A public gathering to celebrate the life of Mary Anne Guitar will be held on Saturday, Aug.12, at 4:30 p.m. at the Redding Historical Society, 43 Lonetown Road, near the Community Garden, organized by Mary Anne’s “Connecticut cousin,” Mary Guitar. Mary Anne served the residents of Redding in an official capacity for over a quarter of a century, but her love for Redding, and Reddingites, goes back some sixty years: through her work with the Town Hall, New Pond Farm, the League of Women Voters, the Land Trust, the Old Redding Road neighborhood and the Democratic Town Committee.
Parking will be at the Historical Society meadow. Seniors and those with mobility concerns can be dropped off directly at the tent, with parking nearby. Police will be on site to direct traffic. The large tent (with hundreds of chairs) will be between the historic house and barn (the Rock‘n Roots/Fireworks space). Those without transportation can request pick up/drop off service by the Senior Center van. Please call Gordon Loery (203.938.4774) by Friday morning to add your name to this list.
After the program, everyone is invited to be together for the champagne toast, and light refreshments. Friends are invited to share their anecdotes about and memories of Mary Anne. In the barn will be ‘memory boards’ ‒ gleanings from Mary Anne’s many boxes of memorabilia, along with a lovely profusion of flowers from her garden and land trust open spaces. The last of four videos that she helped produce, “A Love Letter to Redding” will be projected in the barn.
The site of this memorial gathering is significant: just east of the Community Garden where Mary Anne grew her prized tomatoes, just north of the first open space parcel acquired by the Town (Lonetown Marsh, aka Murphy’s Swamp) and just south of Warrup’s Farm where she and Sam Hill and Stuart Chase cooked up the notion of saving Redding as a clean and green oasis in a rapidly developing Fairfield County. It is the very heart of her Redding.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be sent to the Mary Anne Guitar Education Fund (checks made out to the Redding Land Trust with Mary Anne Guitar Education Fund in memo line) or to one of the boards she sat on and held dear: the League of Women Voters, New Pond Farm, The Redding Land Trust and the Mark Twain Library.
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Update- A Night to Remember is SOLD OUT. Please call or text Mary Ann Carman 203-312-4545 or Laurie Heiss 203-940-6644 if you have questions.
By Laurie Heiss and Jane Ross, June 2017.
On Saturday July 1st at 9:30 am, you have a perfect chance to learn about one of Redding’s natural historical treasures – its varied and beautiful butterflies. The Redding Land Trust is co-sponsoring an outdoor discussion and meadow walk with butterfly expert Victor DeMasi and his loyal team of experienced butterfly “spotters” in the area of the Crossfield Meadow at the bottom of Cross Highway. To keep meadows like Crossfield open for butterflies, dragonflies and bird populations, the RLT pays for annual mowing of all the meadows it owns so that the public may enjoy these unique plant and animal habitats.
Every July, for well over 20 years, Vic and his team join other butterfly spotters all over the country for the National Butterfly Count. Now you can walk, watch and learn as butterflies are identified and counted, and you, as a spotter-in-training, can refer to an identification guide provided by the RLT. Victor as a master caller/observer also provides an identity for the “hard ones.”
Before the two forays into the meadows on both sides of Cross Highway and while you are enjoying coffee, juice and breakfast goodies, Vic and his team will talk about the diverse butterfly population in Redding and put it in the context of national populations, butterfly migration issues and habitat loss. In Redding we are fortunate to have healthy butterfly habitats and dedicated butterfly observers.
One meadow has paths so that visitors can observe the butterflies and spotters without walking through the 4-5 foot tall meadows. The other meadow, Crossfield, has no paths so long sleeves, long pants and closed shoes are a must. Please park and meet at 105 and 107 Cross Highway. At 11:15 the team is off to record butterflies at four other Redding sites.
For more information, please email Redding Land Trust at email@example.com
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By Jane Ross, June 2017
At the Joel Barlow High School Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 1st, Nicholas Andreas Nonnenmacher was awarded the Redding Land Trust Scholarship Award. An outstanding scholar and swimmer, Nick has played many leadership roles at JBHS, including member of the Barlow Leadership Team and Integrity Club, and as guide for incoming freshmen, among other roles. He graduates with a Diploma of Distinction.
Awarded to a graduating senior who is interested in pursuing studies in the field of conservation, environmental studies, forestry or ecology, the Redding Land Trust recognition will help Nick explore options in all these fields at Middlebury College in Vermont.
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By Stuart Green, June 2017
The White Trail in the Brinckerhoff was renamed Ross Ramble in honor of Jane and her late husband Jere Ross. With Jane as Secretary of the Land Trust and Jere a member of the Conservation Commission for decades it was the perfect tribute for their contribution to open space preservation, conservation and our trails!
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For those of you not able to attend the Redding Land Trust Annual Meeting, here is a link to Mary Anne Guitar’s welcome video to our members.. . .