True Colors Annual Conference XIX
Celebrating Our Allies
Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17, 2012
WANT TO KNOW
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NEW LONDON CT?
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New London Gazette
North East Digital Village
Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument, North Canaan CT: Join members of the Friends of Beckley Furnace each Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. from May through mid-October for a personal tour of the Furnace. Learn how iron was made by walking in the footsteps of the iron makers. Stand in the hearth where temperatures reached nearly 3,000 degrees. Visit the only remaining turbine used to power a blast furnace.
Learn more about Blast Furnaces.
Bluff Point State Park, Groton CT: Wooded hiking and biking trails coupled with spectacular wildlife viewing on Long Island Sound.
Hours & Directions
Burr Pond State Park, Torrington CT: Go swimming and have a picnic at Burr Pond, then hike the trails in search of the bronze tablet marking Connecticut's role in the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.
Canoe & Kayak Rentals, Directions
Campbell Falls State Park Reserve, Tobey Hill Road, Norfolk CT: Stream Fishing and Hiking. Campbell Falls State Park is a natural reserve area with no developed facilities.
Connecticut Audubon Centers: Centers throughout Connecticut offering educational programs for children and adults, nature walkks and lectures. Too many events to list separately here. Take a look at their site at ctaudubon.org or go to the individual centers listed by location below.
Fairfirld: Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum
314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, 203-259-0416
Hours: Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Sat.-Sun.: noon-5 p.m., Closed Monday
Fairfirld: Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfirld
2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824, 203-259-6305
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Milford: Connecticut Audubon Society
1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT 06460, 203-878-7440
Hours: Tues.-Sat.: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday: noon-4 p.m., Closed Monday
Glastonbury: Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury
1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033, 860-633-8402
Hours: Tues.-Fri.: 1-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun: 1-4 p.m., Closed Monday
Pomfret: Connecticut Audubon Society Center
189 Pomfret St. (Rte.169), Pomfret Center, CT 06259, 860-928-4948
Center Hours:Wed. - Sat.: noon-4 p.m.
Sanctuary Hours: Open Daily from Dawn to Dusk
Hampton: Trail Wood
93 Kenyon Road, Hampton, CT 06247, 860-928-4948
Open Daily, Dawn to Dusk.
(Museum, writing cabin and study open by appointment only.)
Brooklyn: Ragged Hill Woods Program
139 Wolf Den Road, Brooklyn, CT 06234, 860-774-9600
Office Hours: Weekdays (Sept.-June): 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Sundays (Sept.-June): noon-4 p.m.
Connecticut Audubon Society Sanctuaries:
Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Free admission for CAS members; Non-member admission fees are posted.
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Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
P.O. Box 665, Willimantic, CT 06226-0665, 860-456-9999, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located at the original site of the Columbia Junction Freight Yard. The museum collection includes locomotives and rolling stock, as well as vintage railroad buildings and a six-stall roundhouse reconstructed on the original foundation.
Visitors may receive a guided tour of the museum and kids of all ages may operate a replica 1850's-style pump car along a section of rail that once was part of the New Haven Railroad's "Air Line". Ample parking is available.
Hours & Directions
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street. Old Lyme CT, 06371, 860-434-5542.
The Lyme Art Colony, centered in Miss Florence Griswold's boarding house, became America's most famous summer art colony. Today this museum is at once a historic house, an art gallery with changing exhibitions, a garden paradise, and a landscape linked to Impressionism. The Museum houses a renowned collection of American art.
Directions & General Info
Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park: 57 Fort Street, Groton, (860) 449-6877, open daily year-round from 8 AM to Sunset.
Site of the 1781 massacre led by the traitorous Benedict Arnold. The Ebenezer Avery House which sheltered the wounded after the battle has been restored on the grounds. A Revolutionary War museum also depicts the era.
Hours & Directions
Fort Trumbull State Park, 90 Walbach Street, New London, CT 06320, (860) 444-7591, Open 8 AM to Sunset. Access for fishing is permitted at any time.
Interactive history lesson at the visitor's center, or just walk the Fort and ramparts for a view of the Thames River, a visit to Fort Trumbull has something for everyone including a boardwalk and fishing pier. The Fort is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 AM-4 PM from May 21-Columbus Day. Saltwater anglers will find striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and tautog at the mouth of the Thames River. 24-hour access with bright lighting and individual pole holders for angler comfort; year-round restrooms and fresh running water.
Hours & Directions
Gillette Castle State Park, RT 82, East Haddam CT
Nooks and Crannies, Secret Passages, Hidden Compartments, Cunning Locks, Exotic Woodand Stone-work. DEP staff-guided tours. The 184-acre grounds have picnic areas, nature trails, and fishing sites. Entering the terraces of the castle isr free and many visitors come just to take in those views. Directions
cite: frommers.com, friendsofgillettecastle.org
Harriet Beecher Stowe House & Library, 77 Forest Street, Hartford CT, 860-522-9258.
Home of Mrs. Stowe, author of anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin and 30 other books. Restored and includes many of her possessions and paintings. Open year round. Tour the Victorian Grounds & Gardens and Stowe's Nook Farm neighborhood all summer long! Special events all summer.
Haystack Mountain State Park, Route 272, Norflok CT: There's a high stone tower at the summit of Haystack Mountain that allows visitors to see Long Island Sound, the Berkshires, and peaks in Massachusetts and New York. Road access halfway up the mountain for autos that provides great fall foliage viewing and lots of beautiful mountain laurel usually blooming in June. From the end of the road there is a rugged half-mile trail to the top.
Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, Connecticut 06032
152-acre National Historic Landmark hilltop estate includes fields, stonewalls, woodland walking trails and a Beatrix Farrand-designed sunken garden. Email for Info. Open year round.
Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105, 860-247-0998. Open year round.
Tours of Mark Twain's home, and a wide range of educational programs including lectures by major authors and artists, symposia, dramatic performances, concerts and "family friendly" activities. Tiffany Collection. Directions
Webb Deane Stevens Museum, 211 Main Street, Wethersfield CT 06109, 860-529-0612. Open year round.
The Museum includes: Joseph Webb House, Silas Deane House, Isaac Stevens House, Buttolph-Williams House, Webb House Barn, Colonial Revival Garden
The Buttolph-Williams House is the setting for the young adult novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare. Email for Info.