Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Connecticut Audubon Society to hold Annual Holiday Tea

 The Connecticut Audubon Society will "honor the past and celebrate the future" at this year’s annual Holiday Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at Birdcraft Museum, 314 Unquowa Road in Fairfield.
"To mark the 100th anniversary of the Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary, the public is invited to come enjoy tea sandwiches, cookies and other traditional treats," according to a release.
Joining the celebration "to share interesting tea facts and history" will be Cindi Bigelow, president and CEO of the Bigelow Tea Co. which is providing the tea for the event, the release said.
The tea is open to the public and free of charge but donations are welcome.
Guests also will "have the chance to meet a special visitor from the past," the release said. "Conservation pioneer Mabel Osgood Wright, (shown in photo) the naturalist, author, and photographer who was a founder of the museum and sanctuary in 1914, will time travel to attend this event and show her appreciation for Birdcraft’s continued commitment to environmental education over the last 100 years."
“The Holiday Tea is an opportunity to thank the many volunteers and supporters who are making it possible to fulfill Mabel’s vision,” Nelson North, Connecticut Audubon’s director of Fairfield operations said, also in the release. “Working together—the community, our board, members, staff and visitors—we will achieve our shared goal of educating youth, from all backgrounds, to become responsible stewards of our natural environment.”
Further, the release said: "Birdcraft, a national historic landmark, is undergoing a major renovation that will establish it as an important 21st-century environmental education center and a keystone to Connecticut Audubon Society’s expanding education program. It includes a landscape restoration project and the creation of an outdoor classroom being undertaken with the Southport-based Sasqua Garden Club which is also underwriting the project. Renovations are expected to be completed in early 2016."
 This year’s Tea will feature basket arrangements of exotic holiday greens and an assortment of small gifts and decorative ornaments available for purchase, the release said.  Also, one of the resident hawks or owls in Connecticut Audubon Society’s “Live Birds of Prey” exhibit will visit. 
For more information call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.
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