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June 2017

Thursday, June 8
Tick Talk
7 p.m. • Holcomb Farm North Barn
Free and Open to the Public

It’s a banner year for ticks, and they can be dangerous. The Granby Land Trust and the Friends of Holcomb Farm will co-host a “Tick Talk,” given by Dr. Kirby C. Stafford III, chief scientist and state entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (and an expert on ticks) on Thursday, June 8, at 7 pm at the Holcomb Farm North Barn.

Dr. Stafford will talk about ticks, particularly the black-legged tick (or deer tick), their biology, life cycle, and the diseases they may carry, such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasma, and erlichiosis. He will also cover personal and property protection measures, bite prevention, tick removal, and the effectiveness of various repellents. 

Dr. Stafford is a medical-veterinary entomologist. His research and writing focuses on the ecology and control of the black-legged tick. He has worked at the Experiment Station for more than 30 years. 

Holcomb Farm’s North Barn is located at 113 Simsbury Road in West Granby. This event is open to the public and admission is free. 

Sunday, June 4
CT Trails Day Hike
10 a.m. • Holcomb Farm Main Campus
Free and Open to the Public

Bring your friends and family for a guided hike on the Holcomb Farm trails and adjacent preserved land in celebration of Connecticut Trails Day!

The hike will start and end at the main campus of the farm at 113 Simsbury Rd. Porta potties are available at the Farm. Each hiker should bring water. We are having a banner year for ticks, so it is advised to wear long pants that can be tucked into your socks.

The Friends of Holcomb Farm and the Granby Land Trust will offer a guided hike through the west side trails at the Farm, continuing onto the Granby Land Trust Petersen Preserve, with views of the valley and Barn Door Hills. The hike will then continue to the beautiful Carpenter’s Falls in McLean Game Refuge. The hike will cover about four miles and will include an approximate 300 foot elevation gain. We will walk at a leisurely pace, suitable for families, and will finish in about two hours. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.

Past Events
May 2017

Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14
Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni
7:00 a.m. both days • Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby

RAIN NOTICE: If we have rain/showers either morning, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update on the status of the events (significant showers will cancel the walks; raindates would be following weekend).

Join us for a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks — on the mornings of May 13 & 14 — will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road — this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away. You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today (these walks have been completely full the last couple of years so we encourage you to register early). We are offering two walks again this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net
January 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017
New Year’s Day Hike
GLT’s Mary Edwards Mountain Property – 9:00 AM

Ring in the new year with a walk in the woods! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for the ninth annual New Year’s Day Hike on the Land Trust’s spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby. The hike will be about three miles; and terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow, please bring snowshoes. Meet at the Mountain Road entrance to the property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road) by 9:00 AM.

To RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or at farmano@cox.net.

October/November 2016

Thursday, October 27 - November 27
Celebrating New England's Natural Beauty — Granby Land Trust Juried Art Show
Lost Acres Vineyard • 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT

Beginning on Thursday, October 27, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show, Celebrating New England's Natural Beauty, at the Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby. This show will feature original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) that highlights the natural beauty of New England. All genres of visual art are encouraged, including but not limited to landscapes, botanicals, still-lifes, portraits, and abstract art. Artists are asked to identify 1) the property that inspired their work; and 2) the town and state in which the property is located. All works will be juried for entry and awards. Some awards carry stipulations. (For example, to be considered for the Granby Land Trust Award the work must be inspired by a Granby Land Trust property.)

2016 GLT Art Show Prospectus

2016 GLT Art Show Program

ACCEPTED ENTRIES FOR 2016 ART SHOW

Ralph Acosta, Old & Forgotten

Barbara J. Alex, Forest Falls

Alexander Anisimov, Mountain Top

Del-Bourree Bach, A Winter's Tail

Judith Bayliss, Birches

Betsy Broughton Shafer, Enders Island Rocks

Betsy Broughton Shafer, Waterlillies #3

Richard Brzozowski, Off the Beaten Path

Robert S. Burns, Autumn Way

Andrea Burton, New England Winter

Stephen Calcasola, Simsbury Pasture

Stephen Calcasola, Southampton Farm

Margot Callahan, August Afternoon

Amy Conover, Summer Pasture

Kristen Cormier, Reflection #6

Jean Dalton, Massachusetts View

Rick Daskam, Phillips Farm

Bernard Duffy, Remote Barn

Catherine Elliott, McLean Trees

Catherine Elliott, Morning Paint

Lorraine Ficara, Peaceful Reflections

Marianne S. Flynn, Misty Morning

Faripour Forouhar, Fall Peek at the River

Bob Gantner, Sun Rise, CT River Essex

Bill Hanson, Salmon Brook, East Branch

Jay Harder, Cobble Mountain Snow

Carole Hartwell, Mary Edwards' Mountain Laurel

Luciana Z. Heineman, Birches

Lois House, Mountain View

Alan Izatt, Lampson Brook Farm

Pam Jones, Winter Glow

Pam Jones, The Quiet Beauty of Winter

Fran Judycki, Maine Lighthouse

Suzanne Kirschner, Seaweed Layers

Pam Lander, Autumn Blaze

Jim Laurino, Creamery Hill Horse Barn

Deborah Leonard, Tree Tops

Steve Linde, October Falls

 

James Magner, Holcomb Farm View

James Magner, Dancing Leaves

Bill Manocchi, Grey Barn

Tracy Marlor, Up Stream

Tracy Marlor, Salmon Run

Nina Mascetti Ritson, View on Day Street

Charles McCaughtry, Greeting Sunrise II

Caroline Mecartney, Mary Edwards Mountain View

Rosemarie Mendes, P'town Dunes

Judith Meyers, Sentinels

Mary Anne Miller-Baker, Foxglove and Feverfew

Karen Moulton, Barns

Daniel Nichols, Still Standing

Daniel Nichols, Seen Better Days

Roger Niland, North Light, Block Island

Bob Noreika, Cart of Mums

Michael Patnode, A Fall Day

Marija Pavlovich, McCarthy Spring Thaw

Lori Rapuano, Lake Champlain

Elizabeth Rhoades, Taking a Gentle Course

Elizabeth Rhoades, Swell of Spring Rains

Michael Rogan, Fly Fishing at Swift River

Suzanne Roz Magoon, Stonewall in Winter

Sally Sargent Markey, Woodland Path

Sally Sargent Markey, Mary Edwards' Woods - Looking South

Bivenne Staiger, Country Road, Take me Home

Bivenne Staiger, Winter Color

Gene Suponski, Fishing Cove New Harbor

Barbara Thornburg, The Old Graveyard

Kate Tortland, Into the Woods

Kate Tortland, Holcomb Overlook

John C. Walker, West Cornwall Covered Bridge

Charles Wilhelm, Morning Surf

Charles Wilhelm, Autumn Storm

Douglas Williams, A New Day

Douglas Williams, Clearing

Garnet Wrigley, Riverbank

Garnet Wrigley, View from the Bluff

Thursday, November 10
GLT Art Show ART TALK
7-9 PM • Lost Acres Vineyard Art Gallery • FREE

Join artists Laura Eden, Bill Simpson, and others for a deeper exploration of a number of the paintings entered in this year’s show. Complimentary light refreshments will be served and wine will be available for purchase.
Space is limited, so please register with Laurie Schock at sgschock@cox.net or by calling 860-989-3430.

October 2016

Sunday, October 2
Preserve Our Properties Day
1 PM • Meet at Mary Edwards Mountain Property

This is a great way to spend the day outdoors while contributing to a good cause. Work parties will be formed and sent to various GLT properties to perform annual maintenance. Bring tools to help with property clean-up and trail clearing/maintenance efforts (rakes, saws, clippers, etc.) and dress for a day of outdoor work. 

RSVP to Lowell Kahn at 860-653-4911.

Sunday, October 9
Granby Land Trust and the Salmon Brooks: A Symbiosis
2-3 PM • Holcomb Farm Workshop

Did you know that the Salmon Brooks are among the highest quality waters in the state? Come learn about how this determination is made and about what currently threatens their water quality. A sampling of live organisms will be identified and displayed. The presentation will be led by Richard Caley, a retired biology teacher and a board member of both the Granby Land Trust and the Salmon Brook Watershed Association.

RSVP to Dick Caley at 860-653-3496.


Saturday, October 15, 2016
ALMOST FULL MOON HIKE!
7 PM •  Emery Farm • 71 Loomis Street, North Granby

Join the GLT for a nighttime hike on Saturday, October 15th. Hikers will gather at Emery Farm at 71 Loomis Street in North Granby and depart for the top of Crag Mountain promptly at 7 pm. This hike will be of moderate difficulty with a steep uphill 45 minute climb to a vantage point with views of the Connecticut and Farmington River valleys to the east and the East Branch of the Salmon Brook to the west. For a portion of the hike, travel will be over trails on the property recently donated to the GLT by Seth and Lucy Holcombe. Good walking shoes, long pants for protection against brush and a flashlight are items to consider taking along. At the conclusion of the hike, there will be a fire, popcorn, cocoa and wine for those interested. A portion of Emery Farm is preserved by a conservation easement donated to the Land Trust by Jenny and Dave Emery.

Space is limited so please reserve a spot via email with Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com. In the event of postponement or cancellation, those who signed up will be notified by email.


Sunday, October 23, 2016
GLT Annual Meeting and Hike
2-5 PM •  Holcomb Farm • 113 Simsbury Road, West Granby

Please join us for the Granby Land Trust annual meeting and hike. This family-friendly event is always a fun day out with Granby friends, celebrating Granby’s natural beauty.

This year’s meeting will be held at Holcomb Farm’s Main Barn, 113 Simsbury Road, in West Granby. We will commence the event with a hike at 2:00 PM, departing from Holcomb Farm and exploring the Farm’s western trails, as well as the adjacent GLT properties. Around 3:00 PM, we will return to Holcomb Farm for a dessert buffet, courtesy of the Granby Land Trust. We will then hold the annual meeting and present the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award.

In case of inclement weather, we will forego the hike and begin the annual meeting/dessert reception inside at 2:00 PM at Holcomb Farm’s Main Barn.

RSVP to Trish Percival at 860.653.7095 or email at percivalt@cox.net.

We hope you can join us for a fun afternoon with family and friends!

September 2016

Sunday, September 25
The BIG PAINT — Plein Air Painting & Walking Tour in partnership with the Granby Artists Association
The Granby Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property, Mountain Road, North Granby, CT

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Paint-Out for Artists starts at 8 AM - see below)

On Sunday, September 25, beginning at 10:30 AM, the Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you to join us for The BIG PAINT, an event featuring artists from the Granby Artists Association and the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. This year’s event will showcase the beauty of the Granby Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property.

You are invited to take a self-guided walking tour of the property and converse with the artists as they capture the natural beauty of the area. Many of the works created at this event will be entered in the upcoming Granby Land Trust Art Show – Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty – which will run Oct. 27 - Nov. 27 at Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby.

A complimentary continental breakfast will be available for artists and attendees.

RSVP to Laurie Schock at sgschock@cox.net.

Any questions, contact Rick Orluk or Trish Percival at 860.653.7095 or at Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com.

ATTENTION PARTICIPATING PLEIN AIR ARTISTS: The artists' paint-out will start at 8:00 AM. For more info, contact Laura Eden at laurajeden@gmail.com or 860.306.3879.

2016 GLT Art Show Prospectus


Wednesday, September 28
Granby Land Trust Hosts Informative Talk on Wild Cats of Connecticut (Bobcats and Cougars)
7:00 p.m. • North Barn, Holcomb Farm

The Granby Land Trust invites you to a family-friendly, informative talk on the “Wild Cats of Connecticut” on Wednesday evening, September 28, at 7:00 PM at the North Barn at Holcomb Farm in West Granby.

Led by Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Biologist and Granby resident Jason Hawley, this talk will focus on the natural history of wild felids in Connecticut (bobcats and cougars), the current status of both, the common problem of misidentification (specifically cougars), the potential/possibility of cougars ever returning to Connecticut, and the case of the cougar that dispersed from South Dakota to Connecticut.

Please RSVP by email to Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

June 2016

Thursday, June 2
Invasive Plant Special Management and Control Management and Control Training Session for GLT Property Stewards
6PM • GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property, Mountain Road, North Granby

GLT Property Stewards: Join us on June 2 for a training session on Invasive Plant Species Management and Control. The session will give you the tools you need to identify non-native plant species – including the most common and stubborn invasive plants – and will teach you responsible management solutions. GLT Board Member Eric Lukingbeal currently is attending the UCONN Master Gardener Program, and he is willing to share his horticulture knowledge and training with us! Eric will demonstrate how to deal with many local, common, invasive plants. This is an informational session, not a work session, so there is no need to bring tools or wear special clothing.

Also, Rod Dimock and Lowell Kahn will be available after the training session to give a quick tutorial of the GLT’s GPS devices and newly purchased Magnetic Field Locater – another tool that will prove useful in helping locate survey pins.

In the event of heavy rain or lightning, we will reschedule. Please RSVP to Laurie Schock at 860.989.3430 or sgschock@cox.net.

Saturday, June 4
Connecticut Trails Day Hikes in Granby
10 AM – 12 PM • Meet at Holcomb Farm CSA Barn

The Friends of Holcomb Farm and the Granby Land Trust will offer two simultaneous guided hikes in West Granby. Select a short, easy hike over the eastern trails or a longer option through the western hills of Holcomb Farm, the Granby Land Trust and the McLean Game Refuge.

The Holcomb Farm CSA Barn (111 Simsbury Road, West Granby) is the starting and ending point and parking location for the hikes. Hike leaders are Jack and Peggy Lareau.

The eastern trails are a combination of fields and woods and a relatively gradual climb. A leisurely 4 mile hike is planned for this terrain. The western trails offer a continuous, but not strenuous climb, which will take you through Granby Land Trust and McLean Game Refuge properties; and which will include overlooks (Peterson Preserve) and the Carpenter Waterfall. The western hike will cover approximately 6 miles. Both hikes are family-oriented. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.

Bring a water bottle and wear bug spray. Hikes will take place rain or shine. For a trail map, visit HolcombFarm.org.

Questions and/or to register in advance, contact: Jill Ford at 860-844-8616, jill@holcombfarm.org.

May 2016

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15
Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni
7:00 a.m. both days • Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby
RAIN NOTICE: If we have rain/showers either morning, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update on the status of the events (significant showers will cancel the walks; raindates would be following weekend).

Join us for a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks — on the mornings of May 14 & 15 — will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road — this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away. You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today (these walks have been completely full the last couple of years so we encourage you to register early). We are offering two walks again this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

February 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016
GLT Family Winter Hike on the Schupp Property
2 p.m. start; Meet at Dave Schupp's house at 64 Higley Road, West Granby

Join fellow Granby Land Trust members for a family hike (or snowshoe/x-country ski, if we actually get some snow this winter!) led by GLT board member Dave Schupp on his spectacular property in West Granby. We'll explore Dave’s beautiful 118-acre property, which is protected by a conservation easement that Dave and his wife Sandy donated to the Land Trust years ago.  You'll enjoy the company of friends and bask in the peace of the West Granby woods (interrupted, of course, by the happy shrieks of our younger hikers). This family hike will begin at 2 p.m. and the pace will be such that all members of the family can enjoy a day in the woods. All attendees are encouraged to wear warm waterproof hiking boots and appropriate winter weather gear.

Please RSVP to Dave Schupp at 860.653.2168 or schuppdave@aol.com

January 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016
First Hike of the New Year
GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property • 9:00 AM

Welcome 2016 the right way! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for the eighth annual New Year’s Day hike on the Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby beginning at 9:00 am. The hike will be about three miles -- terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow (let’s hope!), please bring snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Mountain Road entrance of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road).

TO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

October/November 2015

Thursday, October 29 - November 29
Celebrating New England's Natural Beauty — Granby Land Trust Juried Art Show
Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT

Beginning on Thursday, October 29, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show, Celebrating New England's Natural Beauty, at the Lost Acres Vineyard which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) that highlights the natural beauty of New England. All genres of visual art are encouraged, including but not limited to landscapes, botanicals, still-lifes, portraits, and abstract art. Artists are asked to identify 1) the property that inspired their work; and 2) the town and state in which the property is located. All works will be juried for entry and awards. Some awards carry stipulations. (For example, to be considered for the Granby Land Trust Award the work must be inspired by a Granby Land Trust property.)

INTERESTED ARTISTS: Click below to see 2015 GLT Art Show Prospectus.

2015 GLT Art Show Artists Prospectus

2015 GLT Art Show Program

ACCEPTED ENTRIES FOR 2015 ART SHOW

Ralph Acosta, North Stonington Farm

Pamela Albertsen, Islands in the Sound

Barbara J. Alex, East Haddam Swing Bridge

Alexander Anisimov, Frozen

Bernie Boucher, River Valley

Del-Bourree Bach, Timeless Classic

Del-Bourree Bach, Church Light

Betsy Broughton Shafer, Yantic River Contemplation

Stuart Browning, Sunlight in the Woods

Diane Caswell Christian, Enders

Diane Caswell Christian, The Watcher

Avis Cherichetti, Wildflowers

Bryan Colbath, Rt 10 Falls River

J.G. Coleman, Winter's Kiss

Jean Dalton, Meriden View

Chris Dixon, Mt Riga Falls

Chris Dixon, Snow Cover

Laura J. Eden, After the Rain

Laura J. Eden, First Signs of Fall

Catherine M. Elliott, Banning Woods

Lorraine Ficara, Greenhouse Patterns

Faripour Forouhar, Changing Light is the Herald of Spring

Jean-Luc Godard, La Morille

Jean-Luc Godard, The Four Sisters

Linda Gotta, On the Ridge

Linda Gotta, Fallen Empire

Luciana Heineman, Enders Fall

Luciana Heineman, Kent's Fall #2

Frances M. Hoffnagle, Last Apple Tree

Jennifer Holmes, Banningwood Calm

Karen Hudson, Autumn Bliss

Joan Jardine, The Conversation

Andy Jones, Tree Rock

Fran Judycki, Windsurfer

Fran Judycki, Ready To Scamper

Claudia Karimi, On a Branch

Claudia Karimi, Gather Feathers

Mary Lang Killilea, Sail Boat on Hamburg Cove

Mary Lang Killilea, Laura's Ducks

Suzanne Kirschner, Rocks and Water Series #2

Jim Laurino, The Break

Jim Laurino, Morning - Tobacco Barns

Steve Linde, Luminous Landscape

Steve Linde, Autumn Reflections

James Magner, Holcomb Farm View

Sally Sargent Markey, Old Swimming Hole

Sally Sargent Markey, Boy Casting

Jean Mazo, Lost in Thought #3

Marija P. McCarthy, Boats at Hyannis, Ma

Charles McCaughtry, Earth Bones

Charles McCaughtry, Morning Walk

Bernard McTigue, Beaver Marsh

Caroline Mecartney, Honeymoon Cabin

Caroline Mecartney, Wild Birch

Sally Melrose, Little House in the Woods

Rosemarie Mendes, Autumn Splender

Lindsey Molyneux, Arab

Carolyn Newell, Island Life

Roger Niland, Invader

Bob Noreika, Spicey Chickens

Barbara W. Panico, Afternoon Light

Lori Racicot-Burrous, Fall on the Farmington River

John Radomski, Swift River

Lori Rapuano, The Champlain Valley

Elizabeth Rhoades, A Silence In The Marsh

Nina Mascetti Ritson, Behind the Barn

Nina Mascetti Ritson, View Toward West Granby

Suzanne Roz Magoon, Beaver's Home II

Arthur G. Scholz, Summer Fog

Janice Silvers, Sea View

William M. Simpson, Near The Sea

Gene Suponski, Maine Coast

Gene Suponski, A Barn Find

Karen Suponski, Fury

Kate Tortland, Holcomb Overlook

John C. Walker, Fresh Snowfall

Linda Webber, Forest Fantasy

Charles Wilhelm, Aftermath

Doug Williams, Lost in the Woods

Garnet Wrigley, Glimpse of Harkness

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Art Talk — New this Year
Lost Acres Vineyard Art Gallery, North Granby • 7 - 9 PM

Join us as we explore a number of the works of art that will be included in this year's Granby Land Trust Juried Art Show, Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty. The discussion will be led by acclaimed Granby artists Laura Eden and Bill Simpson, and will highlight a number of works they find particularly interesting. Laura and Bill will be joined by other artists, as well, giving you an opportunity to hear the artists share their own unique perspectives on what inspires them and the artistic process. Complimentary light refreshments will be served and wine will be available for purchase by the glass/bottle.

Attendees are limited so PLEASE REGISTER with Laurie Schock at sgschock@cox.net or by calling 860-989-3430. The Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty Art Show will be open to the public October 29 - November 29 at the Lost Acres Vineyard Art Gallery.

October 2015

Sunday, October 4
The BIG PAINT — Plein Air Painting & Walking Tour in partnership with the Granby Artists Association
The home of Put and Nannie Brown, 16 Broad Hill Road, West Granby, CT
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Paint-Out for Artists starts at 8 AM - see below)

On Sunday, October 4th, beginning at 10AM, the Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you to join us for The BIG PAINT, an event featuring artists from the Granby Artists Association and the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. This year’s event will showcase the beauty of the Broad Hill Road Corridor, a stretch of preserved properties on Broad Hill Road in West Granby.

Please meet at the home of Put and Nannie Brown, 16 Broad Hill Road. From there, you are invited to take a walking tour of the properties and converse with the artists as they capture the natural beauty of the area. Many of the works created at this event will be entered in the upcoming Granby Land Trust Art Show – Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty – which will run Oct. 29 - Nov. 29 at Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby.

A complimentary continental breakfast will be available for artists and attendees.

Any questions, contact Rick Orluk or Trish Percival at 860.653.7095 or at Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com.

ATTENTION PARTICIPATING PLEIN AIR ARTISTS: The artists' paint-out will start at 8:30 AM. For more info, contact Laura Eden at laurajeden@gmail.com or 860.306.3879.

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2-5 PM
GLT Annual Meeting and Hike
Holcomb Farm • 113 Simsbury Road, West Granby

Please join us for the Granby Land Trust annual meeting and hike. This family-friendly event is always a fun day out with Granby friends, celebrating Granby’s natural beauty.

This year’s meeting will be held at the new Holcomb Farm Barn, 113 Simsbury Road, in West Granby. We will commence the event with a hike at 2PM from Holcomb Farm, several Land Trust properties adjoin the Holcomb Farm property at 2:00 PM. Around 3:00 PM, we will return to the Holcomb Farm Barn for a dessert buffet, courtesy of the Granby Land Trust. We will then hold the annual meeting and present of the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award.

In case of inclement weather, we will forego the hike and begin the annual meeting/dessert reception inside at 2PM at the Holcomb Farm Barn.

RSVP to Trish Percival at 860.653.7095 or email at percivalt@cox.net.

We hope you can join us for a fun afternoon with family and friends!

June 2015

Saturday, June 6
Connecticut Trails Day Hikes in Granby
10 AM & 12 PM (2 Hikes) • Holcomb Farm CSA Barn Parking Lot is the Starting Point & Parking Location

The Friends of Holcomb Farm and the Granby Land Trust are teaming together to offer guided hikes of the Holcomb Farm western hills trails and adjacent GLT property. This two-hour hike offers scenic overlooks from the top of Diamond Ledges, as well as a view of the Barn Door Hills and Knolls. The hikes will have moderate elevation gain and steepness.

There will be two guided hikes, one meeting at 10 AM (Jack Lareau, hike leader) and a second meeting at 12 noon (David Spatcher, hike leader). Hikers will gather in the parking lot at the Holcomb Farm CSA Barn, 111 Simsbury Road, West Granby, CT. Hikes will start promptly twenty minutes later. The pace will be suitable for children. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash throughout the hike.

Sign up for the hikes will be at a canopy in the CSA Barn parking lot. Make sure to bring your own water for the hike, going uphill in warm weather definitely raises a thirst. Bug spray is recommended (we will have some available) as we will be traveling through tick heaven.

There's no need to RSVP to this event. It is free and open to all to celebrate Connecticut Trails Day.

May 2015

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10
Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni
7:00 a.m. both days • Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby
RAIN NOTICE: If we have rain/showers either morning, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update on the status of the events (significant showers will cancel the walks).

Join us for a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks - on the mornings of May 9 & 10 - will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his MP3 player - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!) You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today (these walks have been completely full the last couple of years so we encourage you to register early). We are offering two walks again this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

April 2015

Wednesday, April 22
Granby Land Trust and Holcomb Farm Host Bear Talk for Area Families

WILL NOW TAKE PLACE at the: Granby Senior Center (Town Office Complex, 15 North Granby Road, Granby, CT

As the black bear population continues to rebound in Connecticut, it is important that people begin to better understand these magnificent creatures.

To help Granby residents of all ages learn more about bears, the Granby Land Trust and Holcomb Farm will co-host a family-friendly Bear Talk on Wednesday evening, April 22, at 7:00 PM at the Granby Senior Center at 15 North Granby Road, Granby.

Led by Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Bear Biologist and Granby resident Jason Hawley, this talk will focus on the natural history of bears in Connecticut, bear biology, current research being conducted by the DEEP, research techniques, bear management in CT, and the dos and don’ts of living in bear country.

There will be hands-on activities for children. Jason will bring bear pelts, skulls, and collars for everyone to handle; and, weather permitting, Jason plans to demonstrate the usage of a culvert bear trap as well as bear tracking using telemetry.

Please RSVP by email to Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

March 2015

Sunday, April 12 (depending on weather conditions)
Maple Sugaring... A Hands-On Learning Experience for Kids*
1-3 PM; Emery Farm, 71 Loomis Street, North Granby

The GLT Maple Sugaring Event is NOW FULL.

Curious kids who like maple syrup won't want to miss this event! The Granby Land Trust is sponsoring a hands-on demonstration of how maple syrup is made at the Emery Farm Sugar House at 71 Loomis Street in North Granby on Sunday, April 12, from 1-3PM.. Since the sugaring process is highly weather dependent, the date cannot be set this far in advance, but the demonstration will be held on a weekend day in March, from 1-3pm. Sign-up now and you will be notified of the date by email, several days prior to the event. We plan to follow an abbreviated process of sap collection, then transport through to boiling, filtering and bottling of the finished product: maple syrup! Each child should be accompanied by an adult and be prepared to taste some Emery Farm maple syrup. No pets please. Appropriate for children of all ages. We will be outside for the duration so dress accordingly!

Space is limited, so please reserve a spot via email with Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com.

*This event is part of the Granby Land Trust's Kids Series.

January 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015
First Hike of the New Year

GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property; 9:00 AM

Welcome 2015 the right way! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for the seventh annual New Year’s Day hike on the Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby beginning at 9:00 am. The hike will be about three miles -- terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow (let’s hope!), please bring snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Mountain Road entrance of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road).

TO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

October/November 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2-5 PM
GLT Annual Meeting and Hike

Al and Helen Wilke’s Property • 124 Higley Road, West Granby

Please join us for the Granby Land Trust annual meeting and hike. This family-friendly event is always a fun day out with Granby friends, celebrating Granby’s natural beauty.

This year’s meeting will be held at the home of Al and Helen Wilke, 124 Higley Road, in West Granby. Al and Helen recently donated a conservation easement on nearly 40 acres of land to the Granby Land Trust. The Wilkes have built a beautiful trail system that crisscrosses the property, allowing the visitor access to its most beautiful areas.

We will commence the event with a hike on the Wilkes’ trails at 2:00 PM. Around 3:15, we will reconvene at the Wilkes’ house for a dessert buffet, courtesy of the Granby Land Trust. We will then hold the annual meeting, present of the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award, and have an “Apple Cider Toast” to celebrate the Granby Land Trust’s recent National Accreditation!

All events will be held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Holcomb Farm Workshop beginning at 2 PM.

RSVP to Trish Percival at 860.653.7095 or email at percivalt@cox.net.

We hope you can join us for a fun afternoon with family and friends!

October 30 - November 30, 2014
Celebrating Preserved Lands — Granby Land Trust Juried Art Show

Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT

Join us for the show opening on Thursday, October 30, from 5-8 PM

Beginning on Thursday, October 30, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show, Celebrating Preserved Lands, at the Lost Acres Vineyard which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) that highlights the beauty and importance of conserved lands (those lands whose ownership or development rights are owned by a Land Trust, the State, Town, private land conservation organizations such as McLean Game Refuge in Granby/Simsbury, the Nature Conservancy, etc...There are no restrictions on location of property; however, artists must identify the location or property that inspired their work and what entity currently protects it.). The Granby Land Trust seeks to celebrate the work of the individuals and organizations that seek to forever preserve the beautiful and important natural spaces that improve our quality of life, encourage our appreciation of nature and provide havens for wildlife and fauna to thrive. A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Granby Land Trust.

INTERESTED ARTISTS: Click below to see 2014 GLT Art Show Prospectus.

2014 GLT Art Show Artists Prospectus

2014 GLT Celebrating Preserved Lands Art Show Program.

ACCEPTED ENTRIES FOR 2014 ART SHOW

Ralph Acosta, In For A Landing

Ralph Acosta, Lily Pads

Alexander Anisimov, Old Pine & Cypresses

Alexander Anisimov, Far Away View

Rita Bond, Wellfleet Sanctuary

Del Boorree Bach, Birds Of A Feather

Bernie Boucher, Behind The Vineyard

Bernie Boucher, Roaring Brook

Diane Caswell, Christian Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Joan Coderre, On Secret Lake

Justine Coleman, Autumn Vista

Justine Coleman, Late Afternoon

Patricia Louise Corbett, Water Lily Burst

Patricia Louise Corbett, Lavender's Blue

Kristen Cormier, Reflection #1

Kristen Cormier, Reflection #2

Laura J. Eden, Dappled September Light

Laura J. Eden, Moose Horn Brook

Catherine M. Elliott, Autumn McLean

Catherine M. Elliott, The Valley

Jo-Anne English, Walker's Woods Ladies

Lorraine Ficara, Loose Strife

Lorraine Ficara, Meadow Majesty

Marianne Flynn, Granby Farm

Marianne Flynn, Cluster

Jean-Luc Godard, Champignon

Linda Gotta, November

William G. Hanson, Morning Glories

William G. Hanson, A View From The Top

Carole Hartwell, Bushy Hill Orchard

Carole Hartwell, Salmon Brook Weaves Through

Jennifer Holmes, Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing

Joan Jardine, Barn Again

Paula Johnson, Enders Falls

Claudia Karimi, Queenanne's Lace Vase Trio

Jim Laurino, The Fifth At Enders

Steve Linde, An Afternoon at McLeans

Christine MacClintic, The Hayrolls

Christine MacClintic, The Barns at Hilltop

James Magner, Holcomb Farm Barn

James Magner, Holcomb Farm From Day St.

Nina Mascetti Ritson, Through The Trees

Nina Mascetti Ritson, The Woods

Marija P. McCarthy, Bog In Winter

Marija P. McCarthy, Fall Harmony

Bradford McDougall, Duncan The Spaniard

Bernie McTigue, Dancing Water

Mollie Megaffin, An Apple A Day

Mollie Megaffin, Falling Leaves

Sandra L. Meyer, Sunset Afterglow

Judith Meyers, Sanctuary

MaryAnne Miller, Mountain Laurel Sanctuary

Carolyn Newell, Standing Guard

Carolyn Newell, Invitation

Roger Niland, Farmington Canal Aqueduct

Robert Norieka, Cascading Yellow

Michael Patnode, The Luncheon

Virginia Peake, Sunny Rosedale Field

Virginia Peake, Tuller's Tower View

Anne Pingpank, Ballygilgan

Anne Pingpank, Nature Trail View

Lori Racicot-Burrous, Tulmeadow Morning

Lori Racicot-Burrous, Inlet to Trout Pond

Lori M. Rapuano, Bryce Canyon

Lori M. Rapuano, Sunday Drive

Elizabeth Rhoades, Cathedral Ledge in November

Elizabeth Rhoades, Sanctuary for the Mountain Laurel

Nancy Schroeder, Spring Breaks

Lieschen Seabeck, An Oasis of Green

Gretchen Shepard, Mashpee River

Penny Sider Urbanowicz, Always There

William M. Simpson, Talcott Ridge

Diane Stone, Light In The Forest

Laurie Tavino, Upon The Great Hill

Laurie Tavino, The Lone Crow

Debbie Temple, Golden Marsh

Kate Tortland, Towards Barndoor

Kate Tortland, Over The Hills

John C. Walker, The Granby Oak

Mariann Weiss, Cooling Off

Charles Wilhelm, The Eternal Struggle

Charles Wilhelm, Boulders at Meigs Point

 

This show is generously supported by
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC & ALIRT Insurance Research, LLC.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
ALMOST FULL MOON HIKE!

Emery Farm, 71 Loomis Street, North Granby, 7PM

Join the GLT for a night time hike on Saturday, November 8th from 7- 9 pm. Hikers will gather at Emery Farm at 71 Loomis Street in North Granby and depart for the top of Crag Mountain shortly thereafter. This hike will be of moderate difficulty with a steep uphill thirty minute climb to a vantage point with views of the Connecticut and Farmington River valleys to the east and the East Branch of the Salmon Brook to the west. Good walking shoes, long pants for protection against brush and a flashlight are items to consider taking along. At the conclusion of the hike, there will be a fire and popcorn for those interested. A portion of Emery Farm is preserved by a conservation easement donated to the Land Trust by Jenny and Dave Emery.

Space is limited so please reserve a spot via email with Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com. In the event of postponement or cancellation, those who signed up will be notified by email.

September 2014

Sunday, September 14
The BIG PAINT — Plein Air Painting & Walking Tour in partnership with the Granby Artists Association and the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society

The Home of Dave and Sandy Schupp, 64 Higley Road, West Granby, CT; 10AM - 12 PM (Paint-Out for Artists starts at 9AM - see below)

Beginning at 10AM on Sunday, September 14th, the Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you to join us for The BIG PAINT, an event featuring artists from the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and the Granby Artists Association. Held at the beautiful home/property of Dave and Sandy Schupp in West Granby, this event will feature a morning walking tour of the property to see artists working plein air, preparing artwork which may be included in the upcoming art show – Celebrating Preserved Lands (Art Show will be from Oct. 30 - Nov. 30 at Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby). The Schupps' land is protected by a conservation easement they donated to the Granby Land Trust. Complimentary coffee and breakfast goodies will be available for artists and attendees.

Download a PDF of the Event Flyer

Any questions, contact Rick Orluk or Trish Percival at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com.

ATTENTION PARTICIPATING PLEIN AIR ARTISTS: The artists' paint-out will start at 9AM. We will be encouraging the general public to walk the property and see/discuss your work during the morning paint-out beginning at 10AM. For more info, contact Laura Eden at laurajeden@gmail.com or 860.306.3879.

June 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Children’s Hike at Godard Preserve (A Connecticut Trails Day Event)*

Godard Preserve on Donahue Road in North Granby; 1-3 PM

Join the Granby Land Trust for a children’s hike at the beautiful Godard Preserve on Donahue Road in North Granby on Sunday, June 8, from 1-3pm as part of Connecticut Trails Day. Join us as we explore this 100 + acre parcel on the lookout for interesting items of natural interest (you and your kids are guaranteed to enjoy themselves while learning some nature facts courtesy of hike leader extraordinaire and former Earth Science teacher Dave Emery). Each child should be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. Appropriate for children of all ages. We will be tramping across wetlands and forest trails so dress accordingly!

Space is limited, so please reserve a spot via email with Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com. In the event of postponement or cancellation, those who signed up will be notified by email.

*This event is part of the Granby Land Trust's Kids Series.

May 2014

Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11
Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni

7:00 a.m. both days • Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby
RAIN NOTICE: If we have rain/showers either morning, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update on the status of the events (significant showers will cancel the walks).

Join us for what has become a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks - on the mornings of May 10 & 11 - will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his MP3 player - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!) You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today (these walks have been completely full the last couple of years so we encourage you to register early). We have two walks this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

April 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter Day “Signs of Spring” Hike (Get The Kids Outside After a Morning of Sweet Treats!)*

Stanley Dimock Wildlife Sanctuary on LeGeyt Road on the Barkhamsted/ West Granby line ; 1-3 PM

The Granby Land Trust will sponsor a children’s hike at the Stanley Dimock Wildlife Sanctuary on LeGeyt Road on the Barkhamsted/ West Granby line on Sunday April 20th from 1-3 pm. Well in excess of 200 acres, the Dimock property is a seldom visited patchwork of forests, fields and swamps. We will be on the lookout for signs of spring that indicate the long harsh winter season is finally behind us! Each child should be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. Appropriate for children of all ages. We will be tramping across fields, streams and woodlands, so please dress accordingly! The hike will begin and end where LeGeyt and Enders Roads intersect.

Please RSVP to Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com so that you can be contacted in the event of inclement weather.

*This event is part of the Granby Land Trust's Kids Series.

March 2014

Exact Date TBA (depending on weather conditions)
Maple Sugaring... A Hands-On Learning Experience for Kids*

Curious kids who like maple syrup won't want to miss this event! The Granby Land Trust is sponsoring a hands-on demonstration of how maple syrup is made at the Emery Farm Sugar House at 71 Loomis Street in North Granby. Since the sugaring process is highly weather dependent, the date cannot be set this far in advance, but the demonstration will be held on a weekend day in March, from 1-3pm. Sign-up now and you will be notified of the date by email, several days prior to the event. We plan to follow an abbreviated process of sap collection, then transport through to boiling, filtering and bottling of the finished product: maple syrup! Each child should be accompanied by an adult and be prepared to taste some Emery Farm maple syrup. No pets please. Appropriate for children of all ages. We will be outside for the duration so dress accordingly!

pace is limited, so please reserve a spot via email with Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com.

*This event is part of the Granby Land Trust's Kids Series.

January 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
First Hike of the New Year

GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property; 9:00 AM

Welcome 2014 the right way! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for the sixth annual New Year’s Day hike on the Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby beginning at 9:00 am. The hike will be about three miles -- terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow (let’s hope!), please bring snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Mountain Road entrance of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road).

ITO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

November-December 2013

November 6 - December 8, 2013
Art & Agriculture: Celebrating the Farmington Valley's Natural Beauty — Granby Land Trust Juried Art Show

Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT

Join us for the show opening on Wednesday, November 6, from 5-8 PM

2013 GLT Art Show Program

Beginning on Wednesday, November 6, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show Art & Agriculture: Celebrating the Farmington Valley's Natural Beauty at the Lost Acres Vineyard Barn Store which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) that highlights the beauty and importance of local agricultural activities and their heritage in Granby and the Farmington Valley. Working farms, orchard, vineyards and others agricultural enterprises nourish us in many ways - at the table, through the natural viewscapes they preserve, and through connection they provide us to the land. The Granby Land Trust seeks to promote our local farms through this year's Art Show (all paintings will have to identify the Farmington Valley location that inspired them - for example, West Granby's Garlic or Holcomb Farms, North Granby's Lost Acres Orchard or Lost Acres Vineyard, Simsbury's Rosedale Farm, old barns and historic agricultural structures, etc...). A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Granby Land Trust.

INTERESTED ARTISTS: Click below to see 2013 GLT Art Show Prospectus.

2013 GLT Art Show Artists Prospectus

This show is generously supported by
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC & ALIRT Insurance Research, LLC.

October 2013

Due to inclement weather, The BIG PAINT has been cancelled today.

Sunday, October 6, 2013
The Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you
to join us for The BIG PAINT – Plein Air Painting at Holcomb Farm and the neighboring Garlic Farm on Simsbury Road in West Granby

Sunday, October 6, 2013 • 9 AM - 12 Noon
Holcomb Farm/Garlic Farm, 113 & 76 Simsbury Road, West Granby, Connecticut

Join us for The BIG PAINT, a very special event featuring artists from the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and the Granby Artists Association. Held at two of West Granby's beautiful agricultural properties - The Garlic Farm and Holcomb Farm , this event offers you the opportunity to walk both farm properties and see artists working en plein air. Artists will be preparing artwork which may be included in the upcoming art show - Art & Agriculture: Celebrating the Farmington Valley's Beautiful Places (Art Show will be from Nov. 6 - Dec. 8 at Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby).

Coffee, juice, bagels, donuts & fruit will be provided on a complimentary basis to artists and attendees.

Both of these properties are working farms, The Garlic Farm is located at 76 Simsbury Road in West Granby and Holcomb Farm is right next door at 113 Simsbury Road.

Parking is available at both properties with artist check-in located at Holcomb Farm.

Attachments:

2013 GLT Art Show Prospectus
2013 Granby Farms Map

Sunday, October 20
Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting & Hike
(Open to Granby Land Trust Members)

12- 3PM; Home of GLT Members Put and Nannie Brown, 16 Broad Hill Road, West Granby
Lunch, Annual Meeting and Walk

Granby Land Trust members and their families are invited to join us at this year's Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting, which will be held at the West Granby property of Put and Nannie Brown at 16 Broad Hill Road on Sunday, October 20th, from 12PM - 3PM.

We will start with a potluck lunch (please bring a side dish or dessert to share - the Land Trust will provide chili and cornbread) followed by a brief annual meeting during which we will present our annual Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award. We will then enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful Broad Hill Road Open Space Corridor which includes both GLT, Holcomb Farm and McLean Game properties. The walk should last about an hour. All events will be held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. If there is inclement weather, only the Annual Meeting will be held beginning at 12 noon in the Holcomb Farm's Work Shop (no lunch or walk will be offered).

The Granby Land Trust thanks the Browns for hosting us on their beautiful property (they are the donors of two conservation easements to the Land Trust); and we hope you and your family can join us for an afternoon with friends on one of Granby's truly picturesque properties!

Please RSVP to Trish Percival/Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or email at percivalt@cox.net.

July 2013

Sunday, July 14th
"Summer on the Farm" Children’s Hike led by Dave Emery

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. • Meet at the home of Dave and Jenny Emery, Emery Farm, 71 Loomis Street, North Granby

The Granby Land Trust is sponsoring a children’s hike at Emery Farm, 71 Loomis Street in North Granby, on Sunday July 14th from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. After checking up on the pigs and chickens in the barn, we will set out on our short hike to see what is going on in the surrounding fields and woods. Each child should be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. Appropriate for children of all ages. First come, first served: walk is limited to twenty participants.

Please RSVP to Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com so that you can reserve your spot(s) and we have your information in case you need to be contacted in the event of inclement weather.

June 2013

Saturday, June 1
Connecticut Trails Day Hike in partnership with Holcomb Farm and McLean Game Refuge

8:00 a.m: Meet at the Granby Land Trust office at Holcomb Farm (Simsbury Road, West Granby); Hike Starts at 8:00 a.m. (RAIN DATE - Sunday, June 2 - same time)

To celebrate Connecticut Trails Day, the Land Trust - in partnership with Holcomb Farm and the McLean Game Refuge - is hosting a hike on June 1st that will start at the Granby Land Trust Office at Holcomb Farm, travel through Holcomb Farm trails to the outlook on the Land Trust's Frances B. Petersen Preserve then on to the Broad Hill Road area of McLean Game Refuge before returning to Holcomb Farm. Experience the beauty of these three beautiful properties in one hike. You are invited to gather at 8:00 a.m. at the Granby Land Trust office at Holcomb Farm in West Granby. The hike, which is open to all ages and family-friendly, will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will be an easy to moderate, 4-mile round-trip hike. Those seeking a shorter hike can spot a car at Holcomb Farm.

RSVP TO: Hike leader Put and Nannie Brown, 860.653.7557 or by email at NannieBrown@cox.net

May 2013

Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12
Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni

7:00 a.m. both days • Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby
RAIN NOTICE: If we have rain/showers either morning, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update on the status of the events (significant showers will cancel the walks).

Join us for what has become a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks - on the mornings of May 11 & 12 - will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his MP3 player - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!) You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today (these walks have been completely full the last couple of years so register early). We have two walks this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

January 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
First Hike of the New Year

GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property; 9:00 AM

Welcome 2013 the right way! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for the fifth annual New Year’s Day hike on the Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby beginning at 9:00 am. The hike will be about three miles -- terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow (let’s hope!), please bring snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Mountain Road entrance of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road).

TO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

November 2012

November 1 - December 1, 2012
Places of Inspiration: Celebrating the Farmington Valley's Natural Beauty — Granby Land Trust Juried Art Show

Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT 06060 (NEW LOCATION in 2012)

Join us for the show opening on Thursday, November 1, from 5-8 PM

Beginning on November 1st, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show Places of Inspiration: Celebrating the Farmington Valley's Natural Beauty at the Lost Acres Vineyard Barn Store (new location) which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) inspired by a scene that captures the natural and historic beauty of the Farmington Valley (all paintings will have to identify the Farmington Valley location that inspired them - for example, the Farmington River, Collinsville; Hill-Stead Museum Barn, Farmington; GLT’s Mary Edwards Mountain Property, North Granby, etc...). A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Granby Land Trust.

INTERESTED ARTISTS: Click below to see 2012 GLT Art Show Prospectus. And, please join us for our Annual Paint-Out on Sunday, September 16th from 9AM - 3PM at Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby.

2012 GLT Art Show Artists Prospectus

Download a PDF of the Show Program

This show is generously supported by
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC & ALIRT Insurance Research, LLC.

October 2012

Sunday, October 21
Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting & Hike
(Open to Granby Land Trust Members)
12- 3PM; 113 Simsbury Road, West Granby
Lunch, Annual Meeting and Walk

Granby Land Trust members and their families are invited to join us at this year's Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting, which will be held at Holcomb Farm on Sunday, October 21st, from 12PM - 3PM.

GLT Current Bylaws

Draft Bylaws for consideration at the Membership Annual Meeting On October 21, 2012

BYLAWS

We will start with a potluck lunch (please bring a side dish to share - the Land Trust will provide burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers) and the opportunity to see the Land Trust's new office at Holcomb Farm, followed by a brief annual meeting. We will then enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful Holcomb Farm trails and the adjacent McLean Game Refuge and Granby Land Trust properties. The walk should last about an hour. All events will be held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. If there is inclement weather, only the Annual Meeting will be held beginning at 12 noon in the Holcomb Farm's Work Shop (no lunch or walk will be offered).

Holcomb Farm is located at 113 Simsbury Road in West Granby and is one of Granby's truly beautiful places featuring working agricultural fields, woodlands and an extensive trail system. The Granby Land Trust thanks Holcomb Farm and the Town of Granby for hosting us on their beautiful property; and we hope you and your family can join us for an afternoon with friends on one of Granby's truly picturesque properties!

Please RSVP to Leslie Judge at 860.670.0793 or email at leslie_judge@wbsoftware.com.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
ALMOST FULL MOON HIKE!

Emery Farm, 71 Loomis Street, North Granby, 7PM

Join the GLT for a night time hike on Saturday, October 27th from 7- 9 pm. Hikers will park at #71 Loomis St in North Granby and depart for the top of Crag Mountain shortly thereafter. This hike will be of moderate difficulty with a steep uphill thirty minute climb to a vantage point with views of the Connecticut and Farmington River valleys to the east and the East Branch of the Salmon Brook to the west. Good walking shoes, long pants for protection against brush and a flashlight for use if the Hunter Moon does not cooperate are items to consider taking along. At the conclusion of the hike, there will be a fire and marshmallows for those interested.

Space is limited so please reserve a spot via email with Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com. In the event of postponement or cancellation, those who signed up will be notified by email.

September 2012

Sunday, September 16
The BIG PAINT — Plein Air Painting, Walking Tour & Lunch in partnership with the Granby Artists Association and the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society

Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT; 12 Noon - 3 PM (Artists' Paint-Out begins at 9 AM).

Beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 16th, the Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you to join us for The BIG PAINT, a very special event featuring artists from the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and the Granby Artists Association. Held at the beautiful Lost Acres Vineyard on Lost Acres Road in North Granby, this event will feature a Garden Harvest Picnic Buffet Lunch by Lost Acres Orchard and a walking tour of the property to see artists working plein air, preparing artwork which may be included in the upcoming art show – Places of Inspiration: Celebrating the Farmington Valley's Beautiful Places (Art Show will be from Nov. 1 - Dec. 6 at Lost Acres Vineyard (NEW LOCATION in 2012) in North Granby). A Garden Harvest Picnic Buffet Lunch by Lost Acres Orchard is available for pre-ordering - see link to event flyer below to order.

Download a PDF of the Event Flyer

Please RSVP (and provide lunch order, if applicable) by September 12th to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com.

ATTENTION PARTICIPATING PLEIN AIR ARTISTS: The artists' paint-out will start at 9AM. We hope you can stay for lunch (see ordering info above) and the plein air walk in the afternoon (we will encourage the event attendees to walk the property and see/discuss your work created during the morning paint-out). For more info, contact Laura Eden at laura@lauraeden.com or 860-653-6274.

August 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012
GRANBY LAND TRUST HIKE: EXPLORING THE NUCKOLS PRESERVE

GLT's Nuckols Preserve Property, Meet at Parking Lot near bridge over Salmon Brook on Simsbury Road , 1PM

Join the GLT for a hike on the Nuckols Preserve on Sunday August 26th 2012 from 1-3pm. Donated by Bob and Dorothy Nuckols, this lovely twenty-acre parcel sits astride the West Branch of the Salmon Brook and is one of the Land Trust’s most recent acquisitions. Hikers will meet at the small parking lot adjacent to the Simsbury Road bridge over Salmon Brook at 1pm. This hike will be of moderate difficulty, featuring lots of slippery rocks during frequent stream crossings and thick undergrowth on the stream banks. Any dogs will need to be leashed as we will pass through McLean Game Refuge holdings before returning to the cars via a short walk along Simsbury Road. Interesting features include riddles related to past glaciations of the area, impressive tree specimens and a locally renowned swimming hole.

Space is limited so please reserve a spot via email with Dave Emery at dwemery79@gmail.com. In the event of postponement or cancellation, those who signed up will be notified by email.

February 2012

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13
Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni

7:00 a.m. both days • Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby
RAIN NOTICE: If we have rain/showers either morning, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update on the status of the events (significant showers will cancel the walks).

Join us for what has become a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks - on the mornings of May 12 & 13 - will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his MP3 player - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!) You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today (these walks have been completely full the last couple of years so register early). We have two walks this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP AFTER APRIL 25th TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Winter New Moon Hike

GLT’s Mary Edwards Mountain Property; 7:00PM

Bring your head lamp and join Fran Armentano for a dark night New Moon Hike on the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property. Hike will step off on Tuesday, February 21st, at 7:00 pm from the Mary Edwards Mountain Property trailhead on Mountain Road in North Granby. The hike will be about 30 minutes. Be the first to explore the newly-created red trail while we seek the elusive starlight shadow.

TO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

January 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012
First Hike of the New Year

GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property; 9:00 AM

Welcome 2012 the right way! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for the fourth annual New Year’s Day hike on the Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby beginning at 9:00 am. The hike will be about three miles -- terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow (let’s hope!), please bring snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Mountain Road entrance of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road).

TO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

November/December 2011

November 3 - December 3, 2011
Celebrating Art in Nature — Granby Land Trust Juried Art Show

J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing, Hartford Avenue, Granby, CT

Join us for the show opening on Thursday, November 3, from 5-8 PM

Beginning on November 3th, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show Celebrating Art in Nature at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) inspired by a scene that captures the natural and historic beauty of the Farmington Valley (all paintings will have to identify the Farmington Valley location that inspired them - for example, the Farmington River, Collinsville; Hill-Stead Museum Barn, Farmington; GLT’s Mary Edwards Mountain Property, North Granby, etc...). A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Granby Land Trust.

INTERESTED ARTISTS: Click below to see 2011 GLT Art Show Prospectus.

2011 GLT Art Show Artists Prospectus

2011 GLT Art Show Program

This show is generously supported by
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC & ALIRT Insurance Research, LLC.

October 2011

Sunday, October 16
Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting & Hike
(Open to Granby Land Trust Members)

12- 3PM; Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby
Walking Tour of Vineyard to follow Lunch and Annual Meeting

Granby Land Trust members are invited to join us at this year's Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting, which will be held at the beautiful Lost Acres Vineyard on Sunday, October 16th, from 12PM - 3PM.

We will start with a potluck lunch at 12 noon (please bring a side dish to share - the Land Trust will provide burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers). Lunch will be followed by our brief Annual Meeting, at which the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award will be given. Following the meeting, we will enjoy a walking tour of the vineyard and the surrounding property. This walk should last from 45 minutes to an hour. All events will be held outdoors so please dress accordingly.

On behalf of the entire Granby Land Trust Board, we thank Michelle Niedermeyer and Kevin Riggott for hosting us on their beautiful property and we hope you and your family can join us for an afternoon with friends, enjoying one of Granby's newest and most beautiful agricultural properties!

Please RSVP to Jen Mooney at 860.413.9150 or by email at jsmooney@cox.net

September 2011

Sunday, September 18
The BIG PAINT — Plein Air Painting, Walking Tour & Lunch in partnership with the Granby Artists Association and the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society

Home of Jenny and Dave Emery, 71 Loomis Street, North Granby, CT; 12 Noon - 3 PM (Artists' Paint-Out begins at 9 AM).

Beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 18th, the Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you to join us for The BIG PAINT, a very special event featuring artists from the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, the Granby Artists Association and renowned artist/educator David Lussier. Held at the beautiful Emery Farm Property on Loomis Street in North Granby, this event will feature a Garden Harvest Picnic Buffet Lunch by Lost Acres Orchard and a walking tour of the property to see artists working plein air under the guidance of David Lussier, preparing artwork which may be included in the upcoming art show – Celebrating Art in Nature (Art Show will be from Nov. 3 - Dec. 3 at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art & Framing in Granby Center). A Garden Harvest Picnic Buffet Lunch by Lost Acres Orchard is available for pre-ordering - see link to event flyer below to order.

Download a PDF of the Event Flyer

Please RSVP (and provide lunch order, if applicable) by September 13th to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com.

ATTENTION PARTICIPATING PLEIN AIR ARTISTS: The artists' paint-out will start at 9AM and renowned artist/educator David Lussier will be on-site to provide artists input and guidance on this work. We hope you can stay for lunch (see ordering info above) and the plein air walk in the afternoon (we will encourage the event attendees to walk the property and see/discuss your work created during the morning paint-out). For more info, contact Kristen Cormier at TPCNKSC@cox.net or 860-653-5390.

June 2011

Saturday, June 11
Tails to Trails Walk on Johnson Property

10 a.m.; Meet at Paula and Whitey Johnson's house at 289 Simsbury Road, West Granby

The Land Trust is offering its second Tails to Trails Walk (bring your dog with you and they’ll enjoy the company of their canine friends!) on the beautiful Johnson Property in West Granby. Led by Land Trust board member Paula Johnson, you and your dog are invited for a walk on this spectacular property which is preserved through the generous donation of a conservation easement to the Land Trust by Paula and Whitey Johnson. This walk will start at 10 a.m. from Paula and Whitey Johnson’s at 289 Simsbury Road in West Granby. All dogs MUST be on a leash and MUST have a non-aggressive nature towards their fellow pooches. Wear hiking shoes as we will be walking in the woods.

Please RSVP to Paula Johnson at 860.653.3132 or PHJ38@cox.net

May 2011

Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8
Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni

7:00 a.m. both days • Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby
RAIN DATES: May 14 & 15

Join us for what has become a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his MP3 player - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!) You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today (these walks have been completely full the last couple of years so register early). We have two walks this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

April 2011

Sunday, April 24
Easter Day “Signs of Spring” Children’s Hike led by Dave Emery

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. • Meet at the home of Dave and Jennie Emery, Emery Farm, 71 Loomis Street, North Granby

The Granby Land Trust is sponsoring a children’s hike at Emery Farm, #71 Loomis Street in North Granby, on Sunday April 24th from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Much of the hike will take place on land recently protected by a conservation easement donated to the Land Trust by the Gamble and Emery families. We will be on the lookout for signs of spring that indicate the long harsh winter season is finally behind us! Each child should be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. Appropriate for children of all ages. We will have fun tramping across fields, wetlands and forest trails so dress accordingly! Popcorn at the end for those who successfully complete this walk. First come, first served: walk is limited to thirty participants.

Please RSVP to Dave Emery at DWE79@aol.com or 860.653.3746 so that you can reserve your spot(s) and we have your information in case you need to be contacted in the event of inclement weather.

April 2011

Sunday, April 24
Easter Day “Signs of Spring” Children’s Hike led by Dave Emery

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. • Meet at the home of Dave and Jennie Emery, Emery Farm, 71 Loomis Street, North Granby

The Granby Land Trust is sponsoring a children’s hike at Emery Farm, #71 Loomis Street in North Granby, on Sunday April 24th from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Much of the hike will take place on land recently protected by a conservation easement donated to the Land Trust by the Gamble and Emery families. We will be on the lookout for signs of spring that indicate the long harsh winter season is finally behind us! Each child should be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. Appropriate for children of all ages. We will have fun tramping across fields, wetlands and forest trails so dress accordingly! Popcorn at the end for those who successfully complete this walk. First come, first served: walk is limited to thirty participants.

Please RSVP to Dave Emery at DWE79@aol.com or 860.653.3746 so that you can reserve your spot(s) and we have your information in case you need to be contacted in the event of inclement weather.

January 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011
First Hike of the New Year

GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property; 9:00 AM

Welcome 2011 the right way! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for the third annual New Year’s Day hike on the Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby beginning at 9:00 am. The hike will be about three miles -- terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow (let’s hope!), please bring snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Mountain Road entrance of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road).

TO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

November 2010

November 4 - December 2, 2010
Our Scenic Valley: Celebrating its Beautiful Places — A Juried Art Show

J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing, Hartford Avenue, Granby, CT

Join us for the show opening on Thursday, November 4, from 5-8 PM

Beginning on November 4th, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show Our Scenic Valley: Celebrating its Beautiful Places at
J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) inspired by a scene that captures the natural and historic beauty of the Farmington Valley (all paintings will have to identify the Farmington Valley location that inspired them - for example, the Farmington River, Collinsville or Hill-Stead Museum Barn, Farmington, Garlic Farm, West Granby, etc...). A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Granby Land Trust.

INTERESTED ARTISTS: Click below to see 2010 GLT Art Show Prospectus.

2010 GLT Art Show Artists Prospectus

2010 GLT Art Show Program

This show is generously supported by Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC & ALIRT Insurance Research, LLC.

Sunday, November 7
GLT's Fall Preserve Our Properties Day

1-4 p.m.; Meet at the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property on Mountain Road, North Granby

Help us ready our Land Trust properties for the coming winter. Bring your rakes, clippers and outdoor tools. This is a great way to help us maintain our properties while spending the day outdoors meeting fellow Land Trust members.

Please RSVP to Lowell Kahn - 860.653.4911 or mekahn@cox.net

October 2010

Sunday, October 24 — Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting & Hike
(Open to Granby Land Trust Members)
12- 3PM; Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard, 33 Bushy Hill Road, Granby
Walking Tour of Orchard to follow Lunch and Annual Meeting

Granby Land Trust members are invited to join us at this year's Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting, which will be held at the beautiful Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard (the former Bushy Hill Orchard) on Sunday, October 24th, from 12PM - 3PM.

We will start with a potluck lunch at 12 noon (please bring a side dish to share - the Land Trust will provide burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers). Lunch will be followed by our brief Annual Meeting, at which the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award will be given. Following the meeting, we will enjoy a walking tour of the orchard. This walk should last from 45 minutes to an hour. All events will be held outdoors so please dress accordingly.

The Granby Land Trust - working with the State of Connecticut and the Town of Granby - led a successful effort to purchase the orchard's development rights to ensure that this historic property would remain a working agricultural enterprise. The purchase of these rights was completed earlier this year. Allen and Becky Clark then purchased the property and have reopened the Apple Barn & Bakery.

On behalf of the entire Granby Land Trust Board, we thank Allen and Becky Clark for hosting us on their beautiful property and we hope you and your family can join us for an afternoon with friends, enjoying one of Granby's beautiful agricultural properties!

Please RSVP to Jen Mooney at 860.413.9150 or by email at jsmooney@cox.net

September 2010

Sunday, September 19 — Painting the Natural Landscape — Plein Air Painting, Walk, Talk & Lunch featuring Hill-Stead Museum Curator Melanie Anderson-Bourbeau and Artist/Educator
Frank Federico

Home of Paula and Lowell Johnson, 289 Simsbury Road, West Granby, CT; 12 Noon - 3 PM (Artists' Paint-Out begins at 9 AM).

Melanie Anderson-Bourbeau, Associate Curator of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, will speak about the Hill-Stead’s collection of Claude Monet paintings and the art they inspired.

Beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 19th, the Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you to join us for a very special event featuring Hill-Stead Museum Curator Melanie Anderson-Bourbeau and renowned artist/educator Frank Federico. Held at the beautiful Johnson Property on Simsbury Road in West Granby, this event will feature a lunchtime talk by Hill-Stead Museum Associate Curator Melanie Anderson-Bourbeau on Claude Monet’s plein air paintings and the art they inspired. Following the lunch and talk, you will have the opportunity to walk the Johnson Property and see area artists working plein air under the guidance of Frank Federico, preparing artwork which may be included in the upcoming art show – Our Scenic Valley: Celebrating its Beautiful Places (Art Show will be from Nov. 4 - Dec. 2 at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art & Framing in Granby Center). A Garden Harvest Picnic Buffet Lunch by Lost Acres Orchard is available for pre-ordering - see link to event flyer below to order.

Download a PDF of the Event Flyer

Please RSVP (and provide lunch order, if applicable) by September 13th to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com.

ATTENTION PARTICIPATING PLEIN AIR ARTISTS: The artists' paint-out will start at 9AM and renowned artist/educator Frank Federico will be on-site to provide artists input and guidance on this work. We hope you can stay for the lunchtime talk by Melanie Anderson-Bourbeau, lunch (see ordering info above) and the plein air walk in the afternoon (we will encourage the event attendees to walk the property and see and discuss with your work created during the morning paint-out). For more info, contact Kristen Cormier at TPCNKSC@cox.net or 860-653-5390.

May 2010

Saturday, May 15 AND Sunday, May 16 - Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni
7:00 a.m. both days • Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby

Join us for what has become a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his NEW MP3 player - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!) You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. We have two walks this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

Saturday, May 1 – Forces of Nature
(A play about the lives and conservation views of John Muir, Gifford Pinchot and Theodore Roosevelt)
7:00 p.m. • Holcomb Farm Learning Center, Simsbury Road, West Granby

FORCES OF NATURE to be Performed at the Holcomb Farm on May 1
by Shirley Murtha

The word "conservation" means something quite different to each of us, and that always has been the case. For some, it means leaving whatever is found in the natural world just as it is. Trees should grow to craggy old age and be replaced by new shoots that take their places when sufficient light comes to them. Fires should seen as part of the natural processes of nature, essential to creating openings for new growth, and the seeming anarchy of nature should be celebrated as creating a surpassing beauty that no work of man can imitate. Such an attitude sees nature as the highest form of poetry, subtle in its elegance and having something akin to a soul. John Muir, a Scotsman born in 1838, was of this view. Gifford Pinchot, 27 years younger than Muir and a native of Simsbury, saw things from a different perspective. He was a professional forester, the first Chief of the United States Forest Service, who was trained in the well manicured forests of Europe. He advocated the conservation of the nation's forest reserves by planned use and renewal. He called it "the art of producing from the forest whatever it can yield for the service of man."

These two perspectives, those of Muir and Pinchot, will be explored in a staged dramatic reading of "FORCES OF NATURE," a play in three acts, at the Holcomb Farm on May 1 at 7:00 PM. Written by Stephen Most and originally performed at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, FORCES OF NATURE will explore the personalities of these two men and their different views of what "conservation" should mean. Put Brown will play the role of Muir; Eric Lukingbeal the role of Pinchot; and Warren Markey the role of Theodore Roosevelt, who had the sometimes difficult task of finding common ground in their two perspectives and, in the process, creating public support for the creation and funding of so many of the National Parks that we now take almost for granted. Roosevelt, egged on by men such as Muir and Pinchot, but also by the public outcry their debates and oratory created, set aside more parks and wild lands than any other President has.

Stephen Most described his play as follows: "John Muir, Gifford Pinchot and Theodore Roosevelt continue to influence people more than a century since the peak of their careers. Their distinctive characters -- the idealistic naturalist, the innovative conservationist, the cowboy politician -- have inspired generations of Americans. This issues that brought them together and animated their vital conflict not only remain relevant to our era, they will in all likelihood shape the politics of the future in many countries around the world.

"In dramatizing their relationships, FORCES OF NATURE draws from documentary sources to a greater extent than plays usually do. Muir, Pinchot and Roosevelt express themselves eloquently in person and voluminously on the page -- via letters, journals, speeches and publications. As the biographies of each of these men will verify, every scene FORCES OF NATURE, except for one, is based on an encounter than actually occurred. This approach of inventing as little as possible while recreating the play's characters across the century that divides them from us will, I hope, have the paradoxical effect of making them our contemporaries. For their words and deeds reveal that the challenges they faced and their successes and defeats in meeting them are analogous to what confronts us today. They were definitely of their time, but in some respects, they were ahead of ours."

It is a fascinating story and the evening promises to be both educational and entertaining. We hope you’ll join the Land Trust on May 1 at 7 PM for Granby’s own Forces of Nature production.

Download a PDF filyer for the event.

April 2010

Saturday, April 17 – American Legion Public Pancake Breakfast (proceeds benefit Land Trust)
Shannon-Shattuck Post 182 American Legion Hall, North Granby Road, Granby; 5:00 am - 12:00 noon

Granby's Shannon-Shattuck American Legion Post 182 has generously committed to donate all proceeds from its annual Public Pancake Breakfast to the Granby Land Trust and we encourage you to attend. You'll get a very tasty breakfast - freshly-made pancakes, real maple syrup, bacon, orange juice and coffee - and be surrounded by friends in a great community atmosphere. And, to top it off, you'll get a break from doing the dishes while supporting the Land Trust. For those of you out for the opening day of the fishing season, it is a great way to start the day or share your newest fish story over a warm breakfast.

Please join us on Saturday, April 17th for the American Legion's Public Pancake Breakfast. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for children (children 5 and under free), with a $30 maximum per family. We thank the American Legion for their support and all that they do in the community.

March 2010

Sunday, March 21 - GLT Winter Natural History Hike
Meet on Firetown Road, West Granby/Simsbury Line; 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm approx.

Join us at 1PM for a moderately strenuous 2.5+ hour hike starting from the Granby/Simsbury town line on Firetown Road (look for our cars!) in West Granby up and over Weed Hill downhill to the finish line at Put/Nannie Brown's home on Broad Hill Road in West Granby. We will then carpool back to the Firetown Road starting point. The hike will take place regardless of weather and hikers need to be prepared for icy footing, an absence of paths, and, of course, winter cold. In the event of deep snow, please consider snow shoes. Points of interest include, unusual glacial features, abandoned farms, massive trees and animal tracks as we move across the late winter landscape.

To reserve a spot, please call Land Trust board member and hike leader Dave Emery at 860.653.3746 or leave an email at DWE79@aol.com

February 2010

Tuesday, February 9 - Conservation Heroes Lecture/Mary Edwards: Granby's First Lady of Conservation presented by Put Brown
7:00 p.m.: Holcomb Farm Learning Center, Simsbury Road, West Granby - Reception to follow

$10 per lecture -- Click here for more details on this lecture and the entire 2009 - 2010 Conservation Hereos Lecture Series presented by Holcomb Farm & the McLean Game Refuge with support from the Granby Land Trust.

Tuesday, February 10 – Granby Agricultural Commission Farm Forum
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Granby High School Commons, Granby High School - Reception to follow

All are encouraged to attend a Farm Forum on Wednesday, February 10th, sponsored by the Granby Agricultural Commission. The forum's goal is to gather ideas on how to better connect Granby farmers to the broader community. By supporting local farms, you help to assure their continued presence as working landscapes in our town. Everyone's input is welcome, so please get involved and help make a difference. To learn more or sign up to attend this program, visit the Granby Agricultural website at www.granbyag.org.

January 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010 - First Hike of the New Year
GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property; 9:00 AM

Welcome 2010 the right way! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for the second annual New Year’s Day hike on the Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby beginning at 9:00 am. The hike will be about three miles -- terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow (let’s hope!), please bring snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Mountain Road entrance of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road).

TO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 860.653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

Monday, January 11 -Conservation Heroes Lecture/A History of Holcomb Farm and the Roots of Laura and Tudor Holcomb presented by Mark Williams
7:00 p.m.: Holcomb Farm Learning Center, Simsbury Road, West Granby - Reception to follow

$10 per lecture -- Click here for more details on this lecture and the entire 2009 - 2010 Conservation Hereos Lecture Series presented by Holcomb Farm & the McLean Game Refuge with support from the Granby Land Trust.

December 2009

Tuesday, December 1 - Songwriting Workshop hosted by Fred Wilhelm to support the GEF Arts Endowment Fund.
7:30 p.m.; Wells Road School Media Center, North Granby, CT

Award-winning songwriter Fred Wilhelm will be hosting an intimate discussion/workshop on the art of songwriting and the business of music on December 1st at 7:30 PM. Originally from Granby, Fred now lives in Nashville and earns his living as a songwriter. His songs appear in numerous films and television shows, and have been recorded by a variety of country superstars including Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill and Trace Adkins. The workshop will be held at the Wells Road School Media Center andadmission is $12. Seating is limited, so please contact Sarah Thrall (sarahthrall@yahoo.com) to make your reservation. The Granby Land Trust is proud to support this special event and encourages you to attend this discussion hosted by the Granby Education Foundation. It is sure to be an informative and entertaining evening.

Friday, December 4 - An Evening with Catie Curtis, Lori McKenna & Fred Wilhelm hosted by the Granby Education Foundation with support from the Land Trust.
7:00 p.m.; Granby Memorial High School Auditorium, Granby, CT

Don't miss this special concert featuring Granby native and acclaimed songwriter Fred Wilhem, joined by nationally-known musicians Lori McKenna and Catie Curtis... It is sure to be a full house so we encourage you to get your tickets early for a special night out in Granby - click here for event poster. All proceeds benefit the Granby Education Foundations's Arts Endowment. Tickets are available for purchase at Granby Pharmacy and online at www.GranbyEducationFoundation.org. The Land Trust is proud to support the Granby Education Foundation and this special event.

Tuesday, December 8 - Conservation Heroes Lecture/A Global View of Forest Conservation and the Shape of Heroes to Come presented by Bill Bentley
7:00 p.m.: Holcomb Farm Learning Center, Sim sbury Road, West Granby - Reception to follow

$10 per lecture -- Click here for more details on this lecture and the entire 2009 - 2010 Conservation Hereos Lecture Series presented by Holcomb Farm & the McLean Game Refuge with support from the Granby Land Trust.

November 2009

November 5 - December 3, 2009
Preserving Granby One Square Foot at a Time—A Juried Art Show
J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing, Hartford Avenue, Granby, CT

Join us for the show opening on Thursday, November 5, from 5-8 PM

Beginning on November 5th, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show Preserving Granby One Square Foot at a Time at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) inspired by a scene that captures the essence of Granby's natural heritage (all paintings will have to identify the location that inspired them - for example, the Mary Edwards Mountain Property, a historical barn, McLean Game Refuge's Trout Pond, etc...). A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Granby Land Trust. More info and a show prospectus will be posted in the near future.

2009 GLT Art Show Artists Prospectus

This show is generously supported by Fiduciary Investment Advisors.

Sunday, November 15 - GLT's Fall Preserve Our Properties Day
1-4 p.m.; Meet at the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property on Mountain Road, North Granby

Help us ready our Land Trust properties for the coming winter. Bring your rakes, clippers and outdoor tools. This is a great way to help us maintain our properties while spending the day outdoors meeting fellow Land Trust members.

Please RSVP to Lowell Kahn - 860.653.4911 or mekahn@cox.net

October 2009

Sunday, October 25 — Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting & Hike
(Open to Granby Land Trust Members)
12- 3PM; Lost Acres Orchard, Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT
Hike starts at 12PM (see details below)

This year’s annual meeting will be held at Lost Acres Orchard which is owned by the Tom and Ginny Wutka. A walk starting from the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property (meet at the Mountain Road entrance) will begin at 12PM and will end at Lost Acres Orchard around 1:15PM (transportation will be provided back to your vehicle). This walk will illustrate the open space linkages in North Granby, from the Mary Edwards Mountain Property to state property to Lost Acres Orchard (protected by a conservation easement given to the Land Trust). As always, the walk will be followed by a brief annual meeting — at which the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award will be given — and an afternoon snack of Lost Acres Orchard's famous apple crisp and cider courtesy of Lost Acres Orchard and the Land Trust. Join us for an afternoon on one of Granby’s beautiful agricultural properties and enjoy the company of like-minded friends!

Please RSVP to Jen Mooney at 860.403.9150 or by email at jsmooney@cox.net

September 2009

Sunday, September 13 — Painting the Natural Landscape featuring David Dunlop: Painting Demonstration, Plein Air Art Walk & Lunch
Home of Kristen and Ted Cormier, 12 Silkey Road, West Granby, CT; 12 Noon - 3 PM (Artists' Paint-Out begins at 9 AM).

David Dunlop, renowned landscape artist and Emmy-nominated host of the PBS television series "Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop"

Beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 13th, the Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you to join us for a very special event featuring David Dunlop, renowned landscape artist, teacher and host of the Emmy-nominated PBS televison series Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop. Held at the beautiful Cormier Property on Silkey Road in West Granby, this event will feature a lunchtime talk and painting demonstration by David Dunlop (see http://www.landscapesthroughtime.com/Pages/david.html to learn more about David Dunlop). Following the lunch and talk, you will have the opportunity to walk the Cormier Property and see area artists working plein air, preparing artwork which may be included in the upcoming art show - Preserving Granby One Square Foot at a Time (Art Show will be from Nov. 5 - Dec. 3 at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art & Framing in Granby Center). A Garden Harvest Picnic Buffet Lunch by Lost Acres Orchard is available for pre-ordering - see link to event flyer below to order.

Download a PDF of the Event Flyer

Please RSVP (and provide lunch order, if applicable) by September 7th to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com.

ATTENTION PARTICIPATING PLEIN AIR ARTISTS: The artists' paint-out will start at 9AM. We hope you can stay for the David Dunlop demonstration, lunch (see ordering info above) and the plein air painting demonstrations in the afternoon that are open to the public. For more info, contact Kristen Cormier at TPCNKSC@cox.net or 860-653-5390.

August 2009

Rescheduled to August 23rd
Sunday, August 23 - Family Stream Walk and Macroinvertebrate Survey Demonstration led by Dick Caley and Dave Emery
Event hosted jointly by the Land Trust and the Salmon Brook Watershed Association
1 p.m.; Salmon Brook, West Granby

May 2009

Saturday, May 9 AND Sunday, May 10 - Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni
7:00 a.m. both days: Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby

Join us for what has become a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location). These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his MP3 player - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!) You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. We have two walks this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

April 2009

Saturday, April 4 - Tails to Trails Walk on Johnson Property
11 a.m.; Meet at Paula and Whitey Johnson's house at 289 Simsbury Road, West Granby

The Land Trust is offering its first Tails to Trails Walk (bring your dog with you and they’ll enjoy the company of their canine friends!) on the beautiful Johnson Property in West Granby. Led by Land Trust board member Paula Johnson, you and your dog are invited for a walk on this spectacular property which is now preserved through the generous donation of a conservation easement to the Land Trust by Paula and Whitey Johnson. This walk will start at 11 a.m. from Paula and Whitey Johnson’s at 289 Simsbury Road in West Granby. All dogs MUST be on a leash and MUST have a non-aggressive nature towards their fellow pooches. Please dress warmly and wear hiking shoes as we will be walking in the woods.

Please RSVP to Paula Johnson at 860.653.3132 or PHJ38@cox.net

Sunday, April 19 - GLT Family Hike on the Schupp Property
1-3 p.m.; Meet at Dave and Sandy Schupp's house at 64 Higley Road, West Granby

You and your family are invited to join fellow Granby Land Trust members for a family hike led by Dave Emery and Dave Schupp on the spectacular Schupp Property in West Granby. We'll explore all that Spring has to offer, ranging from vernal pools (lots of amphibian activity for the younger members of the hike!) to some beautiful backwoods waterways (great for rock throwing!). In between, you'll learn more about the great outdoors, enjoy the company of friends and bask in the peace of the West Granby woods (interrupted, of course, by the shrieks of younger family members discovering nature's treasures). This family hike will begin at 1 p.m. and the pace will be such that all members of the family - younger and older - can enjoy a day in the woods. All attendees are encouraged to wear waterproof hiking shoes as it can be muddy in the woods this time of year.

Please RSVP to Dave Emery at 860.653.3746 or DWE79@aol.com

Sunday, April 26 - GLT's Spring Preserve Our Properties Day
1-4 p.m.; Meet at GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property, Mountain Road, North Granby

On Sunday, April 26, please join us for the Land Trust's Spring Preserve Our Properties Day and help us ready our Land Trust properties for Spring. This event will start at 1PM -- all volunteers will should meet at the GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property (Mountain Road entrance to property located north of Silkey Road) (work parties will be put together from here and sent to various Land Trust properties). Bring your rakes, clippers and outdoor tools. This is a great way to help us maintain our properties while spending the day outdoors meeting fellow Land Trust members.

RSVP to: If you can join us, please RSVP to Lowell Kahn - Evening: (860) 653-4911; Day: (860) 653-2913 or mekahn@cox.net

January 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - First Hike of the New Year
GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property; 9:00 AM

Welcome 2009 the right way! Join Land Trust board member Fran Armentano for a New Year’s Day hike on the Land Trust's spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby beginning at 9:00 am. The hike will be about two miles with options for those who want to spend more time on the property. Terrain is variable with some steep sections. Should there be deep snow (let’s hope!), please bring snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Mountain Road entrance of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property (just north of the intersection with Silkey Road).

TO RSVP or for more details, please contact Fran Armentano at 653.0631 or by email at farmano@cox.net

December 2008

Tuesday, December 9 - Conservation Heroes Lecture/Senator George McLean
presented by Holcomb Farm and McLean Game Refuge
7:00 p.m.: Holcomb Farm Learning Center, Simsbury Road, West Granby
$10 per lecture Click Holcomb Farm link here for details - http://www.holcombfarm.org/NCAAMarchMadnessEvent.htm

November 2008

November 6-28, 2008 - Granby's Natural Waterscapes—A Juried Art Show
J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing, Hartford Avenue, Granby, CT

Join us for the show opening on Thursday, November 6, from 5-8 PM

Beginning on November 6th, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show Granby's Natural Waterscapes at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) inspired by a natural water scene in Granby (all paintings will have to identify the location of the water that inspired them - for example, Mary Edwards Mountain Property pond, Salmon Brook, McLean Game Refuge Trout Pond, etc...). A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Granby Land Trust. More info and a show prospectus will be posted in the near future.

Click here to download a PDF of the September 14 "Paint-Out" flyer.
Click here to download a PDF of the Waterscapes Prospectus.
Click here to download a PDF of suggested locations for artists.

Sunday, November 9 - GLT's Fall Preserve Our Properties Day
1-4 p.m.; Meet at the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property on Mountain Road, North Granby

Help us ready our Land Trust properties for the coming winter. Bring your rakes, clippers and outdoor tools. This is a great way to help us maintain our properties while spending the day outdoors meeting fellow Land Trust members.

Please RSVP to Mark Wetzel - 860.653.9125 or M.Wetzel3@cox.net

Friday, November 21 - Autumn Star Viewing for Families
7:00 p.m.; Meet at the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property on Mountain Road, North Granby

We invite you and your family to join us on Friday night, November 21st, at 7:00 PM at the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property off Mountain Road in North Granby for an evening of simple visual star observing and a bonfire (marshmallows and hot chocolate included!). Learn the names of the fall constellations and where they are in our night sky. Discover the many interesting natural sights visible without special equipment and witness the dynamics of our world in motion. Please bring a flashlight. No additional special equipment is necessary, but you are welcome to bring binoculars and a lawn chair as well.

Dress warmly and be ready for a short walk from the Mountain Road parking area to our observing location at Mary's Rock. Parking is located on Mountain Road just north of Silkey Road.

PLEASE RSVP to Stu Browning at stubrowning@cox.net.

Rain date: Saturday, November 22nd; same time and place.

October 2008

Saturday, October 18 - Granby Land Trust Property Steward Training Session
(Open to GLT Property Stewards)
8 - 10AM, Brown Barn, 16 Broad Hill Road, West Granby, CT

Property Stewards are invited to join us for breakfast and a morning training session on Saturday, October 18, from 8 - 10AM at the barn of Put and Nannie Brown.

This introductory training session will provide an overview of the property steward's role and responsibilities followed by a brief field session that will give hands-on instruction and provide experience to stewards who are monitoring the Land Trust's properties.

Beverages, donuts and bagels and an important information packet will be provided for each property steward. Please wear appropriate gear to go for a walk in the woods. The Land Trust would like to thank our stewards for helping us preserve and protect Granby Land Trust properties.

Please RSVP to Maggie Percival at 860.653.6411 or via email at Maggie.Percival@cox.net.


Sunday, October 19 - Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting, Hike and Picnic
(Open to Granby Land Trust Members)
2 - 5PM; Maplewood Farm, 170 North Granby Road, Granby, CT

This year’s annual meeting will be held at the Maplewood Farm owned by the Davis Family. A walk on their beautiful property will kick-off at 2PM. As always, the walk will be followed by a brief annual meeting — at which the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award will be given — and a casual family-friendly picnic (please bring a side dish or dessert for all to share - we will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and a vegetarian option). Join us for an afternoon on one of Granby’s beautiful agricultural properties!

Please RSVP to Jen Mooney at 860.413-9284 or by email at jsmooney@cox.net

September 2008

Laura Eden, Spring’s Luminescence (Ring Brook on Land Trust’s Mary Edwards Mountain Property)

 

Sunday, September 21 - Celebrating Granby's Natural Waterscapes Talk, Walk & Lunch
Gamble Property. 253 Loomis Street, North Granby, CT; 12 Noon - 3 PM (Artists' Paint-Out begins at 9 AM).

Beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 21st, the Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association invite you to join us at the spectacular Gamble Property on Loomis Street in North Granby for a lunchtime talk about Granby's waterways and the art they inspire. Following the lunch and talk you will have the opportunity to tour the Gamble Property and see area artists working plein air, preparing artwork which may be included in the upcoming art show - Granby's Natural Waterscapes (Art Show will be from Nov. 6 - 27 at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art & Framing in Granby Center). A Garden Harvest Picnic Buffet Lunch by Lost Acres Orchard is available for pre-ordering - see link to event flyer below to order.

Please RSVP (and provide lunch order, if applicable) by September 8th to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.comRick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com

Click here to download a PDF of the event flyer.

ATTENTION PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: The artists' paint-out will start at 9AM. We hope you can stay for the event and the plein air painting demonstrations in the afternoon that are open to the public. For more info, contact Rosemarie Mendes at Rosemarie Mendes at ramusic@cox.net or 860-653-0566.

Click here to download a PDF of the Waterscapes Prospectus.
Click here to download a PDF of suggested locations for artists.

Sunday, September 28 (Postponed to Sunday, October 19) - Celebrating Granby's Natural Waterscapes Artists' Paint-Out, Trout Pond Area at McLean Game Refuge
Salmon Brook Street Entrance (Rt. 10), Granby, CT; 9 AM - 12 PM

On Sunday, September 28th, a second paint-out for artists will be held in the Trout Pond area at McLean Game Refuge. Artists will be working plein air beginning at 9AM. Parking for Trout Pond is off of Rt. 10 in Granby. Artists looking for more information about this second paint out can contact Laura Eden at 860.653.6274 or by email at laura@laurajeden.com. The public is welcome to join us to see the artists working.

Click here to download a PDF of the Waterscapes Prospectus.
Click here to download a PDF of suggested locations for artists.

July 2008

July 20, 2008 - Stream Walk led by Dave Emery
1PM; Meet at Salmon Brook Bridge on Simsbury Road near Holcomb Hill Preserve

Join us for another stream walk led by Dave Emery... This time, you will trek down Salmon Brook from Simsbury Road to the Barndoor Hill Entrance of McLean Game Refuge (we will make arrangements to get stream walkers back to their cars on Simsbury Road). This is a great way to see the pristine Salmon Brook, get cooled-offed and enjoy a quiet walk with friends. Hope you can join us on July 20th - please wear appropriate footwear as you will be walking through the brook. Please RSVP to Dave Emery.

RSVP to Dave Emery, 653.3746 or DWE79@aol.com

May 2008

Saturday, May 10 AND Sunday, May 11 - Spring Bird Walks led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni on the Gamble Property
7:00 a.m. both days: Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby

Join us for what has become a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location).  These events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his IPOD - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!  Last year, we even had a bald eagle sighting.). You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. We have two walks this year so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

Sunday, May 18 - Spring Bird Walk led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni on the Land Trust’s Western Barndoor Hill Preserve
7:00 a.m: Meet on Western Barndoor Hill Property parking area located on Barndoor Hills Road (intersection with Kettle Pond Lane), Granby

This Spring Bird Walk led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni will take place on the Land Trust’s Western Barndoor Hill Preserve in Granby.  This walk will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his IPOD - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!  John may also have his telescope set up on the look-out which will offer some great views!). You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

April 2008

Sunday, April 27 - GLT's Spring Preserve Our Properties Day
1-4 p.m.; Meet at GLT's Granby Oak, Day Street

On Sunday, April 27, please join us for the Land Trust's Spring Preserve Our Properties Day and help us ready our Land Trust properties for Spring. This event will start at 1PM -- all volunteers will should meet at the Granby Oak on Day Street (work parties will be put together from here and sent to various Land Trust properties). Bring your rakes, clippers and outdoor tools. This is a great way to help us maintain our properties while spending the day outdoors meeting fellow Land Trust members.

RSVP to: If you can join us, please RSVP to Lowell Kahn - Evening: (860) 653-4911; Day: (860) 653-2913 or mekahn@cox.net

March 2008

Sunday, March 16 - Winter Broad Hill/Weed Hill Hike led by Dave Emery
1 p.m.; Meet at Put and Nannie Brown's house at 16 Broad Hill Road, West Granby

Land Trust member Dave Emery will lead an extensive winter hike through beautiful Broad Hill and Weed Hill Road area in West Granby. This hike will take a couple of hours and is a serious hike. Hike is a one-way thru-hike....participants will be transported back to the Brown's house to get their car. If there is snow, bring your snowshoes.

RSVP TO: Dave Emery, 860.653.3746 or by email at DWE79@aol.com

February 2008

Sunday, February 24 - Winter Backwoods Hike on Dimock Preserve led by Dave Emery
1 p.m.; Meet at Entrance to Dimock Preserve in West Granby/Hartland on Dalene Road

Land Trust member Dave Emery will lead an extensive winter "backwoods" hike on the Land Trust's beautiful Dimock Preserve. Why backwoods? You'll be blazing the trail, so dress accordingly and get ready to explore the spectacular natural scenery of this little-traveled parcel. This hike will take a couple of hours. If there is snow, bring your snowshoes.

Directions: To reach the meeting point at the Dimock Preserve, take Rt. 20/West Granby Road north towards Hartford Center. At the Granby/Hartland line, take a left onto Peterson Road, proceed about a half mile (you will see cemetary on your right) and then take a left onto Dalene Road. Follow Dalene Road for about a mile and you will see Dimock Preserve sign on your left. Meet at Dimock Preserve sign.

RSVP TO: Dave Emery, 860.653.3746 or by email at DWE79@aol.com

November 2007

November 1-30, 2007 - Granby's Farms & Orchards—
A Juried Art Show

J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing, Hartford Avenue, Granby, CT

Join us for the show opening on Thursday, November 1, from 5-8 PM

Beginning on November 1st, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association — will present a juried art show Granby's Farms & Orchards at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing which features original work (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) inspired by a Granby farm, orchard or agricultural scene. A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Granby Land Trust.

Painting by Laura Eden of pond on the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property for the 2006 Art Show

Download a PDF of the Granby's Farms & Orchards artist's entry form.

Download a PDF of the suggested Granby farm and orchard locations/descriptions for artists.

Download a PDF of the exhibition list.

*All artists are welcome to attend a Paint-Out at Wilhelm Farm on Sunday, September 16th from 9AM to 3PM. Wilhelm Farm is located at 329 North Granby Road in North Granby. See info for September 16th above for additional details.

Sunday, November 11 - GLT's Fall Preserve Our Properties Day
1-4 p.m.; Meet at GLT's Granby Oak, Day Street

Help us ready our Land Trust properties for the coming winter. Bring your rakes, clippers and outdoor tools. This is a great way to help us maintain our properties while spending the day outdoors meeting fellow Land Trust members.

Please RSVP to Mark Wetzel - 860.653.9125 or M.Wetzel3@cox.net

Friday, November 23 - "Burn Some Calories" Post Thanksgiving Day Hike
10 a.m.; Jame Gamble Property (private), Loomis Street, North Granby

Why wear out the springs in your sofa or wade through crowds at the mall when you can take a brisk walk in the woods with other Land Trust enthusiasts... We'll gather on the morning after Thanksgiving at Jamie Gamble's property at 10am for a brisk 2-hour walk through the woods of North Granby. We expect to encounter some rough trail and a stream crossing or two, so please wear appropriate footwear and layers for possible wind and weather. This will be a "we're going no matter what" event, so no rain date will be arranged, just be prepared for whatever New England's fall weather tosses our way. We will be going near an active porcupine habitat, so please leave your 4-legged friends at home (put the leftovers up high) and come ready to burn some calories and see a diverse natural landscape.

RSVP: Anybody interested in joining the Land Trust on this hike is encouraged to RSVP to Jamie Gamble at 653-9495 or email: JamieG0@cox.net

Directions: Loomis Street is accessed via East Street near the Hayes' Farm and heads North. The property is unmarked and does not have a house, but if you go just about 2 miles from East St and look for an access road on your left with a gate and the Granby Trust sign, pull in there and we'll be parking on a flat field just past the stone walls as you enter the property.

October 2007

Sunday, October 7 - Fall Foliage Hike
8 a.m.; Land Trust’s Mary Edwards Mountain Property, Mountain Road, North Granby

You and your family are invited to join us for a casual walk on the Land Trust’s beautiful Mary Edwards Mountain Property during the fall foliage season. This 1 – 1.5 hour long hike will begin at 8 a.m. and be led by Dave Emery. Join us for a morning in the woods.

Please RSVP to Dave Emery at 860.653.3746 or DWE79@aol.com

Sunday, October 21 - Granby Land Trust Annual Meeting, Hike and Picnic (Open to Granby Land Trust Members)
2-5 p.m.; Home of Paula and Lowell Johnson, 269 Simsbury Road, West Granby

This year’s annual meeting will be held at the home of Paula and Lowell Johnson in West Granby. A walk on their beautiful property will kick-off at 2PM. As always, the walk will be followed by a brief annual meeting — at which the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award will be given — and a casual family-friendly picnic. Join us for an afternoon on one of Granby’s beautiful properties!

Please RSVP to Paula Johnson at 653.3132 or by email at phj@cox.net.

Saturday, October 27 - Moonlight Hike at the Emery Farm (This event is weather dependent)
7 p.m.; Home of Dave and Jenny Emery, 71 Loomis Street, North Granby, CT

You and your family are invited to join fellow Granby Land Trust members for a moonlight hike to the Crag Mountain outlook on the Emery Farm. This hour and a half long hike will begin at 7 p.m. GLT Board Member Dave Emery will lead the hike on his beautiful property. This will be a moderate hike and all attendees are encouraged to dress for an evening walk, wear hiking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Please RSVP to Dave Emery at 860.653.3746 or DWE79@aol.com

September 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007- Celebrating Granby's Farms & Orchards: Farm History Talk, Farm Tour and Plein A Plein Air Painting Demonstrations
12 Noon-3 PM; Wilhelm Farm, 329 North Granby Road, North Granby
(Raindate: Sunday, September 23, 2007)

We invite you to join us for a lunch-time talk about New England farms and our landcape and a tour of Wilhelm Farm* which will include plein air painting demonstrations by some of the area's top artists*. A
garden harvest buffet lunch will be available (see Event Flyer for details and to order). This special event is presented by the Granby Land Trust in partnership with the Granby Artists Association.

Beginning on November 1st, the Granby Land Trust - in partnership with the Granby Artists Association - will present a juried art show Granby's Farms & Orchards at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing which features original artwork (painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D) from a Granby farm, orchard or agricultural scene. A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Land Trust.

Click here for an outline of Bill Bentley's talk about the history of the New England agricultural landscape.

*A good part of Wilhelm Farm is forever preserved as open space due to the generosity of Fred and Edith Wilhelm who gave a conservation easement on their property to the Land Trust.

RSVP for Sept. 16 event by Sept. 10 to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com

Those ordering lunch should download the event flyer, complete the order form on it, make checks payable to “Granby Land Trust” and mail to:
Attn: Granby's Farms & Orchards Event, Granby Land Trust, PO Box 23, Granby, CT 06035

Click here to download a PDF of the event flyer.

Directions to Wilhelm Farm at 329 North Granby Road in North Granby - From Granby Center, take Rt. 189/North Granby Road north towards North Granby. Wilhelm Farm is located at 329 North Granby Road (on the left). You will see the Wilhelm Farmstand out front. Follow signs for parking on-site event parking.

August 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007 - Natural History Stream Walk: PART 2 led by Dave Emery
1-3 p.m.: Meet in the Holcomb Hill Preserve parking lot off of Simsbury Road in West Granby

Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from our July Stream Walk, we are offering another stream walk to cover the portion of Salmon Brook located south of the bridge over Simsbury Road in West Granby which is adjacent to the Land Trust's Holcomb Hill Preserve, So, get out your water shoes AGAIN (or for the first time if you couldn't join us in July!) and enjoy a natural history stream walk down Salmon Brook led by hike leader extraordinaire Dave Emery. Be prepared to get your feet wet, cool off and learn more about the natural landscape as you walk downstream in the brook through the Land Trust's Holcomb Hill Preserve. Attendees should meet in the Land Trust's Holcomb Hill Preserve parking lot off of Simsbury Road in West Granby (if you are heading south on Simsbury Road from Holcomb Farm, this parking lot is located on the left just past the bridge over Salmon Brook) . This special walk is limited to 15 attendees -- call Dave Emery at 653.3746 or email him at DWE79@aol.com to reserve your spot.

July 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007 - Natural History Stream Walk led by Dave Emery
1-3 p.m.: Meet in the Holcomb Farm Learning Center parking lot off of Simsbury Road in West Granby

Get out your water shoes and enjoy a natural history stream walk led by hike leader extraordinaire Dave Emery down Salmon Brook. Be prepared to get your feet wet, cool off and learn more about the natural landscape as you walk downstream in the brook from Holcomb Farm to the Land Trust's Holcomb Hill Preserve. Attendees should meet in the Holcomb Farm Learning Center parking lot off of Simsbury Road in West Granby. This special walk is limited to 15 attendees -- call Dave Emery at 653.3746 or email him at DWE79@aol.com to reserve your spot.

June 2007

Saturday, June 2 - Connecticut Trails Day Hike in partnership with Holcomb Farm and McLean Game Refuge
8:30 a.m: Meet at McLean Game Refuge Picnic Grove off of Barndoor Hills Road; Hike Starts at 9:15 a.m.

RAIN DATE - Saturday, June 9 - same time

To celebrate Connecticut Trails Day, the Land Trust - in partnership with Holcomb Farm and the McLean Game Refuge - is co-hosting a hike on June 2nd that will start in McLean's and then travel through Holcomb Farm finishing at the outlook on the Land Trust's Frances B. Petersen Preserve. Experience the beauty of these three beautiful properties in one hike. You are invited to gather at 8:30 a.m. for a light breakfast with friends at the Picnic Grove in the McLean Game Refuge off of Barndoor Hills Road. The hike, which is open to all ages, will begin at the Picnic Grove at 9:15 a.m. and will be an easy to moderate, 4-mile round-trip hike. Those seeking a shorter hike can spot a car at Holcomb Farm.

RSVP TO: Hike leader Melissa Vanek, 860.844.8616 or by email at MVanek@holcombfarm.org

May 2007

Saturday, May 12 or May 13 - Spring Bird Walk led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni
7:00 a.m: Jamie Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby
RAINDATE - Sunday, May 13 - same time

join us for what has become a Land Trust tradition, our Spring Bird Walk led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. For the first time this year, these walks will take place on Jamie Gamble's beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street (look for Land Trust sign on side of road -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location) - these events will start promptly at 7:00AM. You'll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away (John will get them close by calling them in with his IPOD - join us and see what we mean, you'll be amazed!). You don't have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. We have added a second date on May 13 so we can accommodate as many members as possible. RAINDATE: Sunday, May 13 - same time

RSVP TO: John Weeks, 860.844.8965 or by email at aerie.john@cox.net

April 2007

Sunday, April 29 - GLT's Spring Preserve Our Properties Day (Postponed from April 15)
1-4 p.m.; Meet at GLT's Granby Oak, Day Street

The Spring Preserve Our Properties Day scheduled for Sunday, April 15th, has been postponed to Sunday, April 29th, due to forecasted bad weather. On Sunday, April 29, please join us for the Land Trust's Spring Preserve Our Properties Day and help us ready our Land Trust properties for Spring. This event will start at 1PM -- all volunteers will should meet at the Granby Oak on Day Street (work parties will be put together from here and sent to various Land Trust properties). Bring your rakes, clippers and outdoor tools. This is a great way to help us maintain our properties while spending the day outdoors meeting fellow Land Trust members.

RSVP to: If you can join us, please RSVP to Rick Orluk at Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com or by calling 860.653.7095.

March 2007

Sunday, March 11 - Winter Hike
2 p.m.; Meet at Put Brown's house on Broad Hill Road, West Granby

Land Trust member Dave Emery will lead an extensive winter hike in the beautiful Broad Hill Road corridor by the Land Trust's Peterson Preserve to the Game Refuge's new Reynolds Property. This hike will take a couple of hours and is a serious hike. If there is snow, bring your snowshoes.

RSVP TO: Dave Emery, 860.653.3746 or by email at DWE79@aol.com

February 2007

Friday, February 2, 2007 - Full Moon Hike led by Dave Emery (Snowshoes if we have snow)
Hike Starts at 7PM from 253 Loomis Street in North Granby (Look for cars on side of road and Land Trust sign -- this meeting place is almost at the Massachusetts line. Please note that this is only a property address, there is no house at this location)

Get out in the crisp winter air for a nighttime hike (or snowshoe) and explore the beautiful moon-lit winter landscape offered by Jamie Gamble's property off of Loomis Street in North Granby. The hike, led by Dave Emery and Jamie Gamble, will take us up onto the ridge, ending up at the rustic cabin on the property where mulled cider, hot chocolate and marshmallows will be served by a roaring fire. This is a moderate family hike that should last about 2 hours. Hikers need to wear appropriate footwear (which might include snowshoes) and cold weather gear and bring flashlights. Join us for special night under a full moon.

RSVP TO: Dave Emery, 860.653.3746 or by email at DWE79@aol.com.

Saturday, February 17 - Cross Country Ski Trek
8 a.m.; Meet at Dave Schupp's house at 64 Higley Road, West Granby

Cross-Country Ski Trek (or hike, depending on conditions) led by Land Trust Board Member Dave Schupp on his beautiful property in West Granby which is protected by a conservation easement that the Schupps donated to the Land Trust. Bring your skis (or hiking boots) and cold weather gear for this fun morning in the woods.

Please RSVP to Dave Schupp - 860.653.2168 or schuppdave@aol.com

November 2006

November 2-30, 2006 - Granby's Natural Landscape—A Juried Art Show
J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing, Granby, CT

Join us for the show opening on Thursday, November 2, from 5-8 PM

Beginning on November 2nd, the Granby Land Trust — in partnership with the Granby Artists Association and the Holcomb Farm Learning Centers — will present a juried art show Granby's Natural Landscape at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art and Framing which features original work (painted, drawn or photographed) from the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property or Godard Preserve. A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the Land Trust.

Download a PDF of the flyer for Granby's Natural Landscape—A Juried Art Show

Directions to the Mary Edwards Mountain Property: From Granby center, take Rt. 20 and bear right onto Rt. 189/North Granby Road (keep the Granby Cemetery on your right). Proceed up Rt. 189 to North Granby Center (you will see North Granby Post Office on left), take a left onto Mountain Road and proceed up the mountain about 2 miles. Parking for the Mary Edwards Mountain Property is located on the right just past the intersection of Mountain Road and Silkey Road (on the left). See Granby Land Trust sign for Mary Edwards Mountain Property.

Directions to the Godard Preserve: From Granby center, take Rt. 20 and bear right onto Rt. 189/North Granby Road (keep the Granby Cemetery on your right). Proceed up Rt. 189 to North Granby Center (you will see North Granby Post Office on left), take a left onto Mountain Road and proceed up the mountain about 2 miles. Take a right onto Donahue Road and the entrance to the Godard Preserve will be on your right about a quarter of a mile down the road. You will see a GLT Godard Preserve sign.

Sunday, November 12 - GLT's Fall Preserve Our Properties Day
1-4 p.m.; Meet at GLT's Granby Oak, Day Street

Help us ready our Land Trust properties for the coming winter. Bring your rakes, clippers and outdoor tools. This is a great way to help us maintain our properties while spending the day outdoors meeting fellow Land Trust members.

Please RSVP to Mark Wetzel - 860.653.9125 or M.Wetzel3@cox.net

October 2006

Saturday, October 7 - Moonlight Hike led by Dave Emery
7-10 p.m.; Meet at Emery Farm at 71 Loomis Street in North Granby

JOIN US. You and your family are invited to join fellow Granby Land Trust members for a moonlight hike to the Crag Mountain outlook on the Emery Farm on Saturday, October 7th. This hour and a half long hike will begin at 7 p.m, starting from the Emery Farm at 71 Loomis Street. GLT Board Member
Dave Emery will lead the hike on his beautiful property. At the end of the hike, attendees are invited to gather to roast some marshmallows. This will be a moderate hike and all attendees are encouraged to dress for an evening walk, wear hiking shoes and bring a flashlight.

THIS EVENT IS WEATHER DEPENDENT. Please contact Dave on the day of the event if there is any question about the weather.

RSVP TO: Dave Emery, 860.653.3746 or by email at DWE79@aol.com.

RESCHEDULED EVENT
Sunday, October 15 - Children's Paint Out on Mary Edwards Mountain Property
1-3PM; RSVP to 860.844.8616; The event is free

Presented by Holcomb Farm and the Granby Land Trust, children (ages preschool through 8th grade) are encouraged to paint (or draw) on Sunday, October 15th at the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property which is located on Mountain Road in North Granby. Art instructors from Holcomb Farm will be running this special event on plein air painting. Participating students can use their own materials or materials provided by Holcomb Farm to create their own plein air picture of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property. The Children's Paint Out is free but please call 860.844.8616 to register or for more information.

This special event is being held in conjunction with the Land Trust's Granby Natural Landscapes Art Show which is being held in November at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art & Framing in Granby Center. Artwork from the Children's Paint Out will be displayed prior to the Granby Education Foundation's Tom Chapin concert on Friday, November 3rd at the Granby Memorial High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6PM and the concert starts at 7PM.

Sunday, October 22 - GLT Annual Meeting, Hike, and Picnic
2-5 p.m.; Home of Lowell and Mary Ellen Kahn, 117R Day Street, Granby

All Granby Land Trust members are invited to attend this year's annual meeting. The event will be held at the home of Lowell (GLT Board Member) and Mary Ellen Kahn. A hike from the Kahn's property to the Granby Land Trust's newly-added Schlicht Preserve will kick-off at 2PM. As always, the walk followed by a brief annual meeting — at which the Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award will be given — and a casual family-friendly picnic. Don't miss this opportunity to meet fellow Land Trust members.

Please RSVP to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com

September 2006

Sunday, September 17-Granby's Natural Landscapes Art and Nature Panel Discussion and Plein Air Painting Demonstrations
12 Noon-3 PM; GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property; Raindate: Sunday, September 24, 2006

Presented by Granby Land Trust in partnership with Granby Artists Association and Holcomb Farm Learning Centers.

We invite you to join us for a lunch-time panel discussion with some of Granby's top artists — Carole Day, Laura Eden, William Simpson and Wendy van Welie — followed by a walk to see plein air painting demonstrations on the Land Trust's beautiful Mary Edwards Mountain Property. A picnic lunch prepared by Lost Acres Orchard will be available.

RSVP for Sept. 17 event by Sept. 11 to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com

Those ordering lunch should download the event flyer, complete the order form on it, make checks payable to “Granby Land Trust” and mail to:
Attn: Natural Landscape Event, Granby Land Trust,
PO Box 23, Granby, CT 06035

Saturday, September 23-Children's Paint Out on Mary Edwards Mountain Property
10AM-Noon and 2PM-4PM; RSVP to 860.844.8616; The event is free

Presented by Holcomb Farm and the Granby Land Trust, children (ages preschool through 8th grade) are encouraged to paint (or draw) on Saturday, September 23rd at the Land Trust's Mary Edwards Mountain Property which is located on Mountain Road in North Granby.  Art instructors from Holcomb Farm will be running this special event on plein air painting.  Participating students can use their own materials or materials provided by Holcomb Farm to create their own plein air picture of the Mary Edwards Mountain Property.  The Children's Paint Out is free but please call 860.844.8616 to register or for more information.  The raindate is Sunday, October 1, 1PM-3PM.

This special event is being held in conjunction with the Land Trust's Granby Natural Landscapes Art Show which is being held in November at J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art & Framing in Granby Center.  Artwork from the Children's Paint Out will be displayed prior to the Granby Education Foundation's Tom Chapin concert on Friday, November 3rd at the Granby Memorial High School Auditorium.  Doors open at 6PM and the concert starts at 7PM.

June 2006

Saturday, June 3 - National Trails Day Hikes in Partnership with Holcomb Farm
Holcomb Farm

Three guided hikes are being offered for different hiking interests and abilities. All hikers are invited to meet at Holcomb Farm on Simsbury Road in West Granby from 8:30am- 9:15am for coffee and a snack. A bird hike, led by Len Kendall (former Hartford Audubon President) and Roger Preston will head out on the trails at 9:15am. And at 9:30am, Leslie Judge, a Holcomb Farm board member and Granby Land Trust board member, will lead another hike for more ambitious hikers on a 5-mile round-trip hike on moderate hills to the Granby Land Trust lookout and Linda Knorr, Environmental Educator at Holcomb Farm, will lead families with young children and hikers looking for a short ramble on a sensory hike on the flood plains at the Farm.

Please join us on National Trails Day to celebrate the beautiful trails that Granby has to offer!

8:30 a.m. - Gather for Breakfast
9:15 a.m. - Bird Walk
9:30 a.m. - Property Walk (2 Options - one longer walk led by GLT's Leslie Judge)

More details to follow.

Contact: RSVP to Melissa Vanek, Holcomb Farm - 860.844.8616 or Rick Orluk, GLT - 860.653.7095

May 2006

Saturday, May 6 - Spring Bird Walk led by GLT Member John Weeks on
Mary Edwards Mountain Property
7-9:30 a.m.; Meet at Mary Edwards Mountain Property Trailhead on Mountain Road

Contact: RSVP to John Weeks - 860.844.8965 or email aerie.john@cox.net

Hike limited to 12 participants - please call and reserve your spot. Second hike will be added if first is filled - date tbd.

RAINDATE: Sunday, May 7

January 2006

Sunday, January 22 - Snowshoe Hike on Godard Preserve
1-3 p.m.; Meet at the Godard Preserve

JOIN US. You are invited to join fellow Granby Land Trust members for a snowshoe hike of the Land Trust's Godard Preserve on Sunday, January 22nd beginning at 1 p.m. GLT Board Member Dave Emery will lead the hike which will start at the upper Godard Preserve entrance off of Mountain Road in North Granby. If we do not have enough snow for snowshoes, a regular winter hike will be offered. The hike is scheduled for 1-3 p.m.

RSVP TO: Dave Emery, 860.653.3746 or by email at DWE79@aol.com.

We would also like to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support of the Granby Land Trust.

November 2005

November 13, 2005 - Fall “Preserve Our Properties” Day
1-4 p.m.; Meet at the Granby Oak on Day Street

Contact:  Mark Wetzel at 860.653.9125 or m.wetzel3@cox.net

 

October 2005

October 2 , 2005 - Hike at Western Barn Door Hill
2-3:30 p.m.; Western Barn Door Hill Property
Join us for a short hike to the top of Western Barn Dorr Hill led by GLT Board Member Dave Emery.

Contact: Dave Emery at 860.653.3746 or dwe79@aol.com

October 23, 2005 - Granby Land Trust Meeting, Hike, and Picnic
2-5 p.m.; Gamble Property, 253 Loomis Street, North Granby
All Granby Land Trust members are invited to attend this year's annual meeting. The event will be held at the scenic 210-acre property owned by Granby Land Trust member and friend Jamie Gamble. Land Trust members will not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful piece of property. As always, this event will start with a walk followed by a brief annual meeting and a picnic.

Please RSVP to Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com

September 2005

September 18, 2005 - Stonewall Hike led by Professor Robert Thorson
Noon-3 p.m.; Mary Edwards Property

Mark your calendars now for a special event with UConn geology professor Robert Thorson – author of Stone by Stone: The Magnificant History in New England’s Stone Walls. Professor Thorson will give a short talk and then lead a hike.  This special event will be open to Granby Land Trust members only. You can learn more about Professor Thorson’s stone wall research at www.stonewall.uconn.edu. Download a flyer/registration form by clicking here.

Contact: Rick Orluk at 860.653.7095 or Rick_Orluk@GoldOrluk.com

 

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