Aspetuck Land Trust sets 50th anniversary celebration for members

Edward Kanze, an award-winning naturalist, author, Adirondack guide and photographer, will speak on “The Enormous Value of Small!.”

Edward Kanze, an award-winning naturalist, author, Adirondack guide and photographer, will speak on “The Enormous Value of Small!.”

Marking 50 years of conserving the beauty of open space in Fairfield, Westport, Weston and Easton, Aspetuck Land Trust will host a complimentary evening of celebration for its membership on Friday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pequot Library in Southport.

“Our goals are simple,” said David Brant, executive director of Aspetuck Land Trust. “We want to say thanks to our more than 800 local area members for their continuous support and celebrate what we have achieved together. We also want to re-dedicate the land trust’s efforts toward conserving the beauty of Connecticut.”

Due to space limitations, members who want to attend the free event will need to make reservations by sending an email to [email protected].  Hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Wine and local craft beer is being donated by Newman’s Own and the Aspetuck Brew Lab.

The evening includes the first-time screening of “Barlow’s Dream,” a commemorate video exploring what the land trust has achieved since its founding by Barlow Cutler-Wotton of Westport 50 years ago.

The video is narrated by Lissy Newman, longtime Land Trust board member and steward at the Newman-Poses Preserve in Westport, a nature preserve made possible in part by a gift from her parents, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. See a 90-second trailer for the video above.

The evening will also include special guest speaker Edward Kanze, an award-winning naturalist, author, Adirondack guide and photographer who will speak on “The Enormous Value of Small!”

While national parks and other large conserved areas are critical, Kanze’s presentation will make the case for what local organizations like Aspetuck Land Trust focus on — preserving small places of natural beauty that have a big impact on the lives of living organisms (our children and children’s children included) for centuries to come.

Kanze’s talk is made possible by the land trust’s Caryl and Edna Haskins Lecture Series, which addresses conservation or environmental issues impacting the towns the land trust serves.

The evening will also include recognition for key people involved in the land trust’s success over the years.

“If you are not a current member, fees for membership to enjoy all organization benefits start at $50 per individual/family,” Brant said. “Our generous members make it possible for us to preserve and maintain local open spaces. People can become a part of our efforts and join us at aspetucklandtrust.org.”

Aspetuck Land Trust focuses on preserving small places of natural beauty that will have a big impact on the lives of living organisms (our children and children's children included) for centuries to come.

Aspetuck Land Trust focuses on preserving small places of natural beauty that will have a big impact on the lives of living organisms (our children and children’s children included) for centuries to come.

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