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River Celebration 2015

 Saturday, June 20, 2015

Path of Life Garden at Great River Outfitters, 36 Park Road, Windsor, VT

This event & admission to the garden is free.

River Celebration 2015 celebrates the nationally-recognized Connecticut River watershed and the people who help protect it. This annual event is held at notable locations up and down the Connecticut River and draws both locals and visitors from throughout the 4-state watershed.

The Path of Life Garden is a 14-acre field of trails, wildflowers and open spaces on the banks of the Connecticut River. Visitors experience the story of the great circle of life represented by eighteen sculptures.

“One of the most beloved storytellers in northern New England,” Willem Lange will join us to share his river tales.

9am – 12pm
Summer Solstice Paddle

Bring your own boat or rent from Great River Outfitters for a discount rate of $25. Reserve boats early – they fill up fast – and mention CRWC when reserving for discount.

8:30-9am: Bring-your-own-boat drop off at Sumner Falls boat launch, return cars to Great River Outfitters & Path of Life Garden

9:15am:  Shuttle from Great River Outfitters for those using their own boats (leave cars at Great River Outfitters)

9:15-9:45am: Paddle waiver signing at launch for those using their own boats

9:30am: Those reserving boats from Great River Outfitters arrive by 9:30 at Great River Outfitters to sign waivers and shuttle up at 10am

10:15am: Paddle launch

10am – 12pm
Fly-casting & Fly-tying demonstrations

Join CRWC River Stewards, and avid anglers, in the Path of Life Garden for tips on casting a fly rod or making a fly. Limited number of fly rods provided, first come first serve.

12 – 1pm
Live music from Rise! A New Hampshire-based American Roots string band

Light lunch provided by Harpoon Brewery (or bring your own picnic)

1 -2pm
Bud Foster Award: Barbara Skuly

Featured Speaker: Willem Lange

Emmy award winning host of NH Public Television’s “Windows to the Wild,” Willem Lange also writes a weekly column, “A Yankee Notebook,” which appears in several New England newspapers. He’s a commentator for Vermont Public Radio and Vermont Public Television.

Ice Cream Social provided by Snow’s Premium Ice Cream

Raffle Drawing Ibex & LL Bean gear, river trips & more!


Private Harpoon Brewery Tour for River Celebration participants, limited to 30 people, sign up at event. Additional guided tours offered for $5, 11am-5pm each hour.



Click here to RSVP online
or call 413-772-2020, ext. 204

Click here to download event flyer. Thank you for helping to spread the word by posting this around your town: coffee shops, town halls, schools, community bulletin boards, etc.

Directions: The Path of Life Garden is located 1 mile south of Exit 9 on I-91 in Windsor, Vermont. From Exit 9, take Route 5 south for 1 mile. Great River Outfitters/Path of Life Garden is on the left next to Harpoon Brewery.

Snapdragon Inn Discount: Make a weekend of it! For those coming from afar, Snapdragon Inn in Windsor, VT is offering a 20% room discount to event participants. Reservations must be made through the Inn and mention CRWC for the discount.



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Each year the Council hosts an annual celebration where CRWC members and friends connect with each other, hear inspiring speakers and celebrate the river’s role in our lives. Typically, these events include opportunities to spend time on the water or explore the local region.

The annual celebration is usually held in mid-June and visits a different area of the watershed each year. During a brief business meeting, CRWC members vote on a slate of trustees for the coming year and any other relevant business.