Natural Lawn Care Workshop:
Sunday-July 26, 10:30-11:30 am, Barkhamsted Senior Center
Aimee Petras, Education & Outreach Coordinator from the Farmington River Watershed Association wants you to get your lawn in shape without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Skeptical? Attend her upcoming workshop on July 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Barkhamsted Senior Center. She will outline tips for mowing, seeding, watering and ways to manage common weeds and pests that can complicate natural lawn care. This is a great workshop that would be great to attend on your way to the Riverton Music Festival the same day. Please send an email to reserve your spot to Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director- email@example.com
Join us for a fun meetup on West Hill lake!
7/31/15- this is the day of the full moon. Please meet at 7:00 pm at the state boat launch on West Hill Lake for the meet time as that should get us on the water by 7:30, sunset is 8:11, moonrise is also at 8:11.
Please bring your own boats, beverages, and snacks. Rain will cancel event. Postpone date will be 8/1/15 if the weather does not cooperate. To confirm you will attend please email Donna Bastrzycki at firstname.lastname@example.org or For more info please call Peter Bakker at 860-491-4417
SUMMER CAMP 2015
The Barkhamsted Summer Recreation camp will be held on July 20-24, 2015. The camp is for ages 4 to entering Grade 8! The children will be divided up into three separate groups for some of the activities during the day. Please click on the link below for camp info and forms. (Registration page contains 2 forms)
Registration Form with Emergency Card and Camp Info- (Click the blue link to the right for the Registration Form, Emergency Card and info!) LinkClick.aspx
Children ages 4 to entering Grade 1 in the fall can attend camp from 9:00 A.M. until 12 noon. The campers will have a fun filled and active morning while playing a variety of interactive games, making arts and crafts, singing songs, enjoying story time and creative play! Parents are asked to pick their children up beginning at 11:45 and no later than 12:00 p.m.
At noon the children in Grades entering 2 to 8 are then bused to West Beach for lunch, games, crafts and supervised swimming. The cost of camp is $165.00 for full day (Grades 2 to 8) and $90.00 for half day ages 4-entering Grade 1.
If your child has any allergies/medical concerns/special needs or food sensitivities please indicate this on the emergency card and also additional paperwork will be required for Epi-Pens.
Payment is due upon registration. The deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015 unless the program meets its maximum before this date. (In order to have the best possible experience for your child and proper planning, equipment and supervision-PLEASE REGISTER PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE!
Please make checks payable to: The Town of Barkhamsted Recreation Department. If you have any questions, please email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
email@example.com or call (860) 738-4695
Please send the completed Registration form/emergency card with payment to:
Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
Barkhamsted Town Hall- 67 Ripley Hill Road
P.O. Box 558
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063-0558
Or Drop off at the Town Hall in the Recreation Office-All forms must be complete with payment in order for your child to be registered.
Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below. Application Deadline is Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
Click here for: Junior Counselor Application
Nature Camp Summer-2015
Come spend some time in the woods observing and enjoying the natural world. We will meet at three different locations in Peoples State Forest. The children will go on hikes, discover the treasures to be found in the wild and learn to identify some of what they see. Each child will create a nature journal, including their own sketches, photographs and data collected by the group. Snack will be provided. This camp runs rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.
This camp is for children ages 3- 8(older returning campers are welcome)
June 30, July 1,2 - Pavilion at Matthies Grove, East River Rd
July 7, 8, 9- Big Spring area, top of Greenwoods Rd.
July 14,15,16 – Whitemore Grove, East River Rd
Each week there will be a morning session from 9-11:30 and an afternoon session from 12:30-3. Enrollment will be limited to 17 children per session.
Cost $40 per week.
Molly Sexton Read
48 Taylor RD
Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Registration deadlines are the Friday prior to the start of the camp week.
Call 738-1559 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This year’s 4th of July parade will be unique in that it will honor the descendants of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse community, which dated back to the 1700’s.
Coni Dubois, who has traced the heritage of the Lighthouse for over 20 years and is one of the direct descendants of the Chaugham’s, will be honored as the Parade Marshall and expects over 150 members of the family to join her. After the parade there will be a picnic and barbecue at Peoples Forest, which will include Native American events, music and discussions about life in the 1700’s.
Coni wants everyone in Town to join her at the “Family Reunion” and to enjoy this event that will be long-remembered in the history of Barkhamsted.
NEW SUMMER WORKSHOP!
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BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAMS
BARKHAMSTED'S ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE SUMMER 2015 HOURS
The Barkhamsted Historical Society's one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) in Barkhamsted, will be open to the public on the following dates during the summer of 2015.
Barkhamsted Center Schoolhouse circa 1912 - Teacher is Miss Frederick
Sunday, July 26, 1:00 - 4:00
Sunday, August 30 1:00 - 4:00
Sunday, September27, 1:00 - 4:00
Come and find out what school was like in "the old days." Ask questions; read the old books; review a high school entrance exam; try your hand at various toys and games, or do some arithmetic problems on a slate.
All free of charge ! Children are especially welcome.
SUMMER 2015 FUN MEETUPS!
There will be several informal fun recreation meetups through out the summer from-Bike rides around Riverton, Hikes at People's Forest, River Clean ups, Tubing/Kayaking, The July Riverton Concert, Tuesday-Tri Series at Winding Trails, Moonlight Canoe Trip, Barkhamsted Historical Society and Farmington River Coorinating Committee events and attending other local organizations events throughout the summer. To be added to the email list for these events. Please email- Donna Bastrzycki-Barkhamsted Recreation Directoremail@example.com
Volunteer Opportunities and Fun Community Events!
Want to help keep the Farmington River Beautiful and a Fun and Safe Place to Recreate? Consider giving some time as a volunteer assistant River Steward or a volunteer for the Parks and Recreation Department. There are many opportunities to become invloved. For more Parks and Recreation program info email-Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org
Are you passionate about the Farmington River? Do you enjoy being outdoors and making a difference in the community? Consider offering a few hours of your time to help a great cause. What can you do?
- There is a new team of 'Assistant Stewards' for the summer of 2015. These people will help spread the word about proper etiquette on the river and provide a presence during the busier times. This could be a great learning experience for students majoring in environmental studies/conservation, or just someone who enjoys interacting with others. If interested in learning more please contact-Stephan Bastrzycki-River Steward at email@example.com
- Periodically there are river cleanups held on specific stretches of the river. A few people volunteering a couple hours of their time can make a big difference. Check our calendar of events on the home page of the Farmington River Steward website-http://farmingtonriversteward.org/ when the next cleanup become scheduled.
- Consider 'adopting' a small stretch of river and help keep it clean.
- If you do not want to actually commit to any hours, be our eyes on the river. The next time you are out on the Farmington and see something that needs reporting, let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maybe it is a downed tree creating a hazard in the water or an area of trash that needs to be cleaned up.
Junior River Ranger Program! 2015
The Wild and Scenic Rivers program of the National Park Service along with the Farmington River Coordinating Committee is offering the Junior River Ranger Program for youth. Children are able to pick up an activity booklet at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee's office at Squires Tavern, The Stone Museum at People's State Forest, Barkhamsted Town Hall in the main office. All children that attended the Barkhamsted Recreation Commission's Summer Camp will recieve a booklet during camp and complete fun lessons throughout our camp week. Once your child completes their book and has it signed off at one of the above locations, they will receive their badge and award.
The Junior River Ranger program is modeled after the Junior Rangers program found in many national parks. The program allows youth to explore the Wild and Scenic Upper Farmington River and provide them with opportunities to protect and learn more about the river. The River Rangers will be given an activity booklet that teaches them about Wild and Scenic Rivers, the rivers’ special attributes, and how they can help be ambassadors for our incredibly beautiful river.
The booklet has activities that get youth and families out on the river and participate in hands on exploring and learning. The program is geared for children aged 6-12 years old, but all youth are encouraged to participate if they want to. Once the youth complete the booklet, they can hand it in, have it checked, and receive a badge and certificate stating they are now a Junior River Ranger.
For more information on the program, contact Stephan Bastrzycki, River Steward at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee- riversteward@farmington river.org, or check out the committee’s website, www.farmingtonriver.org. If you would like to help with the program or as an volunteer assistant river steward, volunteers are always welcome!
2015 Riverton Musical Festival Sponsored by the Barkhamsted Recreation Commission
Fall 2015 KARATE!
Info for Fall Karate will be available at the end of the Summer. (Check back at the end of September for more details)
For information on the class email instructor Kim Janakemail@example.com or for info about registration email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org Please stop by town hall to pick up a program
registration form or click here to download the form and mail the payment/form to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road- PO Box 558-Pleasant Valley, CT 06063 by Monday, April 6. Pre-Registration is required. (No onsite registration) Please register before the deadline to ensure your spot!
SUMMER CAMP 2014 IN REVIEW!
Hello parents, I wanted to take the time to say Thank you for enrolling your child in the Barkhamsted Rec. Camp for the Summer of 2014. I hope that your child had a wonderful time at camp. The staff and I worked very hard at providing a fun and safe camp that hopefully provided a memorable week for your child. Below is a highlight of our special camp guests and visits at camp in addition to the crafts, games and swim time the children participated in. Monday- Animal-Palooza Theme- Visit to the Stone Museum with Janet Bumstead, Special Guest from Girl Scouts of America- Rosemary Dresser-Water Safety Review with all Campers Tuesday-Sports Mania -Karate with Kim Janak -Fishing Lessons at the Waterfront with Paul Beauchene Wed. Nature! (even though it rained we still had camp!) -Jr. River Ranger Program with activities from the River Ranger Book -Guest Speakers- Ella McPhearson and Stephan Bastrzycki-Farmington River Coordinating Committee -Karate with Kim Janak -Adventures in Leadership Group had Vivian Irwin give a First Aid/Safety lesson -Fishing in the afternoon with Paul Beauchene Thursday- Hometown Heroes -We had a visit from the Police, Fire Department, and EMS-- they even brought the police dogs, and much more! --Squires Tavern Museum Visit with Paul Hart and the children learned about our Barkhamsted Heroes and History Friday-- Halloween in July and Minute to Win It with Camper Awards. Luau and Community Pot Luck from 5-8 pm. with games It was a fun filled week.
If your child completes the River Ranger booklet throughout the year, please let me know and I will be sure that they have their book signed off on and they will receive their badge and award certificate. If you need another book or two for the family, they can be picked up at Squire's Tavern, Stone Museum, Rose's Kitchen and Town Hall. I hope your child had a wonderful time at camp and I will see you and your family at upcoming Recreation Programs and Events. Donna Bastrzycki Recreation Director Barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us
Camp Information & Policies
Parental Waiver form
Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below.
Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
Click here for: Junior Counselor Application
ATTENTION ALL GOLFERS:
Burlington Golf Center offers discounted golf lessons for Barkhamsted residents. Call (860) 675-7320