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Open Farm Day 2017, July 23 in Maine. Participating farms host demonstrations, displays, barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, and nature trails. A handy PDF lists participating farms, site linked here.

Farms, land, food. Go visit real life in person.

Thames River and New London, an area rich in human history, natural beauty. Summer tours, ocean breezes. Take a water taxi and learn about the Thames River Heritage Park along the river in southeastern Connecticut. A collection of almost 20 national and historic sites linked by a water taxi and stories that shaped our nation over the past 400 years. Fees and information linked here. The Hempsted Houses, New London, Saturday, July 22 Know-how of using a chainsaw is a good thing. [/caption]

To improve skills and to operate a chainsaw safely, sign up for this class Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A hands-on course; bring your own chainsaw. Space is limited; fee is $120. Registration form and payment due 7/22/17. Detailed instructions and directions to the site will be sent as part of a confirmation e-mail message when payment and registration are received. Contact Jasper Sha at for information.

Always different and interesting. Did you know there is a bookstore and record shop at Wild Bill’s Nostalgia on Newfield Street, Middletown? Heather Dawn, daughter of the original “Wild Bill” himself, continues his unique legacy at the store and complex. Bookstore/record shop hours are Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yes, these are vinyl records and cassettes. Fiction, non-fiction, books plus children’s stories, car manuals, misc. – visit and browse.

Treasures to find at Wild Bill’s record section and used bookstore. Image by Wild Bill’s is linked to the site for more photos.

Maybe seeing the wild ponies are on your bucket list? The 92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim & Auction is July 26 – July 28, Virginia.

The Draken – world’s largest Viking ship – is docked in Mystic Seaport offering deck tours five days a week.

Draken means dragon in English. This photo from the expedition is linked to the official page for more about the ship, the crew, the voyage.

Deck tours will be offered through Sept. 4, 2017. Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10 am. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, closed. Tuesday, Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. Deck tours will be given at 30 minute intervals throughout the day. Tickets $6 (in addition to admission to the seaport) for deck tours; purchase online at or on-site at the ship in Mystic Seaport. Children (3 and younger), free. *Note that admission to Mystic Seaport is required; visit for more information. (Plan to spend the day as there is much to see and do at the seaport.)

Bank Square Livery in Mystic, seen in a photo at Schooner Wharf .

Mystic Seaport is the leading maritime museum in the U.S. Founded in 1929, the museum is home to four U.S. National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The museum’s collection of more than 2 million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country.

The 38th Annual ACGA Educational Conference, July 27 through July 30, Capital Community College, Hartford. For information call Cordalie Benoit, CT Community Gardening Association, (203) 770-0146.

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NOFA Summer Conference: Cultivating the Organic Grassroots Movement, the community learning hub of the NOFA universe, Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, at Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass. Dr. Don Huber and Michael Phillips are keynote speakers.

Tours of the Soldiers and Sailors Arch in Hartford are Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. Group tours are available. Send request to

“This Gothic monument is made of brownstone from Portland, Connecticut, and cost about $60,000 (from the city treasury) to build. Notice especially the terra cotta frieze depicting scenes from the Civil War, and midway below it, 8-foot-tall statues representing the various kinds of residents who left their homes, families and businesses to fight in the War: student, farmer, freed slave, stone mason, carpenter and blacksmith. The original terra cotta angels – Gabriel and Raphael – which crown each tower, were replicated in bronze and replaced in 1987 as part of a $1.5 million restoration.” – from

An installation by Argentine artist Marta Minujín “Parthenon of Books” – on the same site where a repressive regime burned books to extinguish freedom of learning – is reviewed in “Rethinking the World” by Domingo Trassens, analyst, writer, journalist, educator, former university IT professor. Link to the essay here – He can be found on Twitter @trassens.


Of note to those who love fireflies and other bioluminescent life forms. Found this while trying to track what were the tiny life forms seen at Ocean Beach, New London, for a BioBlitz awhile back. (It was a memorable evening alongside scientists and other writers.) From Connecticut College, where students study for “….increasing the understanding of how living organisms convert chemical energy into light.

“With consistent funding from sponsors, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Hans & Ella McCollum ’21 Vahlteich endowment, as well as the collaboration of lab technicians and undergraduate students, the Branchini Bioluminescence Research Group is actively developing practical applications for non-toxic biodegradable bioluminescent materials.”

Just worth a mention for those budding scientists and/or tech innovators out there.


Bushnell Park Carousel is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Rides are $1. One-hour tour of Hartford’s Bushnell Park, the first publicly-funded park in the country. Meet at the carousel at 10 a.m. on the following: Aug.
, Sept. 16 and Oct. 7.

Eric Sloane at work on a painting for the Smithsonian.

Eric Sloane + Chauncey Peak. Image linked to story.

“Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand.” – Proverb


“In 1944, to preserve his moment in history, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson donated his car (as well as his scrapbook of newspaper clippings and Bud’s goggles) to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. And for the rest of his life he never tired of telling anyone who would listen, the story of his great adventure crossing the continent with Sewall Crocker and the bulldog, Bud, in a 1903 Winton called the Vermont.” – Horatio’s Drive, a film directed by Ken Burns about the first cross-country road trip.

Tracking. Chewy, one of a kind wonder.

New Haven Burying Ground/Grove Street Cemetery, Corner of Grove and Prospect, New Haven. A National Historic Landmark, the cemetery was established in 1796, and is the first chartered burial ground in the country. Eminent people buried there include Noah Webster, Gen. David Humphreys, Roger Sherman, Charles Goodyear, Walter Camp and Bart Giamatti. A self-guided touring map is available from the cemetery office, 7 a.m.-4p.m., daily. Free one-hour walking tours May through November, Saturday 11 a.m.; Sunday, noon. Depart from the Egyptian Revival gates on Grove at High St.; 203-389-5403,

More about places to visit, people and events with horses on our Horses & Life page.

CT NOFA Farm and Food Guide 2017.

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” – Maya Angelou

Historic Guilford Walking Tours, 31 Park St., Guilford, led by local high school students. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $10; $8 seniors and younger than 18. Details, (203) 233-1026;

“Our Constitution is the envy of the world, as it should be for it is the grand design of the finest nation on earth.”

– Justice Thurgood Marshall

The 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, free and open to the public, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 2.

“Not all who wander are found” is what is written on a label in travel writing section.

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises.” – Abraham Lincoln