Backcountry Neighbor Day


Explore Northern Greenwich on Saturday, Sept. 21 during “Backcountry Neighbor Day,” starting at The Audubon Center, 613 Riversville Rd., between 9 and 11 a.m., where Patricia Lovejoy will greet you with coffee and maps to help you explore the trails. You can discover many programs the Audubon offers.

Next, enjoy a visit to the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company at 166 W. Old Mill Rd. and thank a firefighter between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Firefighter Sharon Strain will be on hand to answer any questions related to firefighting. You can also touch a truck and perhaps even climb on it.

Flanking the firehouse you will find The Greenwich Land Trust with pollinator gardens and trees. Wander the grounds before you cross the street to the 200-year-old Round Hill Store. Proprietor Robin Vanacore will offer you a complimentary cup of cider.

If you feel like stretching your legs, the GRTA Trails off Bedford Road offer a view of wide skyline and stretches of level land for quiet walks. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. but parking is limited. Drive north on Bedford Road to West Lane and turn left; you will have arrived at your destination when you see the sign “Nichols Property/GRTA.”

You may have worked up an appetite by now, so drive west to The Griff Golf Course at 1300 King St. You can sample a complimentary taco at Backcountry Barbecue while you order your lunch.

Just up the road from The Griff is Augustine’s Farm at 1332 King St. This is the place to buy home grown fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, home made pies and corn stalks.

Take a drive to Kelsey’s Farm at 1016 Lake Ave., between 2:30 and 4 p.m. For years, Kelsey’s Farm has taught young people the joy of riding as well as equestrian skills. Other afternoon sites include a visit to Banksville, the northern outpost of Greenwich, and home to attractive establishments in the Banksville Shopping Center on North Street.

Between 2:30 and 4 p.m. stop in at Happiness Is, a market and café which also offers catering.

Visit The Study, a wine shop which features fine wines and recently moved to the Shopping Center. You can sample their vintages at the wine tasting Saturday between 2:30 and 4.

Stateline Fitness, also situated in the shopping center will offer visitors a tour of its facilities as well as a 10% discount on your first personal training session.

Open all day: Augustine’s Farm, Backcountry Barbecue. Scheduled visits: Audubon Center, 9 – 11 a.m.; GRTA trails, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; RHVFC, The Greenwich Land Trust and The Round Hill Store, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Kelsey Farm, Happiness Is, The Study and Stateline Fitness, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

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