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Woodcock Nature Center’s Under the Harvest Moon Event

Tara & Rocco Nicoletti, Heather McGuinness

Woodcock Nature Center guests arrived in their “campground chic” for a relaxed evening of food, music and more to benefit the nature center’s programs in environmental education. “Under the Harvest Moon,” the annual sell-out event, was held in Wilton, CT, in Woodcock’s picturesque candlelit pavilion for nearly 200 attendees and raised more than $30,000 for the nature center. All proceeds from the event support Woodcock’s environmental education initiatives, which include local outreach, school programs, camp scholarships and a variety of family events and adult education activities aimed at connecting with our natural world. A highlight of the evening was a food tasting carefully prepared by local chef Sarah Bouïssou of Sarah’s Wine Bar in Ridgefield, CT. Chef Bouïssou prepared the evening’s meal from a selection of surprise fresh produce donated only two days prior from Wilton’s Ambler Farm and Ridgefield’s Horseshoe Farm and The Hickories. Ridgefield’s No. 109 Cheese & Wine provided a sampling of artisanal cheeses and appetizers, and a generous wine-tasting selection was poured by Betsy Thompson of Cellar XV (also in Ridgefield). Guests enjoyed music by local musician and Horseshoe Farm owner Pete Campbell, craft beer tastings by Dave Kaye and Sarah Zitnay from Nod Hill Brewery, a live and silent auction, and the chance to meet Elma, a resident box turtle of Woodcock.

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