Wednesday afternoon, June 24, was calm and bright with cotton clouds stretching across a crisp blue sky. The scene was easy to see for the group of interns working at Nettleton Preserve off Castle Hill Road — one of Newtown’s most photographed and most scenic points.
What is it about birds that we find so fascinating and awe-inspiring? Is it their ability to break the bonds of gravity and freely move in any direction, their ability to navigate across countries or even continents, their songs which capture our imaginations, or their visibility which keeps us so connected to nature?
Newtown Forest Association (NFA) Hike Leader Aaron Coopersmith is encouraging everyone to grab a pair of snowshoes and “dress for success,” for a series of upcoming snowshoe hikes on NFA-owned preserves.
Upcoming dates for the hikes, open to the public, are Saturday, February 28 at Holcombe Hill, 65 Great Hill Road, at 12:30 pm; Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 pm, for a Full Moon Snowshoe Hike; Saturday, March 7, at 12:30 pm, at Brunot Preserve, 124 Taunton Hill Road; and then back at Holcombe Hill on Saturday, March 21, at 12:30 pm.
His message began: “Take a minute to watch something special…” Newtown Forest Association (NFA) President Robert Eckenrode was referring to a video submitted to him by “two young aspiring artists,” he said in a recent e-mail.
Visible from Old Castle Drive is a panoramic view looking down on the flagpole, church steeples. and rooflines along Main Street. Sitting just off the curb and facing this iconic scene is a small bench perched at the top of a rise that was once a sweeping meadow, but in more recent years has become a home for overgrowth and invasive species.
This past weekend the Newtown Bridle Lands Association (NBLA) held its annual Frost on the Pumpkin Hunter Pace across trails, fields, protected open space and private property. Thank you landowners for keeping this rural tradition alive. NBLA was founded in 1978 while the Fairfield County Hounds (FCH) still called Newtown home. Many FCH members founded NBLA, then called Newtown Bridle Lanes Association which more accurately reflected the original mission of the group; to protect riding trails in this fast-developing town.
Even Mother Nature joined the Newtown Forest Association’s (NFA) 90th anniversary Sunset Wine Tasting celebration Saturday, September 6. Lightning cut the darkened sky, driving many guests home. Sudden rain pushed others indoors.
But moods were bright. About the looming storm, “I think it’s beautiful,” said Jennifer Johnston, one of more than 200 attendees, but among only about 50 people who remained at the 4 to 8 pm event. Rain and lightning began around 7 that night.
Volunteers are still welcome to work with Newtown Forest Association members in planning the private land trust’s 90th anniversary celebration. Join the NFA at Tuesday night’s planning meeting on September 2 at 7 pm at the NFA Office, at Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve at 55/65 Great Hill Road. All are welcome to help plan the details of the upcoming Sunset Wine Tasting on September 6, sell tickets, or volunteer on the day of the event. Tickets will be available for sale this evening from 7 to 8:30 pm in the offices as well.