Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This festival will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area, as well as workshops on vocal performance, trademarks and laws for musicians, and home recording. There will also be an open mic contest! Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Musical acts include: Glenn Roth, Bill Benson, Kate Callahan, The Girls from Ruby Falls, Plywood Cowboy, HannaH's Field, Meredith Rose, Jeff Blaney, Auburn Mode, Sweetest Key, The Bombay Oysters, Robert Fullerton, Seth Adams and Dana Merritt. Gates open at 10am. Please note that tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for children. Winding Trails members will receive a $2 discount.
Acoustic Festival Workshop #1- Tap Into Your Vocal Power
Presented by HannaH of HannaH's Field of Empire Sound Studio Would you like to gain more control of your voice and sing with more power? Come and explore classical vocal exercises and breathing techniques to empower your song. We will also talk about letting go of fear when taking the stage. All levels are welcome. HannaH's Field is getting ready to release their 5th CD, entitled, Revolutionary Soldiers. She has been teaching singing lessons for 14 years, is a yoga instructor and a Dream Builder life coach. Please register by Thursday, October 19th. This workshop is free with your purchase of an Acoustic Festival admission ticket.
Acoustic Festival Workshop #2- How to Protect Your Compositions and Brand
Presented by Attorney – Mike Freeman This workshop is geared to musicians and music fans. We will go into detail on copyright and trademarks along with PRO's, Royalties, Licensing and organizational structure for musical groups. Please register by Thursday, October 19th. This workshop is free with your purchase of an Acoustic Festival admission ticket.
Our recording workshop provides an overview of the recording process and equipment needed to create a recording. Presented by Ace Tone Productions, this workshop will teach participants about the differences between analog and digital recording, proper microphone placement and equipment usage, and the necessary components of a recording studio. Microphones and recording interfaces commonly seen on the market will be discussed, as will the software used to capture the recordings. The workshop will conclude with a question and answer session. Please register by Thursday, October 19th. This workshop is free with your purchase of an Acoustic Festival admission ticket.
Like people, animals come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. The vibrant colors and patterns found in the animal kingdom show not only the beauty of all living things, but also serve to help animals survive in their habitats. Colors can send a warning to potential predators, attract a mate, and regulate an animal's temperature. Patterns aid an animal with camouflage and with mimicry of more dangerous species. People of all ages will learn about these diverse colors and patterns and what they mean. Animal Embassy will bring their Animal Ambassadors such as an Eclectus Parrot, a Fire-bellied Toad, Red-eyes Tree Frogs, a Red-footed Tortoise, a Guatemalan Milk Snake, a Day or Leopard Gecko, and Chinchillas. This program is provided free of charge thanks to proceeds donated to our Trails Fund. Please register by three days prior to the event.
Get outside on Saturday evenings with Miss Judy, Winding Trails' naturalist, for an educational walk that includes some hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation about the night findings. Once it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.
Calling all goblins, ghosts, and witches! Come join Winding Trails for the third annual Haunted Trails! Enjoy a 15 minute haunted hay ride in the trails. There will also be Halloween crafts, games, pumpkins to carve (until 6:30), a movie and some light refreshments in Garmany Hall. Please make sure you sign up for one session, and arrive a little before the start time. Sessions 1-5 will be in the daylight, for those that would not like to ride in the dark. Space is limited! Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.
If you would like to volunteer to be a part of our Haunted Trails Scare Team, please call Bailey at 860-677-8458 ext. 11
This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of fun games & crafts, a giant pizza party, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kid's event and space fills up quickly. So parent's, plan your night out and send the kid's here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parent's not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.
Join Miss Judy, Winding Trails naturalist, for an afternoon family nature walk once a month that will explore a different topic and location appropriate for the changing fall season. Some walks will travel to a location where an activity will be held while other walks will observe seasonal wildlife and participate in activities during the walk. These informal programs are for all ages, so come prepared with good walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.
Saturday Morning Families with Young Children Walks
This program is for an adult with their child or children to explore different aspects of nature and seasons with Miss Judy, the Winding Trails' naturalist. Dress with good walking shoes and choose clothes that can get dirty and are appropriate for the weather so we can explore rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.
Try your luck and skill in this annual Thanksgiving event. You and your entire family will follow clues around our very own trail system in hopes of being the quickest to find our fleeing fowl. We will have two divisions. Session one for those up for a challenging trail run and session two for those looking for a nice walk in the woods. Please choose which division best suits your family as Tom Turkey will be watching! The winning family will leave with a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner! Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.
**Please note: Session One is the fast-paced hunt and Session Two is the walking hunt.
Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We'll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we'll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session.
Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather.
Winding Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving people from Farmington and surrounding communities, providing year round recreational and educational activities for the enjoyment and growth of families and individuals of all ages. Winding Trails is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of the natural woodlands and waterways that allow outdoor programming, character development, and other activities that strengthen the lives of those we serve.