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Park Closures:  DEEP will be monitoring visitor capacity at the state’s most popular parks and may reduce the parking threshold to further limit the number of visitors and help to prevent overcrowding. For up-to-date information on park closures, follow @CTStateParks on Twitter.

Here’s the Connecticut State Parks Covid-19 page:

Notice Stay informed about coronavirus (COVID-19): Governor Lamont is telling Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” All non-essential workers are directed to work from home, and social and recreational gatherings of more than five are prohibited.

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Connecticut State Parks and Forests COVID-19 Updates

Governor Lamont is urging all Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home” to help minimize community spread of COVID-19.

Rather than traveling to some of the most popular spots, like Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park or Bluff Point State Park, visit a park close to home.  Follow us on Twitter @CTStateParks for Park Closures.

In accordance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders 7 and 7R, the trails and grounds of Connecticut State Parks and Forests are open for solitary outdoor enjoyment.  If you plan on visiting a park, it should be for solitary recreation, not group activities.  Please plan ahead as many amenities and indoor facilities are closed, and visitors are encouraged to follow these guidelines to enhance social distancing:

Reducing community spread of coronavirus is imperative, and DEEP asks visitors to Connecticut State Parks and Forests to take the following steps to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors.

  • If you’re not feeling well, stay home!Signs and symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • Rather than traveling to some of the most popular spots, for example, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park, or Bluff Point State Park, try a park you may not have visited before or one close to your home. Because most park and forest facilities do not have open restrooms, visitors are encouraged to plan a trip to a nearby park for a short, local visit.
  • If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or trail, or return another day or time.
  • Observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people, whether you’re walking, biking, or hiking. Practice it and know what it looks like.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell, or horn.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to the park. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and equipment.
  • Bring water or drinks. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.

Access, Amenities, and Changes to Operations:

Entrance Fees: All state parks can be accessed by Connecticut residents free of charge, supported by the Passport to Parks program.

Park Closures:  DEEP will be monitoring visitor capacity at the state’s most popular parks and may reduce the parking threshold to further limit the number of visitors and help to prevent overcrowding. For up-to-date information on park closures, follow @CTStateParks on Twitter.

Restrooms: To prevent community spread of COVID-19, indoor spaces at State Parks and Forests are closed. Public restrooms will be closed at most state parks. Be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.

Indoor & Outdoor Facilities: DEEP’s indoor spaces, museums, nature centers, and most bathroom facilities are closed to prevent community spread of COVID-19. DEEP is identifying specific locations and features within parks and forests where people tend to congregate, such as observation towers and picnic pavilions, and will limit access to those structures. Please use your judgment in avoiding spaces where 10 or more people are gathered and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Camping: The opening of camping season at Connecticut State Parks and Forests will be postponed until Memorial Day weekend in May, unless a further delay is required. All campground reservations that were made for stays prior to Memorial Day weekend will automatically be cancelled and refunds will be processed.

Classes: In-person environmental education programming, including Conservation Education and Firearms Safety and Aquatic Resource Education classes, have been temporarily halted, but on-line education opportunities will continue.


DEEP will be closely monitoring state and federal guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and will make further adjustments to state park and forest operations as needed. More tips for safe enjoyment of outdoor spaces are available from the National Recreation and Parks Association at Please visit: Connecticut State Parks, follow us on Twitter @CTDEEPNEWS and @CTStateParks, and

Lobster, Steak, Salmon, Veggies & More! PLUS our famous Silent Auction and a beautiful view

See the Westport News item here!


THANKS to Westfair Lobster dinner (DELICIOUS!), clams and mussels (also delicious!), and our members’ appetizers and deserts, we had a delectable, delightful eve among friends!

And THANKS to our CT state legislators who have adopted the Park, and especially those who so generously supported our efforts to make this event successful and fun (see if you can pick them out in the photos below; hint: Gail Lavielle, Jim Marpe, Jonathan Steinberg, Gordon Joseloff and Tony Hwang attended!).




Shorefest 2019 Silent Auction Main Catalogue

1 – Double L Market

730 Post Road East. Westport


A basket of ULTRA-FRESH fruit and vegetables AND a book on Martha Stewart signed by author Lloyd Allen.

Value: $100

3 – Gruel Britannia.

2217 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

Phone(203) 292-6466

A basket of treats and a gift card for a full English breakfast for 4.

Value $200

4 – Pearl Restaurant

260 Compo Rd S, Westport, CT 06880

(203) 557-6260

Dinner for two

Value $100

5- Trio of Posh Spa and Nail Gift Cards

3 manicure gift cards. Value $60

6 – Staples Players MAMMA MIA Tickets

2 tickets to see Westport’s renowned high school theater program

present MAMMA MIA in November. Value $40

7 –Edgehill Retirement Community – A Benchmark Signature Living Community

Plant & Planter

Made by Chrysalis Design Services.

Value $200

8 – Flower Hour

1 hour consulting session with a Master Gardener. Value $80

10 – Bartaco

20 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880

 (203) 222-8226

Dinner for two. Tax, tip, and alcohol not included.

Value $100

 Age of Reason:

9 Post Rd W, Westport, CT 06880

(203) 557-3772

9 –Whimsical Throw Pillow

 White throw pillow with bold color graphics and word art.

Value $30

12 – Tiggly Learning Toy

From Age of Reason. Includes three educator and parent endorsed

apps for iPad.

Value $35

13 – Child’s Backpack

From Age of Reason. Brown child’s backpack with skateboarder


Value $36

14 – Field Owl Photo

Framed photo by A J Hand. Value $125

15 – Chowdafest

Includes two tickets, two caps, and two tins for samples.

Value $100

Trader Joe’s:

400 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

16 – Breakfast Basket & In-Home Personal Training

Wake up right! A bounty of Trader Joe’s breakfast items and a 60-

minute private workout in your home. Value $115

17 – Bag of Goodies

Stock your larder with items from Trader Joe’s. Value $50

18 – “A Celebration by Melisa” Dinner – Three course catered dinner

for four featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Value $300

19 – Westport Country Playhouse

2 tickets to your choice of the 5 plays in the 2020 Season. Any performance except Saturday night.

Value: $140

20 – Watercolor Print by Tracy Sugarman

A print of a watercolor painting of the Gault Barn by Westport

artist Tracy Sugarman. Value $150

21 – Pamper Yourself Spa Basket

A basket of Mary Kay cosmetics. $75


Tickets – Orchestra section seats K17 and K19. Sept. 17 performance at 7:00 PM at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in NYC. Value: $300

23 – Massage Envy

(203) 571-1234

 275 Post Road EastWestport, CT 06880

Gift Card for massage, facial, or total body stretch.

Value $60

24 – Norwalk Symphony

Two tickets that may be used for any 2019 – 2020 Season concert.

Value $100

26 –Norwalk Liquor Store

238 East Ave, Norwalk, CT 06855

One bottle of Armangac

Value $30

PLUS: a gift certificate.

Value: $200

28 – Sherwood Island Oil Painting

A seaside landscape oil painting by Peggy Van Acker.. Value $150

29 – Playful Pantry Seasoning Set

Enjoy fig balsamic vinegar and YARG Seafood Seasoning.

Value $25

32 – Positano’s Restaurant Gift Card

27 Powers Ct, Westport, CT 06880

Good anytime for a great meal out. Value $75

33 – Fresh Market

605 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 

Two $50 gift certificates.

Value: $100

NB: Be sure to attend Fresh Market’s 10th Anniversary celebration!

Sidewalk Sale is Fri and Sat, Oct. 5 and 6, 10am – 4pm


34 – Winfield Deli

Phone: 203-557-6540

Basket containing a bag of limited release “Field Trip Coffee” blend and a Brew Reusable Glass cup.

Value $50

36 – Dan’s Liquors

The Village Center

605-645 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

A 2017 bottle of Caymus Vineyards 2017 Cabernet.

Value $85

37 – Wakeman Town Farm

Two tickets toHarvest Fest 2020, the autumnal farm-to-table extravaganza in September 2020.

Value $300

38 – Geezers – Bois de Boulogne

Framed Giclee by Mary Ann Neilson Value $200

39 – Mosaic Flower Pot

One of a kind and cut by hand by local mosaic artist, Claudia

Schattman. Value $250

40 – Orem’s Diner Gift Certificate

167 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT 06897

Enjoy traditional American comfort fare & breakfast all day at this

Wilton classic. Value $100

42 – Tag Sale Warehouse

12 Cross St, Norwalk, CT 06851

Gift Basket

A basket filled with kitchen & bath items. Value: $125

43 – Pet Spa Day

Gift certificate to Posh Paws Salon dog grooming and boutique.

Value $50

44 –Paella Tapas Wine Bar Restaurant

44-46 Main St, Norwalk, CT 06851

 Enjoy a night out at Paella in Norwalk.

Value $100


14 Allen Raymond Ln, Westport, CT 06880

3 Month Membership

Value: $411

Posh Spa and Nail

3 Manicure Gift Cards

Value: $20 each





Lets’ not forget what sets up apart from all the other LobsterFests in Sept: We are ALL-INCLUSIVE: not just a DELICIOUS Lobster dinner from Westfair, but ALSO mussels/clams (Westfair) and other homemade appetizers, liquid refreshments, and a choice of home-made deserts!


The appetizers? YUM



Oh, and did we mention desserts were included?



The Ambiance, including Peggy Van Acker’s beautiful flower arrangements on the tables, was lovely! Everyone was impressed. Easy to see why!


More ambiance making by Michele and Cece:

Not to mention our terrific members and supporters!

Even our FOUNDING MEMBERS Winnie Balboni and Hope Hageman graced us!








There was an extra-special Kids’ Table set up. So what did the kids do? Played on the floor next to it, of course!

Just kidding! It was set up by a kid (Elliott, 11), for kids. Good job, Elliott! Amazing!

(Photo courtesy  Lynandro Simmons /Hearst Connecticut Media)



Karl at the keyboard played masterfully!


And of course, our famous Silent Auction tables laid out the goodies: