On the First Saturday in September, the Trail welcomed fifteen members of the Madison Art Society painting en plein air along the trail at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Some thirty-five hikers walked the trail, watched the artists create beautiful scenes of vistas on the trail, and talked with them about their craft. [Read more...]
Our ‘First Saturday’ Walk in September will offer walkers the chance to watch and meet members of the Madison Art Society. Artists will set up their easels along the trail en plein air and hikers may stop and watch and talk with the artists. The walk will take place on Saturday, September 6 at 10 am.
Later in the day, there will be a reception and exhibition of the completed, framed trail scenes at Friends & Co. Restaurant in Madison.
Featured on the hike will be a new section of trail completed since our last walk there and the always-beautiful views of the salt marshes. Easy two-mile walk. Meet at the SGT Eastern Trailhead parking lot off Rte. 1 just east of the Hammonasset entrance road. Directions: Exit 62 from I 95 south to Rte. 1. Left onto Rte. 1 and right into the Hammonasset Park service road. Questions: Ginny at email@example.com.
On Saturday, July 26th, a work party consisting of Chet Blomquist, Tony Corso, Leo Cristofar and Judy Miller cleaned up the temporary trail at the Hearth at Gardenside in preparation for our First Saturday walk on August 2nd. We were pleased to find that the trail was in relatively good shape, except for some downed trees, which Tony quickly disposed of with his chain saw. Thank you, Tony!
Unfortunately, the weather on August 2nd was not cooperative. A gentle but steady summer rain fell from early morning on., calling the walk into question. Still, two intrepid walkers, Johanna Epperson of New Haven and Eileen Waldron of East Haven, showed up, and Chet and Judy took them on a rather wet and drippy walk to the promontory overlooking the Farm River estuary. The osprey nests didn’t show much activity, but we watched a family of four with umbrellas walking along the Shoreline Trolley Line tracks toward Short Beach and a lone fisherman who wasn’t having much luck. The rain gradually slowed down and, as the photo indicates, our small group had a wet but happy time walking the trail!
Photo from left to right: Eileen Waldron, Johanna Epperson, Chet Blomquist.