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Discover the joy of getting lost in the heart of the orchard amid 350,00 blooming red and yellow sunflowers in the 2.5 acre Sunflower Maze where yellow finches and beautiful butterflies fly around. As we navigate along nearly two miles of twisting and turning pathways, searching for the exit, fun trivia clues will guide our way! When we exit the maze, we'll head over to the Apple Barrel Store to order our deli lunches to enjoy on the outside deck overlooking the orchards. To check out lunch menu: http://www.lymanorchards.com/files/6015/5870/4223/Menu_Handout_Bifold_052319.pdf On arrival, let's meet outside the Apple Barrel Store to purchase our tickets for the maze. Tickets are $10. (one dollar is donated to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center) **If we have more than 11 people attending, the price will drop to $7** Please wear closed, comfortable foot wear and bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen, if desired.
Come and sit with our group to rest in between dances! There’s a $5 cover charge to get into this “pub” room and plentiful parking around the venue. Appetizers and dinners are available for purchase; please know that no food or beverages (including bottled water) can be brought there. Cash bar and ample dance floor; most people there are usually in our age group. I’ll get there early to bodily reserve our table!
Our member Mary Lee will be our tour guide. The tour is 30-45 minutes and free (donations accepted). Climb is 96 steps to the top with beautiful views of Bushnell Park and surrounds. Climbing is not mandatory. There is plenty of history without it but worth it for those who do. Just a short walk away is Black Eyed Sally’s where we'll have a reservation for lunch around 12:30 so plan to stay on to enjoy the delicious food. We'll pay your own checks. Heavy rain postpones the tour until October 5. The address is 15 Trinity Street Hartford. On Saturday, metered parking along Trinity and Elm Streets should be no problem. Parking at the Capitol is free. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch was designed by Hartford architect George Keller, whose ashes were buried in the east tower when he died in 1935, along with those of his wife, Mary, who died in 1946. The arch was dedicated on September 17, 1886, –the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam–to honor the 4,000 Hartford citizens who served in the Civil War, and the 400 who died for the Union. This Gothic monument is made of brownstone from Portland, Connecticut, and cost about $60,000 (from the city treasury) to build. Notice especially the terracotta frieze depicting scenes from the Civil War, and midway below it, eight-foot-tall statues representing the various kinds of residents who left their homes, families and businesses to fight in the War: student, farmer, freed slave, stone mason, carpenter and blacksmith. The original terracotta angels–Gabriel and Raphael–which crown each tower, were replicated in bronze and replaced in 1987 as part of a $1.5 million restoration. Be sure to read the bronze plaque under the freed slave which honors the 128 African American residents of Hartford who fought for the Union. This plaque was the result of research by Airron Bethea, a seventh grade student in Hartford, who was writing an essay in 1987 for the re-dedication of the restored Arch.
Belltown Hill Orchard (www.belltownhillorchards.com) is a working, fourth generation orchard nestled in the scenic rolling hills of South Glastonbury. We will meet up at the Farm Market (next to parking lot) for light refreshments of coffee/tea and a bounty of farm fresh, made on site, baked goods, including their apple cider donuts! We will then head down the hill to pick from over a dozen varieties of apples. Bags will be provided. After apple picking, we will board the tractor to head up to the pumpkin patch to pick our favorite pumpkins. For lunch, we will take a short drive over to Pizzeria Sassano, 2249 New London Tpke., South Glastonbury(www.sassanopizza.com) a small family owned Italian restaurant in South Glastonbury. **Please let us know if you will NOT be joining us for lunch, so a reservation can be made**