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Heublein Tower ~ Medium level* - Tower Toot Festival at tower
Join us for the Annual Tower Toot October 20th,2018 at the Heublein Tower! Hike up to the Talcott Mountain State Park to enjoy the spectacular autumn foliage in the Farmington Valley and Connecticut River Valley. Food and drink for sale all day! Music performed all weekend by German folk duo Scha Musi Take in the spectacular fall vista in all directions from the 165-foot Heublein Tower, the former summer home of a prominent Hartford family. Within the tower is a museum of local history. It's a scenic 1.25 mile hike to the tower. We will then take an hour to spend at the Tower Toot Festival where food and drink is for sale all day, or bring your own lunch and just listen to the music. before descending back down to our cars THIS IS NOT A WALK IN THE PARK HIKE. THIS IS A MODERATE HIKE WITH MANY CLIMBS AND WILL BE MUCH LONGER THAN ANY HIKES THIS GROUP HAS DONE. Meeting place ~ We will meet at the back parking. That means pull into the parking area near the road, drive thru the green gate and past Reservoir 6. We are on the Rt. 44 side of the mountain......not Simsbury. The parking is at the back of the reservoir with a Port-o-Potty! MDC Reservoir 6, 3026 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT) Carpooling is highly suggested as this is a very popular destination for fall hikers. We will complete an 4.5 -5 mile loop that will take us to the tower and back by the reservoir. The tower will be a great place to break for a snack and enjoy the views from the top. This is considered a bit more than a moderate hike with a 700' gain and the distance. It should be do-able for many but might feel challenged. The trail is well traveled and marked. Please note, we are NOT hiking the wide, groomed recreational trail. We will be on the Metacomet Trail in the woods doing real hiking. Please wear appropriate footwear (boots), appropriate synthetic layers for clothing, and bring snack(lunch) and water. We expect this hike to last no more than 3 hours depending on trail conditions and the group that attends. **************************************************************************************** Gilbert F. Heublein was a celebrated German-born hotelier and restaurateur in Hartford, Connecticut as well as an innovator in the American gourmet food and liquor industry. Heublein built the Tower in 1914 as a summer retreat for his family and for the entertainment of weekend guests. Builder T. P. Fox and Son was contracted by Heublein to carry out Hartford architects Hilliard Smith and Roy D. Bassette’s Tower plans, the specifications of which called for a tower that would never blow over, having been designed to resist wind pressures of 100 mph. It is a six-storied structure, with a 165- foot solid square shaft of steel beam and concrete construction that rises from a massive, asymmetrical fieldstone base. The property on which it rests totals approximately 350 contiguous acres along the mountain ridge, with the Tower being at the midpoint of the plot. Many famous people have been guests at the tower, where the Republican Party asked General Dwight Eisenhower to run for president. This same party was also attended by Prescott Bush, father of George H. W. Bush. Ronald Reagan also visited the tower in the 1950s while he was president of the Screen Actors Guild. From 1948 to 1950, WTHT, an FM station operated by The Hartford Times, used the tower as its antenna site. Come enjoy a beautiful fall day and stroll through the Trees of the Field. We'll find a nice place for lunch after the hike (TBD).

Heublein Tower

70 Summit Ridge Dr · Bloomfield, CT

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Dynamic Professionals (Age 50 + Singles

We are setting ourselves apart from other meetup groups in the area. Well planned events & adventures are making us one of the fastest growing groups in the meetup community. Singles 50-65 are welcome to join.

**Please have a photo on your profile to be accepted as a Dynamic Professional member** I request this for the safety and security of all of our members. If, for some reason you don't feel comfortable posting a photo, email me and I'll provide my phone number to speak to you personally prior to acceptance with our group.

Membership fees - Beginning May 1, 2014, Dynamic Professionals will charge an annual fee of $10.00 Per Member. New members will have 14 days in which to participate in an upcoming event to test the waters. We have a variety of events & adventures to choose from. After attending your first event within that time frame, you can opt to pay the fees within the first 14 days or you can remove yourself from the group. IF you stay in and haven't paid the fees by the 14th day, meet up will move you to pending status until dues are paid. In this instance, you will not have access to RSVP to any events or adventures. So judge us by our comments, reviews and past events and pay those dues so you can participate.

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As you can see from our wide variety of past and upcoming meetups - we have events and adventures for everyone. Favorite places to visit for daytrips and weekend trips, favorite local restaurants-both new and old, group dinners and more intimate dinners, dancing, sporting events, mystery theatres, boat trips, wine tastings, museums, historical sites, movies, theatre, cabarets, musical events (from new age to classical), visits to parks, hiking, skating, go carting, zip lining, paint ball, and the list keeps going. Many more activities to be had in the warmer months.

Check out past events & adventures to wet your appetite and show you what a wonderful group this is. Read the reviews and comments and don't forget to check the photo's from previous events.

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Group trips ~ We visited Costa Rica in 2015 & 2016. We have a trip planned to Italy in July 2017 and another to Budapest/Vienna/Prague in November 2017. Those are sold out but be sure to check out our SINGLES CRUISE on Princess Cruise Lines with Vacations to Go in January 2018. We do an annual Snowmobile trip every February.

I love to travel, it's so nice to have our own group to travel with? Where will we be off to next year?

I’m very down to earth, and as you will come to find out, I'm thorough, organized and observant. Please be who/what you say you are and you’ll fit in with our group, if not, you will be deleted from the group.

I was new to CT (in 2013) and I couldn't find the type of meet up group I was looking for that encompassed my energy and zest for life........so I started Dynamic Professionals in November 2013. I've always been a party planner and will strive to find great venues and interesting ideas, to keep this group new, growing and exciting but I need your input, especially from the locals.

Members should be 50 years of age up to 65, but those numbers aren't set in stone, had to start and end somewhere. You must be an individual that cares about their appearance, has a zest for life, has an ACTIVE and healthy lifestyle and the means to join us for some of our events. Those that enjoy getting together with and being respectful of others. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated in anyway. Inappropriate comments and/or other harassment of any member will be grounds for removal from our group.

At times you will be asked to participate in bringing a dish or your beverage of choice. Posts will always give plenty of info and/or suggestions as to the nature of our event and what is needed.

Please share your questions or comments. If anyone has an idea, please share with me and I’ll post and put it out there to see if there’s any interest.

Let your friends know about Dynamic Professionals 50 +, we hope to make this a very popular meet up with a new concept and twists on old concepts. Thanks for your interest!

Warm regards,

Ellen Foster, Organizer 561-262-2800

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