International Festival of Arts and Ideas group tours EHSGT

It was a lovely day on June 14th as the International Festival of Arts and Ideas group took a ride through the East Haven SGT. After the trail ride the group wrapped up the afternoon with an ice cream social at a favorite local spot overlooking the beach!

Great day for a bike ride on the EHSGT!

Great day for a bike ride on the EHSGT!

Sun is out and group is ready to ride!

Sun is out and group is ready to ride!

They earned an ice cream break!

They earned an ice cream break!

Kids Challenge Event on DC Moore Trail Segment

Kids Challenge Event begins with a scavenger hunt along the DC Moore trail segment.

Kids Challenge Event begins with a scavenger hunt along the DC Moore trail segment.

 

The East Haven School District teamed up with the East Haven Wellness Committee to hold a Kids Challenge Event on May 21st at the DC Moore trail segment of the East Haven SGT. Kids of all ages used the trail for a scavenger hunt to find things like flowers and birds, and the whole family got involved in a race from one end of the trail to the other.

 

Getting ready for a race from one end of the DC Moore Trail segment to the other!

Getting ready for a race from one end of the DC Moore trail segment to the other!

Members Mike Gambardella and Kirsten Dudley

Booth set up at the Kids Challenge Event on the DC Moore trail.

 

“Rock to Rock” SGT Bike Team Rides to Success for Shoreline Greenway Trail

After the Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride on April 25, Shoreline Team members Farhan Soomro and his son Saami relax with Board member Glenn Gaffield and Anna Heinzel.

Farhan Soomro and his son Saami relax after the 12 mile ride, with Glenn Gaffield and Anna Heinzel who did 20 miles.

On a sunny Saturday in April, the Shoreline Greenway Trail Rock to Rock Bike Team – eighteen energetic members, ages nine to seventy seven – rode their bikes in the 7th Annual ‘ROCK TO ROCK’ EARTH DAY RIDE in New Haven on April 25. This event is a major fundraiser for 24 environmental organizations and this is the first year that Shoreline Greenway Trail was invited to participate.  Members from all our towns helped volunteer or joined our Bike Team.

Riding for Shoreline Greenway Trail at the Rock to Rock Earth Day ride on April 25, Chelsea Anderson & her dad, Rick Anderson, Bruce Simonds, Carol Grave, Peter Hawes.

Team riders Chelsea Anderson & her dad Rick Anderson, granddad Bruce Simonds, Carol Grave and Peter Hawes.

Our Bike Team riders chose one of five different courses, ranging from the 8-mile Family Ride to the challenging 60-mile Century ride!  Together they raised almost $8,000 from 94 generous donors..… a fun day and a fun way to raise funds for Shoreline Greenway Trail!  We thank everyone who contributed to the wonderful day.

SGT volunteers Mary Jane Toomey, John Cox and Barbara Brow greeted Rock to Rock riders at Lighthouse Point rest stop

SGT volunteers Mary Jane Toomey, John Cox and Barbara Brow

Several members volunteered at the Rest Stops for the 20-mile, 40- mile and 60-mile routes.  At Lighthouse Point, East Haven members Barbara Brow, Mary Jane Toomey, John Cox and Susan Stacey were greeters. At Guilford’s Perk on Church 60-mile riders were greeted with refreshments by Milt Charlton, Greg Teschendorf, Jennifer Chaffiotte, and Deb and Russell Heinrich.

Our volunteers at Guilford Perk on Church

SGT volunteer captain Milton Charlton with Jennifer, Sandy, Greg, Russell and Deb  at Guilford Perk on Church

Our enthusiastic SGT Bike Team cyclists wore new white tech biking shirts with our logo for high visibility: Guilford members Chip Angle, Peter Hawes, Brad Kronstat, Carol Grave, Josh Geballe and Joe Garofoli; Branford’s Farhan Soomro, sons Manik 14, and Saami 9, Glenn Gaffield and Annie Heinzel;  East Haven member Mark Bridgman; the three-generation Anderson-Simonds family from Guilford and Madison;  and from Durham, Liz and Jay Conroy.  Next year, join the Team!!

Ready to start, our SGT Bike Team rider Mark Bridgman

Ready at the Start,  SGT Bike Team rider Mark Bridgman

a selfie on-the-go by Chelsea Anderson of her family

a selfie on-the-go by Chelsea Anderson of her family

A beautiful day for a trolley ride

On June 7, the Branford and East Haven Shoreline Greenway Trail teams partnered with the  Shore Line Trolley Museum for a wonderful celebration of Connecticut Trails Day.  Over 100 people enjoyed a free ride on restored trolley cars followed by a walk along the cleared proposed Shoreline Greenway Trail section to the former Farm River bridge crossing.  SGT leaders shared plans for a bridge linking East Haven to Branford .   The friendly Trolley conductors provided riders with a history of the area and the Trolley.  On the return trip to the Trolley Museum, walkers passed the remains of a former stone-crushing plant and learned about its history.  Thanks to Leo Cristofar, who led the group from the first Trolley car on the hike and to Peg Stamp, who led the second Trolley car group.   Thanks also to Jo Zaehringer, Chet Blomquist, Barbara Brow, Mike Gambardella, and Peggy Thomas for setting up tables, signing in attendees, assisting on the walks and doing everything necessary to make the day a big success~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On June 14, the Shoreline Greenway Trail will have a table at the Branford Festival on the Branford Green.  Come visit us – we enjoy sharing the good news of our progress!