Walktober 2019!

Saturday, September 21 - Saturday, November 2

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EXPLORE your National Heritage Corridor's 35 towns in eastern CT and south-central MA during Walktober 2019 with hundreds of walks, hikes, historic tales, paddles, bike rides, farm visits, and more offered by dedicated & passionate Walktober leaders and the generous sponsors that make it happen. Thank you to them all!

Walktober Cancellations

Walktober #197
Stones, Stones and Stones: 10 am, Oct. 30 is cancelled.

Walktober Additions and Changes!

Sept. 21

Walktober # 208
Dedication and Unveiling of the CCC Statue: 10 am – 2 pm. Event. CCC Youth Field, Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, CT. GPS: https://tinyurl.com/pachaugccc.
Celebrate the legacy of the Civilian Conseration Corps and commemorate those who were of service at Camp Lonergan. Food trucks and live music. Rain or Shine. Sponsored by Friends of Pachaug Forest, CT DEEP.

Sept. 28

Walktober # 209
14th Annual Preston Scarecrow Festival & Farm Days: 10 am – 4 pm, Chicken BBQ 3-5:30 pm. Event. Preston City Congregational Church, 321 Rt. 164, Preston, CT.
Farm Day Demos, Scarecrow contest, vendors, kids crafts, music, food, games and more. Sponsored by the Preston Scarecrow Festival Committee.

Sept. 29

Walktober #50 - Moves from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29
Chelsea Parade Tour: 1-2 pm. Walk. Easy. Park Congregational Church, 283 Broadway Norwich, CT. 860-949-5784.
Walk a Victorian neighborhood settled in the post-Civil War era. Learn about the colorful residents and see where many worshiped. Sponsored by the City of Norwich Historian. Norwichct.org

Oct. 11

Walktober #104
Full Moon Night Hike and Campfire: This Walktober has moved to Oct. 12

Oct. 12

Walktober # 210

Art and Artisans Works Show: 10 am - 4 pm. Repeats 10/13 & 10/14. Event. Old Pomfret Town House, 11 Town House Dr., Pomfret Center, CT. Located off Averill Rd. (between junction of Rts. 101/44 and Rts. 169/44). Watch for signs. 860-377-3718.
Experience daily artist demonstrations. Art will be displayed for your viewing pleasure and purchase if you wish. Come early, refreshments will be served. Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild (NECTAG) is dedicated to fostering the artistic growth of its members. It strives to further the artistic understanding and appreciation of art throughout the communities of Northeast CT. Fall into the colors of fall, and meet the talented & caring artists. Sponsored by the Northeastern CT Art Guild. www.nectag.org

Walktober # 214
Sprague Three Villages Festival: 10 am - 5 pm. Babe Blanchette Field, 1 Main St., Baltic. This is a free community event that promises to be a fun day for the entire family. Bounce Houses, Nerf Battle, Face Painting, Pumpkin Painting, Petting Zoo, Music, Magic Show, Hayrides and more. And best of all it is all free! Sponsored by the Town of Sprague

Walktober # 213
5th Annual Spooktopia! A Trunk or Treat Event: 6 – 9 pm. Event. Griswold Parks, 68 Ashland St., Jewett City, CT. 860-376-7026.
It’s Back! Attend with the little ones or BE PART OF THE EVENT to get a special VIP Time! What is a trunk or treat? It’s like trick or treating but instead of going house to house, you go vehicle to vehicle. It’s safe & centralize located around the Griswold Youth Center, in their parking lot & Veterans Memorial Park. Sponsored by Griswold Parks & Rec, Griswold Youth Center.

Walktober #104
Full Moon Night Hike and Campfire: Moved from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12. 7-9 pm. Walk. James L. Goodwin Conservation Center, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton CT. 860-455-9534,
Come experience the forest at dusk and let the moon guide your path as you a take a night hike at Goodwin Forest. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Program will be followed by a campfire and s'mores. Inclement weather cancels. Sponsored by Friends of Goodwin & CT DEEP. Friendsofgoodwinforest.org

Oct 14

Walktober # 211
Tour our Waste-to-Energy Plant: 10 am & 4 pm. Repeats Oct. 14, 15, 16, 18 & 19 at 10 am; Oct. 14, 15 & 16, 18 at 4 pm; Oct 17 10 am – 1 pm. Event. Wheelabrator Lisbon, 425 South Burnham Hwy., Lisbon, CT. 860-885-3512 ext. 216.
Wheelabrator Lisbon is a state-of-the-art, energy-from-waste facility. Take a tour and see how we convert household garbage to clean renewable electricity. You will see our modern control room, the awesome crane pulpit and actually witness the trash burning at over 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Take advantage of a rare behind-the-scenes tour. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Lisbon, Inc. www.wtienergy.com

Oct. 19

Walktober #216
A Day in the Life of Edwin Way Teale: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Repeats at 1:30 pm. Walk. Connecticut Audubon Trail Wood Center, 93 Kenyon Rd., Hampton CT.
Tour Edwin Way Teale’s study, his writing cabin, the “branch office”, Nellie’s summer house and the beaver pond. Meet at Trail Wood, 93 Kenyon Rd in Hampton. Free. Sponsored by Connecticut Audubon, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948.

Walktober #215
Journaling Through An Avalonia Preserve: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Walk. Avalonia Land Conservancy's Tefftweald at Birchenturn Preserve, 281 Grindstone Hill Rd, North Stonington, CT. 860-599-4867.
Documenting discoveries on the trail is a key skill that needs to be in every naturalist’s toolkit. We’ll have plenty to observe and record as we enjoy the fall colors at Avalonia’s Tefftweald at Birchenturn Preserve on 280 Grindstone Hill Road. Tefftweald, a former Girl Scout camp, is a 77-acre masterpiece of upland forest, meadows, wetlands, old graveyards and cellar holes, and the wonderfully photogenic Wyassup Brook. This is a family friendly excursion, and we’ll explore the woodland trails at a pace moderate enough to give the Preserve a close read and capture the experience in what ever form, from pen and ink on paper to digital drawings, photos, and text entered on a smart device, your journaling takes. Walk leader Bruce Fellman is a veteran photojournalist, naturalist and documentarian who has kept and published a weekly Naturalist’s Journal in a number of local newspapers for the past 41 years. For more information, e-mail Bruce Fellman at fellnature@scbglobal.net. Sponsored by Avalonia Land Conservancy, Avalonia.org

Walktober # 212
Did you Know?: Noon. Repeats at 2 pm. Walk. Easy. One-hour. Putnam Public Library, 225 Kennedy Dr., Putnam, CT. 860-928-1350.
Did you know that Aunt Jemima once visited Putnam and there's a ghost at the Bradley Playhouse? The town crier will be happy to fill you in! Learn and "experience" a few FUN FACTS about the Town of Putnam as we recreate some of our more colorful, humorous and unique history. Sponsored by the Putnam Business Association.

Oct. 24

Walktober # 142 - Added Date

The Curious Alpacas: 1:30 - 3 pm. Walk. Easy. Pine Hill Alpaca Farm, 148 Pine Hill Rd., Sterling, CT. Sign at end of driveway. 860-564-7204; 860-208-0598. Enjoy meeting the alpacas, learn about the history and care of these inquisitive animals, plus what can be done with their fleece. We’ll have a spinning demonstration and the farm store will be open with yarn and alpaca products for sale. Bring a camera to take a picture with your children and an alpaca. Sponsored by Pine Hill Alpaca Farm. Pinehillalpacafarm.com

Oct. 26

What’s a Quandoc?: 1 pm. Walk. 246 Brickhouse Rd., Killingly, 860-779-5311. Explore Quandoc Conservation Area with Killingly Conservation Commission leaders. Walk the 1.5-mile trail through a variety of tree species and learn about recreated wetlands. 125 acres is preserved for passive recreation, environmental education, wildlife habitat and ecosystem protection. Sponsored by the Killingly Conservation Commission. Killinglyconservation.org
Oct. 30

Walktober #198 - Time Change

Long Distance Hike: TIME CHANGE to 9 am! Goodwin State Forest, 23 Potter Rd, Hampton. 860-455-9534.
Enjoy the company of fellow hikers and get some great outdoor exercise. Each hike will be around 3 hours and 5-6 miles on our trails. To join us meet in our main parking lot at 23 Potter Rd. Sponsored by Friends of Goodwin & CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection. Friendsofgoodwinforest.org

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