Tree tour

The Plymouth Land Trust will lead a walking tour of Terryville's trees on Aug. 30 starting at 10 a.m. (handout / August 20, 2014)

Terryville Tree Tour

The Plymouth Land Trust will lead a walking tour of Terryville's trees Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. in front of the Eli Terry, Jr. Middle School, 21 North Main St., Terryville. Among the trees featured will be a Japanese Umbrella Pine, the biggest Concolor fir in Connecticut, and the second largest Norway spruce in the state. Also a cucumber tree and a Kentucky coffeetree. In addition to trees, historical sites in Terryville will be included in the walk. All participants will receive a copy of the publication, "Terryville Tree Tour — A Walking Guide to Baldwin Park and Hillside Cemetery." Tour lasts about two hours. Free. Information: http://www.plymouthlandtrust.org and 860-921-6118.

A History Of American Quilts

Learn about the origins of quilt-making, Sunday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby. Visitors will explore the uses of quilts throughout history to celebrate holidays and historical events, to pass on information, to enjoy as artistic and creative endeavors and as businesses for women. Also a discussion about quilts as family memorials, fashion pieces and more. Free. Registration and information: 203-734-2513.

Farm Work Festival

The Nathan Hale Homestead will present the Farm Work Festival on Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Homestead located at 2299 South St., Coventry. This is a farming focused event highlighting tools and methods of farming from the 1700's to today. Coordinating with visiting local historical societies and museums, the afternoon will feature reproduction equipment for visitors to try along with living history demonstrations. The event coincides with the Smithsonian Institution's "The Way We Worked" exhibition featuring rich photographic collections to document 130 years of changing work life in America. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 14. Information: cthumanities.org/ctatwork and http://www.ctlandmarks.org.

Forgotten Drinks Of The Colonial Era

Join the Litchfield Historical Society on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. for a lecture and guided tasting of long-forgotten colonial drinks. Author Corin Hirsch will talk about her new book, "Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle-Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer," and will lead participants in a guided tasting of drinks featured in the book. Colonial music accompaniment will be provided by local musician Tom Hooker Hanford. Following the talk will be a reception featuring historic cocktails and refreshments. The event will be held on the lawn of the Tapping Reeve House, 82 South St., Litchfield. $20, members; $25, non-members. Tickets: 860-567-4501 and https://secure.qgiv.com/for/lhs.

Farm Day

Farm Day Annual Festival, Aug. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Fish Family Farm, in Bolton. Featuring farm animals, a farmer's market, hay rides, live music and more. All parking is off-site at Bolton Center School, 108 Notch Road, Bolton. Free shuttle buses will transport visitors to the farm. Proceeds help to support educational programs at the Lutz Children's Museum. Admission: $7 for museum members; $9 for non-members. Information: 860-643-0949.

Elizabeth Park Events

Rose Garden Volunteer Saturday: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Bring garden gloves, trowels and garden claws. Information: http://www.elizabethparkct.org and 860-231-9443.

Dahlia Show: Sunday, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Meet at the Pond House Cafe. Information: Ellen Burton at 860-231-9443.

Victorian Tea Etiquette & Tea Tasting

Visit the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, Saturday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., and take a glimpse into the world of Victorian culture through the simulation of a tea party and taste the delightful and exotic flavors of teas. Learn the history of tea, the types of tea services and Victorian tea etiquette. Antique tea sets from the Osborne Homestead Museum will be on display. Participants will take home handcrafted teas and tea bags and information on other uses for teas. $5 donation. Registration and information: 203-734-2513.

Gardeners' Market

Wallingford Gardener's Market: Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, through Sept. 13, at the Railroad Station Green, routes 5 and 150, Wallingford. Featuring engraved garden stones, glass flowers, plants and flowers, home crafted designs, bath & body items, pottery and more. Also, food vendors and live entertainment. Information: http://www.wallingfordgardenersmarket.com and 860-269-2653860-269-2653.

One Of Glastonbury's Best Kept Secrets

Every Tuesday, from 1 to 4 p.m., throughout the summer, the Historical Society of Glastonbury invites all to tour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House at 972 Main St., South Glastonbury. Costumed docents will greet guests and give a tour of what was considered a mansion in its day. The house, originally owned by John Welles, a Glastonbury Shipyard owner, features the largest known period kitchen fireplace in Connecticut, unique antiques (including one of two High Back Queen Anne Corner Chairs known to exist), a loom, weaving and spinning equipment. Walk through the kitchen garden on your way to tour the backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, and historic grape vines and maple trees. The cost is $5 for ages 12 and older. HSG members and Glastonbury Garden Club members are free. Information: http://www.hsgct.org and 860-633-6890860-633-6890.

Lighthouse Tours

New London Maritime Society's annual celebration of all things lighthouse, "Sentinels on the Sound: Summer Lighthouse Weekends,'' presents four months of lighthouse boat trips continuing through Oct. 26. Includes five different trips, including two Full-Moon Lighthouse trips and three trips to visit the mysterious Plum Island, along with special events and a regatta. A full schedule of summer activities is at http://www.nlmaritimesociety.org.

Litchfield Walking Tours

The Litchfield Historical Society continues its annual walking tours Saturdays through August. During each tour, a museum educator or guest tour guide offers participants a themed walk through Litchfield's history. Each tour lasts about an hour; bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and leave from the Litchfield History Museum. Free for members and $10 for non-members; registration is required. Information: 860-567-4501860-567-4501 or email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Heritage Walking Tour Of Stonington Borough

The Stonington Historical Society continues its walking tours of Stonington Borough through August. Morning tours are offered Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., weather permitting, beginning at the Old Lighthouse Museum, 7 Water St. No reservations required. $10 adults; $5 students to age 18. Information: 860-535-1440860-535-1440 and http://www.stoningtonhistory.org.

--Lynne Maston, lmaston@courant.com

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