Roxbury Land Trust Hosts RIVERFEST Celebrate Nature & Community – September 17th

To celebrate community and the wonders of nature, the Roxbury Land Trust is hosting a RIVERFEST event with fun, food, crafts, face painting, music, storytelling and more at its River Road Preserve on Sunday, September 17 from 2:00-5:00 pm.

The event will feature farmstands by Riverbank Farm and Twilight Dreams Farm, children’s crafts by Golden Button, Face Painting, information regarding native plants and pollinator gardens and a water quality talk by Pomperaug Regional Watershed Coalition. You can learn about the Follow the Forest project and about attracting birds from our Southbury Audubon Friends from Bent of the River. Feel free to explore the surrounding trails and scenic river views.

New this year, Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke Tribal Nation), from The Institute for American Indian Studies, will give an interactive presentation on the 12,000-year history of Life in the Eastern Woodlands. Darlene, the Education Director at IAIS and Traditional Native American Storyteller, will share various visual and tactile resources to guide the discussion about how Eastern Woodlands Natives have adapted to their changing environment. Darlene will also share Traditional Native American Stories about animals. Hear history come alive from the oral traditions that have been passed down and preserved from one generation to the next.

We will also have music by the Silver & Strings Duo from 2:00- 3:30 and Lee Ann Lovelace and George Lesiw from 3:30 – 5:00pm. Food will be available from Backwoods Dawgz and treats from Elemental Cakes.  Bring along a few folding chairs to relax and listen to the music!

 “We hope families and nature lovers from far and near will turn out for this afternoon of outdoor fun and activities in a beautiful, preserved part of Roxbury,” said John Smoliga, President of the Roxbury Land Trust. “It’s a great way to kick off the autumn.”

The 57-acre nature preserve borders the Shepaug River and adjoins several other preserves to create a 453-acre greenbelt in Roxbury. The preserve is at 55 River Road with the easiest access from Weller’s Bridge Road.

Thanks to our corporate sponsors they are Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC, Union Savings Bank, Mine Hill Distillery, and Wines & Spirits at Roxbury Station. The decor is being donated by Ox Hollow Farm. 

For more information, call the Roxbury Land Trust at 860-350-4148 or to RSVP email: or visit