September 28, 2008

Nature Walk Celebrates Green Space of West Greenwich ; Carr Tournament

Wildlife biologist Brian Tefft, founding chairman of the West Greenwich Land Trust, is scheduled to lead a nature walk next Sunday as part of Celebrate West Greenwich Day. The event will start at 1 p.m. at Hidden Meadow Farm, 120 Breakheart Hill Rd. in West Greenwich.

The land trust has three land holdings of its own. The group worked with the town, the Nature Conservancy and the state Department of Environmental Management to acquire Tillinghast Pond and the land around it to become a wildlife management area last year.

Three separate properties along the Rhode Island-Connecticut border were involved: 471 acres owned by the Cioe Companies, 127 acres owned by Alexander Bates and 968 acres controlled by the estate of Phebe M. Shepard.

The area is part of the Pawcatuck Borderlands Project. In Connecticut and Rhode Island, the project is the largest unfragmented green space between Boston and New York, according to the DEM. A satellite view of the Borderlands at night is the only strip of darkness between Washington D.C. and Boston.

Tefft's walk is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be family activities including pony rides, 4-H demonstrations, hay rides and other events.

There will be a bobber hunt on Tillinghast Pond, and a geo- caching search at six sites in town. The top two geo-cache participants will receive gift certificates to REI, the outfitting cooperative with a store in Cranston.

Students from the Rhode Island School of Design will offer a watercolor class, and musicians Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly ( will entertain.

A New England barbecue at 4 p.m. will end the day. The dinner will cost $8, but everything else is free.

The schedule is available online at celebratewestgreenwich.htm

The Rhode Island Party and Charter Boat Association is joining next weekend's Billy Carr Fishing Tournament to raise money for charity.

Saturday, anglers fishing aboard one of the association's member boats, will be entered in the Intra Association Striped Bass Fishing Tournament. The captain will pay the entry fee to the Billy Carr event.

Each angler may weigh in one striped bass over 30 pounds at the association's scale in Galilee, between 1 and 6 p.m., says John Rainone, president of the guide's association.

Prizes will be awarded for the two heaviest stripers.

Anglers entered in the Billy Carr Fishing Tournament, can enter their fish in both weigh-ins.

The Billy Carr Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.

Named in memory of a generous Point Judith fisherman who died aboard his boat, the tournament's second edition attracted 128 anglers and 60 boats last year.

The entry fees are $50 for boat and shore divisions and $20 for juniors, 15 and younger. Registration forms are available at Snug Harbor Marina in South Kingstown, JB Tackle East in Charlestown, Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle in North Kingstown, and Westlake's Gas & Convenience in Narragansett.

For information about the tournament and sponsorship, call Barry Centracchio at 932-4468.

Mushroom fest today

Every September the woods of Southern New England come alive with wild mushrooms and other colorful fungi. To celebrate the season, the flavors, and mystique of wild mushrooms, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic, Conn. is planning its largest Wild Mushroom Festival. It's scheduled for today from 2 to 6 p.m. Cost is $15 for a nonmember.

The event will feature fresh mushroom dishes prepared by chefs from several of the area's restaurants. There will be locally produced black currant juice, beer and wine.

The Connecticut Valley Mycological Society experts will lead a mushroom identification walk. You can bring in your own unusual fungal finds and have them identified.

More information is available at

Fly-tying for kids

United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island has scheduled its first meeting of junior fly-tiers for Oct 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Aspray Boathouse in Pawtuxet.

The cost of that program is $5 for the year, and that covers the use of tools and materials.

More information is available at

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