Thursday, January 26, 2012

Skiing in the Litchfield Area

Downhill Skiing In The Litchfield Area

by maria sacco

Litchfield County has several Ski Areas, the best known being Mohawk Mountain located in Cornwall Connecticut.   Here is a list of several ski areas, let us know if we have missed your favorite!

Mohawk Mountain:  Located in Cornwall, Mohawk has been a favorite ski destination for over 50 years. Weekday hours are 9:30 AM until  10:00 PM, Saturdays 8:30 AM until 10:00 PM, Sundays 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM.  Mohawk offers both skiing and snowboarding. Programs include private lessons, group lessons, childrens programs, and racing programs.  Click here for more informaiton on lessons.  Click here to go to Mohawk's page for current conditions at Mohawk.

Ski Sundown: Located In New Hartford, Ski Sundown is another of Litchfield's family freindly ski area's. Opening day for the 2009/2010 season is this Friday, December 18th.  Ski Sundown offers both skiing and snowboarding, kids programs, adult lessons, racing teams, private lessons, and more.  Click here for Ski Sundown's page of current mountain conditions.

Woodbury Ski Area: Woodbury is not just the Antique Capitol of Connecticut, it also has it's own ski area.  Woodbury Ski Area offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, private lessons, kids programs, racing teams and you can set up your own private skiing party/event as well!  Click here to go to their current mountain conditions and click here for more information on the mountain.

Just a short drive up in the Berkshires, Ski Butternut, Berkshire East, Ski Bosquet, Jiminy Peak, and  are just a few of the mountains that offer skiing In Massachusettes.

Ski Butternut: Ski Butternut offers skiing, snowboarding, children's programs, adult programs, private and group lessons, and more. Located in Great Barrington, Mass, Ski Butternut is just over the Connecticut/Massachusetts border.  Click here for today's mountain condtions and clcik here for more information on programs.

Ski Bosquet: Ski Bosquet is located in Pittsfield, Mass. It offers night skiing, snow tubing, group lessons, private lessons and more. Click here to go to the conditions page and click here to get more information on lessons.

Jiminy Peak: Located in Hancock, Mass, Jiminy Peak is the largest ski and snowboard resort park in southern New England. It offers childrens programs, adult programs, skiing, snowboarding. Click here to get the latest mountain conditions at Jiminy Peak.  Click here for program information.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Snow and Ice Removal The Green Way!

It is winter and we have had our first measurable snow storm of the season.  Here are a few eco friendly tips on snow removal, courtsey of Apartment Therapy.

Some of us are waiting for winter to arrive, and others are getting hit unusually hard. While I don't miss living in the suburbs and digging the driveway out after a storm, I do have fond memories of snow days filled with sledding and snow ball fights, with shovel breaks in between. Below are some tips on how to remove that snow and ice in a green way:
1 Get out there and shovel, or pay a neighborhood kid to do it! It's the greenest and most effective way to remove snow. Using an ergonomic shovel, shovel early and often before it builds up and ices over.
2 Sand does not melt snow, but it is a natural way to provide traction. Use sparingly to avoid clogging sewers.
3 Use an ice breaker or hoe to break up ice. If you must use ice melt, avoid sodium chloride (rock salt). Sodium chloride is the most common ingredient and the most harmful: it kills plants, pollutes our drinking water, and it can corrode vehicles and bridges. Read labels and look for earth friendly versions that use magnesium chloride instead of sodium chloride; it's a safer, less corrosive alternative to sodium chloride.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Things To Do At White Memorial This Weekend.

Calendar of Events
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting - 11:00 am -2:00 pm
Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the Museum with a visit to the Ice House display,  then head outdoors for a walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins. The program culminates with our own "Cut Ups", Jeff Greenwood and James Fischer, demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods.  Dress for the weather. We will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods of time. Wear warm boots and prepare for wind and sun.  Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. , Meet in the Museum. FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Stories in Wildlife Tracking - 6:00-8:00 pm
Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living present a
 slideshow which will introduce you to the world of wildlife through the eyes of local naturalists.  Andy and Deneen will recount tales of personal tracking adventures incorporating natural history and methods of track and sign identification. We invite you to shift your awareness and intimately connect with nature through the celebration of stories.  Come prepared to share tracking stories and questions from your own backyard. 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, FREE…Donations will be accepted to defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Events in the Area This Week!

Some Area Events for you to think about!
 
Pre-School Story Hour - 10:00 am - Morris Public Library
Bouncing Babies (3-24 months) - 10:30 am or 11:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Social Time for Seniors - 1:00-3:00 pm - Goshen Congregational Church
Community Writers' Circle - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Book Discussion: 'The Autobiography of Mark Twain' - 7:00-8:15 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
 
New York City Daytrip - 8:00 am-8:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Short Tales (2-3 year olds) - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Books for Bedtime - 7:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library & Cable 5
 
Tall Tales (3-5 year olds) - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
How to Look At and Understand Great Art - 1:00-3:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Ernest Hemingway "In Our Time" Course - 1:30-3:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Basic Italian II Class - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Book Discussion: 'Death in Holy Orders' - 7:30 pm - Morris Public Library
 
Grief Support Group - 9:30-11:00 am - Litchfield Community Center
Vintage Movies @ Goshen Library - 11:30 am - 2:00 pm - Goshen Public Library
CL&P Energy Bingo - 1:00 pm - Morris Senior Center
Books & S'mores (Grades K-6) - 3:30-4:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
Buddhist Meditation Weekend Retreat - 6:00 pm - Wisdom House
 
Book Discussion: 'The Heart and the Fist' - 10:00 am - Goshen Public Library
Stories in Wildlife Tracking - 6:00-8:00 pm - White Memorial CC
Firkin Quiz Night - 7:00-11:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
 
Winter Wildlife Tracking Class - 10:00 am-4:00 pm- White Memorial CC
Cross Country Ski Trip through the Pines with Robyn Dinda -10:45 am - White Memorial CC
Lecture by Richard Radune, Author of Sound Rising - 3:00 pm - Litchfield History Museum
Litchfield Hills Youth Lacrosse - 6:30-8:00 pm - Litchfield Firehouse

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Two Men Talking

The Hotchkiss School presents the follow free event.

Two Men Talking," a dramatic storytelling event written and performed by Paul Browde and Murray Nossel, will be presented at The Hotchkiss School on Friday, January 6 at 7 PM. The show is free and open to the public. Live, unscripted and unique each time it is performed, "Two Men Talking" is an exploration of identity and self-acceptance. Browde and Nossel knew each other as schoolboys in apartheid-era South Africa. Meeting by chance decades later in New York City led to the development and creation of the show. For more information about "Two Men Talking," visit www.twomentalking.com.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Things To Do This Upcoming Week

Use today to watch a little football, think about some new years resolutions and plan out the upcoming week with local area events.
 
Monday Afternoon Movie - 1:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
 
Pre-School Story Hour - 10:00 am - Morris Public Library
Bouncing Babies (3-24 months) - 10:30 am or 11:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Social Time for Seniors - 1:00-3:00 pm - Goshen Congregational Church
Artists Reception: Litchfield Montessori School - 5:00-7:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
Community Writers' Circle - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
 
Short Tales (2-3 year olds) - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Books for Bedtime - 7:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library & Cable 5
 
OWL e-Lounge: 'A Discovery of Witches' - Oliver Wolcott Library
Tall Tales (3-5 year olds) - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Women's Forum: ‘Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother’ - 2:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Socrates Cafe - 7:00-9:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
 
Grief Support Group - 9:30-11:00 am - Litchfield Community Center
Vintage Movies @ Goshen Library - 11:30 am - 2:00 pm - Goshen Public Library
Books & S'mores (Grades K-6) - 3:30-4:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
 
Weight Loss and Organization - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm - Wisdom House
Veteran of the Month Ceremony - 10:00 am - All Wars Memorial, Bantam
Winter Tree Identification with Lukas Hyder - 10:00 am - White Memorial CC
Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market - 10:00 am-1:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
'Getty Center Abstractions' - 3:30-5:30 pm - Marie Louise Trichet Gallery @ Wisdom House
 
Eagles at Shepaug Bald Eagle Observation Area - TBA - Junior Audubon Society
Family Swim & Gym - 1:00-3:00 pm - CJR/Litchfield Community Center