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Aspetuck Land Trust Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Protecting Open Space

Aspetuck Land Trust will host a complimentary celebration of the group's 50th anniversary for members on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Pequot Library in Southport. Video Credit: AspetuckLandTrust

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Marking 50 years of conserving the beauty of open space in Fairfield, Westport, Weston and Easton, Aspetuck Land Trust will host a complimentary evening of celebration for its membership on Friday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 pm at the Pequot Library in Southport.

“Our goals are simple. We want to say thanks to our more than 800 local area members for their continuous support and celebrate what we have achieved together. We also want to re-dedicate the Land Trust’s efforts toward conserving the beauty of Connecticut,” said David Brant, Executive Director of Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT).

Due to space limitations, ALT members who want to attend the free event will need to make reservations by sending an email to Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Wine and local craft beer is being donated by Newman’s Own and the Aspetuck Brew Lab.

The evening includes the first-time screening of “Barlow’s Dream,” a commemorative video exploring what ALT has achieved since its founding by Barlow Cutler-Wotton of Westport 50 years ago. The video is narrated by Lissy Newman, longtime Land Trust board member and steward at the Newman-Poses Preserve in Westport, a nature preserve made possible in part by a gift from her parents, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. Click on the picture above to see a 90 second trailer for the video.

The evening will also include special guest speaker Edward Kanze, an award winning naturalist, author, Adirondack guide and photographer who will speak on “The Enormous Value of Small!”

While national parks and other large conserved areas are critical, Kanze’s presentation will make the case for what local organizations like Aspetuck Land Trust focus on -- preserving small places of natural beauty that have a big impact on the lives of living organisms (our children and children's children included) for centuries to come. Edward Kanze’s talk is made possible by ALT’s Caryl and Edna Haskins Lecture Series, which addresses conservation or environmental issues impacting the towns ALT serves.

The evening will also include recognition for key people involved in ALT’s success over the years.

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