Sep 21, 2013
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BentFest: Glory of Nature, Trails, Music, Kids' Actvities at Audubon Center in Southbury

BentFest: Glory of Nature, Trails, Music, Kids' Actvities at Audubon Center in Southbury

A boardwalk on a trail at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River. The center's family-oriented fundraiser, called BentFest, is being held today, Sept. 21, beginning at 2 p.m.

The Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury is a hidden gem for nature lovers that deserves to be discovered by families from all over Connecticut, and the perfect opportunity to do so arrives this Saturday in the form of the center’s annual fundraiser, entitled Bentfest.

BentFest 2013 will take place rain or shine from 2 to 6 p.m., and the family-oriented event will feature picnicking in the meadow, river and nature walks, hay rides, tie-dye T-shirt creations, food vendors, kids’ activities, bird watching, raffle prizes, and live music by the Willie Nininger Band.

A release on the event goes on to explain why the center is so special, and why BentFest is the presents the perfect opportunity for connecting:

“We are very excited to welcome the always popular singer songwriter Willie Nininger, his wife and singer Jan Scruggs, and their very talented accompanist Ken Melton, to Audubon Center at Bent of the River,” said Leslie Kane, the center director. “The band is based here in Southbury and they perform throughout this area, the Greater New York City and New England region. They will perform between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., preceded throughout the afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. with BentFest activities for family members of all ages.”

New for 2013 is the fundraising sale of coffee, tea and pastries in the Bent’s historic 1800s barn. Kane remarked, “We have featured this remarkably large and impressive barn on our past BentFest promotional materials. This year, we’ll be creating a café area in our iconic historic barn. Visitors can sit and enjoy refreshments while admiring the weather-worn wood and large beams of this 45 x 30 square foot post Civil War barn.”

The Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Located along the Pomperaug River and bordering Little Pootatuck Brook, the Audubon Center at Bent of the River nature center and sanctuary is a private, not-for-profit organization that protects over 700 acres of numerous natural ecosystems, habitats, un-fragmented forest, grasslands, meadows, swamps and a portion of the Pomperaug River.

There are more than 15 miles of hiking trails throughout The Bent on varied and beautiful terrains. Many ecosystems can be found at The Bent including deciduous and coniferous forest, rocky ledges, grasslands, old meadows, vernal pools, red maple swamps, and river habitats. Audubon owns both sides of the Pomperaug River for almost one mile which is an undisturbed and wild environment where beaver, muskrat, river otter, and mink can be found, and Bald eagles regularly fish. More than 170 species of birds have been recorded and The Bent’s highly diverse eco-systems have been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in Connecticut, protecting open land and wildlife over one square mile.

Admission to the BentFest is $12 for adults, $8 for childrend ages 6 to 18, and free for children 6 and younger--or $25 per family. No pets will be permitted. Tickets can be purchased Sept. 21 at the gate. For information, call (203) 264-5098.

The non-profit Audubon Center is located in the Southbury hamlet of South Britain, off Route 172 at 185 East Flat Hill Road, 0.3 miles from corner of General Store and South Britain Congregational Church, just a short distance off I-84 at Exit 14.

 

BentFest: Glory of Nature, Trails, Music, Kids' Actvities at Audubon Center in Southbury

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