There’s one more weekend of Walktober, and it’s filled with a variety of adventures to enjoy for all ages.
In the final weekend of its 27th Year, Walktober will continue to reveal the treasures of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Visit structures dating back to pre-Columbian times, learn about the critical role of locals in the Civil War and more! Walktober is a program of The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), the non-profit charged with promoting and advocating for the national heritage corridor’s unique resources.
“I’m constantly amazed at the diverse topics our volunteers cover every Walktober,” said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. “It’s a testament to them that the final weekend of Walktober is as incredible as the first.”
Bruinooge said the passion of the volunteers and our partner organizations is also why Walktober spilled into November this year. With more than 250 adventures that started Sept. 23, Walktober has already drawn tens-of-thousands of people to the 35 towns of the national heritage corridor.
Here are some adventures still to come:
Walktober: Lithic Sites & Stone Cairns Explored in Thompson, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to noon, Old Thompson Town Hall, 339 Thompson Rd. (Rte. 193), Thompson, CT. Meet at Old Town Hall, then plan to drive to view lithic site. 860-923-3776. Attend this eye-opening Walktober, as Thompson Historical Society shares the investigation steps and processes used in looking for answers regarding the multitude of lithic sites & cairns found in the region. After the presentation, visit the “Werge Easement,” a case in point in Thompson. This property is rich with lithic sites, and the landowners did not want society to lose them. In their life planning they gave an easement over this property to the Thompson Historical Society. You’ll never look at a pile of rocks the same way again!
The Maritime History of Norwich through the Civil War, Nov. 4, 10-11:30 a.m., Howard T. Brown Park, 100 Chelsea Harbor Dr., Norwich, CT. 860-886-1776. Turn the clock back to the time of the “War of The Rebellion” and speak with Commodore Joseph Lanman, a native of Norwich, and his wife Ann Cornelia. This walking tour will cover Norwich’s maritime history, from the first English settlers and Mohegans, through the Revolutionary War, and on to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Learn how a woman coped in a male-dominated society while her husband was on faraway stations plus some little known historical oddities about Norwich and the sea.
Walktober: Draw with Author & Illustrator Jeffy Craft, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to noon, Pearle L. Crawford Library, 40 Schofield Ave., Dudley, MA. 508-949-8021. Pre-registration required, stop by the library or call 508-949-8021. Join award-winning syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft as he shares his experiences as a professional cartoonist and illustrator. Then it’s your turn to draw! Mr. Craft will give you step-by-step instruction on how you can use simple shapes to create your own cool comic book characters. Registration and non-refundable $10 co-pay are required
Walktober: A Colonial Connecticut Thanksgiving in 1786, Nov. 4,. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Huntington Homestead, 36 Huntington Rd., Scotland, CT. 860-423-1547. Governor Samuel Huntington’s 1786 Thanksgiving proclamation states that the day be observed with praise, prayer, and “the voice of melody.” Come back to the Third Society of Windham where “no servile labour may be performed this day.” “Mehetabel” will discuss traditional food dishes as the family partake of their period meal which includes Pompion Pie. A common wedding ceremony is possible, a needy neighbor may come calling for flour, and a weary traveller might need a meal! Harness your coursers and maybe even hitch your sleigh!
Walktober: Night Photography at West Thompson Dam, Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m., West Thompson Lake, Reardon Rd., Thompson, CT. Meet & park at the Disc Golf Course lot on Reardon Rd.
860-481-0536. Ages 12 and older only. Pre-registration online at www.clarusstudios.com/nightskywalktober. Join Clarus Studios photographer Geoff Bolte as he helps you capture the night sky the way it should be! We’ll walk from the parking lots to the water for great night sky captures. You will need a camera capable of photographing in “Manual” mode, as well as a good tripod and flashlight. If you have an intervalometer please bring that as well. We will go over what is needed to capture the sky as well as timelapses and star trails for the more advanced photographers. For a personal touch & ample time for attendees, this opportunity is offered to a maximum of 15 participants. $10 each.