Recreation

Director:  Donna Bastrzycki

Phone: (860) 379-2895
Fax: (860) 379-6262

Email-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us

Office hours by appointment.  For information about programs, and questions, please email barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us 

     

 

2017 Recreation Forms for Fall, Winter and Spring  Programs.  (please click link below!)

Registration Form Barkhamsted Recreation  (Fall, Winter, Spring)  Summer camp has a seperate registration form.  (Summer Camp info will be posted after April 30.  The camp week will be held July 17-21, 2017)  

Medical Forms (including form for Epi-Pen use)


RECREATION NEWS 

Fundraiser for Summer Camp- Tuesday, April 25 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Flatbread Pizza in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley-Canton, CT.   A portion of every pizza sold benefits our summer camp program.  (this includes take-out too!) 

Mark your Calendars-Barkhamsted Summer Camp Week will be held July 17-21, 2017.

Forms and flyers will be available at the 4th Annual Barkhamsted Earth Day Nature Festival -Sunday, April 30th from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at   Matthies Grove in Peoples State Forest near and in the Pavilion off East River Road and all the details and registration info will be listed below the week of April 30th.  We hope your child will sign up for our fun, hometown camp.  (Registration for camp will be April 30-June 30.)

Summer Camp Applications are now being accepted for Camp Counselors-(16 years and older) and volunteer Junior Counselors (14 and over)  Please submit complete applications by:  Monday, April 17. 

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS

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.   If you want to work Summer Camp 2017-Please send in your application early!  The deadline this year will be Wed.  April 19, 2017.  Please get your application in early as each qualified candidate will be interviewed.  

Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Click here for: Junior Counselor Application     (Volunteer Junior Counselors must be 14 years old)

Summer Camp Fundraiser

 

 Barkhamsted Recreation Programs

  Get Fit Cardio-Zumba Dance Party  (FREE DEMO NIGHT!)   
Day-Monday
Date- March 20
Time-6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym
Age:  (adults and families welcome!)
Fee:  FREE DEMO NIGHT- If you have fun and like the class, registration forms will be available to sign up for the upcoming classes that will begin on March 27 right at the end of class!  This will be the final day to register for the program.  Come try it out, you will have a blast!  Click on the link at the top of the page for the Registration form!
  
Description:  Join this fun fitness class for the whole family! We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why these Calorie Burning  Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun! This class will help you burn calories while having fun. 
Instructor:  Becky Sartirana
Registration Deadline-Monday, March 13.   All participants must Pre-register.  Please sign up before the deadline to reserve your spot for this fun new class! Please stop by town hall to pick up a registration form or download the form at the top of this page.
 
 
Get Fit Cardio and Zumba!   (For Adults)
Day-Monday's
Dates-March 27, April 3, 14, 24, May 1,8 and May 15 as a possible snow make up date
Time-6:00-6:45 p.m.
Age: Adult (high school students who are interested in fitness and a fun class are also welcome!)
Fee: $40.00 per person
Location: Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym
Description: Join this super fun fitness class. We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun! This class will help you burn calories while having a blast!
Instructor: Becky Sartirana
Registration Deadline-Tuesday, March 14. All participants must Pre-register. No-onsite registration. Please sign up before the deadline to reserve your spot for this fun new class! Stop by town hall to pick up a registration form or download the form from the link at the top of this page. Please mail the payment/form to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road- PO Box 558-Pleasant Valley, CT 06063 by Tuesday, March 14.

Family Fitness Dance Party! (For Families-New!)
Day-Monday's
Dates- March 27, April 3, 14, 24, May 1,8 and May 15 as a possible snow make up date
Time-7:00-7:45
Age: (children, adults and families welcome!) Fee: $40.00 per person ($5.00 discount per each member of the family that registers after 1st family member)
Location: Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym
Description: See above description and info for registering! Except -this class is for all ages and the whole family! Be prepared for a night of fun for the entire family!  We will burn calories, get fit and have fun while listening to great music and participate in easy, fun dance moves!  This is great for the entire family.
Instructor: Becky Sartirana
 
Spring KARATE  (NEW!)
Thursday, March 23, 30, April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11 and June 1, 2017 as a possible snow make up day at the Barkhamsted School in the Gym from 6:00-6:45 p.m.  White Belts (Beginners ages 5 to 12)-  
Little Dragons-(ages 5 & 6)-Basic Karate skills, Basic Kata, target drills and exercise, simple self defense
Mighty Tigers (ages 7 & 8)-Stronger Karate basics and Kata, Stretching, exercise, target drills and self defense
Karate Rangers (ages 9-12)-Karate Basics, including kicking, kata, self-defense, exercise to level, target drills $75.00  per 8 week sessions
 
Family/Teen and Adult Karate
White Belts (Beginners ages 13 and up)-7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Teen/Adults-(Ages 13 and up)-Kenpo Karate Forms and Self Defense Techniques, Basic kicking drills.
This is a great opportunity to learn karate with family members or solo.
$85.00  per 8 week sessions  New-$5.00 discount for each additional family member that signs up for Karate!
 
***Note***New students are white belts and receive uniform
 Fee includes: Belt and/or Stripe, Belt or Stripe Test and Certificate
(Note: Promotion to higher belt levels will require multiple sessions)
Registration Deadline is Tuesday, March 14, 2017
For more information contact: Charlotte Silkey  Phone-860-830-7178  Email-silk3dblue@yahoo.com       Please stop by town hall to pick up a registration form or download the form at the top of this page the (Recreation Department's)  website at www.barkhamsted.us  Please mail the registration form to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road- PO Box 558-Pleasant Valley, CT 06063
 

                                        MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! 

THE EASTER BUNNY WILL BE HOPPING INTO BARKHAMSTED!
When:          Saturday-April 15, 2017           Where:         Meet In Front of Rose's Kitchen in Riverton
What time:      2:00 p.m.                     What to Bring:  Your Easter Basket to join in on the Easter Egg Hunt and a camera!  The children will be broken up into two separate age groups for a candy and toy filled Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Recreation Commission.  The event will be held rain, snow or shine!!) Please dress for the weather!-The area could be muddy old clothes and footwear are recommended!
 
Earth Day 2017
4th Annual Barkhamsted Earth Day Nature Festival -Sunday, April 30th from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at   Matthies Grove in Peoples State Forest near and in the Pavilion off East River Road.  Come and enjoy a fun filled day and be sure to stop  by the Recreation Commission booth!
 
  • 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 Recreation Department.  There are many opportunities to become invloved.  We have several fun joint events throughout the year and are always looking for new volunteers! For more Recreation program info email-Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director- barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us
 

Get Involved in helping the River

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  They  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 mail@farmingtonriversteward.org
 
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 mail@farmingtonriversteward.org
 Maybe it is a downed tree creating a hazard in the water or an area of trash that needs to be cleaned up.
 
 

 Check out the great programs offered at the Beardsley and Memorial Library 

40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT  06098     (860) 379-6043          www.beardsleyandmemorial.org

 WHAT'S HAPPENING?

LIBRARY CLOSED for Good Friday.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 from 8:00am - 9:00am
Special Vacation Event! Magician, Balloons, and a Flea Circus Ringmaster!
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 from 10:30am - 11:30am
Poetry Collage Craft
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Read, Rattle and Roll Story Time! After Easter Easter Egg Hunt!
Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 10:45am
Winsted Services Fair @ NCCC
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 from 10:00am - 1:00pm
A Winsted Services Fair will b...
CHAMPS After School
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Knit Wits
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Weekly meeting of folks intere...
Hummingbirds of the World
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm
John_Root_Hummingbirds_4_20_17...
Scrabble Club
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:00pm
Scrabble Club is held every Fri
 
 

 FALPS Events- (Friends of American Legion and People's State Forest)

    Remember to regularly check our Facebook page. You do not have to be ‘on-Facebook’ to get onto the site. Simply type ‘Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests’ in the search box and it will bring up a link to our Facebook page. The actual address is: https://www.facebook.com/ctfalps.

     


    FRIENDS OF AMERICAN LEGION
    AND PEOPLES STATE FORESTS


     
     

 Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests Offer An All Trails-All Seasons Challenge


BARKHAMSTED, CT—Like to hike or spend time outdoors in nature? Would you like a fun challenge that will last a year and afford you the treasures of nature? Then join the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS) for its All Trails-All Seasons Challenge.

The All Trails-All Seasons Challenge require that you hike all trails—which comprise 12.6 miles—in American Legion and Peoples State Forests in each season of the year, beginning on June 1, 2016 and ending on May 15, 2017. You can do the trails individually or as a group and, at the end or your challenge, be congratulated with a tee shirt and a picnic on June 4, 2017 at the Whittemore Recreation Area in Peoples State Forest.

We ask that participants pre-register before they begin the Challenge. To get your pre-registration form please e-mail ctfalps@gmail.com or send us a message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook/ctfalps.

Besides pre-registration, the only other qualifications are: Hike all trails identified on the official map in their entirety in each of the four seasons, submit one photo per season along a trail within the challenge area and, when you’re all finished, submit the Official Completion Form with a check for $20 after all hiking is completed. This will help defray the costs of tee shirts and the luncheon. Please e-mail FALPS at ctfalps@gmail.com for your Completion Form or send us a message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook/ctfalps. Feel free to share photos and comments documenting your progress on our Facebook page as you take the Challenge!

Following are the time frames for each season:
 Summer- June 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016
 Fall- September 1, 2016- November 30, 2016
 Winter- December 1, 2016- February 28, 2017
 Spring- March 1, 2017- May 15, 2017

Special awards will be given out at the picnic, including prizes for the oldest and youngest participants.

“We’re excited to present the All Trails-All Seasons Challenge in hopes that it will encourage folks to get out into nature but also expose them to the beauty of American Legion and Peoples State Forests,” said Ralph
Scarpino, President of the FALPS board. “There may be only 12.6 miles of hiking trails in our forests but they are packed with natural and historical wonders as well as beautiful and fascinating flora and fauna.”

As Henry David Thoreau said of his forays throughout New England, “When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods: what would become of us if we walked only in a garden or a mall?”

For more information please e-mail FALPS at ctfalps@gmail.com or call Ralph Scarpino at 860-921-1756.
 
For more Information, please click the links below:

Spring 2017 Update

It seems the spring will be with us soon, and with that comes the lure of venturing outdoors and reacquainting ourselves with the forests.

NOTE: The forest roads are closed to vehicles until sometime in April but are open to foot travel. Snow mobile trails in Peoples State Forest will be open when there is adequate snow cover.

The All Trails-All Seasons Challenge is continuing and is going into the final season. Our ‘spring’ season starts March 1 and the hiking must be over by May 15th. To help participants we will be starting the group hikes again. Everyone is welcome to these hikes. See listing below.

A FALPS quick reminder update:

The roads in Peoples State Forest are open. Go enjoy!

  • Saturday April 15, 2017. Group hike on the Elliott Bronson Trail. 10:00am until noon. Meet at the main Peoples State Forest Parking lot- Matthies Grove.
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017. FALPS members will receive a 15% discount on anything purchased at Morsel Munk in Winsted.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017. Group Wildflower hike on the Henry Buck Trail. 10:00am –noon. Meet at the Henry Buck Trail head opposite the old bridge abutments on West River Road.
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017. Town wide Earth Day Nature festival. 12:30pm -4:00pm

FALPS Fundraiser: Over this past winter a 1938 Wood/Canvas canoe has been restored and is being raffled as a fund raiser by FALPS and the Friends of Goodwin Forest (FGF). This canoe was owned by James L. Goodwin who was a leading conservationist during the last century. His legacy in part was his donation of the James L. Goodwin State Forest in Hampton and the Great Pond State Forest in Simsbury. Tickets are selling for $20. and only 500 have been printed. Tickets will be available at the Riverton Store, Collinsville Canoe & Kayak and many FALPS events. The canoe will be on display at the Barkhamsted Nature Festival on April 30. Plan to buy a ticket to support programming for FALPS and FGF. Canoe valued at $4,000 comes with new paddles!
 

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A timber harvest is under way in American Legion State Forest off of West River Road, south of the Austin Hawes Campground.  The first area to be cut will be the stand of white pines east of West River Road, next to the Fisherman’s parking area. The pines will be thinned to remove dead and hazardous trees and to promote the growth and health of the remaining pines.  The parking area will be closed during this phase of the harvest. Another area across West River Road will also be harvested. For more information, call DEEP Forester Jerry Milne at 860-379-7085.

Ralph Scarpino

FALPS President

 

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  •  FUN EVENTS TO ATTEND IN TOWN AT THE BARKHAMSTED Historical Society

The Barkhamsted Historical Society is working to preserve and share the history and cu lture of the Connecticut town of Barkhamsted.  In these pages we hope to share with you information, sights and flavors of Barkhamsted, past and present.

Barkhamsted Historical Society Events

 

 Barkhamsted Historical Society

 BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM - March 10

On March 10th @ 7:00 pm at the Barkhamsted  Senior Center, 109 West River Road in Pleasant Valley, the Barkhamsted Historical Society presents Martin Podskoch speaking on the CCC camps in CT.  

These camps were formed during the Depression by President Franklin Roosevelt as part of his New Deal from 1933-1942 and housed young men who lived in a military- like environment and worked and sent money home .
 
We had one right on West River Road in American Legion State Forest, and many of the trails in Peoples State Forest and American Legion Forest were built during that time.
 
Marty has also written a new book” Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories and Legacy”, which he will have for purchase.
 
Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Questions call: Noreen Watson 860.738.1152
 


The Barkhamsted Historical Society's one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) in Barkhamsted

 Center School circa 1912

 
 
 
 
Hello Parks and Recreation Friends!

Below is the link to the Album created on Flickr from the Recreation.Summer Camp ~   We hope your child had a wonderful time.  

 Barkhamsted Recreation Summer Camp  album by Barkhamsted Recreation Department on Flickr.  Photos by:  Donna Bastrzycki

 For Parks and Recreation Programs- Please be sure to fill out the Registrationform with the link below.
Parks and Recreation 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    Pre-Registration is required.  (No onsite registration for programs)  Please register before the deadline to ensure your spot.

 

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS

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.   If you want to work Summer Camp 2017-Please send in your application early!  The deadline this year will be Monday, April 3, 2017.  Please get your application in early as each qualified candidate will be interviewed.  

Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Click here for: Junior Counselor Application     (Junior Counselors must be 14 years old)

 
Junior River Ranger Program!    2017
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!

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
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.   It's never to early to apply!  Please fill out and drop off all completed applications by:  Monday, April 17.

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

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