will brady's ruminations
At the Moodus Sportsman's Club before serving the feast
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hunting / gathering
The Moodus Sportsman's Club annual Autumn Harvest Festival is this coming Saturday, September 23rd
. Tickets are $14/adults; $12/over 60, $5/under 12. You can get them through any club member at the Moodus Package Store or at the gate. We prefer advance sales, so as to better determine how much to cook. But if the June Shad Bake [on a bad weather day] is anyy indication, we had over 400 people come
to feast. So let us know early and you can join these happy eaters. And yes, I still have some tickets available myself.
Special thanks, once again, to the generous [anonymous] patron who advance purchased 10 tickets for senior citizens. Her beneficence brings folks to the tables who would not otherise be able to afford it.
We have handicapped parking available. For those who arrive late, and find our parking full, please respect the instructions of our
hard-working parking attendants. When we run out of room for parking at the club we can shuttle folks from the town beach parking lot in about the same time it takes to walk from our own back parking area.
One final note, spaces for this season's the DEP authorized hunter safety and bowhunting classes
are already fully booked and registered for
. You might be able to get on the wait list or sign up for another available class in the area. You have to do this through Winnie Reid at the Franklin DEP office [860-642-7239]. Click here for a map and directions to the Moodus Sportsman's Club
from the East Haddam Swing Bridge.
Labels: bowhunting, hunting, moodus sportsman's club
A weekend for animals
. Out at the Salmon River Conceptual Art Project
we spot the heron and a beaver. I'm especially excited to see the beaver, since I'd thought they'd all gotten trapped out a couple of years ago, though I have concerns that the project, with the attendant construction and upheaval, may freighten them away again.
The project is, after all, contracted out by the Army Corps of Engineers, so while there may have been numerous studies on the hydromorphology of the riverbed
, I don't recall very much being done by Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection
either to conduct local fauna census before the project began.
But wild animals aren't all we had a chance to view the weekend. At the
Ray of Light's annual fund-raising auction
[where I always spend too much money
] we first ran into this goat, one of many animals who live at the farm.
There are others, including Bullwinkle the mule, a zebra/donkey mixed breed, many horses and mules, llamas, chickens, guinea hens and more. Among the winnings we brought back was a whole basket of goods from the Chester Veterinary Clinic. The bid paid for the flea/tick drops alone.
But the real clincher came last night when I heard a clatter out behind the hosue only to check it out and see this skunk eating from a cat's dish we had not brought in after they had eaten earlier. We'll have to be more mindful of this in the future.
Labels: Salmon River Conceptual Art Project