Westport 9-25-10

Ahhh - cool nights, warm days, rich harvest, fewer bugs, and the tang of woodsmoke and apples in the air. That's what I'm talking about. Good sleeping weather, as we call it around here. Time for hunters, hikers, and anyone who just loves the outdoors to start getting back in the woods again without worrying about being eaten alive.

In between your autumn adventures in our gorgeous surroundings, you might want to set aside some time for a couple of upcoming events that will enhance those outdoor experiences. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the annual Field, Forest and Stream Festival this weekend, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the museum in Elizabethtown. The Arts Council here in Westport, which organizes the event, is still looking for volunteers to help out for a few hours in exchange for free admission. Call 962-8778 if you're interested. Attractions include Adirondack storyteller Bill Smith, the country and bluegrass group A Fine Mix, and the owls, hawks, reptiles, and other critters of naturalist Beth Bidwell. They'll also be raffling off the winner of this year's cover art competition, Chapel Pond Spiral by Sally Smith - a startling piece of outdoor art by a unique local artist.

Then Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Floral Hall at the fairgrounds, famed tracker and habitat specialist Susan Morse returns to Westport. Founder and director of the organization Keeping Track, Susan Morse appeared at the school in 2001, to an overflow crowd of more than 260. Now she's back with a fascinating array of track molds, pelts, skulls, feet, and lots of engaging photographs and stories. There will also be a chance to sign up for a six-session tracking course this winter.

This Wildlife Event is brought to us through a partnership between the Champlain Area Trails Association here in Westport, our own outdoor guide and youth commission director Elizabeth Lee, Dogwood Bread Company of Wadhams, Champlain National Bank, the Adirondack Council, the Northeast Wilderness Trust, and Keeping Track Inc. For more information about Susan Morse and Keeping Track, visit www.keepingtrack.org.

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