Friends of Valley Falls, Annual Meeting~Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1 PM

Enjoy a late September afternoon in the basement of the Red Barn, 350 Valley Falls Road.  After a brief business meeting, CT State Historian Walter Woodward’s “Band of Steady Habits” will present a lively and entertaining program combining storytelling, history and music.  Learn about recent developments in the planning of the “Heritage Center” to be located in the stable at Valley Falls Farm.  Everyone is welcome, refreshments following the program.

Please, PARK IN THE PARKING LOT AT VALLEY FALLS PARK

ARTISTS DAY, August 18, 2019

What could be better than art, history and music on a late summer afternoon…………join us for Artists Day, 2019, on August 18 from 12:30 till 3 pm, at the Red Barn and Valley Falls Farm.   The popular local duo Handler and Levesque will play guitar and mandolin music from the Farmhouse porch from 1-3.  Works of Ct artists will be on display and for sale in the basement of the Red Barn, and artists Jane Burr, Jay Babina, Susan Bosworth, Catherine Elliot, Sharon Kehmna, Loretta Medieros and Dawn Tyler will be painting in the fields, if you’d like to watch them at work.  The Vernon Arts Commission will be serving lemonade and tours of the historic farm buildings will be conducted on the hour at 1 and 2 pm.  Our beekeepers will be available in the stable, and the herb garden has been manicured by the Vernon Garden Club. Please park in the Valley Falls Parking lot.  Let the attendant know you are there for Artists Day, you should not have to pay an entrance fee.  A shuttle will be available, or follow the trail from the parking lot up to the lemonade table at the Red Barn.  Join us!

Summer Farm Tours, 2019

  Fun for just yourself, or your whole family!  Join us on Sunday, June 23, from 1-3 pm for a guided tour of our original historic farm buildings. We’ll tell you what we’ve learned about their history, ending as a “Gentleman’s Farm,” owned by the Beach Family from 1915 through the 1950’s.   Visit Vernon Garden Club’s Herb Garden, in full summer bloom and fragrance, and take a leisurely walk through the scenic grounds, imagining a time gone by.  Park at the RED BARN, 350 Valley Falls Road.

If you can’t make the 23rd, we will be doing the summer tours on Wednesday July 3, July 10, and July 17 as well as Sunday, July 28, from 1-3 pm.

In August, tours will be held on Wednesdays, August 7, and August 14, and Sunday August 25, also from 1-3 pm.

CT Open House, June 8, 2019 (10 AM-2 PM)

Open House,  2018

Tour the historic Red Barn and Valley Falls Farm buildings on Saturday, June 8,       from 10 am-2 pm.  The iconic “gentleman’s farm” buildings, now repaired from the lightning strike of 2018, take us back in time to 19th century Vernon–and you get to look inside!  Vernon Garden Club maintains the herb gardens, beautiful in the spring!  As a special treat, the beekeepers at the Farm want to give you a demo, and a sample of their wares.

Wildflower Honey from Valley    Falls Farm

“3 Walk Weekend” 2019

 “3-WALK WEEKEND”  May 18 and 19, 2019

Please join us, once again, for our three-walk series of leisurely guided walks of about an hour each to learn more about and enjoy the wonderful springtime features of Valley Falls Park. We meet at the gazebo in the Park at 350 Valley Falls Road in Vernon. For more information, call Ginny at 860.875.9865.

“Birds of Valley Falls” Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 7:30 AM, led by Denise Anamani.  We will observe and identify the bluebirds and other native–and some migrating–species found in their various habitats at the park, bring your bird apps and binoculars!

“Wildflower Walk” Saturday, May 18, 2018, at 1:00 PM, led by Ginny Gingras and Carol Hatch.  We will walk Ginny’s favorite wildflower paths to identify and enjoy old favorites and some members of the orchid family that are hard to find anywhere else.

“Rocks, Railroads, and History Walk” May19, at 1:00 PM, Don Sierakowski will tell us about the Geology and History of Valley Falls Park, including the fascinating story of the Railroad running nearby.

Friends of Valley Falls Annual Meeting, Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 1 PM

Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 30, 2018, in the basement of the RED BARN, 350 Valley Falls Road, at 1 pm.  Following our meeting, and light refreshments our guest speaker, Amy Blaymore Patterson now Director of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC), will talk about the importance of preserved land in Connecticut and a very important new initiative of CLCC.  See you there!

there is limited parking in the barnyard, much better parking at Valley Falls Park

 

 

SUMMER FARM TOURS, WEEKENDS, JULY 14 & 29 and AUGUST 11 & 26, 2018

Summer Fun for just yourself, or your whole family!  Join us on Saturday, July 14 or Sunday, July 29, from 10am-2pm for a guided tour of our original historic farm buildings and hear about their history as a “gentleman’s farm.”   Visit Vernon Garden Club’s Herb Garden and take a leisurely walk through the scenic grounds, imagining a time gone by.  Park at the RED BARN 350 Valley Falls Road.

OR, join us for the very same tour in August on Saturday the 11th, or Sunday the 26th, 10am-2pm.

CT OPEN HOUSE DAY, Sunday JUNE 10, 2018 10:00-2:00

Open House, June 17, 2018

Join us for OPEN HOUSE DAY on Sunday, June 10, from 10 am to 2 pm…..This one-day event begins with a FAMILY NATURE WALK at 10 am, led by our own Jane Seymour, Wildlife Technician, CT Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection (meet at the pavilion in the Park) and hourly tours of Valley Falls Farm and the Red Barn (meet at the Red Barn).  This event is held yearly as part of the CT OPEN HOUSE which showcases Connecticut’s diverse history/art/culture offerings in all 169 towns.  Parking is available at Valley Falls Park Parking lot, or limited parking at the Red Barn, 350 Valley Falls Road, Vernon.

“3-Walk Weekend(s),” May 2018

Please join us, once again, for our three-walk series of leisurely guided walks of about an hour each to learn more about and enjoy the wonderful springtime features of Valley Falls Park.  We meet at the gazebo in the Park at 350 Valley Falls Road in Vernon.  For more information, call Ginny at 860.875.9865.

“Wildflower Walk” Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 12 noon, led by Ginny Gingras and Carol Hatch.  We will walk Ginny’s favorite wildflower paths to identify and enjoy old favorites and some members of the orchid family that are hard to find anywhere else!

“Rocks, Rails and Industry Walk” Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 1 PM, led by Jon Roe.  Jon will take us on a jaunt through the historic part of Valley Falls Park and let us in on some secrets about its past………

“Birds of Valley Falls” Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 7:30 AM, led by Denise Anamani.  We will observe and identify the bluebirds and other native species found in their various habitats at the park, bring your bird apps and binoculars!

 

FVF Annual Meeting, September 24, 2017, at 1 PM

Join us for the Annual meeting of the Friends of Valley Falls on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the Red Barn on Valley Falls Road, at 1 pm.  After a brief FVF business meeting, Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn will present a program on the history of “Coyotes in Connecticut.”  Mr Colburn will give an overview of the animal’s habitat, diet, behavior and reproduction.  He will offer practical recommendations for coexistence with the coyote population of Vernon, and answer questions.  He will also share coyote artifacts with the audience during the free program.  Colburn is a graduate of the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program at the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

For more information,  https://paulcmwcpinct.wixsite.com/mwcinfo 

Some parking is available in the barnyard, please park at the Valley Falls Park lot and follow the trail to the barn.