Westport Column

It’s hard to believe this is the fifth season that the handsome Visitors Center at the Westport Heritage House has been there to welcome newcomers to our region and our community. We owe a big “Thank You!” to all the volunteers who have worked so hard over the years to make it happen—and to make sure it continues to happen.

This season the Visitors Center will be open Saturdays starting June 1, six days a week from June 29 through Labor Day, and weekends between Labor Day and Columbus Day. As before, the center will be staffed by volunteer “ambassadors” who will greet visitors, answer questions, and offer information on local attractions and local history. One nice thing about being an ambassador is the way it’s organized—very user friendly. Basically, it’s tailored to your needs. You can do it as much or as little as your schedule permits. Some ambassadors have regular times each week, others come in once or twice. This makes it a very easy thing to volunteer for, since there’s no “pressure” to give more time than you can.

There are two short training sessions scheduled so far, both at the Heritage House: one on Tuesday, May 21 from 7 to 8 p.m., and one on Saturday, May 25 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There will probably be others to come, and I’ll keep you posted here, but it would be great if you could make one of these, even if you are a returning ambassador. If you’d like to talk with someone about volunteering, call Meredith at 962-4590, Judy at 962-8670, or (after May 20) Betty at 962-8917.

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has a lot going on for National Trails Day on June 1. In the morning, there’s the “Cheney Mountain IronOre Man” hike, starting from the trailhead off Pelfershire Road in Moriah. Then at 1 p.m. you can see the unveiling of new interpretive signs on the Black Kettle Nature Trail by local artist and naturalist Sheri Amsel. Finally, from 4 to 6, you’ll have a chance to meet the new director of the Adirondack Council, William Janeway, who will give a talk at Block House Farm in Essex. For more info, go to champlainareatrails.com.

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