Celebratory hayrides

Ryan Percy, a Stowe farmer who’s on the board of Stowe Land Trust, will give hayrides as part of the trust’s annual celebration Sept. 22.

The Stowe Land Trust will celebrate community and conservation on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., and anyone interested is welcome.

The event will take place under a big tent in a field off Tamarack Road in Stowe with views of the recently conserved Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest.

The land trust’s annual business meeting will begin at 2 p.m., where board members will be elected, volunteers honored and a financial picture presented.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Aron Steward, a psychologist with expertise in violence prevention. Steward’s topic is: Discovering the therapeutic power of birds and other stories about how we all need nature to thrive.

Steward was assistant clinical director at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester, where she cultivated use of alternative therapies to help young people — including some simple actions with striking outcomes.

Then the party starts, with live music by the Sugardaddies, Woodbelly pizza and a cash bar, and homemade pies with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

The field will feature lots of fun, family-friendly activities, including hayrides with Ryan Perc,; kids games and activities with the land trust’s summer naturalist, Frisbees and lawn games, a flag-painting station, and free family portraits by local photographer Sarah Salvas with the beautiful Worcester Range in the background.

The public is welcome, free. During the business meeting, activities for children age 5 and up will be provided by the trust’s summer naturalist and the Market Garden School. Only land trust members can vote at the business meeting.

Information or RSVP: stowelandtrust.org/events or 253-7221.

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