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Walktober

23 years of exploring the resources and treasures of the National Heritage Corridor! The entire month of October and beyond!

The Last Green Valleys

2013

Find your inspiration!


N at i on a l H e r i tag e Co r r i d o r

Supported by

Welcome to The Last Green Valley!


Bienvenu a la Dernier Vallee Verte! Beinvenido a la Ultima Verde Valle!
Reminders
Dress sensibly in sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, water, snacks. Note age-appropriateness of walk. Register in advance if required. Bring friendly, vaccinated dogs ONLY on those walks marked . Keep them on leashes and please clean up any mess. Walks go on rain or shine, unless the walk lead er determines that conditions are unsafe or that weather totally obscures the view.

Find Your Inspiration!


The Last Green Valley has been called many things ancient authentic - unexpected. In the midst of the most densely populated area of the country it remains a bastion of green fields and forests. It has exceptional wildlife habitats, scenic vistas, small towns, historic landmarks, and miles and miles of paths less traveled. Yankee Magazine has called it an unexpected oasis of peace and old-time nostalgiadeeply and profoundly green. The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor. It is a place to unwind, to settle yourself, to appreciate time away from the usual. It is a place to find inspiration. It is a place that turns the page margin doodler into an enthusiastic artist, the out-of-thebox eater into a discerning gourmand, the lethargic desk potato into a healthy, spirited adventurer. Whatever your interest, find the inspiration to take it to another level here in The Last Green Valley.

The Last Green Valley programs and projects are generously supported by:

Visit the TLGV Shop


Shop at TLGV On-line Shop
The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is pleased to offer a selection of quality products at www.thelastgreenvalley.org (click TLGV Shop). Proceeds from the shop support the programs and projects of TLGV, and purchase of the products helps to raise awareness of the organizations essential work to preserve the resources of the region. Shoppers will find a variety of clothing embroidered with the TLGV logo, household items, exclusive pottery mugs, note cards and other items for sale. New items are added all the time.

TLGV Phone App


TLGV has launched free phone apps for both I-Phones and Androids. Great for residents and visitors alike! Utilizing Google maps and your mobile device GPS features, you can find restaurants, water and hiking trails, shops, farms, B&Bs, museums and more. The app features a list of events by category or by a calendar function. The user can bookmark favorites to create a personalized itinerary. There are features that enable automatic phone calls, access to websites, detailed driving directions from your GPS location, and other conveniences.

Want to Spend a Night or Two?


A listing of hotels and motels, inns, B&Bs and campgrounds in The Last Green Valley is available at www.thelastgreenvalley.org.
Farm Credit East First Congregational Church of Woodstock King Cadillac GMC Webco Chemical Corporation
Cedar Ledge Tree Farm Chase Graphics Circle C Campground Dexter Russell, Inc. Elias Child House Nutmeg Container Corporation South Charlton Reservoir Association Taylor Brooke Winery And: Town of Brooklyn Town of Chaplin Town of Hampton Town of Killingly Town of Pomfret Town of Preston Town of Putnam Town of Sprague Town of Sturbridge

NEW!

Introducing Mr. Walktober 2013


Jason Vincent is a land use planner who grew up and continues to live in The Last Green Valley. He currently works for Norwich Community Development Corporation, the City of Norwichs economic development agency, on initiatives that improve the communitys economic competitiveness and business environment. Walktober, one of his favorite events, has been a chance to share places that are important to him and ideas about projects that are being developed to enhance these places. Jason is also Vice Chair of The Last Green Valleys Board of Directors.

Download The Last Green Valley App from the website TheLastGreenValley.org or from the app store.

Walktober is also generously supported by the volunteer time of our members, walk leaders, organizers and friends.

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For More Information


Stop by one of these Walktober Information Centers for directions and information on other attractions and events in The Last Green Valley: Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret 218 Day Rd., Pomfret Center, CT (860) 928-4948 Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 12- 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Nathan Hale Homestead 2299 South St., Coventry, CT (860) 742-6917 Open 12-4 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and Columbus Day Sturbridge Area Tourist Information Center Rt. 20, 380 Main St., Sturbridge, MA, north side, at turn-off to Old Sturbridge Village (508) 347-2761 or (800) 628-8379 Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and 70 Columbus Day
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Saturday, September 28

9 a.m. S Oct. 5, 9 a.m. l participants over age 12 only

Running with Shad

Norwich, CT - 7 Eighth St. Located behind Slow, level walk past a working hydroelectric station to the historic dam on the Shetucket River. Observe the the old Ortronics warehouse. From I-395, fish lift and view a video of the shad run. 1-2 hours, 0.5 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Public Utilities. exit 81, follow Rte. 2 east past Norwich Harbor to jct. of Rte. 12. Follow Rte. 12 north to the next traffic light, and turn right onto 8th St. Go down the steep grade, cross the railroad tracks and turn left into the driveway at far side of the brick building, before the river bridge. Park and meet in the parking area behind that building. 860-823-4182.

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Hop River Village

Columbia, CT - Rte. 6 west to Hop River Rd., go over river bridge and park at Rail Trail Parking. 860-617-3308.

Well learn about the railroad, see the two factory sites and the dam. Scenic walk on Hop River Rail Trail. 1.5 hour, 1.7 miles. Sponsored by: Columbia Historical Society & CT Eastern Railroad Museum. Walk on the footbridge, Frog Bridge and Bridge of Flowers and learn the stories of the mills, the rails, the river, and the frogs. Good anecdotes, great views. 1.25 miles, 1.5 hours. Sponsored by: Windham Rec. Department and Liberty Bank Downtown.

Three Bridges Willimantic, CT - Main St. to Jillson lot, 2 p.m. park by Baptist Church. 860-617-3308. S Oct. 12, 2:15 p.m. and a City lC

Thursday, October 3
11 a.m. S Oct. 16, 1 p.m. lC 1 p.m. S Oct. 10, 1 p.m. l ( 1:30 p.m. l The White Train Route Yesterday and Today at Westville The Curious Alpacas Chaplin, CT - Rte. 6 to Chewink Rd., to the trail head. 860-617-3308. Sturbridge, MA - Rte. I-90 take exit to Rte. 20 west, Rte. 20 to Rte. 131, take right onto Wallace Rd., to Westville Recreation Area, 125 Wallace Rd. Park outside gate. 508-347-3705. Sterling, CT - 148 Pine Hill Rd. Take Exit 88 off I-395. Proceed east on Rte. 14A for 5 miles. Turn right onto Pine Hill Rd. The farm is 0.5 miles on left. Sign at end of driveway. 860-564-7204. Lisbon, CT - Meet at Lisbon Meadows Parks The Barn, South Burnham Highway (Rte. 169), across from Newent Congregational Church. 860-908-4659. The Air Line State Park Trail goes through Chaplin into Hampton. See the route of the Ghost Train and learn about the New York and New England Railroad. 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum. Park Ranger will lead participants on historical walking tour of former Westville Village and present-day flood control facility located along the scenic Quinebaug River. The group will view sites of past mills, homes, businesses, and learn how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers came to manage the area. 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Please call 508-347-3705 to register. Enjoy meeting the Alpacas and learn about the history and care of these inquisitive animals and what can be done with their fleece. There will be a fiber workshop available for children. The farm store will be open with yarn, roving and alpaca products for sale. Cameras are welcome so you can take pictures of your child with the alpacas. 1.5 hours. Sponsored by: Pine Hill Alpaca Farm. The walk will be on a marked trail through the woods of Newent. We will see rock walls and foliage. 0.75 1.25 miles. Sponsored by: Lisbon Farmers Market.

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The Newent Woods

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Bigelow Hollow Paddle

Union, CT - I-84 to Exit 73, then follow Rte. 190 north to Rte. 171 east to the park entrance. 860-774-3300. Mansfield, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 32 and 275 in Mansfield, go west on Rte. 275 for 0.25 miles to Eagleville dam. Cross bridge into Coventry and park in lot on right by dam. 860-429-7174. Thompson, CT - Parking at East Thompson Fire Department (530 East Thompson Rd.). Trail head 0.5 mile further east at rail bed crossing. Advise early arrival and parking at fire hall as very limited number of cars fit at trail head. Strongly advise good shoes and persons be in fit condition. 401-996-6875. Sturbridge, MA - Rte. I-90 take exit to Rte. 20 west, Rte. 20 to Rte. 131, take right onto Wallace Rd., to Westville Recreation Area, 125 Wallace Rd. Park outside gate. 508-347-3705. Norwich, CT - 78 Franklin St. Norwich, CT. 860-887-6964.

Participants will paddle Mashapaug Lake at Bigelow Hollow State Park. This is a beautiful lake and flat water paddle. Contact Chief Ranger Bill Reid for more information. 2 hours. Please register by calling 860-774-3300 or email bill@tlgv.org. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley. Visit the historic Eagleville mill area on the Willimantic River, featuring scenic views of Eagleville Pond, anecdotes of past natural and human events, and a prognosis for the future. Then take an easy mile-long walk in Mansfields Eagleville Preserve on a pleasant trail past old mill features and riverside natural areas. 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Willimantic River Alliance and Mansfield Parks and Recreation. This hike takes us to several sites of historic and environmental importance in the extreme northeast part of the state. 1.5 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Thompson Trails Committee.

Eagleville: 10 a.m. l participants Past, Present, Future over age 12 only, NO Dogs 10:30 a.m. S Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m. uR Tri-State Marker

1 p.m. S Oct. 10, 1 p.m. l ( 4 & 6 p.m. lR( participants over age 21 only 6 p.m. l-n R

Yesterday and Today at Westville

Park Ranger will lead participants on historical walking tour of former Westville Village and present day flood control facility located along the scenic Quinebaug River. The group will view sites of past mills, homes, businesses, and learn how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers came to manage the area. 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Please call 508-347-3705 to register. Discover the local talent Norwich has to offer with the First Friday Art Tour. Participants will be led on a walk featuring music in local pubs, visual art in at least 3 local galleries, and breathtaking historical architecture. Please join us for this extraordinary art experience. 4 hours, 1.5 miles. Please register by calling 860-887-6964. Sponsored by: First Friday Collaboration Committee. Walk the streets of Downtown Norwich with cast members from the Zombie thriller Remains, which was filmed in the city. The tour will stop at several of the places where the movie was filmed. Walk guides will be in costume and attendees are encouraged to dress up as well. Optional movie screening afterwards. More info: askncdc.com/ walktober. 1.25 miles, 1.5 hours. Sponsored by: Norwich Bully Busters.

Norwich First Friday Art Tour

Downtown Zombie Walk

Norwich, CT - The Gazebo at Howard T. Brown Park, Chelsea Harbor Dr. 860-887-6964.

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Bike the Air Line

Lebanon, CT - From the intersection of Rtes. 207 & 87 in Lebanon, drive southwest on Rte. 207 for 7.5 miles to the jct. with the Air Line State Park Trail crossing. 860-423-6623. Southbridge, MA - Elm Street Church, 61 Elm St. on left, 0.10 mile down Elm St. Rte 198 from Main St. 0.10 Rte. 131. 508-764-8058. Killingly, CT - 1717 Upper Maple St., Dayville, CT. Exit 93 from I-395. Take Rte. 101 west to 2nd stop light. Turn right onto Upper Maple. Meet at parking lot next to Lake Tavern Restaurant on left. 860-208-6253.

We will ride over the completed Lebanon section of the Air Line State Park Trail to the Willimantic River and back. We will stop to discuss the bridges and other features that went into the construction of this rail line in the late 1800s. There will also be a discussion of the process of reclaiming the rail bed to be used for recreation. 15 miles. Sponsored by: Lebanon Rails to Trails Committee. Take a 40-50 mile recreational bicycle ride on roads through the scenic Quinebaug River Valley. Start and finish at Elm St. Churchs International Moments Festival, where all can enjoy foods from local restaurants and family fun. 3 hours, 40-50 miles. Sponsored by: Elm St. Congregational Church and Southbridge Bicycles.

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The Festivals Green Valley Ride

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Alexanders Lake: 160 Years of Fun and Sun

160 years of Alexanders Lake history brought to life by a 3.1 mile tour of paths, beaches, a sculpture garden, sailing lore, Wildwood Park Peoples Tramway, trolleys, monkeys, vaudeville and dancing to Sammy Kaye 160 years of fun and sun. 2.25 hours, 3 miles. Sponsored by: Alexanders Lake Yacht Club.

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Meander through the Historic Yale Myers Forest

Eastford, CT- 150 Centre Pike. Head west on Centre Pike from the jct. of Rte. 171 and look for the orange gate 1 mile on your right. Follow the farm road north until you see the signed parking area. 203-432-5134. Sturbridge, MA - Exit 2 off I-84. Follow signs to Old Sturbridge Village. Just past cut in rocks and big right turn, look left. There is a white gate with parking and a kiosk. 508-347-0111.

The walk will follow the Branch Brook Trail in the Yale-Myers Forest and include a talk abouth the legacy of human impacts on the land, the history of the forest as a renowned research site, and some of the current activities of students and faculty including Yales outreach program, the Quiet Corner Initiative. For more information, please visit: http://www.environment.yale.edu/forests. 3 hours, less than 1 mile. Sponsored by: Yale School of Forestry.

Hamant Brook Dams at Camp Robinson Crusoe

Explore the dams on Hamant Brook prior to removal and stream restoration at Camp Robinson Crusoe. We will have someone there to talk about the design for and the benefits of stream restoration. Our goal would be to return again in future years to see the effects of the process. 1.5 - 2 hours, 0.5 - 1 mile. Sponsored by: Grand Trunk Trail Blazers.

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The Gardens at Bassetts Bridge Farm


The BARN at Gray Mare Hill

Bed & Breakfast Brooklyn, CT Your home away from home in The Last Green Valley
Tastefully renovated barn. 3200 sq. ft. of rural comfort and privacy for your entire family
room to relax, dine and entertain complete facilities beautiful gardens and grounds convenient to private schools ample sleeping accommodation concierge services in ground pool

A Unique Plant Nursery


Stroll gardens filled with perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs and trees Home grown vegetables for sale during the summer, pumpkins in the fall Hayrides through the 40-acre farm during September and October
Hours: May-Oct., Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m- 6 p.m. 552 Bassetts Bridge Road, Mansfield, CT TheGardensAtBassettsBridgeFarm.com

Visit us at www.thebarnatgraymarehill.com 117 Pomfret Road (Route 169), Brooklyn, CT 06234 860-377-9824
MaryBeth Leonard, Proprietress

Wedding
Plan your at the gardens

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2013 French River Canoe Trail Paddle and Walk

Oxford, MA - USACE Hodges Village Flood Control Facility, Greenbriar Recreational Area, 400 off of Rte. 12 (Main St.), behind 581 Main St. From Rte. I-395, take Exit 5, Depot Rd. Turn right onto Depot Rd, turn left onto Stuart St., turn left onto Old Worcester Rd. At the flashing lights turn right onto Rte. 12 (Main St.) and take an immediate left into Greenbriar Recreation Area. The parking area is approx. 400 into the park. The canoe launch sign can be seen on the left side of the access road. 508-987-0979. Plainfield, CT - Exit 87 off I-395, go 1 mile south on Lathrop Rd., take left at Kate Downing Rd., follow 1 mile to Colbridge Rd. on right, follow signs to parking area at end of Colbridge Rd. 860-230-3000. Ashford, CT - On Rte. 44 just east of Rte. 89 and across from North Vet Clinic. Park at Byles. 860-429-8762. Webster, MA - We will meet at Webster Town Hall, 350 Main St., and then drive to the best viable access point. Paddlers may want to bring snacks and drinks; dry bags are recommended. 508-949-3918. Woodstock, CT - 543 Route 169. Parking onsite. 860-942-9825.

The float starts at Greenbriar Recreation Area. It is a 2.6 mile, 12 canoe/kayak limit, paddle through a low gradient portion of the French River. Prior to the float there will be a land walk of approx. 0.5 hour in the general vicinity of the parking area. On the walk, the leader will discuss the impact of exotic invasive plant species on native flora. The float trek will highlight the natural features of the river, including its multitude of animal and plant life in the water and on the banks. At the end of the float, participants will disembark at Hodges Village Dam and be transported to their vehicles for them to drive back to their canoe/kayak. 3-4 hours, 6+ miles; water 2.6 miles, drive back 3.4 miles. Please call 508-769-3659 or email glen.krevosky@charter.net to register. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers & EBT Environmental Consultants, Inc.

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Chestnuts 10 a.m. S Oct. 25, 10 a.m. and n Overlooks

Take a walk along the orange trail and view various identified species of trees, including American chestnut backcross breed plantings, native American chestnut trees, the tabletop overlook, quarry remains, wetlands, ledges and old stone foundations, all in 97 acres of forestlands. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Plainfield Conservation Commission. Hike 1.5 mile moderate loop with a guide. See biodiversity, invasive species of plants and evidence of past glaciation. You will see climax forest, meadows, and beaver activity. 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Joshuas Trust. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the French River which was a vital part of Websters mill industry. Come enjoy the wildlife, flora and peacefulness that contribute to the beauty of fall in New England. 2 hours, 2-4 miles by water. Please call 508-949-3918 or email LCBaker@charter.net to register by October 1st. Sponsored by: Webster Recreation Committee.

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Byles Sanctuary

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Overlooking the Eastward Vale

Local historian Cheryl Wakely and architect Lyn Smith will use early photographs and stories to illustrate the history of lower Woodstock Hill. The tour will begin at the First Congregational Church of Woodstock (also the first church in northeastern CT) and will include private gardens and scenic overlooks. Participants may choose to end the tour at the Inn at Woodstock Hill and return or continue on to the Mansion at Bald Hill, once the home of Clarence Bowen, where a shuttle service will be available to return to the parking lot. An optional history tour of the church will be offered at the end. Sponsored by The First Church of Woodstock. 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Take a guided tour of the Coventry Wastewater Treatment Plant. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. We will start with a tour of the grounds and outdoor tanks and if interested, small groups of 4-5 at a time may take a guided tour of the inside of the facility. 1 hour, 0.25 miles. Please email mruef@coventryct.org to register. Limited to 20 participants. Sponsored by: Town of Coventry WPCA.

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Coventry, CT - GPS 396 Main St. This will bring you to the intersection of Main St. (Rte.31) and Memorial Dr. Turn onto Memorial Drive, then bear left before the Coventry Cemetery. Follow the driveway through the gate and park in the lower parking area. Meet near the loading dock. Email mruef@coventryct.org for more detailed directions. 860-742-4064.

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If You Lived in Chaplin, CT - Park at the Chaplin Library, Here in 1820 130 Chaplin St. 860-213-1777.

Take a walk back in time as we see how this street looked and felt back in the 1820s. This hour long walk will take a look at the architecture of some of the many fine homes along Chaplin St. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Chaplin Museum.

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Cemetery Stones from the Age of Lincoln

Lebanon, CT - Meet at Center Cemetery on Listen to the tales through a guided tour of the towns historic Center Cemetery where many of Lebanons Civil War Rte. 207, 0.25 miles west of Lebanon Town soldiers are buried. 1 hour, 0.5 miles. Sponsored by: Lebanon History Consortium. Hall at the jct. of Rtes. 207 and 87. Limited handicapped parking at the cemetery, additional parking at the Lebanon Town Hall or Rte. 87 parking lot next to the Lebanon Historical Society Museum. 860-642-6579. Willimantic, CT - Rte. 32 (66) South Bridge St. After railroad tracks turn right and follow dirt road. Park at blue gate 0.25 miles down. 860-617-3308. Canterbury, CT- Manship Park, Rte. 14. 860-908-2497. Join us on a walk by the Old New Haven Railroad yard and learn abouth the railroads, mills, and river. (Optional Railroad Museum tour and ride available. Admission $3/Ride $3.) 1.25 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.

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Family-friendly fall foliage float down the scenic Quinebaug River. Transportation back to your vehicle is provided. Bring your own kayak or canoe and personal floatation device. 3 hours, 6 miles. To register call 860-908-2497. Sponsored by: Canterbury Economic Development.

Woodstock, CT - 556 Rte. 169. 860-928-4074.

Examine the history of those who have called Woodstock Hill home: some were illustrious, some were not; some had illustrious ancestors or descendants. All have contributed to the history of Woodstock. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Historic New England.

Norwich, CT - Tour will meet at Ponemah Mills, 555 Norwich Ave. 860-823-6539.

Taftville is a New England mill village, established during the Industrial Revolution and home to Ponemah Mills once one of the largest cotton mills in the world. Visit the mill building and property, see plans for its preservation and reuse, and learn about the labor struggles that transformed this village to a French Canadian enclave. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society. Visitors will be guided around the farm to see how turkeys are raised on pasture and how corn is grown for grain and silage. Free refreshments will be served afterwards at the Brown Cow Caf. Cameras welcome. Less than 1 hour. Experience the hidden treasures of our beautiful 1855 historic building, including restoration efforts. Members will guide walkers through this landmark church and offer refreshments. 2 hours. Sponsored by: Westfield Congregational United Church of Christ.

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Turkey Talk at Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm Explore Hidden Treasures of Westfield Church Moos & More Ice Cream Social and Farm Tour The Curious Alpacas

Sterling, CT - 227 Ekonk Hill Rd. Take I-395 to exit 89, travel east on Rte. 14A. Follow 3 miles and turn right onto Rte. 49. Follow 1 mile to farm. 860-564-0248. Killingly, CT - 210 Main St. Danielson at the corner of Reynolds St., the big white church on the green. 860-774-8438.

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Franklin, CT - Cushman Farms, 393 Lebanon Rd. (Rte. 87). 3 miles north of Rte. 32 jct.; 3 miles south of Rte. 207 jct. 860-642-4020. Sterling, CT - 148 Pine Hill Rd. Take Exit 88 off I-395. Proceed east on Rte. 14A for 5 miles. Turn right onto Pine Hill Rd. The farm is 0.5 mile on left. Sign at end of driveway. 860-564-7204.

Visit the cows at milking time and check the calving pen for new babies. Enjoy Farmers Cow ice cream and an optional add-on hike at 2 p.m. through fields and woods to the home farm. The trail hike is 2.5 miles and not wheelchair or stroller accessible. 1 - 3 hours, 0.25 - 3.0 miles. Sponsored by: Cushman Farms. Enjoy meeting the Alpacas and learn about the history and care of these inquisitive animals and what can be done with their fleece. There will be a fiber workshop available for children. The farm store will be open with yarn, roving and alpaca products for sale. Cameras are welcome so you can take pictures of your child with the alpacas. 1.5 hours. Sponsored by: Pine Hill Alpaca Farm.

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A Dawgs Day in the City

Norwich, CT - Estelle Cohn Memorial Dog Park, 261 Asylum Street. 860-887-6964.

Even dogs need a chance to walk their people once in a while. This walk will travel from the Citys dog park, through Upper Falls Park and historic Yantic to Uncas Leap and Yantic Falls. It is a favorite of many city dogs. Active dogs should arrive early to release some energy. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1 hour, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Community Development Corporation. Well learn about the railroad, see the two factory sites and the dam. Scenic walk on Hop River Rail Trail. 1.5 hours, 1.7 miles. Sponsored by: Columbia Historical Society & CT Eastern Railroad Museum. A relaxing paddle around Mansfield Hollow Lake while enjoying nature. 2 hours. Please call 860-774-6010 to register. Sponsored by: Blue Pine Outdoors.

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Hop River Village Paddle Mansfield Hollow Lake

Columbia, CT - Rte. 6 west to Hop River Rd., go over river bridge and park at Rail Trail Parking. 860-617-3308. Mansfield, CT - Rte. 6 west to Old Willimantic Rd., right onto Bates Rd., left on Bassett Bridge Rd. Launch is on the right. 860-774-6010.

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Thompson North Grosvenordale, CT - 15 Thatcher Rd. Village 860-923-3458. Historical Walk with David Babbitt Historic Ramsdell Farm Jaunt N. Grosvenordale, CT - 569 Ravenelle Rd. Take Exit 99 (Rte. 200) off of I-395. Follow Rte. 200 east to West Thompson Rd., continue over the West Thompson Dam, take your first right onto Ravenelle Rd. Meet at the parking lot on the right in front of the yellow access gate. 860-923-2982. Woodstock, CT - 556 Rte. 169. 860-928-4074.

A 3.5 mile educational and intergenerational walk starting at TEEG and winding through the historic N. Grosvenordale village. This is a glimpse into Thompsons yesteryear and its contributions to the industrial revolution. Led by local historian David Babbitt. 2 hours, 3.5 miles. Sponsored by: TEEG.

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Take a walk back in time while visiting an old historic farmstead and learn about the people that lived there from the early 1700s to the present. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: US Army Corps of Engineers.

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Examine the history of those who have called Woodstock Hill home: some were illustrious, some were not; some had illustrious ancestors or descendants. All have contributed to the history of Woodstock. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Historic New England. Visit the Yantic River gorge, a wonderful natural resource that is home to the legend of Uncas Leap. This tour will be led by a Mohegan Tribal Elder, and will travel from the planned Uncas Leap Heritage Area to the Royal Mohegan Burial Ground. Explore the deep significance of the Mohegan Tribes heritage and its connection with Norwich. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society.

The Legend Norwich, CT - Uncas Leap Heritage Area, of Uncas Leap 196 Yantic St. 860-887-6964.

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Growing and Growing at the Pakulis Farm

Brooklyn, CT - 63 Creamery Brook Rd. From Walk one mile round trip through open farm fields. Lou and Sandy Brodeur will show hay equipment, hay barns, Brooklyn Town Hall, drive south 0.5 mile and new greenhouses for growing vegetables. Walk by Kingston Turf, hay, pumpkins, and squash fields as well as on Rte. 169, bear left on Rte. 205, take cattle pasture. Diversification at its best! 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Brooklyn Agriculture Commission. 1st left on Gorman Rd., take 1st right on Creamery Brook Rd. Pakulis Farm on right. 860-230-4395. Participants will hike a five-mile loop on the Nipmuck Trail, a blue blazed trail maintained by the CT Forest & Park Association, with Chief Ranger Bill Reid. This is a remote section of the Nipmuck Trail and some sections are steep. Most of the trail is within the Yale-Myers Forest, a working forest managed by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Part of the trail also goes through a forest management area owned by Hull Forest Products. Along with enjoying a beautiful fall hike, participants will learn about the forest management practices conducted by students from Yale and foresters from Hull Forest Products. 3 hours, 5 miles. Please call 860-774-3300 or email bill@tlgv.org to register. Limited to 20 people. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley.

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On the Ashford, CT - From Rte. 89 in Westford, Nipmuck with go east on Boston Hollow Rd. (note this Ranger Bill becomes a dirt road) for approx. 2 miles to jct. with Barlow Mill Rd. Take left on Barlow Mill Rd. for approx. 0.5 miles to parking area on side of road. 860-774-3300.

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Living Off the Land in Colonial Times 50 Feet with a View

Coventry, CT - Rte. 6 to South St. 4 miles to 2299 South St. on right. 860-742-6917.

A walk in the footsteps of the Hales through fields and forest. 1 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Nathan Hale Homestead.

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Mansfield, CT - South on Rte. 195 about a mile south of the UConn campus. Look for the Mansfield Historical Society building on the left (across from the Altnaveigh Inn). The parking lot for the trail is behind the building. 860-429-6257.

What better place to go on a beautiful fall day than a place with a great view. Led by naturalists that can answer questions about what we see, we will take a casual walk through the forest, looking at whatever interests us along the way. We will be rewarded with an opening at the top of a cliff where we can see most of southern Storrs and beyond. Those who are adventurous can also walk down to the base of the cliff to view some interesting plants that live on the rocks. 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Mansfield Parks Advisory Committee. Walk on the footbridge, Frog Bridge and Bridge of Flowers and learn the stories of the mills, the rails, the river, and the frogs. Good anecdotes, great views. 1.25 miles, 1.5 hours. Sponsored by: Windham Rec. Department and Liberty Bank Downtown. President Lincoln made several trips to Norwich prior to the Civil War. Join City Historian Dale Plummer as he brings you to many of the places that President Lincoln visited and locations where the battle for emancipation was fought in the North. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1.5 hours, 1.25 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich City Historian.

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10 a.m. l Mills of Norwich: Adapting to the 21st Century Norwich, CT - Hale Mill, Yantic Rd. across from the Yantic Fire Department. 860-887-6964. Join city leaders as they showcase some of the mill projects that are being worked on in the city. This walking tour will start in Yantic at the Hale Mill. Attendees will hear about the history of the mill, past proposals to enable its reuse and the challenges that lie ahead. Attendees will then have the option of continuing the tour by navigating to other mill sites located in the city. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1 hour, 0.5 miles. Sponsored by: City of Norwich.

Friday, October 11
10:00 a.m. n Hike the Griswold, CT Rte. I-395, exit 86. Left on Nehantic Trail Rte. 201 to park. 860-774-3300. with Ranger Bill Hike the Nehantic Trail with Chief Ranger Bill Reid. Enjoy a beautiful fall foliage hike in Hopeville State Park. Learn about the history of the park, its unique sand barrens habitat, as well as a recent prescribed burn to help in the regeneration of pitch pine trees. Participants will hike a loop maintained by the CT Forest and Park Association. 2 hours, 3 miles. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley.

Saturday, October 12
Dawn of the 6:30 a.m. S Oct. 13, 6:30 a.m. Beavers n Charlton, MA - 228 Old Charlton Rd. Take I-395 to Exit 4B in Oxford, MA. Follow the exit direction to the center of town to a set of lights. Go straight for about 1.5 miles to a set of blinking lights. Go through. About 0.25 miles on the left is the Buffumville Lake boat ramp. Turn in and park. 508-248-5697. Pomfret, CT - 101 Hampton Rd. From the interection of Rte. 97 and 44 in Abington, take Rte. 97 north 1.1 miles to Hull Forest Products on the left. 860-377-0117. Hike a distance of about 0.75 miles to a beaver hut on the shoreline where the beavers swim around in front of you. Hikers will hear about the lives of beavers and both the good and troublesome things they do. Heron, muskrats, egrets and other lake townies may be seen. Bring a camera, kids about 7+, straw vote on how far to hike beyond the hut. An additional two miles is available in the beautiful October dawn. Wear sturdy shoes; feet may get wet. 1 - 1.5 hours, 1 - 2.5 miles. Sponsored by: USACE.

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Learn how locally grown trees are sustainably harvested and see the fascinating process of turning them into lumber for flooring, furniture, post & beam timbers, railroad ties, and pallets on this 1.5 hour tour of a modern sawmill and lumber manufacturing facility. 1.5 hours, 0.5 miles. Sponsored by: Hull Forest Products.

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Meander through the Historic Yale Myers Forest

Eastford, CT- 150 Centre Pike. Head west on Centre Pike from the jct. of Rte. 171 and look for the orange gate 1 mile on your right. Follow the farm road north until you see the signed parking area. 203-432-5134. Willimantic, CT - Rte. 32 (66) South Bridge St. After railroad tracks turn right and follow dirt road. Park at blue gate 0.25 miles down. 860-617-3308.

The walk will follow the Branch Brook Trail in the Yale-Myers Forest and include a talk abouth the legacy of human impacts on the land, the history of the forest as a renowned research site, and some of the current activities of students and faculty including Yales outreach program, the Quiet Corner Initiative. For more information, please visit: http://www.environment.yale.edu/forests. 3 hours, less than 1 mile. Sponsored by: Yale School of Forestry.

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Join us on a walk by the Old New Haven Railroad yard and learn abouth the railroads, mills, and river. (Optional Railroad Museum tour and ride available. Admission $3/Ride $3.) 1.25 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.

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Sprague, CT - Sprague River Park. Rte. The Town of Sprague in conjunction with First Light Power Resources will resume the wildly popular Ride the I-395 to exit 83, Rtes. 12 & 97 west to Rte. Shetucket events for 2013. Meet at the River Park. The Town of Sprague will provide a free shuttle between River 207, left to park off Rte. 207. 860-822-6043. Park and Scotland Dam. Water release is scheduled for 10 a.m. Participants can put in at any time between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Check the town website, www.ctsprague.org , on Thursday prior to the event for any cancellations. 1 -2 hours, 4 miles. Please call 860-822-6043 to register. Franklin, CT - 931 Rte. 32. From intersecWalk down a scenic wooded path to Shetucket River to the stone monument on the cleared river edge. See tion of Rtes. 32 & 207, travel 2 miles north. numerous birds and evidence of beaver tree cuttings. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Franklin Historical Society. Driveway on right before railroad bridge. South on Rte. 32 from Willimantic just over railroad bridge. 860-642-7036. Sturbridge, MA - From Rte. 20, go past OSV A two-hour walk for adults and older children reveals a natural cascade of water once used to power two early mills. entrance on Stallion Hill Rd. At top of hill, Your guide will explain how the massive stone structures of the Johnson sawmills fed the need for sawn timber in turn left onto Leadmine Rd. for 0.5 miles to early Sturbridge. 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Friends of Sturbridge Trails. #197 and parking lot. 508-347-1335.

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Calling Out the Spirit in the Woods

Preston, CT - Rte. 2 to Watson Rd., right onto Lake of Isles Rd. Look for trailhead just past 29 Lake of Isles Rd. on the left. Park on road or in parking area. 860-887-5828.

Hike through the moderately rolling wooded terrain of the Green Wood Tract of the Mitchell Preserve, with stops for poetry of the season and information about trees, terrain, and wildlife. 2 hours, 2-3 miles. Sponsored by: Avalonia Land Conservancy and Preston Historical Society.

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Spirits of Woodstock

Woodstock, CT - Woodstock Hill Burial Explore the oldest burying ground in Windham County (1686) and learn about exceptional and interesting graveGround, Academy Rd. off Rte. 169. stones. Costumed interpreters will speak about Woodstocks residents and the towns 327 year history of settlement. Meet in the parking area beside the 1 hour, 0.25 miles. Sponsored by: Woodstock Historical Society. First Congregational Church of Woodstock. 860-928-1035. Join the Lebanon Historical Society on this family-oriented walk, guided by clues along the Lebanon Green. Stops along the walk include historical Revolutionary War sites, where you will hear stories of Lebanons soldiers and participate in challenges and activities. Wear good walking shoes and prepare yourself for a fun-filled tour. 1.5 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Lebanon Historical Society. Come out and have a little family fun while you enjoy one of Manfields town parks. We will start by playing a camouflage game where objects will be hidden in plain sight along the trail. After playing for a while, well stop and see how we did. Then we will change to a different bingo game! It will be fun for all and there will be prizes! 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Mansfield Parks Advisory Committee.

10 a.m. Revolutionary Lebanon, CT - Meet at the Lebanon S Oct. 13, 10 a.m. Lebanon: A Historical Society Museum, 856 Trumbull lRC Trail of Tales Hwy., (Rte. 87). 860-642-6579. and Tests 10 a.m. lC Playing Games in the Woods Mansfield, CT, Dunham Town Forest From jct. of Rtes. 195 & 32, travel south to Rte. 275, travel south an additional 0.8 miles and turn left onto Mansfield City Rd. At 1.2 miles turn left onto White Oak Rd. The parking lot will be 0.2 miles up on the left. 860-429-6257. Norwich, CT - Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington St. 860- 887-6964.

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Follow the path of young Benedict Arnold. Benedict, the United States most infamous traitor, was born and raised in Norwich. Experience the walk with the cast, director and producer of Benedict Arnold, the Musical, the worldpremier and a current performance at the Theater (special screening optional). More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 2 hours, 1.6 miles. Sponsored by: Spirit of Broadway Theater. Take a walk back in time as we see how this street looked and felt back in the 1820s. This hour long walk will take a look at the architecture of some of the many fine homes along Chaplin St. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Chaplin Museum. Most people bring their own canoe/kayak. We do rent them at the campground. Scenic ride from Butts Bridge in Canterbury to boat launch at Ross Hill Park. When we arrive at campground we will serve lunch at no cost and provide a ride back to Butts Bridge. 2 hours. Please call 860-376-9606 to register. Sponsored by: Ross Hill Park Campground.

If You Lived in Chaplin, CT - Park at the Chaplin Library, Here in 1820 130 Chaplin St. 860-213-1777. Canterbury, CT - Butts Bridge Rd. 860-376-9606.

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The Treasures Coventry, CT - 50 Lake Street. From jct. of of Coventry Rte. 31 and 275, take Lake Street south for Village 200 yards to large parking lot on the right. 860-742-9401. Yantic Cemetery Civil War Tour Norwich Millionaires Mile Norwich, CT - Yantic Cemetery, 68 Lafayette St. (behind Backus Hospital). 860-887-0271. Norwich, CT - Lower parking lot, 500 ft. south of intersection of Broad and Washington Streets, across from 138 Washington St. 860-886-1776.

Explore an authentic 19th-century mill village and learn about the mills, land, and their owners. See varied architectural elements of the village homes and churches. Several surprises, too. Sponsored by: Village Improvement Society. One hundred fifty years ago, about 1,300 Norwich men marched off to fight in the Civil War. Three hundred eightythree of those men rest here. We dont know all of their stories, but come with us on this pleasant hour long walk and we will tell you some of their best ones. 1 hour, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society. Meet the families who lived in the mansions along Washington St. and Broadway - Norwichs Millionaires Mile - in the last half of the 19th century. Norwich was a wealthy manufacturing center whose residents drew the attention of people across the nation. Well talk about who they were and how they lived during the most opulent era of the Citys history. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society.

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Explore Hidden Treasures of Westfield Church Night Hike

Killingly, CT - 210 Main St. Danielson at the corner of Reynolds St., the big white church on the green. 860-774-8438.

Experience the hidden treasures of our beautiful 1855 historic building, including restoration efforts. Members will guide walkers through this landmark church and offer refreshments. 2 hours. Sponsored by: Westfield Congregational United Church of Christ.

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Pomfret, CT - CT Audubon Grassland Bird Nature Center, 218 Day Rd. 860-928-4948.

Hike forests, meadows, fields, over wet areas at night. We try to use no lights if possible. Wear light colored clothing. We have seen screech owls the last two years. Not safe for physically challenged. 2 hours, approx. 2 miles. Sponsored by: CT Audubon Society.

Sunday, October 13
9:30 a.m. lR( participants over age 12 only, 10 a.m. Paddle n Historic Lisbon Tour Lisbon, CT Jct. of Rtes. 169 and 138; into Lisbon Senior Center parking lot. 860-887-0776. Board a bus to Anshei Israel Synagogue, the smallest remaining synagogue in Connecticut and on the National Register of Historic Places as an extraordinary example of a small country place of worship. A short ride will take visitors to a walk along a section of the old Worcester stagecoach line and then a visit to a historic inn and tavern. Walkers will conclude their tour at the 1810 John Bishop House Museum, an example of an early gentlemans farmhouse. 3 hours, 1 mile. Please call 860-887-0776 after 6 p.m. to register. Sponsored by: Lisbon Historical Society. We will be out on the water, relaxing and taking in nature. Please call 860-774-6010 to register. Sponsored by: Blue Pine Outdoors.

Paddle the Quinebaug: Brooklyn Two Bells Beckon

Brooklyn, CT - Rte. 6 to Day St., first right on to Greenway Dr. (just past Johnnys Pizza), follow down the hill to Riverside Park. 860-774-6010. Norwich, CT - Tour will meet at Ponemah Mills, 555 Norwich Ave. 860-823-6539.

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Taftville is a New England mill village, established during the Industrial Revolution and home to Ponemah Mills once one of the largest cotton mills in the world. Visit the mill building and property, see plans for its preservation and reuse, and learn about the labor struggles that transformed this village into a French Canadian enclave. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society.

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Meet the Bison Exploring the Kentuck Borderlands

Brooklyn, CT - Rte. 6 to Allen Hill Rd. Walk to see the bison and their handling facilities. Warm up with a free sample of Wild Rice and Barley Bison Soup. 2 miles to right on Creamery Brook Rd., Stay awhile and let the children make a free fall craft. Wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty. A Walktober Classic! 0.5 miles to left on Purvis Rd. 860-779-0837. 1.5 hours, 0.5 miles. Sponsored by: Creamery Brook Bison. Killingly, CT - Route 101 to North Rd., 2.7 miles to right on Tucker District Rd., continuing to Kelly Rd. Please park along the road. 860-779-5310. Walk along a historic woodland cart path that connects states, communities and history. See stonewalls, old foundations and wells, geologic features, plant communities and signs of wildlife on this moderate hilly walk. 3 hours, 3.25 miles. Sponsored by: Killingly Conservation Commission. Visit with the Cabot Cheese representative. See the cows. Look at historic cheese making and milking equipment. Learn how cheese is made. 0.5 miles, 1 hour. Sponsored by: Blue Slope Country Museum. Visit the Long Society Meetinghouse, the last example of a Colonial broadside meetinghouse in Connecticut. Learn about its history and architecture, then learn about death and burial traditions of the Puritans as we walk through the graveyard. 1.5 hours, 0.25 miles. Sponsored by: Preston Historical Society. Ramble through the cemetery to discover the history of stone carvers and Coventry characters. 1 hour, 0.5 miles. Sponsored by: Nathan Hale Homestead.

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Cows to Franklin, CT - 138 Blue Hill Rd. Cabot Cheese 860-642-6413. The Long Society Preston, CT - Long Society Rd. From Norwich take Rte. 165 east and just past the Preston town line turn right onto Long Society Rd. 860-887-5828. Coventry, CT - Rte. 31 to Lake St. Coventry, park at adjacent Patriots Park. 860-742-6917.

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Coventry, CT - Rte. 6 to South St., 4 miles to Follow clues; seek out history and letter boxes surrounding the homestead of our state hero, teacher, soldier, spy 2299 South St. on right. 860-742-6917. Nathan Hale. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Nathan Hale Homestead. Heritage Trail is a riverfront trail that runs along the Yantic River from historic Chelsea Harbor to Uncas Leap Heritage Park. Visit a beautiful natural resource, learn about plans to expand the trail and to create additional walking opportunities in the city. More info: www.askncdc.com/walktober. 2 hours, 3 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Community Development Corporation.

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10 a.m. n RC 1 p.m. n Meet the Bison Geocaching with Ranger Rick The White Train Route Brooklyn, CT - Rte. 6 to Allen Hill Rd. 2 miles to right on Creamery Brook Rd., 0.5 miles to left on Purvis Rd. 860-779-0837. Coventry, CT - Patriots Park, 124 Lake St., off Rte. 31, next to the Nathan Hale Cemetery. 860-742-4068. Chaplin, CT - Rte. 6 to Chewink Rd., to the trail head. 860-617-3308. Walk to see the bison and their handling facilities. Warm up with a free sample of Wild Rice and Barley Bison Soup. Stay awhile and let the children make a free fall craft. Wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty. A Walktober Classic! 1.5 hours, 0.5 miles. Sponsored by: Creamery Brook Bison. This fun hike at Patriots Park will introduce families to geocaching. Kids and parents download Ranger Ricks passport and trail coordinates from www.geocaching.com to a GPS unit or smartphone. When they find a cache, they sign a logbook found inside. Each geocache features a mystery that participants attempt to solve. www.coventryrec. com. Sponsored by: Coventry Parks & Recreation. The Air Line State Park Trail goes through Chaplin into Hampton. See the route of the Ghost Train and learn about the New York and New England Railroad. 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.

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Norwich, CT - Norwich City Hall, 100 Broadway. 860-949-5784. Norwich, CT - I-395 to Rte. 2 to Main St., turn north on Franklin St., left onto Rail St. to the jct. of Union and Broadway. Meet in front of City Hall, parking lot on Broadway. 860-213-0819.

President Lincoln made several trips to Norwich prior to the Civil War. Join City Historian Dale Plummer as he brings you to many of the places that President Lincoln visited and locations where the battle for emancipation was fought in the North. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1.5 hours, 1.25 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich City Historian. Visit old Norwich sites and actual factories that produced firearms. Learn the history of those long gone industries that flourished from 1850-1930. 2 hours, 3 miles. Sponsored by: Guns of Norwich Historical Society.

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Coventry, CT - Rte. 44 to traffic light at Wal- Gravestone epitaphs and images have changed from century to century. Follow a path through the 1700s green Pharmacy, on the corner of Rte. 44 and 1800s to discover what those changes were and what they are trying to tell us. Sponsored by: Coventry Cemand Grant Hill Rd. Turn onto Grant Hill Rd. etery Commission. Cemetery is approx. 1 mile up the road at the top of the hill on the left. Park on grass along the side of the road. 860-587-8487. Lebanon, CT - Graywall Farms, 49 Chappell Visit the cows that make the milk, take a walk through the fields. 1 hour. Sponsored by: The Farmers Cow. Rd. 860-642-4600.

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Historical Gurleyville Gristmill Tour

Mansfield, CT - 134 Stonemill Rd. From Rte. Guided by Joshuas Trust docents, participants will tour the historic stone gristmill and have the chance to visit the 195 in Storrs, drive east on Gurleyville Rd. to associated museum. The hours are set to let visitors take part before or after the nearby Historic Gurleyville Village jct. with Chaffeeville Rd. Turn right and go Walking Tour. 0.5 hours, 0.2 miles. 0.2 miles to Stonemill Rd. on right. Or from Rte. 44 take Codfish Falls Rd. south 2.2 miles to Stonemill Rd. on right. 860-429-1524. Mansfield, CT - Meet at 287 Gurleyville Rd. by the Fenton River Gallery. From Rte. 195 in Storrs, the location is 1.25 miles east on Gurleyville Rd. From Rte. 195 in Mansfield Center, drive 3.7 miles north on Chaffeeville Rd., then turn left onto Gurleyville Rd. From Rte. 44, drive 2 miles south on Codfish Falls Rd., then right onto Gurleyville Rd. 860-429-6027. Led by local historian and author Rudy Favretti, the participants will tour the quaint village of Gurleyville and learn of its 18th-century beginnings and its 19th-century flowering that resulted from many small industrial uses powered by the Fenton River. The village is a National Historic District. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Joshuas Trust.

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Pomfret Center, CT - 697 Pomfret St. (Rte. 169). 860-928-2341.

The trek on the Wyndham Land Trust and privately-owned property begins at the office of Weiss and Hale Financial. The terrain is rolling hills with abundant wildlife and many bird species. The midpoint of the walk is the Fairy Pond, followed by beautiful vistas west from atop a grassy field. Most of the walk is a well-kept grassy path, though there are some hills, which may have wet and possibly muddy terrain in covered areas. There will be cider, donuts and apples offered in the hospitality tent courtesy of Weiss and Hale before and after the hike. 1 hour, 2 miles. Please register by emailing info@weissandhale.com or calling 860-928-2341. As water level allows, the ride is 4-miles long and takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on water volume. Since Ride the Shetucket is a weather sensitive event, please call for cancellation info. 1-2 hours, 4 miles. Please call 860-822-9808 to register. Sponsored by: Sprague Conservation Commission.

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Saturday, October 19
9 a.m. n Farm, Forest, and Adventure Storrs, CT 77 Forest Road. Rte. 44 to Baxter Three fresh starts! See the early steps of reestablishing a small working farm. Enjoy the beauty of the Connecticut Rd. North to left on Forest Rd. Park in front of woods and learn about the benefits of a new forest management plan. Be amazed by a compatible and exciting barn. 860-805-3276. recreational use of forestland that educates and provides enjoyment while modeling forest stewardship. 1.5 hours, under 2 miles. Sponsored by: The Adventure Park at Storrs. This is a guided ride on unused roads and abandoned rail beds with short stretches on little-traveled public roads. It passes by an historic Native American meeting site and has expansive views of open wetlands and the Quinebaug River. A bicycle mechanic will be available for adjustments and safety checks. 2 hours, 10 miles. Sponsored by: Holland & Brimfield Trails Committees, Brimfield Trail Association. Learn about the history of the Southbridge Water Supply, sustainable woodland management, and conservation easements. View the beautiful reservoirs and Hull Forestlands Breakneck Brook Forest, which is protected from development with a conservation easement held by MA Fish and Wildlife. 2.5 hours, 3 miles. Sponsored by: Hull Forest Products and Southbridge Water Supply. A scenic walk to view and discuss the recent forest management activities implemented by the Preston Redevelopment Agency and Hull Forest Products on a large woodlot which was part of the former Norwich State Hospital. This property boasts a large reservoir, panoramic views of the Thames River, historic plane crash artifacts and some beautiful timber. www.hullforest.com. 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Hull Forest Products, Inc.

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Holland to Holland & Brimfield, MA - Meet at Lake Siog Brimfield Trail Pass Trailhead parking lot, 20 Pond Bridge Ride Rd., a few miles from Rte. 20 in Brimfield and Rte. I-84 in Holland. 413-245-7745. Forest to Faucet Southbridge, MA - 511 Breakneck Rd. Rte. 131 south to South St., south on Breakneck to park at the filtration plant. 860-377-0117. Preston, CT - 21 Rte. 12. Approx. 0.25 miles north of the jct. of Rtes. 12 and 2A, on the right. Follow signs to parking area near reservoir. 860-235-6550.

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Rebirth of a New England Farm A Perennial Walk About

Ashford, CT - From the jct. of Rte. 89 and Visit a centuries-old farmstead slowly being brought back to life. Tour heirloom gardens, meet heritage breeds of Boston Hollow Rd. in Westford, take Nagy Rd. livestock, draft horses, and oxen. This 30 arces of field and forest is adjacent to Yale Myers Forest and includes a 1 mile north to 158 Nagy Rd. 860-429-3923. cranberry bog, abundant wildlife and beautiful old New England scenery. No dogs please! 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Cranberry Hill Farm, Yale Myers Forest, and Ashford Agriculture Commission. Canterbury, CT - 351 Brooklyn Rd., 3.5 miles north from Rte. 14, 2.5 miles south from Rte. 6. 860-617-0751. Participants will walk through a wholesale container nursery growing trees, shrubs, and perennials from cuttings and seedlings through large saleable plants. We will tour the growing operation including propagation, potting, growing, and shipping. 1.5 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Canterbury Agriculture Commission. Explore a forested loop trail with a ledge and hear the stories of the Joshuas Tract gift from 2 ladies, maybe 3. Expand your hike if you wish with a trek along the Air Line State Park Trail (Two Sisters crosses the Air Line Trail) with natural history along the way. The long walk is a total of 4 miles and 3 hours. The short Two Sisters Tract is 1.2 miles and 1.5 hours, mildly hilly. The Air Line State Park Trail is flat and very easy walking. Choose the short walk or the long walk. 1.5 - 3 hours, 1.2 - 4 miles. Sponsored by: Joshuas Tract and Conservation & Historic Trust. One hundred fifty years ago, about 1,300 Norwich men marched off to fight in the Civil War. Three hundred eightythree of those men rest here. We dont know all of their stories, but come with us on this pleasant hour long walk and we will tell you some of their best ones. 1 hour, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society. Guided by Joshuas Trust docents, participants will tour the historic stone gristmill and have the chance to visit the associated museum. The hours are set to let visitors take part before or after the nearby Historic Gurleyville Village Walking Tour. 0.5 hours, 0.2 miles.

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Joshuas Trust Chaplin, CT - 0.8 miles north of traffic light Two Sisters at Rte. 6 jct. with Rte. 203 on east side. Park Tract & Air along road or in lot. 860-208-6870. Line State Park Trail Yantic Cemetery Civil War Tour Historical Gurleyville Gristmill Tour Norwich, CT - Yantic Cemetery, Rte. 68, Lafayette St. (behind Backus Hospital). 860-887-0271. Mansfield, CT - 134 Stonemill Rd. From Rte. 195 in Storrs, drive east on Gurleyville Rd. to intersection with Chaffeeville Rd. Turn right and go 0.2 miles to Stonemill Rd. on right. From Rte. 44 take Codfish Falls Rd. south 2.2 miles to Stonemill Rd. on right. 860-429-1524. Sterling, CT - 227 Ekonk Hill Rd. Take I-395 to exit 89, travel east on Rte. 14A. Follow 3 miles and turn right onto Rte. 49. Follow 1 mile to farm. 860-564-0248. Canterbury, CT - 176 Depot Rd. From Rtes. 169 & 14, Depot Rd. is 4.3 miles south on Rte. 169, on the left. Park on Depot Rd. and walk up farm lane. 401-419-1214. Preston, CT - Northern end of Rte. 117 in Ledyard, east onto Rose Hill Rd., event 0.33 miles up hill. Look for signage on road. 860-464-9912.

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Turkey Talk at Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm From Our Family Farm to Your Table Historic Hallowed Hunting Ground Jaunt

Visitors will be guided around the farm to see how turkeys are raised on pasture and how corn is grown for grain and silage. Free refreshments will be served afterwards at the Brown Cow Caf. Cameras welcome. Less than 1 hour. Meet at the farm store and explore a small scale raw milk dairy, collect eggs at the chicken house, visit the baby calves and follow the path the cows take to explore the picturesque pasture and rotational grazing system. Enjoy wild flower gardens, orchards, vegetables, and the farms covered bridge. 1.5 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Canterbury Agriculture Commission. Join us as we explore this vast 600+ acre state-owned wildlife management area that straddles both Preston and Ledyard. Co-leaders Anne Roberts-Pierson of Avalonia Land Conservancy and Linda Christensen of the Preston Historical Society will focus on one cultural/historical aspect of this protected landscape which is hidden in plain sight. Come discover clues to our local agrarian past and the Killam Cemetery. Tailgate refreshments after hike courtesy of Friends of Ledyard Libraries. 2 hours, 1.3 miles. Please call 860-464-9912 to register. Sponsored by: Ledyard Public Libraries. Walk the historic Howard Valley section of Hampton, including the Howard Valley Christian Church, c. 1843. State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni and Hampton Municipal Historian Bob Burgoyne will lead an exploration of the remains of vanished mills and an abandoned road. Panel discussion and Q & A to follow at the church. 2 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Hampton Antiquarian & Historical Society and Cornerstone Baptist Church.

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Hampton, CT - From the north and Rte. 6, turn south onto Rte. 97. Take first left onto Cemetery Rd. At stop, turn right onto South Bigelow Rd. Drive 1.2 miles and turn left onto Reilly Rd. At stop, turn right onto Windham Rd. Church is approx. 100 yards on left. From south and Rte. 14 in Scotland, take Rte. 97 north 2.3 miles and turn right onto Windham Rd. In 0.5 miles, bear right at Y onto Windham Rd. Church is 0.3 miles on right. 860-774-3907.

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2nd Annual Norwich, CT - Howard T. Brown Park, 100 Downtown Chelsea Harbor Dr. 860-887-6964. Norwich Grub Crawl The Legacy of Voluntown, CT - 539 Beach Pond Rd. Landscape (Rte. 165). I-395 to Rte. 138 exit. East to center of Voluntown, continue east on Rte. 165 to 3-story colonial farm house just before Forge Hill Rd. 860-376-9970. Historical Gurleyville Village Walking Tour Mansfield, CT - Meet at 287 Gurleyville Rd. by the Fenton River Gallery. From Rte. 195 in Storrs, the location is 1.25 miles east on Gurleyville Rd.; coming from Rte. 195 in Mansfield Center, drive 3.7 miles north on Chaffeeville Rd., then turn left onto Gurleyville Rd.; from Rte. 44, drive 2 miles south on Codfish Falls Rd.,and then right onto Gurleyville Rd. 860-429-6027. Thompson, CT - 9 Fabyan-Woodstock Rd. 0.25 miles west of Fabyan Dam. 860-923-3319. Dudley, MA - From north and east: I-395, exit 4 west, to Sutton Ave. Becomes Charlton Rd. in Oxford Center. Continue straight through the light. Turn left on to Dudley Rd. (not Old Dudley Rd.). Dudley Rd. becomes Dudley-Oxford Rd. in Dudley. Watch for Henry Marsh Rd. on the right and park at the berm on the left. From south and west: West Main St. in Dudley (Rte. 197 / Rte. 12.) turn onto Village St. across from Rite Aid. Village St. becomes Mill St. Turn left at the stop sign onto Pine St. Pine St. ends at the stop sign and becomes Charlton Rd. Turn right onto Charlton Rd. Stay to the right when Charlton Rd. becomes Dudley-Oxford Rd. Watch for Piasta Rd. on your left, park on the berm on the right. Gather near the kiosk to begin the hike. 508-943-3851.

Tour the diverse dining scene in historic Chelsea Harbor. Various ethnic foods will be sampled, beverages are on your own. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 2 hours, 1.5 miles. Please call 860-887-6964 to register. Sponsored by: Norwich Community Development Corporation.

Explore different land use practices: from Native American Heritage and a 1700s historic farm, a turn of the century Finnish Camp, and the more recent Community for Non-Violence. A walk through the farms 55 acres includes meadows, pines stands, brook crossings and a lush moss-floored hemlock stand. jmacbride44@comcast.net. 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Voluntown Peace Trust. Led by local historian and author Rudy Favretti, participants will tour the quaint village of Gurleyville and learn of its 18th-century beginnings and its 19th-century flowering that resulted from many small industrial uses powered by the Fenton River. The village is a National Historic District. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Joshuas Trust.

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A Moo-filled Meander Dudleys Slater Woods Walk

See pasture and hay fields along with the cattle grazing in the fields. Meet a young farmer raising local pasture fed beef. Enjoy scenic views of the Quinebaug River Valley. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: New Boston Beef, LLC. Join the Dudley Conservation Land Trust for this guided hike through the 75-acre Slater Woods and view pristine woodlands, high rock outcroppings and verdant wetlands. Dont forget to bring your camera to capture some of the DCLTs newest acquisitions scenic beauty! A moderate, enjoyable hike. 2 hours, 3 miles. Sponsored by: Town of Dudley Planning Board.

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Eastford, CT - Trail starts/ends behind school located on Westford Rd. beyond the firehouse and 1000 west of jct. with Rte. 198 (by Bowens Ford). Parking on school grounds. 860-974-0407.

Walk along the Still River and note location of a mill. Enjoy benches built by members of the Eastford Conservation and Historical Preservation Committee and funded by a TLGV grant. Observe a wolf tree, sluiceway, dam and two wooden bridges. A Walktober Classic! 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Eastford Conservation & Historical Preservation Commission.

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A Dawgs Day in the City

Norwich, CT - Estelle Cohn Memorial Dog Park, 261 Asylum Street. 860-887-6964.

Even dogs need a chance to walk their people once in a while. This walk will travel from the Citys dog park, through Upper Falls Park and historic Yantic to Uncas Leap and Yantic Falls. It is a favorite of many city dogs. Active dogs should arrive early to release some energy. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1 hour, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Community Development Corporation. Visit a centuries-old farmstead slowly being brought back to life. Tour heirloom gardens, meet heritage breeds of livestock, draft horses, and oxen. This 30 arces of field and forest is adjacent to Yale Myers Forest and includes a cranberry bog, abundant wildlife and beautiful old New England scenery. No dogs please! 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Cranberry Hill Farm, Yale Myers Forest, and Ashford Agriculture Commission.

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Rebirth of a New England Farm Paddle Thompson Dam ABC Nature Hike at West Thompson Dam

Ashford, CT - From the jct. of Rte. 89 and Boston Hollow Rd. in Westford, take Nagy Rd. 1 mile north to 158 Nagy Rd. 860-429-3923.

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Thompson, CT - I-395, exit 99, take Rte. 200 We will be out on the water, relaxing and taking in nature. The foliage should be amazing at this time of year. to Rte. 193 and follow signs. 860-774-6010. 2 hours. Please call 860-774-6010 to register. Sponsored by: Blue Pine Outdoors. Thompson, CT - Meet at 162 West Thomp- Join Park Ranger Cathy on a one-mile hike to explore different habitats around the West Thompson Dam while son Rd. From I-395, take exit 99 toward searching for items in nature that begin with every letter of the alphabet. Great fun for kids! 1 mile. Sponsored by: Thompson/N. Grosvenordale. Turn onto US Army Corps of Engineers. Rte. 200 E/Thompson Hill Rd. Turn right at Rte. 193/Thompson Rd. Continue to follow Thompson Rd., which becomes West Thompson Rd. Park at the parking lot on top of the dam. Meet at the flagpole. 860-923-2982. Southbridge, MA - From Main St. (Rte. 131), travel west, at traffic light turn south onto Pleasant St. Follow for 0.33 miles. Turn left onto Walcott St. followed by an almost immediate right onto Plimpton St. Proceed down Plimpton St. to its very end. Parking is available at the trailhead. 508-765-0039. Thompson, CT - Fort Hill Farms 260 Quaddick Rd. 860-923-3439. Ashford, CT - Fenton-Ruby Park and Wildlife Preserve, at the jct. of Moose Meadow and Burma Rds. From Rte. 74 in Willington, drive north 1.8 miles on Moose Meadow Rd., then turn right onto Burma Rd. at the park entrance. Please park in designated area. 860-429-4241. As we walk through a damaged forest there will be a discussion about the devastation the June 1, 2011 tornado caused here. Walk topics also include weather folklore, local history, and the telling of both factual and fictional tales where participants will decide whats true and whats not. 2 hours, 1.5 miles with optional 1.25 mile roundtrip add-on. Sponsored by: Southbridge Trails Committee.

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Over the Hill and Through the Woods Old Connecticut Path Guided Walk

Stroll the farms extensive gardens and see the fields that grow the crops that feed the cows. Take a historic walk through the Maple Grove Lane Way and view the hills of the tri-state area from the hilltop fields in the extreme northeast corner of Connecticut. Sponsored by Fort Hill Farms. This guided walk will be the story of the Old Connecticut Path combined with natural history of the wonderful landscape it traversed near the Willington-Ashford border. During the enlightening mini-journey, leaders will answer queries about plants, land, and ways our present-day hike differs from that of our early settlers in the 1630s. Walking distance is approximately 2 miles one-way; shuttle provided back to the parking lot for those who prefer not to retrace their steps. Distance may not be suitable for some children under 10 years. 1.5 - 2 hours, 2 or 4 miles. Sponsored by: Ashford Conservation Commission. Visit the Yantic River gorge, a wonderful natural resource that is home to the legend of Uncas Leap. This tour will be led by a Mohegan Tribal Elder, and will travel from the planned Uncas Leap Heritage Area to the Royal Mohegan Burial Ground. Explore the deep significance of the Mohegan Tribes heritage and its connection with Norwich. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society. This was Mansfields first town park and the location of one of the original Walking Weekend walks 23 years ago. We will enjoy the lush forest, stone walls, pond and stream as we stroll through the beautiful foliage. The walk will be led by knowledgeable naturalists who will occasionally stop to talk about interesting areas. 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Mansfield Parks Advisory Committee.

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Discover Schoolhouse Brook Park

Mansfield, CT - South from UConn on Rte. 195, turn right on Clover Mill Rd. at the foot of the long Spring Hill. Bear right at the fork and park in the lot 0.7 miles up on the right. 860-429-6257.

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A Trace of the (Mill) Race at No. 3 Mill

Windham, CT 411 Main St. (Rte. 66). 2 blocks east of Frog Bridge on Main St. 860-456-2178.

Discover the site and stories of Willimantic Thread Co. Mill No. 3 and a new view of the mighty Willimantic River. The Town of Windham has recently exposed the site. 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles. Sponsored by: Windham Textile & History Museum.

Monday, October 21
11 a.m. lR The Golden Clock Tower Norwich, CT - Norwich City Hall, 100 Broadway. 860-823-3751. Walktober is about the outdoors but Norwich City Hall is a true work of art that should be visited. Completed in 1873 at a cost of $250,000, the building features dungeon-like cells in the basement, French Second Empire architecture, and many of the original furnishings. It is a true masterpiece of craftmanship punctuated with a gold clock tower. Join city leaders in this engaging tour. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1 hour, 0.25 miles. Sponsored by: City of Norwich.

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3 p.m. S Oct. 25, 3 p.m. lC( Dinosaur Woods Brimfield, MA - 395 Sturbridge Rd. Brimfield is Rte. 20. From Sturbridge, take Rte. 20 west. Cross over reservoir at the town line and slow down. Take the first right after the water at the Welcome to the Pioneer Valley sign. Follow to parking area. 413-245-1062. A fantasy walk through The Woods at Long Pond intended for children pre-school through 8 years of age on a hunt for signs of woods dwellers from the past and present and search for treasures in the woods. Children will then gather at the campsite for cider and a reading of the Dinosaur Woods story. 2 hours, less than 1 mile. Please call 413-245-1062 to register. Sponsored by: Sullivan & Company Real Estate.

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1 p.m. n -u ( The View on Aichers Hill Pomfret Center, CT- 697 Pomfret St. (Rte. 169). 860-928-2341. The trek on the Wyndham Land Trust and privately-owned property begins at the office of Weiss and Hale Financial. The terrain is rolling hills with abundant wildlife and many bird species. The midpoint of the walk is the Fairy Pond, followed by beautiful vistas west from atop a grassy field. Most of the walk is a well-kept grassy path, though there are some hills, which may have wet and possibly muddy terrain in covered areas. There will be cider, donuts and apples offered in the hospitality tent courtesy of Weiss and Hale before and after the hike. 1 hour, 2 miles. Please register by emailing info@weissandhale.com or calling 860-928-2341.

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11 a.m. n -u Yantic River Spirit Scamper Norwich, CT - Howard Brown Park, 100 Chelsea Harbor Dr. 860-823-3792. The Spirit Scamper is a 5K walk/jog along the Heritage Walk in downtown Norwich to the Uncas Leap Heritage Site. This is an enhanced self-guided experience, where local guides will be at specific waypoints to tell stories, should participants desire to stop and hear them. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. Time-keeping will be available for those that chooose to run. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 2 hours, 3.1 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Recreation Department. The Airline State Park Trail goes through the back country of Columbia and Lebanon. Learn about the Ghost Train and see foliage and some interesting construction. Sponsored by: Lebanon Rail Trail Commission.

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Rail Trail Walk Lebanon, CT - Rte. 66 to left on Pine St., at Leonards down to right Leonards Bridge to Rail Bridge Trail (about 2.5 miles from Rte. 66). 860-617-3308. Colorful Canterbury Canterbury, CT - Meet at the Green District Schoolhouse on Library Rd. (behind First Congregational Church 6 South Canterbury Rd.) on Rte. 169. Participants may park in the churchs parking lot. 860-546-9346.

Learn about the colorful history and architecture of a sampling of properties located within the Canterbury Center Historic District on this walk. Canterbury Historical Society Corresponding Secretary Ellen Wilson provides historical background, while paint color expert Sally Zimmerman of Historic New England shares information on how to help an historic home look its best with period color. See firsthand how color and architectural style come together to create character and curb appeal in Canterbury, named Connecticuts 2012 Best Old House Neighborhood by This Old House Magazine. 2 hours, approx. 1 mile. Sponsored by: Canterbury Historical Society.

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Mohegan Park Stroll

Norwich, CT - 20 Park Center Rd. 860-823-3789.

Mohegan Park is set on 352 acres in the center of town and is named for the Mohegan Tribe from whom land was purchased to create Norwich. Take a walk on a paved 0.25 mile path around Spaulding Pond which is stocked with trout annually. See the site of the 1963 dam break that flooded downtown Norwich, the fountain in the park center and state of the art animal shelter. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1 hour, 0.25 miles. Sponsored by: City of Norwich.

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Paddle the Quinebaug: Putnam to Pomfret

Putnam, CT - From I-395 exit 95, take Kennedy Drive north to Simonzi Park. 860-774-6010.

We will be out on the water, relaxing and taking in nature. The foliage should be amazing at this time of year. 2 hours. Please call 860-774-6010 to register. Sponsored by: Blue Pine Outdoors.

10 a.m. A Jaunt Along Norwich, CT - The Gazebo at Howard T. n participants the Heritage Brown Park, Chelsea Harbor Dr. over age 12 Walk 860-887-6964. only 10 a.m. nR participants over age 12 only 10 a.m. n Walk Around Mansfield Hollow Lake Mansfield, CT- Meet at Mansfield Hollow State Park parking lot located on Bassett Bridge Rd. (0.9 miles east of Rte. 195). 860-373-8573.

Heritage Trail is a riverfront trail that runs along the Yantic River from historic Chelsea Harbor to Uncas Leap Heritage Park. Visit a beautiful natural resource, learn about plans to expand the trail and to create additional walking opportunities in the city. More info: www.askncdc.com/walktober. 2 hours, 3 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Community Development Corporation. This is a hike along hilly terrain that will take us around Mansfield Hollow Lake. From the trail we will have numerous views of the lake and cross both the Fenton and Mount Hope Rivers. Participants should bring at least 1 liter of water and sturdy hiking shoes. Rain cancels. 3 hours, 4.5 miles. Sponsored by: Friends of Mansfield Hollow.

Rapoport/ Woodstock, CT - Rte. 169 north to Joy Rd. Spalding on left. Joy Rd. to Calkins Rd. on left. Park Preserve Hike at number 129 Calkins Rd. 860-963-2090. Southbridge, MA - From Main St. (Rte. 131), travel west, at traffic light turn south onto Pleasant St. Follow for 0.33 miles. Turn left onto Walcott St. followed by an almost immediate right onto Plimpton St. Proceed down Plimpton St. to its very end. Parking is available at the trailhead. 508-765-0039.

Hike and explore the recently expanded Rapoport/Spalding Wyndham Land Trust Preserve in the center of Woodstock. 2 hours, 3 miles. Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust. As we walk through a damaged forest there will be a discussion about the devastation the June 1, 2011 tornado caused here. Walk topics also include weather folklore, local history, and the telling of both factual and fictional tales where participants will decide whats true and whats not. 2 hours, 1.5 miles with optional 1.25 mile roundtrip add-on. Sponsored by: Southbridge Trails Committee.

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Rail Trail Walk Lebanon, CT - Rte. 66 to left on Pine St., at Leonards down to right Leonards Bridge to Rail Bridge Trail (about 2.5 miles from Rte. 66). 860-617-3308. Norwich, CT - Lower parking lot, 500 ft. south of intersection of Broad and Washington Streets, across from 138 Washington St. 860-886-1776.

The Airline State Park Trail goes through the back country of Columbia and Lebanon. Learn about the Ghost Train and see foliage and some interesting construction. Sponsored by: Lebanon Rail Trail Commission.

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Meet the families who lived in the mansions along Washington St. and Broadway - Norwichs Millionaires Mile - in the last half of the 19th century. Norwich was a wealthy manufacturing center whose residents drew the attention of people across the nation. Well talk about who they were and how they lived during the most opulent era of the Citys history. 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society.

Monday, October 28
11 a.m. lR The Golden Clock Tower Norwich, CT - Norwich City Hall, 100 Broadway. 860-823-3751. Walktober is about the outdoors but Norwich City Hall is a true work of art that should be visited. Completed in 1873 at a cost of $250,000, the building features dungeon-like cells in the basement, French Second Empire architecture, and many of the original furnishings. It is a true masterpiece of craftmanship punctuated with a gold clock tower. Join city leaders in this engaging tour. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 1 hour, 0.25 miles. Sponsored by: City of Norwich.

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Walktober 2013 Events

For more happenings in The Last Green Valley, please visit www.thelastgreenvalley.org and click on Calendar.

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9/21 - 10/20, weekends & Columbus Day, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 9/27, 9/28, 10/4-10/7, 7 - 9 p.m. Raindate: 10/6 9/29 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. - early Nov., weekdays 12 - 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sept. - Oct., Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m. - dusk October

Connecticut Renaissance Faire - Norwich, CT Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave.

Attend the Faire at its new location this year! Folks are invited to shop til they drop, be charmed by musical performances, feast on turkey legs and other delicacies, cheer for the knights as they battle, and more at this family-friendly event. Costumes are welcome but not required. $17 Adult/$10 children 7-15. Age 6 and under are free. www.ctfaire.com. 860-478-5954. Sponsored by Willimantic Brewing Company and Adventurers Guild.

Haunted Corn Maze - Coventry, CT - Rte. 6 to South St. (4 A moderately scary walk through the corn maze brimming with spooks in the dark. A different maze every year created miles); 2299 South St. on right. by Young Friends of Hale. Not for small children. $8 p.p. or $25 per family. 860-742-6917. Sponsored by Nathan Hale Homestead. Thompsons Hidden Treasures - Thompson, CT Tourtellotte Memorial High School off Rte. 12, North Grosvenordale, CT. Corn Maze Adventure at Fort Hill Farms - Thompson, CT - 260 Quaddick Rd. I-395 to exit 99. Go east to Rte. 200 to Thompson Common (0.5 mile). At stop sign, proceed straight onto Quadick Rd. Fort Hill Farms will be about 1 mile on the left. Ekonk Hill Corn Maze - Sterling, CT - 227 Ekonk Hill Rd. Take I-395 to exit 89, travel east on Rte. 14A. Follow 3 miles and turn right onto Rte. 49. Follow 1 mile to farm. Farmtober at Fort Hill Farms - Thompson, CT - 260 Quaddick Rd. I-395 to exit 99. Go east to Rte. 200 to Thompson Common (0.5 mile). At stop sign, proceed straight onto Quadick Rd. Fort Hill Farms will be about 1 mile on the left. Self-guided Stroll through the Streets of Historic Norwich Town - Norwich, CT - Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington St. Take Exit 81E off Rte. I-395, follow Rte. 2 to the end; at light go left. The museum will be on the immediate left. Parking available. Fall Fun at Cedar Ledge Tree Farm - Mansfield, CT - 260 Coventry Rd. From Willimantic follow Rte. 32 north; take the 3rd right past Mansfield Drive-in. From Rte. 44, take Rte. 32 south from jct. of Rte. 275. Take the 2nd left. View works by American artists, Italian sculptors, 19th-century souvenirs and other personal artifacts of the Tourtellotte family. 860-923-2819. Sponsored by TMHS Alumni Association. Get lost trying to find your way in and out of southern New Englands premier corn maze. Collect the clues and see if you can solve the maze mystery. Flashlight nights Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Pick pumpkins, meet our farm animals and try your hand at gem mining. Visit our Creamery. $12 Adult/$10 children. 860-923-3439.

Visitors may explore the 3+ miles of pathways through an 8-acre corn field and complete a scavenger hunt. They can also visit the animals in the farmyard and see the turkeys in the pasture. Meals and homemade ice cream available at the Brown Cow Caf. Night maze available Saturday and Sunday night until 11:00 p.m. $10 adults/ $6 children. 860-564-0248. Special pumpkin and Halloween events will be scheduled. Details on www.forthillfarms.com. Visit the farm animals, corn maze, pumpkin patch and gem mining. Visit the Fort Hill Farms creamery to try the Farmers Cow ice cream. The Lighted Pumpkin Show features over 1,000 hand carved and glowing pumpkins. You wont want to miss it! Cost varies. 860-923-3439. Sponsored by Fort Hill Farms. Self-guided walk from the Leffingwell House Museum through the streets of old Norwich to the Historic Norwich Town Green, Meeting House Rocks and the old Norwich Burying Ground. Pick up a map and information at the Leffingwell House Museum on any Saturday in October between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Commemorative patches are available for sale. 860-889-9440. Sponsored by Society of the Founders of Norwich. Take a 30-minute tractor ride through a terraced Christmas tree plantation and timber stand while searching for hidden/disguised pumpkins; pedal karts available for kids and adults, mulch mountain sliding. You can also walk through the property. Pumpkins for sale. Visit cedarledgetreefarm.com for more info. $6.50 p.p. 860-423-5690.

Saturdays in Oct.

October, weekdays 12 - 5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 10/4 & 10/5, 7 - 9 p.m. Raindate: 10/6 10/4, 10:30 p.m.

Haunted Corn Maze - Coventry, CT - Rte. 6 to South St. (4 A moderately scary walk through the corn maze brimming with spooks in the dark. A different maze every year created miles); 2299 South St. on right. by Young Friends of Hale. Not for small children. $8 p.p. or $25 per family. 860-742-6917. Sponsored by Nathan Hale Homestead. Special Zombie Thriller: Remains - Norwich, CT Norwich Arts Center, 60 Broadway, Norwich, CT. View the Zombie Thriller and soon to be cult classic movie Remains, which was filmed in downtown Norwich. Join cast and crew as they reflect upon this movie and share some of their fondest memories of the filming. Come dressed as a zombie for a chance to win a DVD of the movie. Limited seating, first come, first served. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 860-887-6964. Sponsored by: Norwich Community Cinema.

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10/5 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

House Talk: Restoration of Westfield Congregational Church - Killingly, CT - 210 Main St., Danielson, corner of Reynolds St., the big white church on the green.

Lecture and walking tour. Participants will enjoy a general architectural history and slide show of Connecticut churches presented by a distinguished architectural historian. Local historians, architects and/or contractors will discuss historic preservation and steeple restoration efforts at Westfield Congregational Church. Opportunity to tour the historic 1855 landmark church and see some of its wonderful hidden treasures. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided. $35 p.p. payable to CT Trust. 203-562-6312. www.cttrust.org. Sponsored by Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation in association with Westfield Congregational Church. View hundreds of antique vehicles including antique cars, muscle cars, classic trucks, street rods, custom cruisers, classic imports and motorcycles. Meet Steve Magnante of Barrett-Jackson fame. Visit www.hitchockacademy.org for details. $5 p.p., free for kids under 13, seniors 65+, active military and veterans. 413-245-9977. Sponsored by Hitchcock Free Academy. Bring the family and enjoy a day on the farm. Horse-drawn wagon rides, childrens activities and more. $7 p.p., kids 3 14, $4. 860-642-6413. Sponsored by Blue Slope Country Museum.

10/5 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Raindate: 10/12 10/5 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 10/6 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

5th Annual Brimfield Antique Auto Show - Brimfield, MA - 37 Palmer Rd. (Rte. 20), west of the Brimfield Common at the Heart-o-the-Mart Flea Market Field. Fall Festival Tyme at Blue Slope Country Museum Franklin, CT - 138 Blue Hill Rd.

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10/6 1 p.m.

CROP Hunger Walk (fundraiser) - Killingly, CT - Killingly Little League field, behind Delta Rubber Co. at 39 Wauregan Rd., Danielson CT.

The Killingly-Brooklyn Interfaith Council sponsors the CROP Walk to raise funds to combat hunger. Walkers are sponsored by donors. Twenty-five percent of monies raised are for the Killingly-Brooklyn community; the rest goes to Church World Service or similar agencies. Registration is at 1:00 p.m. with the walk starting at 1:30 p.m. (all walkers must be registered). No recreational wheels are permitted, but strollers, etc. are OK. Walkers may go north along the Quinebaug River Trail and hear history of the mills and the Tiffany family, or southward along the Trail to achieve a 10K walk. 860-576-9294. Exhibition and sale of works by skilled artisans in many mediums. Demonstrations in lampwork beads, weaving, and woodcarving. Art by children and gratis experiential space Found Object Art - Make It & Take It. The Finnish Heritage Museum will be open for visitors. Refreshments, including Finnish pulla bread and salmon chowder available. www.fahs-ct.org. 860-546-6671. Why is this Tiffany gem in Pomfret? Participants will hear about 19th-century Pomfret and why two innovative artists came together to create the building known as Christ Church. 860-928-7026. Sponsored by Christ Church Pomfret. View the Societys collection of items relating to the towns history. 860-564-8561. Sponsored by Plainfield Historical Society. Bring your heirlooms and antiques to our fine trio of appraisers. They will provide anecdotal enlightenment as to possible origin, uses and will provide you a verbal estimate of the value. $5 for the first item, $2 each additional item. 860-455-7021. Sponsored by Hampton Antiquarian & Historical Society. A visual tour of transportation from wagon trails to the toll road, from the trolley line to the train tracks, from highwheeler bicycles to motorcycles, Model Ts to muscle cars, automobiles to aviation. Travel the road through Franklin history with a car show, exhibits, museum tours and concessions. www.franklinct.com. 860-642-1988.

10/12 Open House at the Finnish American Heritage Museum 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Fine Art & Craft Exhibit & Sale (FACES at FAHS) Canterbury, CT - Finnish Hall, 76 N. Canterbury Rd. (Rte. 169). 10/12 10 a.m. 10/12 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 10/12 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 10/12 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tiffany Treasures and More - Pomfret, CT - Christ Church 527 Pomfret St. (Rtes. 44 & 169). Open House at the new Plainfield History Room Plainfield, CT - 482 Norwich Rd. Exit 88 off I-395, go west to light, turn right, third building on right. The Three Appraisers - Hampton, CT - Hampton Community Center, 178 Main St. (Rte. 97), Hampton, CT. Ashbel Woodward Museums Annual Transportation Day - Franklin, CT - Ashbel Woodward Museum, 387 Rte. 32. Access and parking via Plains Rd. Heading north on Rte. 32, Plains Rd. is just after the museum on the right. Heading south, Plains Rd. is 0.25 miles past Pound Hill Rd. on the left. Ledges of Roseledge Art Show & Wine Tasting - Preston, CT - Exit 85 off I-395, south on Rte. 164, 3.3 miles on the left. Scotlands 26th Annual Highland Festival - Scotland, CT - 96 Waldo Rd. Free shuttle bus service with off-site parking at 130 Devotion Rd. Windham/Tolland 4-H Camp Fundraiser Take Out Dinner - Pomfret, CT - Pomfret Community School, 20 Pomfret St. (corner of Rtes. 169 and 101). Connecticuts Stone Landscapes - Canterbury, CT 1 South Canterbury Rd. (Junction Rtes. 14 and 169).

10/12 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 10/13 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A guided walk about the farm to explore tunnels, ledges and stone work of the past. Local artists to feature Preston Art, wine tasting featuring Preston Ridge Vineyard. Donations accepted. 860-892-4739. Sponsored by Roseledge Country Inn & Farm Shoppe. Bagpiping, drumming, dancing and athletic competitions. Massed bands, clan village and vendors with Scottish food and wares! Sheep herding and animals of Scottish heritage. Special entertainment is folk music, harp circle, Celtic bands, story tellers and more! www.scotlandgames.org . Adults $14/seniors (65+) $10/students with ID $10/children (6 - 12) $5/children under 5 free with paying adult. 860-423-9634. Sponsored by Highland Festival Association of Scotland. Drive-thru and pick up a tasty take-out chicken dinner cooked by Pomfret Fire Dept. volunteers to benefit the Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp. $10 per dinner. For ticket information call 860-974-3379 or check www.4hcampct.org for a ticket location near you. Join Archaeologist Dan Forrest, CT State Historic Preservation Office, and partners for an illustrated discussion of stone features: cairns, piles, lines and stone landscapes, and the challenges these places pose to our understanding of Connecticuts past. Program is included in regular museum admission. www.cultureandtourism.org or CTvisit.com. $6 adults, $4 youth (6-17) and Senior Citizens (60+). 860-546-7800. Sponsored by The Prudence Crandall Museum.

10/13 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 10/13 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 10/14 4 - 6 p.m.

Harvest The Last Green Valley: Views Over Fort Hill Farms Harvest the views of the tri-state autumn foliage while floating in a tethered hot air balloon. Get the magnificent aerial - Thompson, CT - 260 Quaddick Rd. I-395 to exit 99. Go view of the Corn Maze Adventure. Proceeds of the balloon ride benefit The Last Green Valley. Hot air balloon courtesy east to Rte. 200 to Thompson Common (0.5 mile). At of Remax and the setting provided by Fort Hill Farms. www.forthillfarms.com. $10 p.p. 860-923-3439. stop sign, proceed straight onto Quadick Rd. Fort Hill Farms will be about 1 mile on the left. 24th Annual Harvest Festival - Sturbridge, MA - On the Sturbridge Town Common & Publick House, 22 Main St. (Rte. 131). Experience fall family fun with countless crafters, artisans, specialty foods, farm fresh harvests, live entertainment, activities for kids, chefs of the community and more! www.cmschamber.org/HarvestFestival. 508-347-2761. Sponsored by Harrington Health Care System.

10/19, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. & 10/20, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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10/19 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 10/19 & 10/20 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10/19 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Great Pumpkin Festival - Putnam, CT - Downtown Putnam. 31st Annual Roseland Fine Arts and Crafts Festival Woodstock, CT - Roseland Cottage, 556 Rte. 169.

Dont miss this wonderful Putnam Business Association Event. Vendors, great food, live entertainment, Blackstone Valley train ride and more. www.putnambusiness.org. This festival is one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England and features 175 local artisans and their wares: jewelry, woodworking, pottery, clothing, metalwork, and much more. Enjoy live music, a food court, and first-floor tours of Roseland Cottage. $5 p.p., free to Historic New England members and children under 12. 617-994-5900 x 5515. Sponsored by Roseland Cottage.

Thames Valley Trout Unlimited Fly-Fishing in the Schools Introduction to fly-fishing in schools program - youth who participated in a pilot program with the National Fishing in Program - Mansfield, CT - Mansfield Hollow State Park; Schools Program (NFSP) will demonstrate their fly-casting skills and Thames Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited memparking area off of Bassetts Bridge Rd. Signs and a greet- bers will talk to interested youth and family members about the basics of fly-fishing. 860-271-5494. ing table will be posted/setup at parking area to direct participants along the short hiking trail to the fishing location at the lake. Horizon Wings Owl Prowl - Ashford, CT - 9 Sand Hill Rd. Follow Rt. 44 W to Rt. 89, north onto Rt. 89, Sand Hill Rd. is a sharp right turn 0.5 miles after The Ashford School. Climbtober - Storrs, CT - 2007 Storrs Rd. (Rte. 195) Storrs, CT. Things That Go Bump in the Night - Coventry, CT Rte. 6 to Coventry; take South St. 4 miles to 2299 South St. Homestead on right. Participants will see 5 species of owls native to Connecticut. There will be an education station with real owl pellets, arts and crafts for children, owl related raffle items. Hot beverages and snack items will also be available. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. $5 adult, $2 children over 3 and seniors. 860-429-2181. Enjoy 10% discount at The Adventure Park at Storrs. Try the high rope and zip lines in this aerial forest park. A great family activity in a beautiful New England Forest. www.storrsadventurepark.com. Fee varies with age. 860-946-0606. A candlelight tour of the homestead to hear the traditional ghost stories and the paranormal - the unexplained occurences as told by the guides who experienced them. Includes refreshments, beer, wine, cider. $25 p.p. 860-742-6917. Sponsored by Nathan Hale Homestead.

10/19 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 10/20 9 a.m. 10/25 & 10/26 6 & 8 p.m. 10/26 12 - 4 p.m.

Scarecrows and Cocoa - Norwich, CT - Leffingwell House We will have a dooryard herb garden full of scarecrows, a scavenger hunt and a tour of the Leffingwell House Museum Museum, 348 Washington St., Norwich, CT. Take Exit 81E with a special cocoa tasting to choose the Leffingwell cocoa recipe for 2013 - 2014. www.leffingwellhousemuseum.org. off Rte. I-395, follow Rte. 2 to the end; at light go left. The $5 adult, $3 children. 860-889-9440. Sponsored by Society of the Founders of Norwich. museum will be on the immediate left. Parking available. Downtown Putnam Trick or Treating - Putnam, CT Kennedy Drive to Union Square. A Spirited Tour of the Pubs of Norwich - Norwich, CT Chacers Bar & Grill, 78 Franklin St. Connecticut Childrens Book Fair - Storrs, CT - Rome Commons Ballroom, South Campus Complex, UCONN Campus. Artists Open Studios Tour - Several towns. See http://www.aosct.org for a map. Santa Comes to Putnam, CT - Riverfront Commons on Kennedy Drive. Holiday Dazzle Light Parade - Putnam, CT. Businesses from Jade Gardens to Union Square will hand out candy. www.putnambusiness.org. Sponsored by: Putnam Business Association Downtown Norwich is home to some wonderful pubs. Join the Norwich Community Development Corporation as they dress up to celebrate the Halloween holiday. The tour will involve stops at several pubs and provide participants with sufficient time to purchase refreshments. Ages 21+ please. More info: askncdc.com/walktober. 860- 887-6964. Presentations and autographs by well-known illustrators and authors of childrens picture, chapter, young adult and teen books. Activities, costume characters and more. Fun for the whole family. http://bookfair.uconn.edu. 860-486-5027. Sponsored by UCONN Libraries and UCONN Co-op. Visit area artists in their studios and at group shows. Discover whats being created in our midst. Connect with artist friends. Demonstrations, art available for purchase. http://www.aosct.org . 860-287-8056. Hot chocolate and cookies provided by WINY and a live radio broadcast. www.winyradio.com. Sponsored by WINY Radio. Start your holiday off with a lot of lights! Come and support The Last Green Valley, the grand marshal of the 2013 parade! www.winyradio.com. Sponsored by WINY Radio.

10/31 5 p.m. 10/31 8 p.m. 11/9 & 11/10 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 11/29 - 12/1, 12/7 & 12/8 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 11/29 4 p.m. 12/1, 5 p.m. Raindate: 12/8

Join us for our slightly off-kilter midwinter event!

february 15 to march 17, 2014

Tour the green light displays throughout the ancient villages of our beautiful National Heritage Corridor located in northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts. Fireside feasts, sledding, ice skating, unique dining, cross-country skiing, galleries , shops, overnight packages and more! Ending with St. Patricks Day celebrations.

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With support from the DECD/ Connecticut Office of Tourism

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Special Edition Walktober T-Shirt!


Just in time for the 23rd Annual Walktober

the first ever Walktober T-shirt!


Weve created this beautiful design of colorful falling leaves, reminiscent of the sounds and smells of crisp October weather in The Last Green Valley. The TLGV logo graces the front left side of a creamy off-white 100% cotton t-shirt. This design will not be repeated it is exclusive for the 2013 Walktober season. Show your support of TLGV and enjoy Walktober all year long by wearing this attractive garment! All proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go to benefit TLGVs programs and projects. Sizes small, medium, large and extra-large; price $20.00 includes shipping and handling. Available on the TLGV online shop at http://www.tlgv.org (click shop).