THANKS to all our Fundraisers and suppliers!
Westfair’s lobsters, salmon, tenderloin, mussels, clams–and even one much-appreciated serving of veggie lasagna–were great! REALLY great! I mean, those lobsters were the BEST EVER! Good job, Westfair!
Muscles n’ Clams, Clams n’ Muscles–YUM!
MANY THANKS to T. Palmer Landscaping and Anthony’s Nursery and Garden Center for their work cleaning and tidying up before the event. And MORE THANKS to Oliver Nurseries and Weston Gardens for and providing grass and ground-cover plantings attendees could purchase for the park’s 100 Trees program!
(The above is only a small portion of the donations; and the 2 large trees were too big to bring inside(!))
Ultra-talented faculty members of the Suzuki Music School of Westport provided the music. Below:
And how could we exist without the liquid libations discounted by Ninety-9 Bottles?? And so ably served up by Bob Mitchell, and Martha and Don Lord:
The beautiful flower arrangements were courtesy of
Let’s hear it for our generous Silent Auction Donors!
Please help support them:
State Senator Toni Boucher
Westport Country Playhouse
Westport Wash & Wax
Tarry Lodge Restaurant
Westport / Weston YMCA
Greens Farms Spirit Shop
Longshore Sailing School
Disc Golf instructor
Representative Gail Lavielle
Splash Car Wash
Bass Pro Shop
Essex Steam train and Riverboat
Connecticut Audubon Eco
Garelick and Herbs
The Weston Gardens, Inc
Suzuki Music School
Thanks to our many contributors and patrons and members who attended, a lively time was had by all!
Jim Carrey and Michele Sorensen
Sherwood Island State Park Supervisor Jim Beschle and his wife Deidra (that’s long-time Sherwood Island supporter State Senator Toni Boucher there in the background).
Erica Caldwell, with FOSI’s informational displays.
The endangered Black Cherry tree
See more ShoreFest coverage at:
They followed trails by Land, by Sea and by Air–
To learn of Nature, Archeology and Aerodynamics–
To observe Birds, Biplanes and Bivalves–
Sherwood Island was filled with Trail-seekers this Saturday, June 4.
(PSST: Writers and Photographers: you can submit stories about your hike, and even photos here.)
Today, on National Trails Day, we should humbly (proudly!) note that CT had more events than any other state; and, I believe, Sherwood Island had more events than any other location. Certainly, it had the widest variety; to wit:
A Morning Bird Walk with noted photographer A.J. Hand
What was really special about the walk was that every time we heard a bird call, Tina Green (in the pink, long-sleeved shirt), would reproduce the sound and tell us what bird was making it(!)
The Purple Martin nests–2 of which were donated by Phil Donohue–are always intriguing:
Sea Trails: Kayak the Sound with Michele Sorensen
And if you look in the distance below, past the geese and past the kayaks, you can see Cedar Point’s Regatta!
Air Trails: Experience the Wonder of Flight with the Country Squire Modelers
Archaeology: Take a Walk through Ancient History with Cece Saunders
Nature: Take a Walk through the Wonders of the Park with Louis Pietig
AND LOTS MORE AT THE NATURE CENTER-
CONGRATS and THANKS to all the CT Trails Day sponsors, including the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. And to all the Friends of Sherwood Island Board Members and Earthplace volunteers who helped make it all happen here on Sherwood Island:
And THANKS to the Nature Center Staff:
The Interns and the Parks Dept’s Ronnie Tella:
Our Nature Center Director, John Curry:
Oh, and keep in mind that when we say Nature Center, we really mean it!
And a big THANKS to Parks Department Supervisor, Jim Beschle (here in discussion at the air field with big-time Sherwood Island supporter State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28th District)). (Long-time Supporter State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District) also attended the air show.)
For more info, see:
–The National Hiking Society’s June 4 National Trails Day site.
–Our entry at the Long Island Sound Study’s site.
And yes, Connecticut had the most events of all 50 states–by far!
PS: Writers and Photographers: you can submit stories about your hike, and even photos here.
From Left, Sheila O’Neill, Erica Caldwell, (Park Supervisor Jim Beschle), Don Lord, Cathy Talmadge, Gene Borio, Liz-Ann Koos, Alison Rivard, Chris Schofield, Luise Bianco, Michele Sorensen, Nicole Dienst, Julie Wheeler, Craig Patton. Missing: David Bliss
Local politicians showed their support at the Friends of Sherwood Island Annual Meeting.
Below, 1st Selectman Jim Marpe (D-4th District) (with new Friends’ board member Cathy Talmadge, Board of Trustees, EarthPlace in Westport and Tony McDowell, Executive Director of EarthPlace in Westport)
State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143rd District) and State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District),
State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143rd District)
State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District),
The meeting was well-attended.
The MUCH-appreciated Louis Pietig was given the “True Friend” award. Sarah C. Crosby, Ph.D., Director of Harbor Watch, Earthplace gave a wonderful talk on “Salt Marsh Development and Persistence with Sea-Level Rise.”
AND 5 New Board members were elected!
One of whom, Julie Wheeler, took the opportunity to check out the Osprey!
And we all could see the Purple Martins were doing just fine in their new homes.
From Left: Louis Pietig, State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport), State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport), Nancy Ferriello and Erica Caldwell
Friends Louis Pietig, Nancy Ferriello and Erica Caldwell were thrilled to chat with our local reps (and long-time Sherwood Island supporters) Gail Lavielle, Jonathan Steinberg and Tony Hwang in Hartford!
Here’s Tony Hwang’s Press Release:
Sen. Tony Hwang on Mar. 9 joined with the Friends of Sherwood Island and environmental advocates from across Connecticut to mark State Parks Day at the State Capitol.
Discussions focused on ways to preserve, protect and enhance Connecticut’s state parks, including the state’s oldest state park, Sherwood Island State Park.
This year, Sen. Hwang is part of a first-of-its-kind effort to amend the state Constitution to better ensure protection of state-owned forests, parks, farmland and other conservation lands.
Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport. On the web: www.senatorhwang.com , www.friendsofsherwoodisland.org , www.friendsctstateparks.org , www.ctwoodlands.org , www.ct.gov/deep/sherwoodisland .