The Suffield Observer | June 2015

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June 2015

The Suffield Observer

Stay-At-Home Vacations

By Kacy Colson New England is a vacation destination for people around the world. The Connecticut Forest & Park Association and The Connecticut Department of Tourism are each hosting statewide events in June to showcase hundreds of tourism opportunities in the state. Connecticut Trails Weekend on June 6 and 7 focuses on the outdoors; hikes, trail runs, bike rides, horseback rides, water trail paddles, letterboxing, and more. Visit for information on trails in 132 towns across Connecticut, including these events in our own backyard: Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail - Saturday, June 6 – 9 a.m to 2 p.m The Friends of the Windsor Locks Canal are offering self guided tours from the Canal Road end to the Windsor Locks line (approximately 3 miles). Historical and wildlife information will be posted along the trail which is paved and flat. It is not suitable for inexperienced bicycle riders. Friends members will be available to answer questions. Picnic tables are available. Rain postpones event to 6/7 at 9 a.m. Questions contact Karen Carlson at 860668-0183 or email Carlka@ Meet at the Suffield entrance only, at the end of Canal Road (off Route 159). Metacomet Trail - Sunday, June 7 – starts at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Suffield Land Conservancy, this will be a leisurely walk to an

overlook on the Metacomet Ridge with a view of western Massachusetts and Connecticut. We will be on the lookout for wildflowers, birds, notable trees, and interesting rocks. This should include lady's slippers, osprey, chestnut trees, and lava. We will also check out some 19th century cabin remains. Rain cancels. Meet at the roadside parking on Route 168 across from Phelps Road, approximately 2 miles west of the West Suffield Center/Route 187 junction. Hilltop Farm - Sunday, June 7 – starts at 2 p.m. The event, sponsored by The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop, will begin with a presentation on "Invasive Plants: Identification and Ecological Impacts" by weed scientist Todd Mervosh, Ph.D. A walk around preserved farmland and along wetlands, including a boardwalk and bridge that allows hikers to get a closer look at wetlands plants, will follow the presentation. Meet at the exhibition hall on the east side of the big white barn, at 1616 Mapleton Avenue in Suffield. Follow signs to parking. Connecticut Open House Day on June 13 puts the spotlight on arts and history. Check out their website at dontmiss/details/2322 for information on hundreds of cultural and tourism attractions, including several local events listed below. All Suffield events take place on Saturday, June 13. Hilltop Farm – open 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Free admission - Self-guided tours of the farmstead and nature trail around

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Fashion Show a Huge Success!

the town owned open space, which is managed by FOFAH. Included is a special program on butterflies and how to attract them. Located at 1616 Mapleton Ave., Rte. 159 Phelps-Hatheway House & Gardens – open 10 a.m to 4 p.m – Free admission - Plein Air Festival. Grab your brush, paints or camera and capture the beauty of our gardens in this celebration of the natural world! Refreshments and supplies for budding children artists will be available. Works completed during the festival may be exhibited in our Visitor’s Center later in the summer. Located at 55 South Main St. The King House Museum – open 11 a.m to 4 p.m – Free Admission - Included will be a special exhibit, "Antique Intimates, your ancestors' underwear." Located at 232 South Main St. Suffield Players – noon to 3 p.m. – Free Admission - Tours of their historic theater, built in 1883. Decor, costumes and theatricals will be on display, and there will be a drawing for some tickets for next seasons performances. Located at 1305 Mapleton Ave. z

Photo by Joann Pawelcik

Pictured at the Suffield Woman's Club recent fashion show are, from the left: Stacy D'Amato, Dian Friedman, Yvonne Turgeon (owner of The Little Black Dress), Loretta Ruggiero, Renee Wood, Mary Mellor, Laura Caronna.

Loaves and Fishes Fund Raisers

By Priscilla Brayson June 13: Saturday Bikers Against Hunger Motorcycle Run. For more information or tickets call Kelly 860-5433257.Registration at 11:30 a.m. Kickstands up at 12:30 p.m. $10 per ticket. June 14: 5th Annual Game Dinner. Dinner ticket $30. Sportsman packet $80 – which includes 1 dinner 1 entry door prize, and $150 of tickets toward the Sportsman's Raffle (assort-

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ed sporting goods).Tickets are now available call John Pizzimenti 860-250-3861 or Priscilla 860-741-0226. June 26: Friday Enfield Loaves and Fishes Concert at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Paul Motter 860930-0717. Donations can be sent to Enfield Loaves and Fishes, P.O. Box 544, Enfield CT. 06083 or pay pal on our web site z

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