Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island.


We had a BEAUTIFUL day for the Nature Center’s 10th Birthday celebration Saturday.

The Friends of Sherwood Island, who collected funds and lobbied and pushed for the creation of the Nature Center were excited to host a Birthday Party at the Nature Center this Saturday afternoon.

The guests – the focus of our celebration – were the children who come to the Park and enjoy the Nature Center during the summer season when the Park and Nature Center are at their finest.

Their parents were greeted by our NEW electronic sign:



So in honor of the kids:

We had KITES, KITES and more KITES

–Kids made their own BIRD FEEDERS




–and they blew giant BUBBLES


–and painted SHELLS



–And played CORNHOLE and DISC GOLF



–And had free CUPCAKES, POPCORN, and ICEYs


AND they were able to actually plant a seed (nasturtium) into its own cup of dirt to take home and grow themselves.



–AND, most of all, learned about nature–both inside the Nature Center,



and outside, underneath the Park’s huge Cottonwood tree, with a wild and wonderful “Birds of Prey” demonstration from Earthplace’s Sammi Riccio.

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THANKS to Sherwood Island’s staff and families for their expertise and help!




All in all, a WONDERFUL DAY in the Westport Neighborhood!










Here’s what WE did on Sherwood Island!


CT TRAILS DAY 2019 at Sherwood Island State Park, Sat. June 1st

Events Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island


9:00 am Kayak Paddle with Michele Sorensen






10:00amWonder of Flight Interactive Air Show

Annual Wonder of Flight Interactive Air Show: informative and fun.The Air Show will include numerous giant scale radio controlled model planes, helicopters, gliders and drones, some with wing spans exceeding ten feet. The Air Show is hosted by the Country Squires, a group of remote controlled aircraft enthusiasts registered with Academy of Model Aeronautics.




12:30 amArchaeology Walk

Join us for an Archaeology Walk on the Sherwood Island History Trail.The walk will be led by Archaeologists Ernie Wiegand and Dawn Brown.

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Photos by Gene Borio

Photo by Erica Caldwell


2:00Nature Walk

Discover Sherwood Island! Go beach to beach and discover habitats, inhabitants, and special features (9/11 Memorial, model Airport, wetlands, pine forest) of this waterfront Gateway park.  With Louis Pietig.


Adam Goodman spotted it just about to take off–and got a video! You can see it on our facebook page here:




This was our best-attended yet! It was great to meet and greet with all our friends and supporters, old and new. AND to eat such wonderful food from Westfair. AND to buy coveted items from our famous SILENT AUCTION. THANKS to all our donors who contributed items (see below for a list).

That said, a few pics from the event:







And please support our generous donors to the Silent Auction!

AROMATHERAPY BASKET – Essential oils necklace; diffuser; Aromatherapy for Beginners with private tutorial–Value $95 – Min Bid $40. Courtesy of LUISE BIANCO.

• AZALEA WATERCOLOR framed, limited edition watercolor by MARY ANN NEILSON–Value $150 – Min Bid $70

BEADWORKS Beading class for (2) people and bracelet – South Norwalk and Fairfield locations– Value $80 – Min Bid $30

BLACKSTONE’S BAR & GRILLE, Southport – $50 gift certificate–Value $50 – Min Bid $20

BORN OF EARTH SPA, Westport – $50 gift certificate–Value $50 – Min Bid $20

CAROLE KING: BEAUTIFUL pair of tickets to Broadway musical SUNDAY 10/21/2018 performance; orchestra seats; 7 pm; Stephen Sondheim Theater–Value $350 – Min Bid $100

CHEESECAKE FACTORY – $25 gift certificate–Value $25 – Min Bid $10

• CHIROPRACTIC EXAM & NUTRITIONAL TESTING with DR. ADAM PROPPER – Initial Chiropractic Exam and Nutritional Evaluation–Value $650 – Min Bid $100

CHOWDAFEST – 2 tickets; 2 caps; 2 limited edition mugs; tin for samples–Value $100 – Min Bid $40

COPPS ISLAND OYSTERS Tour: A behind the scenes look at the oyster farming industry. Tour includes oyster processing facility; the museum; Harbor Watch lab; a ride aboard a working oyster farming vessel; and of course, oyster sampling.–Value $500 – Min Bid $200

COROMANDEL Cuisine of India, Southport $50 gift certificate–Value $50 – Min Bid $20

• DATE NIGHT IN FAIRFIELD – BRICK and WOOD Napoli street food, Fairfield – $25 gift certificate and DAIRY QUEEN $20 gift certificate–Value $45 – Min Bid $20

• DISC GOLF PACKAGE -1 Hour private lesson from a professional disc golfer with a disc bag of goodies including 2 putters, 3 midranges, 6 drivers and several mini discs.–Value $200 – Min Bid $80. Courtesy of ADAM GOODMAN.

DOUBLE L MARKET basket –Value $50 – Min Bid $20

EARTH ANIMAL basket filled with natural and holistic products for pets –Value $150 – Min Bid $60

EDGEHILL: RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES CT – Garden dish–Value $200 – Min Bid $80

ESSEX STEAM TRAIN & RIVERBOAT (4) tickets for a 2-1/2 hour train and riverboat excursion– Value $120 – Min Bid $45

• FLAG PRINT framed, limited edition print by local artist GREG PUHY –Value $250 – Min Bid $100

• FORCE 10 STOW ‘N GO portable gas grill – Durable stainless steel construction, smoker box, locking lid, fold-away legs, 13,000 btu burner; 145 sq inches of cooking space. Uses a disposable propane cylinder (not included)–Value $175 – Min Bid $70. Courtesy of CECE SAUNDERS

FRESH MARKET – $150 gift certificate–Value $150 – Min Bid $60

FRIEND of the MARKET – Westport Farmers’ Market seasonal membership–Value $50 – Min Bid $20

GREENS FARMS WINE & LIQUORS (6) varietal wines–Value $95 – Min Bid $40

HANDS on POTTERY (6) hours of studio time at paint your own pottery studio–Value $48 – Min Bid $20

IZZO & SON COUNTRY GARDENS – Houseplant–Value $70 – Min Bid $25

IZZUTO’S – $40 gift certificate–Value $40 – Min Bid $15

KIDS FIRST PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY – Basket includes a Sonicare toothbrush; child’s spin brush; t- shirt; cleaning, exam and fluoride treatment; new patients only–Value $200 – Min Bid $80

• LABRADORITE NECKLACE from SILVER RIBBON – may be exchanged–Value $164 – Min Bid $65 LET’S HAVE A PARTY! – A bottle of VILLA LOREN PRESECO and Gift Certificates from

GAETANO’S ITALIAN DELI ($30); STILE’S ($25); GARELICK & HERB ($25)–Value $95 – Min Bid $40

LILLIAN AUGUST DESIGN CENTER Accessory basket–Value $250 – Min Bid $100

• LITTLE EXPRESSIONS from KRAMER PORTRAITS – 11’’ x 14’’ unframed wall portrait of your children on canvas with artist enhancement. Maximum of 8 children between ages of 3 and 17. Expires December 7, 2018–Value $1,500 – Min Bid $150

LONGSHORE SAILING SCHOOL – (2) one hour double kayak rental plus a ditty bag–Value $70 – Min Bid $25

LOOK OUTSIDE, LLC – professional window cleaning inside and out; up to $700.–Value $700 – Min Bid $150

MAC ’IT American (Traditional) Food – $25 gift certificate plus sample sauce–Value $25 – Min Bid $10

NORWALK SYMPHONY pair of orchestra tickets for any symphony performance for 2018 through 2019 season $100 value–Value $100 – Min Bid $40

• OVERNIGHT BAG from GROOVE–Value $60 – Min Bid $25

• PARISIAN PICNIC – Includes a bottle of 2014 Jordan Cabernet from DAN’S LIQUORS and a $25 gift certificate from ISABELLE et VINCENT French Bakery, crackers and delicious Manchego cheese– Value $105 – Min Bid $45. Isabelle et Vincent gift card courtesy of CLAUDIA SCHATTMAN.

PEARL at LONGSHORE – $100 gift certificate dinner for (2) people–Value $100 – Min Bid $40 PIANO LESSONS (2) sessions with LESLIE OROFINO $140 value–Value $140 – Min Bid $50 PIANO TUNING – one standard piano tuning offered by MATT AERSON–Value $120 – Min Bid $45

• PERSONAL TRAINING SESSION with TOPHER TORNOW, Co-owner of ACHIEVE FITNESS in Norwalk and Master level trainer at Fitness Edge, Norwalk, and a $25 gift card from AFS SPORT APPAREL–Value $115 – Min Bid $45

• PIZZA AND ICE CRÈME… What’s better than that?! ANGELINA’S TRATTORIA – $20 gift certificate and

• CARVEL $20 gift certificate–Value $40 – Min Bid $10. Carvel gift card courtesy of CLAUDIA SCHATTMAN.

POSH NAIL – 5 manicures and FOUR SEASONS REFLEXOLOGY – one 60 minute session–Value $105 – Min Bid $40

POSITANO’S RESTAURANT Dinner and a Show -$ 75 gift certificate and WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE (2) tickets to a performance during the 2018 and 2019 season–Value $215 – Min Bid $85

PURE BARRE WESTPORT (5) class pack plus accessories–Value $185 – Min Bid $75

• RENAISSANCE PORTRAIT from KRAMER PORTRAITS – 11’’ X 14’’ unframed wall portrait on canvas with artist enhancement. Maximum of 8 people in portrait. Expires December 7, 2018.–Value $2,500 – Min Bid $250

RUFF CUTZ, Fairfield – (1) grooming–Value $65 – Min Bid $25

• SAILING/DINNER CRUISE on the VERONICA, a Bahama 30’ Sailboat. Sail Long Island’s southern cross courtesy of RONNIE TELLA. Approximately 4 hours for (4) people –Value $800 – Min Bid $400

SAFITA Middle Eastern Restaurant, Fairfield – $50 gift certificate–Value $50 – Min Bid $20

SALON ETRE, South Norwalk – Cut and blow dry with Kelly–Value $80 – Min Bid $35

SAUGATUCK SWEETS – candy basket; coupon for (2) scoops ice cream cone once a week for (1) year $390 value–Value $390 – Min Bid $125

• SNOW OWL framed photograph by AJ HAND–Value $150 – Min Bid $70

STAPLES HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS performance of LEGALLY BLONDE pair of house seats for 11/10,15,16 or 17 @ 7:30 pm or 11/11 @ 3 pm. Cannot be redeemed for 11/9 performance. Enjoy pizza at WESTPORT PIZZERIA before or after the show with a $50 gift certificate–Value $80 – Min Bid $30

• TALL PALE BLUE VASE–Value $75 – Min Bid $30. Courtesy of CLAUDIA SCHATTMAN.

THE LIQUOR CENTER, Norwalk – Carolans Irish Cream with two glasses. –Value $23 – Min Bid $10

• THE WONDER OF FLIGHT – Lean to FLY a radio controlled airplane with Don Lord, an instrument pilot of full scale airplanes, COUNTRY SQUIRE’s Runway, Sherwood Island State Park. Appointment only Fall 2018 or Spring 2019–Value $75 – Min Bid $30

TRADER JOE’S Basket – Ingredients for appetizers and dinner–Value $60 – Min Bid $25

VILLA LOREN PROSECO (2 bottles)–Value $30 – Min Bid $15

• VOICE LESSONS (2) sessions with LESLIE OROFINO–Value $140 – Min Bid $50

WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE (2) tickets to a performance during the 2018 and 2019 season–Value $140 – Min Bid $60

WESTPORT/WESTON FAMILY YMCA (3) month family membership –Value $399 – Min Bid $100