We are pleased to have the Eagle Festival again this year in Essex, sponsored by the Connecticut Audubon Society. Yes, you heard right, the Eagle Festival with real, live, wild American Eagles, within view of the naked eye (but better with binoculars or spotting scopes). For more details go to: www.ctaudubon.org/about/eaglefestival.htm
The weekend is filled with seminars, bird carving, live bird demonstrations, art exhibits, horse and buggy rides, and talks on conservation. It's a great way to brush away the winter doldrums and learn something new. Even if you're not a birder, you can enjoy many of the fun filled activities. Celebrities? You bet, Phil Donahue and Faith Middleton ( a local TV personality) are the honorary co-chairs.
Bring the kids - there are story times, photos with a live raptor, and a model train show.
But what about the weather? Sure, it's cold this time of year in Connecticut (the last two years, it was in the 20's) but never fear, they have heated tents for the talks and demonstrations and you can stop in the stores and the Connecticut River Museum to get warm.
When? It's this weekend, February 16th and 17th, 2008. So bundle up, clean your camera and binocular lenses and head for Essex for a great time! To learn more about Essex, "The Best Small Town In America", visit: http://www.essexct.com/
And don't forget to stop by the welcome center at Page Taft GMAC Real Estate on 35 Main Street and say hello!