CT River Celebration This Weekend in Vermont

CT River celebration

On Saturday, June 20, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) will host its annual River Celebration in Windsor, VT. The free event will be held at the Path of Life Garden, on the banks of the Connecticut River, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Garden, located at Artisans Park near Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce glassworks outlet and Great River Outfitters, is a 14-acre site with trails and sculptures. RSVP and full event details can be found HERE.

The event draws attendees from across the four watershed states. For those coming from afar, Snapdragon Inn in Windsor is offering a 20% room discount to event participants. Reservations must be made through the Inn and mention CRWC for the discount.

Willem Lange is the featured speaker. Lange is an outdoor enthusiast, Emmy award-winning host of NH Public Television’s “Windows to the Wild,” commentator for VT Public Radio and VT Public Television, and writes a weekly newspaper column, “A Yankee Notebook.”

The Celebration will kick off with a Summer Solstice paddle. Paddlers can bring their own boats or rent from Great River Outfitters; mention CRWC for a discount rate. Those not interested in an on-river adventure can join CRWC River Stewards and avid anglers for fly-casting and fly-tying demonstrations in the Garden.

A picnic lunch, provided in part by Harpoon Brewery, follows the morning activities. Participants are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunch. Live music provided by Rise! a NH-based American Roots string band. The Bud Foster Award will be presented to Barbara Skuly of New Hampshire, a well-deserving conservationist in the region.

The event wraps up with an ice cream social, provided by Snow’s Premium Ice Cream, and raffle drawings for Ibex, LLBean, and Simon Pearce products and more. A 2:30 pm private tour of Harpoon Brewery is offered to the first 30 people to sign up at the event. Additional brewery tours are available throughout the day for $5.