Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Calling all gardeners and those interested in starting your own garden! Join us at the Erin Street Community Garden on Wednesday, August 30, 6-7 pm with a panel of experienced local farmers and gardeners for an informal question and answer session. The garden is located at the corner of Erin Street and High Street in Middletown.
Do you wonder how to get a garden started, what to plant in the fall, the safest ways to manage garden pests, how to put your garden to bed for the winter, whether you should test your soil, how to grow better fruits and vegetables, and more? Bring your questions on any gardening topic!!
Contact Jane Brawerman, with the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, 860-346-3284, for more information about the event.
The Gardening Q&A is the first of several summer/fall activities being held as part of a Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District project to enhance urban agriculture in Middletown, funded by a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts. Project partners include Forest City Farms, Long Lane Farm, the City of Middletown, Middletown High School Agricultural Science and Technology Program, North End Action Team, the Macdonough and Farm Hill School Family Resource Centers, and the FoodCorps program. September/October events include the Put Local on Your Plate! series—three cooking demos featuring local chefs, focused on easy ways to incorporate local seasonal vegetables in your meals, to be held at the Community Health Center in Middletown.
The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Middletown, CT, works to conserve the natural resources of towns in the lower Connecticut River watershed and coastal areas. For more information about District technical and educational programs and services, visit us at www.conservect.org/ctrivercoastal, or www.facebook.com/ctrivercoastalcd/.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
|The Solar Eclipse will be streamed live in the Hubbard Room.|
Come and enjoy the eclipse with your friends in safety and comfort.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
by Stephan Proudfoot, with additional reporting by David Hornby-Wenning, Claudia Wheatleaf, Clarke St. Branch, and Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh
Epigraph: “Here’s tae us; wha’s like us? Gey few, and they’re a’ deid!” (“Here’s to us; who’s our like? Damn few, and they’re all dead!”) --Scottish toast
Amazing bass, how sweet thou art.
Pecans, chardonnay, merlot, Tate’s chocolate chip cookies, and Welch’s grape juice. If you’re the sort who needs direction, go get those five things. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. If you’re self-directed, ignore this paragraph.
Life hack: modify Christmas carols for everyday use: “It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails.”
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
|This is a house built by a patron in 2016's Fairy House workshop.|
Want to attract a fairy or a gnome to your home? Plenty of supplies will be available for you to create your own fairy or gnome home, but participants are welcome to bring additional materials as well: moss, feathers, fabric, shells--whatever you think a fairy or gnome might fancy.
Environmentally-friendly materials will be available for those who wish to create an outside fairy or gnome house.
Adults and families are welcome. Drop-in, no registration necessary.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Nominate A Local Environmental Champion
The Rockfall Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Environmental Awards, which recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses for environmental efforts that contribute to the quality of life in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Two categories of awards include the Distinguished Service Award and Certificates of Appreciation in the areas of preservation, conservation, restoration, or environmental education. Awardees are recognized at the Rockfall Foundation’s annual meeting and grants celebration in November. Nominations must be submitted by September 15, 2017 and a form can be downloaded online or one can be requested by calling 860-347-0340.
Founded in 1935 by Middletown philanthropist Clarence S. Wadsworth, the Rockfall Foundation is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations. The Foundation supports environmental education, conservation and planning initiatives in the Lower Connecticut River Valley through public programs and grants. In addition, the Rockfall Foundation operates the historic deKoven House Community Center that offers meeting rooms and office space for non-profit organizations. For additional information about the 2017 Environmental Awards or the Rockfall Foundation, please visit www.rockfallfoundation.org or call 860-347-0340.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
by Portly Sage, Rosemary End-Time, and Art Simon
Epigraph: “Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” --Tom Lehrer
“Death comes for us all. But we needn’t experience the grief of bereavement if we all go at once. So what if it’s in an ocean of flame? At least no one’s left behind to cry.” --Kim Bad-Un
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
|courtesy of Doo-Wop DeVille|
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Monday, August 7, 2017
The Rockfall Foundation Presents a Night at the Ivoryton Playhouse to Benefit Environmental Programs
includes a pre-show reception and performance of Saturday Night Fever: The Musical. The 1970’s brought us the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act and it’s also the decade that brought us disco. It’s been 40 years since the release of the film Saturday Night Fever - the inspiration for this electrifying musical and the Rockfall Foundation invites you to join them in celebrating this milestone while supporting essential environmental programs!