a motion to authorize Superintendent Jason McKinnon to transfer the unspent funds as of June 30 to the health claims fund up to a balance of $600,000 and then return any unspent funds to the town.

“Upon receipt of the application, Planning will consult with town officials, including our tree warden, prior to making a decision. In addition, Planning will hold a public hearing to allow town residents to comment on the application (both in favor and against). Giving residents this opportunity is essential,” he continued.Next,the Planning Commission will submit its recommendations to the Board of Selectmen. If Planning decides to “maintain a Scenic Road without change, then the Board of Selectmen may overturn that vote only by a unanimous vote of its own,” according to the ordinance.

According to the Scenic Roads Ordinance, “any alterations and improvements to Scenic Roads

The Commission’s deliberations will weigh the costs against the possible benefits of the proposed alterations as well as the viability of options that could achieve the desired goals without harming or incurring less harm to Cross Highway’s scenic characteristics. Such deliberations will likely include a site walk so that Commissioners can have a finegrained picture of the proposed changes.Once the Planning Commission has received an application and completed its review, members will be able to comment on the Eversource program. g

Geshe Lobsang Dhargey welcomes guests at the Redding Land Trust Summer Celebration at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling, which took place on August 27th

Superintendent Dr. Jason McKinnon had the pleasure of welcoming back tri-district teachers for the first in-person convocation in three years. The purpose of a school convocation is to set priorities and goals for the year, focusing on those that will have the greatest impact on student lives and inspire learning. Dr. McKinnon believes it important that students feel school is a safe space where all are able to learn. After years of Covid restrictions, he is hopeful that this year will be a large step towards the return to a more normal environment where students and staff can enjoy learning and being part of a school community.Sincehis arrival last fall, Dr.

Members of the Joel Barlow High varsity field hockey team work on offensive and defensive drills during practice last week. The Falcons have a new head coach and hope to build on the success they enjoyed last season.

Barlow also has a number of players with varsity experience back this season. Some will see time in their former positions while others will find new roles.

Barlow will need candidates for the center back and center midfielder positions. In the running are senior tri-captain Teagan Hurlbut and junior Annika Swabsin.Senior tri-captain Olivia Jones could be on defense but is also a capable midfielder. Classmate and tri-captain Marin Kalamaris is currently out with a knee injury

participating in science labs. Most people don’t know that Barlow offers a variety of elective classes that students can take as well, such as Jewelry, entrepreneurship, video production, and music

“We do have a pretty strong senior class,” said Ambrose. “Some of the juniors that have come up, I’m pretty pleased with their skill level.”

Up front Barlow also has a number of talented players. Ambrose will see how they do in a couple of pre-season scrimmages.

Many seniors involved in athletics at Barlow want to leave a lasting impression by bringing home some hardware. The football, soccer, volleyball, swimming, cross country, and other athletic programs at Barlow have started their fall season and are determined to win the South Western Conference and Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which are the two conferences that Barlow athletic teams participate in.

By building on what it accomplished last season, as well as learning a new coaching system, success could be in the cards for the Joel Barlow High varsity field hockey team in 2022.

Turnout has remained consistent for Barlow, as it has between thirty-five and forty players in the program. Numbers are somewhat evenly divided across all grades.

McKinnon has been busy with many things, with one very important item being his longterm strategic plan. Dr. McKinnon is clearly a man of action and set a fairly short time frame for developing and implementing the plan.Pre-work began in the spring, with summer and early fall designated for design and the new plan slated for presentation to the boards and community by budget time in January. He has assembled a working group of teachers and parents to assist in the process.

All-Colonial Division selections Ashley Young and Piper Gilbert have also left, as has Elizabeth Darmofal (Honorable Mention).

New superintendent making an impact

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As for academics, students are back in the swing of things: writing essays, solving math problems, and

There are a lot of things that they’re trying to learn in just a few days,” said Ambrose, whose

Under new head coach Clara Ambrose, the Falcons will build on

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district’s practices. Among these strategies are teachers establishing clear goals for a lesson, clear criteria for success in a class, providing high quality feedback to students as well as opportunities for self-assessment, facilitating high quality discussions and asking higher order thinking questions. Lower on the impact list are things such as homework.

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Kangaroos in Redding? School superintendent Dr. Jason McKinnon issued a challenge to students last year stating that if he got 1,000 followers on his Instagram account he would bring a kangaroo along when he made his initial visits to the schools. Within two days he had 1,600 followers, so true to his promise and much to the delight of the students Dr. McKinnon made his rounds to meet them with a furry fellow Australian native.

phase has included defining core values for an ideal school and the successful student, setting priorities and measurable goals, and developing specific action steps which will be rolled out over time. Dr. McKinnon views this as a highly consultative process and will be seeking input and buy-in from the various constituencies as they work together to finalize the plan.Dr McKinnon describes himself as an evidence-based instructional leader who pays attention to the research on what works most effectively for students. He began researching which instructional strategies would make the highest impact on our learners’ success over a twelve-month period and is incorporating them into the

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to Newtown, and ended the season in the State Class M semifinals.

basic skills, such as their passing game, how to transfer the ball and trap it. In the pre-season they have already demonstrated the ability to learn fast as well as work hard.

“Given how well they did last year, the first thing is I want them to progress as a team and improve all of those skills and improve this particular system,” said Ambrose.

long term, and held multiple focus groups for faculty, parents and students during the spring. Many community members attended a very dynamic evening at Barlow in May where people were asked to share their ideas in small and large groups and had the opportunity to hear immediate student feedback on the ideas. It was a highly engaging meeting with a wide variety of thoughts floated as to what attributes are most needed by a graduate today. More than nine hundred responses have been recorded in the pre-work phase and the qualitative data is being analyzed via sophisticated software to identify themes and their relative importance to the community.Thissummer the design

team officially began practice on Aug. 29. “They’re a great group of girls.”Formerly a coach at Wilton High, Ambrose has run the Westport youth field hockey program for the last 10 years. She also runs the AGH Field Hockey Club based at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Seniors wore a popping pink T-shirt on the first day of school, displaying their class color and senior status to others. This T-shirt tradition, which seniors have participated in for quite some time, is both flashy and practical. Freshmen are easily able to identify the oldest students on the first day of school and, for example, ask them for help finding their classes. The shirts also serve to recognize the seniors’ last, first-day of school at Barlow.

The first Barlow football game took place on September 9th. Students, parents, and fans alike made sure to show up and support the black and gold. The students’ section may have been the largest I’ve seen during my time at Barlow. Well over a hundred students decked out in black attire helped rally the football team to a 41-14 win over New London.

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Pre-work consisted of collecting data and insights from a variety of sources. Dr. McKinnon started consulting faculty last March for their input on what is needed for our students in the

but Ambrose hopes to have her back midway through the season. A sophomore who could see time in the back is Alia Zima.

Among those losses are Alison Kopec, Ashley Starrett and Olivia Rodriguez. Each was an All-SWC first team selection.

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“I’m not starting from scratch,” said Ambrose. “It’s just getting everyone up to speed. It’s like a blitz right now.”

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In the midfield the Falcons have seniors Brooke Bishop and Bella Rosa as well as junior Isabella Olsen.“In the middle, I’m pretty happy with the players,” said Ambrose. “We’re just going to try and shift them and see how they do.”

Currently sitting atop the class hierarchy myself, it is hard to believe that I am in my last year of high school. Because I’ve spent so much time around my classmates, I’ve gotten to know this year’s senior class well. Each class’s personality varies. I would describe my class as charismatic, easygoing, and imaginative. We bring good leadership qualities, and are hoping to leave a lasting impression in our final year at Barlow.

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Most of the sophomores are on JV but Ambrose feels they should be good candidates for varsity next season.The Falcons graduated a number of talented players from last season’s team that finished at 15-4 overall. Along the way they reached the South-West Conference championship, losing

An Oct. 30 trio, quartet in March, and quintet in May complete the series.

Top-tier talent has been contracted for the local audience. The concerts are on Sunday

“I have to say that this year we had one of the best groups of volunteers ever for set-up and takedown and as such, the whole process went amazingly quickly,” said Book Fair Co-Chair Midge Loery who has organized the Book Fair for almost two decades.

a “staggering” level of musical talent. “We had a gentleman who played the bass. Our principal horn player became assistant principal horn in the Philadelphia Orchestra. These people were phenomenal,” Kloss said.

A constant buzz of people swept through the aisles of the 61st Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair held at the Redding Community Center over Labor Day Weekend. More than 200 Redding residents chipped in to volunteer their time to make the event happen.

A steady stream of visitors passed through, from book dealers who stood in line and spent $20 to enter during the first hour on Friday, to families old and young, flowing

Many volunteers and many visitors make library book fair a success

Many buyers were repeat customers who were local or had traveled across state lines (as far as Maryland and Ohio) for the large selection, bargain prices or rare books. Loery said she encountered quite a few first-timers this year as well. One new customer from a neighboring town said he was “amazed at how organized and massive” the event was and that it rivaled libraries in some of the bigger towns nearby.

Maxim Lando

Music Note

Kloss served for many years on Danbury Concert Association’s board before taking over as president after the former president passed“Everybodyaway. on the board knows music and how to hire musicians. We try to get the absolute best musicians we can find. We hire professionals, phenomenal musicians,” Kloss said.

Kloss spent 40 years with the Borealis Wind Quintet, and nine years with the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast pit orchestra. She is also a freelance musician who plays pick-up with many different orchestras, and teaches music. Fellow quintet players and Kloss were students together at Juilliard where she earned a Masters of Performance.

Her career and the Broadway experience exposed her to worldclass musicians, Kloss said. Broadway orchestra members have

The Visual and Performing Arts Center is located at 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. There’s plenty of parking. Tickets may be purchased in advance and are offered by subscription, and are also on sale at the door. For more information, visit danburyconcert. org g

By Lisa Goldstein

Pandemic cancels overseas artists

The Danbury Concert Association has been around for 60 years. Before the pandemic, the volunteers were working on bringing an orchestra from Amsterdam -- the Camerata RCO, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra -- but in March 2020 trip plans had to be canceled. “Hotels were booked. It was a tearful conversation,” Kloss said.“We all moved on and have a beautiful season for ‘22 to ‘23. It should be great. We have new artists and returning artists. Every concert will be different,” Kloss said.

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Broadway talent “staggering”

volunteers. The Redding resident is a clarinetist whose career has given her access to the kind of talent she wants to bring to the local stage. Often, they are people she has worked with or knows through the industry.

After Juilliard, the former students met again at the Aspen Music Festival, she recounted. “When we saw each other, we decided to read through quintets to become familiar with the repertoire and we bonded. We stayed together. We wanted to keep the group going. We ended up getting a Grammy nomination for chamber music. I was the first one to bow out after 40 years,” Kloss said.When she did, she recommended a clarinetist she knows as a replacement. Last spring, the group came to Danbury to perform in the spring series. “I loved it. They are my friends. When you are together for three, four, five years,

they become your musical family as you grow professionally.”

The Book Fair provides much needed funds to the Library. While many libraries are municipal libraries and therefore funded fully by their towns, the Mark Twain Library is an association library and receives roughly 60% of its operating budget from the town. All proceeds from the Book Fair go directly toward the operating costs of the Library. This Book Fair saw a 14% increase in transactions from last year with many categories selling out completely. That success helps pay for books and programs at the Library. g

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Kloss grew up in New Jersey. “My parents had season tickets and took me to the Philadelphia Orchestra.” She started playing clarinet in the seventh grade.

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in throughout the remainder of the event, which was free to attend.

The books, CDs, vinyl records, puzzles and more flew off the shelves leaving slim pickings for those arriving on the later days. The number of book buyers who arrived early jumped 24% over last year, the second best turnout for that group in the 61-year history. Many waited on line as long as two hours before the doors opened, at which point they rushed through the book-filled rooms and hallways of the Redding

“The audience was mesmerized. Nailed to the seats” says a review of award-winning pianist Maxim Lando after he performed at a German classical music festival. The young talent will open the Danbury Concert Association Season on Sept. 18.

The association offers a subscription for $80 and charges $25 for tickets to each concert offered at the VPAC, in cooperation with the music department of Western Connecticut State University. A grant from the Danbury Cultural Commission offers free admission to those aged 18 and under. Kloss often sees people she knows from Redding, Ridgefield, Danbury, and other towns. “I’m happy when I see them,” she said.

Co-Chair Catherine Riordan noted there was noticeably more traffic overall than in past years. “From the opening moments, every room was full of customers. You had to circle the parking lot to find a space until the last hours of the final day.”

Community Center and loaded up. Families meandered through the wider aisles, with quite a few young readers stopping to read a book along the way. By Monday, when the shelves were almost bare, numerous customers still left with boxes overflowing with items.

afternoons with a meet-the-artist reception. They take place in a prized venue on the Western Connecticut State University westside campus. The Visual & Performing Arts Center has four parts including the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall. There is tri-level, in-the-round seating, and two grand pianos. Lando will play theAttractingSteinway. “world-class” is the goal of President Kathryn Taylor Kloss and her fellow association

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“The club is comprised of backgammon enthusiasts and novices who want to learn the game in a social and non-judgmental atmosphere,” Weinstein said. “Our guiding principle is to help everyone learn and grow without fear.”

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In Africa with her husband, they went to an after-school fa cility outside Soweto that accom modated 400 children. “A brightly decorated building offered creative activities, helped them to do their homework, and inspired them to go on to higher education,” Cohen recounted.Cohen’s friends and other wom en she meets at the meetings and in general around town “are interest ed in the status of women around the world,” she said “They want to be educated about their conditions and in volved in bettering their lives. Many of the presentations are in spiring so although they may be sad or angry about the women’s

Together Women Rise women and girl survivors of human trafficking l By Donna Christopher

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The Redding chapter is the lo cal arm of a national community of women dedicated to achieving global gender equality. Among the goals is to empower women in developing countries to become more self-sufficient and prevent re-victimization.TheRedding chapter has about fifty members. Meetings four times a year draw about twen ty-five. Members meet to learn about a “grantee of the month” by watching a video, followed by a discussion over wine and cheese. Members then donate to the cause.

Participants in Ruth Moran’s “Playing with Clay” class have been inspired to combine their individual creations to build a totem pole as a decorative feature to the Redding Community Center.

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winning,” Weinstein continued. “I watched for many hours before getting the nerve to try my luck at the lowest stakes and was instantly hooked for Weinsteinlife.”became enraptured by the game due to the fact that it’s very strategic yet also involves an element of luck. After all, even the best players in the world can’t control how a pair of dice lands.

“My favorite aspect, other than playing the game, is getting to know the people in my community,” Weinstein said. “There are so many interesting people to meet, and backgammon lends itself to a very social atmosphere. It’s been a very rewarding experience for me personally so far, and I look forward to keeping it going for quite some time.”

Backgammon Board

Over the years, the 44-yearold asphalt courts had fallen

Some of the most oppressive poverty she’s seen is in Cambo dia, Myanmar, and India, where young children were begging, and homeless people were living in the streets, she said.

It was originally called Dining for Women. The idea to “share food while learning, and donate the (amount of) money you might spend eating out to foster gender equality, and raise women out of extreme poverty via specific pro grams,” is an interesting concept, she“Younoted.have to go out of your way and your comfort zone to compre hend the status of and difficulties for women around the world. We know that as women rise up finan cially and gain expanded rights and options so do their children rise

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Photo by Ruth Moran

The club’s next meetup is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20 starting at 5:30 p.m. and running until whenever the group feels like stopping. If you’re unable to make that date, the next posted meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 18.

considering moving to bi-weekly meetups based on group feedback.

is featuring entertaining trips to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NY Rangers hockey game, the Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and even family skiParkweekends.andRecreation is happy to be providing the town with such outstanding programming and outdoor sports. “We know people will enjoy the tennis courts for years to come,” says Blick, who reminds people to sign up for Park and Rec programs to reserve their spot.

EverFree is September’s grant ee. The national organization works to accelerate freedom for human trafficking victims around the world. The Redding chapter’s current focus is to fund EverFree’s programs that help survivors in Uganda and The Philippines. The programs provide aftercare (resi dential or community-based), ad vocacy, prevention, and legal pro gramming.Thereare meetings four times a year (Sept. 12), in March, June, and December. All Redding res idents are invited to the meeting, men also, said Virginia Cohen. She leads the chapter she co-founded in 2018.When the group started there was a presentation about a cause to support then a potluck dinner.

The Women Advocacy Proj ect in Zimbabwe is another cause supported by the Redding chap ter. The project will train girls in two marginalized communities of Harare, Zimbabwe in soap produc tion and sales. The girls will earn income, increase their confidence, build team spirit, and avoid child marriage.Cohen and her husband George Cohen, a retired gastroenterolo gist first came to Redding in 1978. They have two sons. She is a grad uate of Smith College who, with George, has taken alumni-spon sored trips to many places includ ing some of the world’s most im poverished countries. The travel

They come every Monday to play with clay (no prior experience necessary) and create their own “masterpieces” from raw clay.

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Artisans’ totem poles welcome you to Heritage Center

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Moving forward, Weinstein hopes to continue growing the club, with a goal of getting to 100 members so that there’s at least 10 or 12 players at each meetup. Though the club is currently only meeting once a month, they’re

Anyone interested in learning about a different culture “in a short time” will benefit from attending one of the chapter meetings, said Laurie Heiss, a member since the chapter started.

Women and girls who have survived human trafficking from some of the world’s poorest coun tries are September’s focus of Redding’s chapter of Together Women Rise.

into disrepair and were plagued by numerous cracks. “It was becoming a safety hazard. They needed to be replaced. Courts are not meant to last that long,” says Blick.After the budget referendum passed in May, funds were allotted to complete the re-construction with BMP Construction handling

It included dishes from the subject region. There was discussion, then donations in the amount one would pay to eat in a restaurant. “Since the pandemic, dining was simpli fied to wine and cheese,” Cohen said.

By Ruth Moran

Among other projects support ed by the local women is the Cen ter for Victims of Torture in Ugan da which provides mental health and psychosocial support to wom en and girls in northern Uganda who have experienced torture and trauma during the many years of conflict in the country.

If you’re interested in learning how to play backgammon or refining your chops even further while getting to know your neighbors, Weinstein encourages you to join the club’s Facebook group, Easton and Redding Backgammon Club, and get

the project. The courts are now made of post-tensioned concrete in which concrete is poured over metal cables or tendons extending from one end of the court to the other. This process will prevent large cracks that eventually occur in asphalt tennis courts and offer more durability. “It’s a far better system which should not need crack repair for another 20 to 25 years,” he says. The courts will also be lined for 8 pickleball courts with portable nets available for use. The courts are available for free on a first come first served basis by Redding residents and their guests with players asked to limit daily play to one hour if people are waiting.

In Tanzania, she visited a cen ter for children and adults and recalled “colorful buildings for art, music, and dance” and saw an “impressive Dutch-run healthcare center” for pregnant mothers that also offered community after-care.

In addition to youth tennis and pickleball classes, Park and Recreation is offering a whole slate of fall programming for youth and adults taught by regional instructors. There’s something for

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plight, they are also impressed by what is being done, and willing to donate to the cause.

Weinstein first fell in love with backgammon — a two-player tables game that first appeared in the 17th century — when he was living on Wall Street some 15 years ago. His apartment was across the street from the Deutsche Bank public atrium, which happened to be the hangout of the world’s best chess and backgammon players, Weinstein said.

“A beginning player can, on occasion, beat a world-class player in a single game, though over the long run of many games the world-class player will triumph,” Weinstein said. “The simple rules and paradoxically complex strategy make the game compelling to me — like a puzzle to beWhilesolved.”Weinstein initially started the club because he wanted to play more backgammon — his wife isn’t a fan of the game and his kids are too young to play it — he really enjoys the conversations that materialize during gameplay.

involved.“There’s no age limit — we had a six-year-old member playing with us last month,” Weinstein said. “There are no fees, and we will even provide the equipment if you don’t own a backgammon board. The only thing we require is the willingness to learn and the desire to play.”

Theup.”organization’s newer name embodies this ideal, according to Heiss. She said, “It’s “spot on.”

The group has made enough sculptures to build two totem poles which will be positioned near the entrance to the Heritage Center in earlyTheSeptember.ideaofgiving back to the community is very much in the hearts of these clay class students.

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“They would sit there all day challenging passersby and each other to games for money, usually

If you enjoy tennis, you’ll appreciate the brand-new tennis courts at the Redding Community Center. “It’s important for the town to have quality facilities. I’m happy for the residents to have a great place to play,” says Rob Blick, Park & Recreation Director.

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everyone, including yoga, fitness, golf, basketball, football, soccer, art, cooking, chess, and much more. New this fall are pre-school and kindergarten karate and preschool Musical Munchkins. “A lot of programs are coming back that we stopped during Covid. We’re back to a full load of fitness programs. Every program we offer is open to residents and non-residents, except for use of the outdoor tennis and pickleball courts,” says Blick. There’s Open Gym for adult volleyball, basketball and pickleball, a basketball league for kids grades 3-8 and high-schoolers, free youth open gyms for grades 5-12, and also Family Open Gym on Sundays. Lyrics Coffeehouse is returning on Friday nights from November through March showcasing singer-songwriters performing original pieces.

As a backgammon enthusiast who was struggling to find opponents, Jamie Weinstein decided to take matters into his own hands and create a community of like-minded players. In April 2022, Weinstein founded the Easton and Redding Backgammon Club, which meets once a month in the community room of the Easton Public Library and has grown to include 40 members.

Hugh, who passed away on August 17th, focused a lot of his energies exploring and celebrating his great-grandfather’s scientific triumph as the inventor of Bakelite.

Reidy (Dan) of Corte Madera, CA. He deeply loved his grandchildren Kate, Eli, Hannah and Caroline; and nieces, Laura and Joyce.

Photos by Susan Clark

Obituary

Daniel Heller of Redding dies peacefully at 92 l By Dan Reidy

Dan spent his career in finance, working for GTE, and was Chief Financial Officer for various small

and medium-sized companies until his retirement in 1997. He was elected to Treasurer of Redding several times and was proud to serve his beloved town for decades.

We, in turn, celebrate Hugh for the creativity of his wood works around town. Using a variety of natural woods, Hugh built fences and gates, benches and tables. The examples shown here are on permanent public display along the Parade Path at Town Hall. If you haven’t seen them, they’re worth a detour. g

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On September 2, 2022, Dan Heller, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, died peacefully at ninety-two, surrounded by his family. Born April 30, 1930 to Helen Grey and Israel Heller in New York City, Dan graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from New York University. Dan proudly served in the U.S. Army as a medic during the Korean War. After the Army, he worked in finance in New York City where he met and married Ingrid Lütjens. They were married for fifty-five years.

The memorial will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Parish, 184 Cross Highway, Redding, CT 06896. In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able instead make a donation to The Mark Twain Library, Redding, CT https://marktwainlibrary.org/ or New Pond Farm, Redding, CT https://newpondfarm.org g

Photo by Dan Reidy

Dan loved the outdoors, gardening, birdwatching, classical music, and had a deep knowledge of history and literature. He moved his family from New York City to Redding in 1971. He and Ingrid bought the land, built a colonial style farmhouse and lived there happily for fifty years. The property sat adjacent to forestland where Dan birdwatched, provided winter shelter to eastern phoebes in his garage, and grew abundant blueberries.

Dan was very proud of his two daughters, Karen Lightman (Ari) of Pittsburgh, PA and Jennifer

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Eliza: We hadn’t considered Connecticut at all. Initially we homed in on South Salem, but weren’t finding anything we were excited about. Our realtor suggested we also look just over the border, in Ridgefield. There, it felt closer to what we were looking for, but still not quite right. And then our new broker showed us some houses in Redding, and it just felt like such a lovely, magical place.

Nearby?

By C. J. Hauser 320 pp. Doubleday $28.00

Eliza and Scott chose Redding Ridge

Edwards Law Offices

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By Margi Esten

The Crane Wife

the side of the road. I would love for the town to impose and enforce steep fines for littering.

Interested in prolific Reddingites? Did you know that Edward Steichen, the revered and famous photographer, lived in and retired to his Redding farm in 1938? His photography books and many others may be checked out from our Art and Photography collection.And,next time you visit the library, be sure to take a moment and appreciate the statues on our grounds. The one on the left, “Torch Bearers” is by Anna Hyatt Huntington, she lived here too!

Want to learn more about the old house you live in? Or searching for historical information about

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Scott: We wanted good schools, and I liked that I’d be able to get into the city for concerts without too much hassle.

Meadow Ridge

League of Women

Ever heard of Chicken Warrups? John Read? How about Long Lots? Find out about these people and places from Redding’s early history (and more!) from town historian Brent Colley in that September 15th program which focuses on the Native Americans who called this area home, along with the town’s first European settlers.Colley grew up in Redding and comes from a family that called this town home for five generations. He credits his grandfather, Harry Colley, for instilling a curiosity and a love for the town’s past. Colley leads walking tours, slide shows and speaking engagements that showcase the people, places, and events that have enriched the histories and shaped the landscapes of Branchville, Georgetown, and Redding. This is a hybrid program and we welcome patrons both in the library and online.

Eliza: If you don’t already have one, get a dog! We got our dog, Lorna, about four months after moving here. You can pretty much guarantee meeting someone new or having a lovely conversation with a neighbor while out walking theScott:dog. The people of Redding are extremely kind and welcoming. Check out the town website for all kinds of information, activities, and events.

Book Review Library Corner

Eliza: The library is a lovely place to browse and get work done. I love Warrup’s Farm for pumpkin picking in the fall and beautiful vegetable seedlings in the early summer.

Why Redding?

What do you like most about living in Redding?

What qualities made it seem like a good place to live?

Scott: We cast a wide net when looking for a place to relocate from Brooklyn. We didn’t want to be too far from the city, but we were ready for a quieter existence and more space.

What would you like to see changed or improved?

The novelist CJ Hauser (Family of Origin, The From-Aways) has penned a memoir-in-essays about creating her own narrative for happiness. Her book expands upon the essay The Crane Wife, originally published in The Paris Review in 2019, which describes her experience calling off her wedding and leaving for Texas to study the whooping crane.

What are your favorite things to do in town?

Scott: There’s so much history—between Mark Twain and the Revolutionary War, lots of interesting things have happened here.

Eliza Berkowitz, Scott Lapatine and their daughter Molly made Redding Ridge home in January 2021, relocating from Brooklyn. Eliza is a freelance writer and editor who mostly works on children’s books, and Scott manages a music website called Stereogum which he founded more than 20 years ago. Here’s their story.

some eccentric storylines and wildly kooky characters. Not to mention watching the relationship development between the two protagonists – Cormoran Strike, the one-legged, scraggly but infinitely desirable-to-mostwomen detective, and Robin Ellacott, his assistant and eventual business partner who gets married and divorced by Book Two.

What is your advice for newcomers?

Do you know who Robert Galbraith is? If you don’t, you should. And if you like British detective mysteries with all sorts of interesting subplots….well, keepRobertreading. Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the brilliant author of Harry Potter fame. So no wonder these books are so much fun to read, with

George Avidon is acting Director of Mark Twain Library

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Redding Ridge Repair

REDDING GRANGE’S “Fun-Sized” Agricultural Fair 399 Newtown Turnpike Sunday, October 23rd 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Walk-in contest entries encouraged Entry registration and set up 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Judging starts at 11:00 a.m. Entries released for pick up at 2:30 p.m. Win Ribbons for: Weirdest Pumpkin Best Corn - somethingChicken Beauty Contest (Prettiest Chicken) Most Impressive Garden Produce Best Family Recipe Cookies Best Farm–esque Art Best “Overalls” or Farm Costume SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE! Contact community@reddinggrange.orgformoreinformation

A graduate of Joel Barlow High School, she spent her formative years in Redding and keen-eyed readers will recognize her mention of the Mark Twain Library where her mother helped her find a biography of Judy Garland, as well as other locales around town.

Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, Lethal White, Troubled Blood and the very recently released The Ink Black Heart

How did you hear about Redding?

Eliza: When we saw our house, we all felt equally excited about it, which was not the case with other places we had seen. We felt so certain that it was the right place for us that we made an offer the same day.

Eliza: Definitely the trees and the wildlife. We’ve seen possums, deer, chipmunks, raccoons, turkeys, and foxes. We even had a snapping turtle for a weeklong visit to our yard.

Has anything surprised you about living here?

series called “History Close to Home” which delves into the unique and fascinating history of both Redding and the Nutmeg State. Whether you’re a newcomer to Redding, or an old-timer, this series offers opportunities to learn more about our collective stories and shared past.

Eliza: I hate seeing garbage on

This is the first summer in three years that the traveler in all of us reconnected with the outside world. Wanderlust is alive and well. Those who travel or desire to travel recognize their own ability to search out the details of new surroundings. Mark Twain famously wrote about travel in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’sNevertheless,lifetime.” we are blessed in this little corner of the earth we call Redding. Not only are we surrounded by great beauty, but also the consistent and everpresent availability of knowledge and history. If one desires, one can develop a better understanding of the world at large just from the history of and within our small town. And the Mark Twain Library is at the epicenter of this knowledge, history and local culture.Look no further than our event calendar in the coming weeks and you will see why. On September 15th we bring you the first program in a new ongoing

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Scott: Our back porch is pretty special. We have a hammock out there and a fire pit nearby. It’s a great spot for relaxing.

Redding? If you are new to Redding (or even if you have been here awhile and are curious) we have been hard at work creating a special section where you can easily find books and other historical materials specifically related to Redding, its antique homes and the people who lived here long ago. Be sure to speak to a circulation staff member when you visit the library and ask about this new section in the Library.

This collection is quirky –there is an entire essay devoted to Katharine Hepburn’s character in The Philadelphia Story. She attends a robot convention and makes a pilgrimage to John Belushi’s gravesite. While these experiences may seem disconnected, her witty observations about the direction of her life ties these essays together. She brings the road less traveled to a whole other level with her sharp observations, and readers will find this memoir funny, unexpected, and big-hearted. g

Good books for good readers

Eliza: It’s so pretty! I fell in love with the windy, tree-lined roads. We really didn’t know anything about Redding, but I felt like I would forever be in awe of the town’s beauty.

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Spread Music Now

By George Avidon

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Scott: We’ve found great local restaurants, like the Roadhouse, the Wire Mill, and Milestone. We tried Three Keys recently for the first time and it was excellent!

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As with most well-written series each book certainly stands on its own, but try to read them in order if you can – way more fun!

Eliza: I love the farms in Easton, especially Sherwood Farm. Uncle Matt’s in Newtown is my favorite place to get lunch and read a book. And Bethel is a great little town to walk around and pop into cute shops.Scott: Putnam Park is great for all the historical details, with scenic trails for an easy walk.

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What made you ultimately move here?

What makes your home special to you?

Elizabeth

Scott: More places to get a coffee or quick lunch would be great.

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Eliza: I figured that in such a small town, the people would be friendly, but I didn’t anticipate they would be so kind, helpful, and warm. I love that it’s standard practice to say hello to everyone you pass on the street.

Eliza: I love the landscaping. It’s so nice to have a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers. We get lots of bees and butterflies. I could spend all day puttering around in the yard.

and hissed and was so much stronger than I had given her credit for. Then the towel slipped and the claws came out and it was every man for himself.

“Why!!! Why did we think this was a good

I would treat myself. While I loved my plastic Wilderness Systems kayak it was 60 lbs and even with a Hullavator® rack getting it on and off a Highlander® and to/ from the put-ins alone wasn’t the easiest. Then on Craigslist was the ad “New fiberglass composite 14’ kayak. Tangent. Cosmetic blemish. $900 Fairfield”. No way—new fiberglass kayak under $1000 -OMG!! BUT what the heck is a “Tangent Kayak”? Never heard of this brand, and I have been looking at fiberglass kayaks forever. There was a photo and the boat looked great—although the beat-up

You don’t have to know what that outcome might be. You don’t need to envision it. Just feel it.

Here’s the problem: They’re not stupid. They noticed the small changes — the new cage in the living room, the way we closed doors that were usually open. The way I didn’t feed them 3 times that morning. (Yes, I’m usually just a little bit way too much of a pushover, and I give them food every time they complain. I’m working on it.) They noticed it all. We could hear them whispering, “The ogres are up to something.”

So I started coming up with all sorts of machinations to make it work. And I enlisted my husband as co-conspirator.Thiswasthe plan: Pick them up by the back of the neck, put a towel around them and tuck them into the crate like little baby sloths in cute little sloth sleeping bags that I had seen in Costa Rica some years ago. Perhaps this would have been a good time to note that sloths are animals that excrete only once a week because it takes them that long to climb down from their tree. Sloths will not fight back. Sloths in a sleeping bag stare and smile. But I digress. And while I digressed, I built up more anxiety over how this would work until finally the day arrived.

Until eleven years ago this month Connecticut was just the neighboring state where I bought grain alcohol when home on break from college, a way for me to calculate when I was 2/3s of my way to Newport, Rhode Island without looking at my watch, the home/vacation homes for a few of my friends and an alternative place to take foreign visitors shopping at outlet malls if I didn’t want to go to Woodbury Commons or NJ.

We took our new barn cats to the vet for the first time last week. It was absolutely traumatizing.

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Being an avid kayaker (who was single and female), I had promised myself that if I ever saw a fiberglass kayak for a good price,

Four pints of blood later, we had two cats safely shoved into a crate with three towels, a clump of tissues and a wad of hair. Just don’tTheyask.cried most of the way to the vet, while we could barely get past our own stupidity. Our entire conversation was some version of this on “Whatrepeat:arewe doing!”

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garage door background detracted a little from it. I better respond to the ad ASAP before its gone— then do the research on the brand. My diligent research disclosed articles, videos and ultimately that “Tangent” was the signature brand of Rawson Boat Inc. run by Jeffrey Rawson, a local manufacturer of fiberglass composite kayaks based in Fairfield, CT.

More than anything else, I dreaded the moment when we had to put them in the crate. I knew they were going to hate it. In my mind, I kept seeing them cry and run away. Since they never had ever let us pick them up, I was concerned about how to do it. As anyone raised with dogs knows, a cat’s refusal to enthusiastically beg for its ogre to do almost anything is a mystery. And cats are much smaller than Rottweilers. They

No claws. And this gave me a chance to re-evaluate my diabolical schemes.AsI sat there watching the vet put the second cat back in the carrier, it dawned on me: I had just spent too much time and energy focusing on what I DIDN’T want. How much time is “too much” time focusing on what you don’t want? Any time at all. This isn’t “think positive.” It’s “DON’T THINK AT ALL.” Because what you focus on, you create. When you’re in a negative emotional state, you are attuned like a radio to the negative emotion you are experiencing and you will only bring yourself more negativity, more events that are in that same vibration. So, worrying creates an outcome worth worrying about. When you’re in fear, you receive thoughts that produce more fear. If, when you’re in fear, you put your thoughts into action, you will get more fear-generating results back. How does someone get around this? Stop thinking. Don’t think

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To my surprise, the first step worked like a charm. My husband picked the first one up by the back of the neck and I came over with the towel to cradle it. Fabulous. But the cat wiggled and struggled

of an elephant as quickly as possible. And start focusing all your attention on FEELING what the perfect outcome would feel like. Feel it and allow that feeling to grow. Maybe even talk with someone you trust about it. In this way, you can deepen and heighten the feeling of having the perfect outcome. As you develop this positive energy, it is sent out in search of more positive outcomes.

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and I will be out of the country for the next two weeks. Smart people would have postponed—after all it’s Craigslist—but no, “hey Jeffrey- it’s Karen- I am about to get in the car- if I buy the kayak can I leave it at your shop for two weeks while I am out of the country? I forgot I don’t have racks on my car or any place to store it” Jeffery “Sure” (Jeffrey probably thinking ‘I will get the money and get to sell the kayak again to someone who is not an idiot’). I show up at the address Jeffrey had given me (which I assumed was his shop) and I am starting to get a little worried as it looks like a rundown house and I go around the back as instructed and there sitting in a lawn chair in front of a little run-down cottage is a nice looking guy (!) in sunglasses—and the kayak! We introduce ourselves and Jeffrey explains the kayak to me (his kayaks are patented and have some neat functions and this one had a skeg in addition to a rudder), we went for a quick kayak on the Sound and I bought the boat! I loved it!! Jeffrey said it was no problem for me to leave the boat while I was overseas for two weeks

on business. He knew that after the overseas trip I was immediately going into a six-week trial where I would only be home on weekends. While I was overseas he called me to see if I wanted to go kayaking on the day I was supposed to pick up the kayak instead of just picking up the kayak (of course—first I love kayaking, second he was cute!). We went kayaking that day and he suggested that I leave the kayak at his shop so that we could go kayaking on the weekends in between trial (not so he could sell it). We have been together ever since. Who would have thought I would have met someone through Craigslist of all places (neither of us had ever even tried any form of Internet dating)! I guess you could say I sort of bought him too. Connecticut now holds a much different place in my life. g

“‘They’reidea!”never going to talk to us ever Onceagain.”wegot to the vet, though, magic came in. The vet was calm and quiet and gentle. She had clearly done this before. She spent time with them, comforted them, and when the time was right, she took them out of the cage one at a time for the exam. The cats were relaxed and quiet and acquiescent.

The long-awaited Craigslist e-mail response: “The boat is still available. Jeffrey”. We spoke on the phone, I was speaking with Jeffrey Rawson—the president and owner of the company, the designer and builder of the kayaks! I thought he would be impressed by my research ability and the fact that I had been able to figure out that “Tangent” was a Rawson Boat and that he was the “Jeffrey” as in the owner of the company – but no, his only comment “oh, I guess I forgot the ‘Rawson Boat’- sorry”. We decided to meet up 8:00 a.m. Easter Sunday for a test drive. Due to my excitement, it didn’t occur to me until right before I got in the car at 7:00 a.m. that its April, I have no racks on my car and I have no place to store the kayak if I buy it today

could hide for days without us finding them.

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Enter The Metropolitan Museum’s Docent Program, wiping away all of the above fears and pipe dreams.

to support improvement in the educational outcomes of young people in Connecticut and the vitality of their communities. The foundation pursues this mission by investing both financial and human resources in its grantees. Importantly, Be Foundation makes multi-year investments in organizations.

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A friend engineered for me to be interviewed for the next “class.” Most years the Met Volunteer Organization takes in about twenty new recruits who will begin their training together. Being admitted called for a celebration as there are typically about two hundred applicants, many of whom have resumés featuring solid art backgrounds. However, The Met does not emphasize prior knowledge of art history; rather,

School tours were wonderful and awful and everything in between. Uninterested teachers could kill a tour, but if you managed to grab the attention of at least part of the group, usually about 15 kids, it was gratifying to see them soak up what they suddenly saw.

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the docents in training have to learn things The Met Way.

Like everyone else in the group I was shaking in my boots when it was my turn to present; I had thought that after retirement any tests would be a thing of the past. How wrong I was! This exercise was our introduction to the art of Visual Analysis.

galleries to us. These lectures were a veritable graduate course in art history, thanks to the Met’s encyclopedic collections. We also learnt how to use the fabulous online resources of “Watson,” the Met’s main library (open to the public!), essential for the many papers we had to write.

After many months each of us had to start to create our own tour, researching every one of our eight or nine objects to the hilt, and writing a presentation on each. For the school guides this meant devising groups of questions that would get to the core of the object in about five minutes. Not an easy task, as you had to make it work for kids from grade school through high school. In June came the dreaded audit by our leaders; fortunately, almost all of us in the class of 2005 passed.

Every three years all four hundred docents are evaluated in every tour we give. Three of our peers join a live tour without the visitors realizing they are docents. The evaluation follows a rigorous format, and the feedback is usually most helpful. This makes all of us stay on our toes.

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There were challenges galore. To this day we walk our route right before the tour to ascertain our objects are there. One morning I was late and failed to walk my tour. I was rather taken aback to find the huge sculpture of six figures, larger than life size, Rodin’s “Burghers of Calais” gone.

Who are we? The weekday docents are usually retirees; most are women, but the number of men is increasing. Weekend docents include many working people. Tours are given in ten languages; the non-English tours are almost always given by native speakers.

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After five years as a school guide, I applied for a spot in an adult “collection tour.” Such tours allow a docent to delve into the objects of one of the Curatorial Departments more in depth. It also means lots more research, papers, and audits. I now give tours in American Art and “Great Paintings,” which emphasizes iconic paintings from all over the world and many different eras.

Be Foundation's mission is

private grant-making foundation recognized by the IRS since 2012. It was founded by Greg and Cathy Young and Richard Wenning is the Executive Director. According to Guidestar and ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer, the foundation has assets between six and seven million dollars.

Those of us assigned to give school tours had many hours of special instruction in teaching methodology. We were to use the Socratic method at all times, asking only open questions, avoiding any lecturing and questions that might get wrong answers. Not: “Who is the goddess on this Greek vase?” but rather “What has the artist done to make you see this is Athena?”

Every week someone from one of the nineteen Curatorial Departments (mini museums in themselves) presented their

The purchaser of the Georgetown Bible Church is the Be Foundation. The foundation plans to renovate the magnificent old building and transform it into an arts and culture center for Redding and surrounding towns. Who or what is the Be Foundation? The family foundation is based in Redding. It is a

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One school always requested we avoid any nudity. This is extremely difficult to do in the Met, but we managed to find a route so that we could just power by the nudes seen from the back, not allowing time for the kids to turn around.

Retirement: a dreaded word, yet full of promise. Would I lose my identity, not having a real job? Would I fall into a lonely black hole? Or would I use my oceans of free time to become a superb pianist (note: I play viola, not piano), while writing a bestselling travel memoir and cooking gourmet meals on a daily basis?

The training year started in September with the signing of contracts specifying our total commitment to the program. First task: talking to our class for five minutes about an object we did not know, after just looking at it; research was not allowed. My object was a very big ancient Egyptian statue of a scribe. I spent an hour circling it, making notes of every tiny thing I could see.

I fondly remember a tour for just four students from a Bronx high school. They were not boys but men, at least 18, towering over me. I was blown away by how they analyzed the movements of the characters in the paintings, explaining what they thought was going on. I think they were much more attuned to body language than most, having grown up in an often hostile environment. They were blissfully free of any inhibition; the straight talk and laughter was exhilarating.

One of the foundation’s significant grantees is SpreadMusicNow, Inc., a public non-profit that supports music education for Connecticut’s young people. SpreadMusicNow, co-founded by Greg Young and Richard Wenning, funds music education in and out of the classroom that puts underserved

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styles that Kaye said are underrepresented by other breweries — like Belgian-inspired ales, lagers, witbiers, and English-style bitters.

Biergarten

In the June issue of the Sentinel, First Selectwoman Julia Pemberton wrote an article entitled Your Government at Work – a Primer. A reader asked if we could turn that article into a graphic. Below is our attempt to

Redding has a town meeting form of government, so you see

“We’ve probably brewed 120 or 130 beers since we opened, with 30 or 40 of them settling into a rotation.”Inaddition to expanding its arsenal of beers, Nod Hill has also further built out its facility.

At this point, the brewery pivoted and set up picnic tables outside in its parking lot, which turned out to be quite popular. Realizing that it wasn’t realistic to continue losing tons of parking space but that the brewery absolutely needed an outdoor environment in the COVID and post-COVID era, Kaye and his partners scoured the property to see where they could add an outdoor space with the least impact on the environment. Lo and behold, Nod Hill’s biergarten was born.

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While Nod Hill doesn’t serve food, it does partner with several different food trucks, including On the Fly, which is owned by Jeff Taibe, the culinary force behind Bethel’s Taproot Restaurant.

“We just started doing demolition, and then COVID hit,” Kaye explained. “Everything was super uncertain. We didn’t know when it was going to end.”

Since they had extra room in the building, the Nod Hill team began coming up with a plan to create a multi-use event space in the back.

Following a year of planning, developing recipes, and building out the space, Nod Hill Brewery, located at 137 Ethan Allen Highway in Ridgefield, opened its doors to the public in October 2017.Since then, Nod Hill’s growth has been impressive. Out of the gate, the brewery offered six beers, including Geobunny, its flagship IPA. As the company started to scale, they added more tank capacity, which enabled them to brew more beer, including other

Residents at the top of this graphic. Everything important in town goes either to a town meeting or referendum for decision.

“The whole building is covered in solar panels,” Kaye said. “We can generate enough power for everyone here and even pump excess electricity back into the grid.”After opening the biergarten, the Nod Hill team returned its focus to the event space. In 2021, they unveiled the Backspace, a 1,500-square foot space that can accommodate up to 100 people and can be rented out for private events and is also used for live music and comedy.

illustrate Julia’s article and clarify governmental roles in town. Please note we have not included the fire departments and EMS services but pledge to do so in a future issue.

After developing a penchant for homebrewing and working in bars, restaurants, and even a pub in the U.K., David Kaye — along with his father, wife, and good friend — decided it was time to share their love of beer with the world.

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There were times we couldn’t fit everyone, and we were also getting inquiries about private events.”

Supporting the Board of Selectmen are key departments, boards and commissions. You’ll

“We’ve been aggressive. Any time we make a little money, we reinvest it in our company,” said Kaye, who grew up in Redding and is Nod Hill’s general manager.

“We wanted to offer up something really nice,” Kaye

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“When we first opened, we had our brewery space and our taproom, which was just under 1,500 square feet,” Kaye said. “After our first year, we wanted to get more space for the public.

Looking for beer and camaraderie? Nod Hill Brewery has you covered

In addition to On the Fly, Nod Hill brings in a rotating stable of roughly 10 food trucks on Saturdays and holidays.

Speaking of the environment: For the last three years, Nod Hill has been entirely powered by solar energy. Same with the other businesses housed at the facility -a speech pathologist and Riverside Fence, which Kaye’s dad owns.

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“When we were starting to open the biergarten, I asked Jeff to be the resident food truck, and he agreed,” Kaye explained. “We work together hand-in-hand and collaborate on things, like beer dinners and pairings in the winter.”

Whether you’ve frequented Nod Hill or have never been, you might want to stop by the brewery for Fest Season, a monthlong Oktoberfest celebration that runs through Oct. 9.

said. “We had all this unused, overgrown land. After a little bit of hardscaping and excavation, we realized we could make a decentsize space while doing something good for the environment, getting rid of invasives, and cleaning up a side of the Norwalk River.”

“We’ll have a ton of Germanstyle beers, some through gravity casks, big steins, German music, and German food, with no tickets or anything,” Kaye said. “It’s our favorite time of the year.”

Nod Hill’s beers are available throughout the state, with 75% of its wholesale business occurring in Fairfield County, according to Kaye.

“You’ll find our beers in most liquor stores within a 10 or 15 mile radius,” Kaye said. “We’re also available at local restaurants.”

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Through offering farmstays, educational events, and sustainability programming, Open Farmhouse hopes to make a social impact and build a community that “fosters connection to the land” and “plants seeds for cultural renewal,” according to the group’s website.

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“We want to provide equitable access to farmland and open up this land to make it more accessible, not just to the Redding community but the surrounding area and even further,” said Cody Jacobs, Hill’s partner who moved to Redding during the pandemic.

“Open Farmhouse is a project of Warrup’s Farm. We’re creating something new that is tied to our traditions and breathing new life into what the property will be in the future,” Hill said. “We like being a place where different people of different walks of life can connect.”

food sovereignty movement and co-founded a cooperative for brewers, making beer using local ingredients.“Wegot interested in starting non-traditional businesses and social impact projects,” Jacobs said. “The cooperative movement has seven principles. We’re not a cooperative, but those principles influenced our way of wanting to make a positive impact on the community and the environment.”

Warrup’s Farm has been an operational farm for many years, with Hill’s parents growing organic vegetables since the 1970s. While the farm no longer has a farmstand or a farmer’s market, it does sell maple syrup in the spring. Warrup’s is perhaps best known for pumpkin picking in October; if you need a pumpkin next month, Hill encourages you to stop by any weekend.

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Open Farmhouse was launched in February 2020 — right around the time a global pandemic began brewing. While the pandemic was no doubt a challenge, Open Farmhouse passed it with flying colors.“We did monthlong stays during the pandemic, acting as a pod for one month at a time,” Hill said. “Folks could work remotely, and we had a community agreement about staying put. Luckily, no one gotAssick.”the world slowly moves past the pandemic, Open Farmhouse is opening back up. This summer, the team hosted a potluck series which brought neighbors and members of the community together to break bread.“Since the pandemic has become less intense, we’re broadening our community and those who engage with the space,” Jacobs said. “Now, we’re doing short-term rentals. People can come and go, and we’re hopeful that this allows the space to be more plansLookingmulti-purpose.”ahead,OpenFarmhousetoopenupbookingsinthelate

fall and winter and host a number of community events in 2023.

The annual CT United motorcycle ride began at Sherwood Island in Westport and traveled through ten Connecticut towns in honor and memory of 9/11 first responders and those who lost their lives that day. About 3,000 bikers ride sixty miles each year to raise funds for 9/11 victims.

“I grew up here in Redding at Warrup’s Farm, and my family has been here since the 1700s,” Hill said. Way back in the day, a daughter from the Read family married a Hill, and the newlyweds were deeded the parcel that houses the farm and Open Farmhouse today.

While Redding residents have a seemingly endless number of options to choose from when it comes to connecting with nature, not everyone is as fortunate. To give those folks a chance to experience what life is like on a farm, Lincoln Hill and Cody Jacobs created Open Farmhouse — a space to farm, live, and create — at Warrup’s Farm, 11 John Read Road.

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fresco on the farmhouse’s spacious outdoor“We’repatio.actively farming the land as sustainably as possible,” Jacobs said. “One of our biggest projects is the kitchen garden that is directly behind the home. People can pick from the garden and have direct engagement with the land with the hope that it inspires them.”

Visitors also enjoy the property’s public hiking trail and gardens, where they’re able to pick fresh vegetables for meals and eat al

Photos by Debora DeCarlo Rosa

Not everyone has an opportunity to live on a farm — or even visit one. By providing the opportunity to rent out the farmhouse for weekend stays, weeklong stays, and even monthlong stays, the Open Farmhouse team hopes to provide a glimpse of farm life to those who want to see it.

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Primarily, Open Farmhouse attracts people working in social impact causes, small business owners, and members of the creative community. But as Jacobs explains, anyone is welcome.

The farmhouse — which was built in the 1800s and has been renovated a handful of times since then, including a lot of work done by Hill and Jacobs to prepare the space for visitors — offers five bedrooms, private offices, a yoga room, a collaborative co-working space, a library, and even a taproom with a brick oven and a small bar.

Photo by Bill Hill Cody Jacobs and Lincoln Hill at Open Farmhouse on Warrup’s Farm.

So here are some practical fall tips to help our wildlife in Redding:

• Leave trees standing. Even dead ones (called snags) are incredibly beneficial to wildlife. If safety is a concern, remove branches and leave a ‘telephone pole’ for animals to continue to find food in and shelter. Prioritize old growth and mature trees, as they create the most food and shelter for animals.

• If raccoons or other animals denning in your attic or chimney is a concern, now is a good time to trim back branches that allow access to your roof.

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• Hang bird feeders as far away from your home as possible and take them down at night. Bears are very active now and need to eat 20,000 calories a day to prepare for winter. Keep garbage in bear-proof containers or closed securely in your garage. A little ammonia in a garbage can will mask food odors. Bears have an incredible sense of smell and are now bulking up for winter.

The good news is that each and every person has the chance to do something about it. Our individual opportunity is well brought to light by Doug Tallamy – author of Nature’s Best Hope and Bringing Nature Home –whose books explain how our native plants and native animals have co-evolved, how their fates are inextricably linked, and how we can help. Wildlife in Crisis, a critical wildlife rehabilitation resource close to home in Weston, has put together a fact sheet called

Jeanne Ammermuller is a member of the Redding Land Trust Board of Trustees

Living Harmoniously with Native Wildlife, and says that the majority of the 20,000 annual calls it receives about animals in distress could be avoided by following some simple rules.

While, Barberry can be removed by digging, that approach disturbs soil and can encourage new invasives. “The Conservation Commission learned a technique from the Nature Conservancy that is also effective,” says Green.

While Barberry and other invasive plants do act as food sources for many birds and animals, they pose a significant risk to natural ecosystems. “As invasive plants displace native plants the complex biodiversity of our forest, wetland and meadow habitats is diminished,” says Green. “The problem is more than just the loss of one plant for another, because invasives tend to form unhealthy ‘monocultures’ of a single species. This threatens the entire web of relationships between plants, animals, pollinators, fungi, and other organisms that is the natural ecosystem.”

To many here in the Northeast, the change of the seasons is a metronome that marks the passage of time in our lives. When it comes to wildlife, nature’s seasons come with key needs to be met -- and finding resources in the proper quantities and at the proper time of year is essential for survival.

• If tree work cannot be avoided, October and very early November are best times to do it. Most babies will be out of their nests, and the majority of winter homes are not built yet. (Note: Spring and early summer are the WORST times for wildlife to do tree work.)

• Consider reserving a portion of your property in its natural state. Most American yards are ‘ecological deserts’. Even small untouched areas can be helpful to wildlife.•Keep an eye on drought conditions and put water out for wildlife. Shallow containers with a few rocks in them allow safe drinking spots for even the tiniest creatures.•Leave leaves as much as possible. Using rakes is less

Japanese Barberry

This event celebrates the release of their debut album "Connecticut" and supports Redding-based SpreadMusicNow. The title track is a love song to a woman, inviting her back to our great state of Connecticut. Anyone from the area will appreciate the references to the Huskies, the shoreline, and local greats like Mark Twain and Helen Keller.

Photo by Elizabeth Jensen A snag on Sport Hill Road

Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) is a valuable resource for identifying and addressing invasive plants and includes a management calendar on its website. cipwg.uconn.edu.

Indeed, mere survival is becoming harder and harder for our wild friends. According to a study published in Science magazine in 2019, nearly 3 billion birds have disappeared from North America since 1970 – a decline that scientists marked as “staggering.” Many common backyard species like sparrows, finches, and blackbirds are greatly affected. Even non-native species that have traditionally thrived in North America, like starlings and house sparrows, are also disappearing. And the decline is not just in bird populations. World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Living Planet Report 2020 stated that known populations of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish declined an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016.

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In Redding, it has become a persistent problem in preserved land, including on Redding Land Trust and Town of Redding properties. It can be most obvious in early spring when it is often the first plant to leaf out.

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Barberry figures prominently on the Dirty Dozen+ list created over a decade ago by Saving Natural Redding, a community group. The list includes Japanese Barberry, Japanese Knotweed, Oriental Bittersweet, Winged Euonymous, Purple Loosestrife, Black Swallow Wort, Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven), Garlic Mustard, Multiflora Rose, Autumn Olive, Japanese Honeysuckle, Japanese Stilt Grass and Norway Maple. “I would definitely add pervasive European Privet to the list today,” says Stuart Green, Conservation Commission member and longtime leader of Redding’s Trail Tenders.

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Friday, October 28 Doors open at 7:00 PM | Show at 8:00 PM Tickets: $20 | All Ages Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605 Connecticut Album Release Party 100% of your ticket purchase supports music education for Connecticut students. Music Empowers! Country!ConnecticutToe-tapping North County Band embodies country music from Connecticut. Performing a mix of originals and covers from Allman to Grateful, Waylon to Dwight, Wilco to Skynyrd, they are sure to get any wallflower dancing.

• Finally, knowing winter is not far behind, it’s a great time to start planning for it. Consider installing winter roosting boxes for birds. Roosting boxes are larger than spring bird houses and allow many birds to huddle together for warmth, and have perches inside.

Once a popular plant for hedges, Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is a thorny shrub that has become a pervasive (and persistent) presence in forest understories across Connecticut. According to Native Plant Trust, it was first introduced in the US in 1875 and by 1910 was recognized as a frequent garden escapee. It is spread primarily by birds, who love the small red berries.

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“As suburban sprawl has overtaken Fairfield County, we are now more than ever stewards of the wild animals that live amongst us. We can all make a difference for wildlife from bears to butterflies, by being good stewards. Enlighten your neighbors. Leave mature trees standing. Don’t use pesticides, rodenticides or herbicides, and work towards banning them. Allow half your lawn to grow into a life-giving meadow. Don’t trap wildlife, leave them be. Keep cats indoors and supervise your dogs.

damaging than leaf blowers. Areas under trees and bushes are especially vital. Many small animals and the food they need to survive hibernate in leaves. If leaves must be removed, fall cleanup is somewhat less damaging than spring cleanup – so consider removing your leaves at the end of fall rather than spring.

Managing your backyard invasives: Japanese Barberry

It’s also a good time to order bird water heaters that will keep water from freezing in winter months.

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Donations to Wildlife in Crisis can be sent to:

• Stop spraying your yard. A 2019 article in Science reported that neonicotinoids, a widely used group of pesticides, have been shown to have negative impacts on an increasing number of species. According to Peter Reid from Wildlife in Crisis “When you spray the whole property, you are spraying all the bugs that the birds eat. WIC has seen a steadily increasing rate of birds showing neurological distress.”

Invasive Plant Fact sheet explains, “Higher densities of rodent hosts and deer ticks prefer to shelter under barberry than under native shrubs. When populations of barberry are controlled, fewer mice and ticks are present.”

But how to deal with Barberry? It actually can be controlled, especially if it is removed before it spreads significantly. Gordon Loery, co-president of the Redding Land Trust Board of Trustees, sees Barberry as “about the most prevalent and problematic invasive on most RLT properties.” It is also a focus of the Land Trust’s Decade of Stewardship effort.

In closing, a quote from Dara Reid, Director of Wildlife in Crisis

“First the barberry plant is cut just above ground with a brush saw and then a bit later as the plant struggles to produce new shoots the remaining plant and basal root are burned with a high BTU backpack propane torch. This method avoids disturbing the soil or using herbicide.” Herbicides are avoided wherever possible to protect Redding’s watershed. He recommends tackling the plants in early spring (before leaf-out) before other plants and invasives shootTheup.Connecticut

art exhibits, music education, food preparation, small businesses, artist studios and community meetings.4.

We have had a building envelope analysis completed and an environmental screening and are talking to different potential firms for next steps. The renovations needed will be extensive and may take two years to complete. Ensuring that the property is accessible to our community is important to us.

2. Once the building is completed, how will it be managed? Will you set up a board? How will you incorporate resident input?

1. How will the renovation be managed? Have you selected a design firm? Will you seek resident input? Will the renovation include ADA compliance?

We expect to manage the building as a nonprofit community space and SpreadMusicNow, the public charity Greg and I founded, will be involved. We will consider governance changes as the redevelopment process progresses.

We understand that the zoning for the building itself will need to change but not the property. I look forward to learning about all of the steps necessary to bring about the redevelopment as a key step toward the larger Gilbert and Bennett project.

To the rear of the church is a small cemetery containing the graves of Edwin and Elizabeth Gilbert.

The Sentinel was able to put questions to the new buyers.

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To find out more, call 203-601-6450 or visit MeadowRidge.com

5. Is the Georgetown Village Restoration group involved at all?

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It’s a lovely property bordered by the Norwalk River on a shady side. We could imagine some café seating there and local restaurants or food trucks serving food at community gatherings. Along the roadside, perhaps a nice pollinator pathway to model all the beauty and benefit of native wildflowers. We look forward to gathering ideas. g

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Are there any use restrictions given that its land use designation is as a church? Being in BC zone should mitigate that land use designation but just checking.

We have talked about the renovation of the Church with representatives of Georgetown Village Restoration, Inc. (GVR) and look forward to partnering with them as much as possible. Our goal is to have widespread town support for the redevelopment and that means listening and partnering to bring about a great outcome.

Yes, we do expect to offer it for rent for private and town events. SpreadMusicNow will likely use it for a concert series it hosts but we also envision making it available to other organizations and neighboring towns for concerts, speakers, films, art exhibits, weddings, historical tours and other purposes. The basement could become space for

built in this style at that time, including buttresses and pointed arch windows, a square main tower, and a round turret with a conical roof.

A toast by our fire pit is a perfect metaphor for the warm and gracious welcome you will feel as a new resident of Meadow Ridge. Walk down the halls and receive friendly greetings from our residents and associates, who will quickly bring you into the fold of life here. One or more of our dozens of activities, programs, clubs or committees are sure to appeal to you, connecting you with new like-minded friends to share a meal, a good chat or a nice glass of wine by the fire.

Experience the pinnacle of friendship.

6. Do you have plans for the 0.88 acre land itself?

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However, long before the building opens, we will solicit input from potential partners and local residents related to the mix of possible uses. In fact, if any of your readers have ideas for how the space could be used or are interested in joining us as investors or other stakeholders, they should send them to

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At this point, we are in a discussion and research phase. Rich Wenning will oversee the renovation on behalf of Be Foundation and we will select a team to plan and execute on the renovation that shares our vision for both process and outcome.

3. Could you expand on your ideas for how the space will be used? Will it be available for rent?

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Wednesday, Sept. 28

Author Talk w/ Frankie Ann Marcille - Yes, The Story of A Dreamer 5:00 Markp.m.Twain Library 439 Redding Road marktwainlibrary.orgRedding

Honey Harvest Festival 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens 151 Brookdale Road bartlettarboretum.orgStamford

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Pick Your Own apples

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Saturday, Sept. 24Sunday Sept. 25 Sound on Sound Fest 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Seaside Park, 1 Barnum Dyke soundonsoundct.comBridgeport

Friday, Sept. 30 Fall Fair 2022 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Newtown Arts Festival Hours vary Fairfield Hills Newtownartsfestival.comNewtown

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Meet the Poet: Suzanne Frischkorn 7:30 Markp.m.Twain Library 439 Redding Road marktwainlibrary.orgRedding

Visual & Performing Arts Center Western Connecticut State danburyconcert.orgDanbury43WestsideUniversityCampusLakeAve.Ext.

Music

Thursday, Sept. 29

Bethel Library Lawn and Greenwood Avenue multiversewww.learningstreams.com/Bethel

Pop-up “welcome fall” celebration 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Grace Farms 365 Luke’s Wood Road New gracefarms.orgCanaan

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Joe and Cathy newpondfarm.orgWest101NewMycologicalCT/WestchesterBrandtAssociationPondFarmMarchantRoadRedding

Annual Mushroom Walk 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Food Events

Sunday, Sept. 25

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Concert: Inspired by 52 Artists: Music for Voices 6:00 Aldrichp.m.Museum of Contemporary Art 258 Main St. Ridgefield thealdrich.org

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Thursday, Sept. 22

Conversations: Censorship & Race - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 7:30 p.m. (Virtual)

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Wednesday, Sept. 28

8:00 Supportsp.m.music education for Connecticut students Bijou Theatre 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport northcountyband.com

Monday, Sept. 19

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Sunday, Sept. 18

Saturday, Sept. 24

Saturday, Sept. 17

Children /Families

Mark Twain Library 439 Redding Road marktwainlibrary.orgRedding

Grace Farms 365 Luke’s Wood Road New gracefarms.orgCanaan

Thursday, Sept. 15

Saturday, Sept. 17

Monday, Sept. 26

1-Day Impressionist Painting Workshop 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18

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11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

New Pond Farm 101 Marchant Road West newpondfarm.orgRedding

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Minks to Sinks Sale Sat., 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sun., 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mon., 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Under the tents 395 Danbury Road (corner of School Road) minks-to-sinkfamilyandchildrensagency.org/Wilton g

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Saturday, Sept. 17

Fall Astronomy Program 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays - Sundays

AlbumNorthSpreadMusicNowCountyBandReleaseParty

Mark Twain Library 439 Redding Road marktwainlibrary.orgRedding

Thursday, Sept. 22

Swingin’ 1940s Show with Vince Giordano and the Mini Hawks 7 2:00 Westonp.m.Historical Society 104 Weston Road westonhistoricalsociety.orgWeston

Pianist Maxim Lando 3:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16, Saturday, Sept. 17, Sunday, Sept. 18

Hidden History, Women’s Coalition Walking Tour 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Westport Museum 25 Avery Place westporthistory.orgWestport

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Wildlife paintings of artist Marcia Fitzgibbons Talks on work in Africa 5:00 691Eastonp.m.LibraryMorehouse Road eastonlibrary.org/art-exhibitsEaston

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Sunday, Sept. 18, 25

The Future of Education Panel Discussion 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Blueprints & Blue Jeans Housatonic Habitat for Humanity 6:30 Lounsburyp.m. House 316 Main Street Ridgefield housatonichabitat.org

New Canaan Nature Center 144 Oenoke Ridge New newcanaannature.orgCanaan

Redding Grange 399 Newtown Turnpike Open to all but let us know if you’re coming, if 917community@reddinggrange.compossible7973898

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Ridgefield Guild of Artists 34 Halpin Lane Ridgefield rgoa.org

Thursday, Sept. 15

Books

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Calendar of Events

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Saturday, Sept. 24

Themed Gallery Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone 1:00 Aldrichp.m.Museum of Contemporary Art 258 Main St. Ridgefield thealdrich.org

Saturday, Sept. 17

Friday, October 28

Sunday, Sept. 25

History Close to Home — Native Americans & Early Settlers… It’s Complicated 7:30 p.m. (in person and virtual)

Thursday, Sept. 22

Multiverse Expo (Comicon) Costume contests, games, entertainment 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 29

Grace Farms 365 Luke’s Wood Road New gracefarms.orgCanaan

Georgetown Farmers Market 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 4 Old Mill geremiagardens@yahoo.comGeorgetownRoad

Saturday, Sept. 17

Redding Reelers Fall Series: Marvelous Mavericks 7:30 p.m. (Virtual)

Rock at the Y Outdoor Concert fundraiser for Riverbrook Regional YMCA 5:30 - 11:00 p.m. 404 Danbury Road, Riverbrookymca.orgWilton

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Innovations in Protecting our Global Environment and PanelCommunitiesDiscussion 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Saturday, Oct. 1

Paperback Pumpkin DIY Workshop 10:30 a.m.

Open for season

Ridgefield’s Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off 10:00 MainBallarda.m.ParkStreet

45th Annual Juried Exhibition 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mark Twain Library 439 Redding Road marktwainlibrary.orgRedding

Fall Origami Workshop with Masako 4:00 p.m. In-person for grades 5-12

Outdoor Artist Talk: David Shaw with Curator Richard Klein 4:00 Aldrichp.m.Museum of Contemporary Art 258CourtyardMain St. Ridgefield thealdrich.org

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Saturday, Sept. 17

Mark Twain Library 439 Redding Road marktwainlibrary.orgRedding

Family day: activities, crafts, lunch, salsa music 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mark Twain Library 439 Redding Road marktwainlibrary.orgRedding

Weir Farm National Historical 735ParkNod Hill Road 203-834-1896Wilton ext. 28

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