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Peaceful Hill Christmas Tree Farm Tour

Photo Caption – Peter Bergan and his wife Arlene in their gift shop where she makes Christmas wreaths and other decorations. Peter will also give a walking tour of their 10-acre Peaceful Hill Christmas Tree Farm on Clark Hill Road in East Hampton.


The Chatham Historical Society is organizing a walking tour of Arlene and Peter Bergan’s Peaceful Hill Christmas Tree Farm at 118 Clark Hill Rd on Sunday December 11th, at 1 pm. The walks are sponsored by the East Hampton Parks and Recreation as part of its “Explore East Hampton” monthly series program. Come for a walk in one of the many tree farms in East Hampton.
Peter Bergan will lead the walk of his 10-acre tree farm and show walkers his other 40-acres of managed forest. His wife, Arlene, will give a tour of their gift shop and work area where she makes Christmas wreaths and other decorations. The Bergans began growing trees in the mid-1980s and began selling the trees in the early 1990s. Located on a breathtakingly beautiful plot of land in East Hampton, the views and ambiance alone can almost make you forget what you came for!
The tree farm grows eleven different types of fir trees, four types of spruce, and two types of pine trees. The Bergans provide hand saws and offer free tree bundling. They have a large gift shop stocked with Christmas tree accessories and fun stocking stuffers. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served.
The walking tour offers a wonderful and unique opportunity for new residents to learn about the history of East Hampton and for life-long residents to share their recollections and stories. Adults and children are welcome to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Please wear shoes suitable for possible wet areas.
Directions: From the Stop & Shop in East Hampton on Rt. 66 follow North Main Street towards Lake Pocotopaug. Travel approx. 1 mile to Clark Hill Rd. on the left. Then go approx. 1 mile to the tree farm entrance on the right.
The tour will take approximately 1 hour. Heavy rain or snow will cancel the walk.
For further information about upcoming walks or the Chatham Historical Society, contact Marty Podskoch, coordinator of the “Explore East Hampton” walks at 860-267-2442, podskoch@comcast.net, or visit http://www.easthamptonrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=27025

Future scheduled walks include: 

Jan. 7, 2017
Cabin Fever Series
Tour Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
47 Tartia Rd., East Hampton, CT
    On Sat. Jan. 7, 2017 @ 2 pm
owners Michael Klucznik and Sheila Mullen will give a tour of their beer brewing company and visitors can purchase a glass and sample different beers, sample different beers, Children can have fun, too, with the goats on the farm.
    Directions: From Stop & Shop in East Hampton go south on Main St. for 2.8 mi. to Rt. 16. Turn left on Rt. 16 and travel 4,6 mi. Turn right on Tartia Rd. Go .4 mi to Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. on right.
Co-sponsored by the Chatham Historical Society, and East Hampton Parks and Recreation.

Feb. 11, 2017
Cabin Fever Series
An Introduction to American Indian Music
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 PM at the East Hampton Library, 105 Main St #1, East Hampton, CT
Presenter is percussionist/educator Craig Harris who will present a multi-media and participatory program  based on his book Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow (University of Oklahoma Press, May 2016). The hour-long program explores in depth the vibrant soundscape of Native North America from the “heartbeat” of intertribal drums and “warble” of Native flutes to contemporary rock, hip-hop, and electronic music. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with musicians, producers, ethnographers, and record-label owners, author, photographer, and musician Craig Harris conjures an aural tapestry in which powwow drums and end-blown woodwinds resound alongside operatic and symphonic strains, jazz and reggae, country music, and blues.
Co-sponsored by East Hampton Library, Chatham Historical Society, and East Hampton Parks and Recreation.

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Peaceful Hill Christmas Tree Farm Tour 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Peaceful Hill Tree Farm

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