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WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY: GREAT EGRETS & SNOWY EGRETS

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Surely you will recognize the Great White Egret as the “face” of Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Our logo, which prominently features the beautiful bird below a silver arc, was inspired by a photograph taken by a friend of owners, Michael and Merrily. It captured an egret taking flight in front of the arc shaped aluminum roof of the airplane hanger (now our tasting room and event space).

On any given day at Saltwater Farm, egrets can be seen wading in the shallows of the salt marsh looking for their next meal and gracefully gliding above the vineyard and out over Little Narragansett Bay.

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Distinguishable by their larger size, yellow beak, and black feet, Great Egrets share their home at the Vineyard with the smaller, Snowy Egrets which have black beaks and bright yellow feet.

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What a treat it was for our friend Ray U. to send over these stunning pictures of egrets, especially the photos of Snowy Egrets mating nearby. Note the mating plumage prominently displayed by the male.

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 Egret: Did you know?

Both Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets were hunted heavily, almost to extinction, in North America in the late 19th century for their plumes which were used to decorate hats.

Subsequently, the Great Egret became the symbol of The National Audubon Society which was established in the late 19th century to protect birds from feather hunters.

Weighing on average between 2 and 3 pounds, Great Egrets can stand over 3 feet tall and have a wingspan of 4 feet or more. The smaller, Snowy Egret, stands 2 feet with a wing span around 3 feet.

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In 2010, acclaimed 20th century Saint Lucian poet and Noble Prize winner Derek Walcott published White Egrets. Below is an excerpt from the title poem that is truly reminiscent of the egret’s presence at Saltwater Farm.

The perpetual ideal is astonishment.
The cool green lawn,the quiet trees, the forest
on the hill there, then, the white gasp of an egret sent
sailing into the frame then teetering to rest
with its gawky stride, erect, an egret-emblem!

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Cheers to our feathered friends and their home at SFV!
JM

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

 

1. READ

Foodies of New England, Winter 2015 Issue. Turn to page 81 to find the Stonington Village Farmers Market featured as one of of the “Best in Farmers Markets”. Read the full article and the rest of the magazine here.

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Highlight: Summer, Stonington Scallops // Winter, Homemade Soup
Time: Summer Market (May-October) Stonington Town Docks Saturdays 9am-12pm // Winter Market moves to the Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave

2. HARVEST

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It’s time to bring ‘em in and we would love to have you join us!

We invite you to join us at Saltwater Farm Vineyard beginning Sunday, October 26th  for what is expected to be one of our biggest harvests to date. Drop in anytime during the day. Harvesting will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In fact, help would be particularly appreciated on those days. Clippers are provided, but please BYOG (Bring Your Own Gloves).

Highlight: Picking grapes, enjoying the outdoors, and of course, WINE!
Time: Begins Sunday, continues Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tasting room will be open as scheduled on Sunday, 11am to 3pm.

3. EAT

A couple of our favorite restaurants, Engine Room and Oyster Club, are starting their Sunday Dinner series featuring themed dinners held on the last Sunday of every month through May 2015. From the owners,

In addition to enjoying world class farm and sea to table dishes, we invite you to dine with our purveyors and farmers, learn from talented chefs and mixologists, and support our specialized culinary community. Meet and dine with the wonderful people behind some of the certified organic produce that we work with, including Valchris Farm, Hunt’s Brook, Hidden Brook Gardens, and Provider Farm. Enjoy five courses with drink pairing featuring produce from these local farms. 

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photo credit: Oyster Club

Highlight: Learning about your local farmers
Time: The last Sunday of every month through May 2015

Note: Reservations are required.

 

4. SHOP

It’s officially boot season, and I have the boutique to get that perfect pair. You know, the kicks you reach for over and over again because of their comfort, style, quality and great smelling leather. Visit Clad in Stonington at 152 Water Street.

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Highlight: Get a pair of Pikolinos, you won’t regret it. Visit their outlet in Westerly!
Time: 10am-6pm Mon through Saturday // 11am-5pm Sunday

 

5. SPOOK

Looking for something festive to do with the family? Denison Pequotsepos’ Spooky Nature Trail opens tonight. Explore haunted woods while you sip cider and get up-close visits with the Nature Center’s frogs, turtles and more. Find more information here.

photo credit: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

photo credit: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Highlight: Getting into the Holloween spirit
Time: The trail is open 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25

Cheers to the harvest and a great Fall weekend,
KP

SARAH SEVEN TRUNK SHOW

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If you remember our post about Everthine Bridal Boutique, you will recognize designer Sarah Seven and her gorgeous, bohemian inspired gowns. If you are in the market to find your perfect wedding dress, this is the time! Meet the designer and see her new line.

Below are a few snaps from Teresa’s wedding day in August wearing Sarah Seven. I remember the day we shared at Everthine, me tearing up as I watched my best friend twirl in front of the mirror in each dress (of course it needed to be tested for the dance floor)… it was so special to see the entire look come to life.

 

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Cheers to inspired designers,
KP