It’s hard to believe the season is basically over and the holidays are right around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about the annual APLDCT Holiday Party and Annual Meeting.
Last year’s holiday party was a huge success so we decided to host this year’s party at the same location – The Gelston House in East Haddam. Formal invitations are already in the mail but here’s a sneak peek.
Remember, the APLDCT Annual Holiday Party is free for members and a guest. So mark your calendar for Sunday, December 15th.
Hope to see you there!
This past Sunday a group of APLDCT members, along with three representatives from our Gold sponsor Colorblends, visited the beautiful Connecticut village of Essex and then set sail for a sunset cruise on the Schooner Mary E.
Our cruise ship awaits!
Main Street in Essex is full of old world charm, lined with shoppes and beautiful gardens. Several of us strolled through town before the cruise to soak in the atmosphere of the shore town and get in a little garden critiquing. We then visited the Connecticut River Museum, where our cruise ship is docked. The museum does a wonder job of chronicling the history of the Connecticut River, housing many artifacts, and a wonderful mural of the river itself that travels up a three level staircase and down another. Very well done!
Once aboard the Schooner Mary E for the main event, everyone quickly settled in to a very fine evening of sightseeing, networking, and of course garden talk. Our events coordinator Lucy van Liew, provided the group with a delicious boxed dinner, then we relaxed with a glass of wine to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
A great time was had by all, and we have already begun scheming to repeat the outing next summer. So stay connected with us here at APLDCT, and hopefully we’ll see you at our next exciting outing!
We’ll be posting more photos and continuing the discussion about this event, as well as future events, over on the Facebook Page, but now, here’s a fun video of our Sunset Cruise outing. Enjoy and please share it with your friends!
Schooner Mary E © Connecticut River Museum
Ahoy Mateys! Our sunset river cruise is set to depart on Sunday, August 25 from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex Village.
Parking is available at the museum and directions are listed below. If you are using a GPS, please note that the museum is in Essex Village.
Why not plan to arrive early and visit the museum which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of life near the Connecticut river. Keep in mind that the museum closes at 5pm.
Please be at the dock by 5:30. Dress appropriately and bring a small cushion to sit on if you are so inclined!
APLD CT will provide a picnic supper and bottled water but don’t forget to B.Y.O.B.
If you should have a last minute change of plans, please contact us via text at 203 685 4541 or 203 417 2833.
Directions to the Connecticut River Museum and the Schooner Mary E.
From Interstate 91, take Exit 22 (CT Route 9 South). Take CT Route 9 South (26 miles) to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront. The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.
From Interstate 95, take Exit 69 (CT Route 9 North). Take CT Route 9 North to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront. The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.
See you there!
OK, maybe not the ‘High Seas’ but definitely the gentle waters of the Connecticut River.
Join your fellow APLD CT chapters members and their guests on Sunday, August 25th for a relaxing night of lively conversation and lovely sights.
Treat yourself to one of Connecticut’s finest attractions and forget about the stresses and hassles of work for a few hours. We’ll provide the schooner and a boxed supper. All you need to bring is your favorite beverage … and a friend…
Reserve your spot on the Schooner Mary E today…
Please note, if you’d like to pay for more than one person, please go through the payment process for each person.
Members & Guests
The outdoor kitchen design event held at Albano Appliance in Pound Ridge, NY, co-hosted by APLD CT and APLD NY, was a huge success. Members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers from the Connecticut, New York and New Jersey chapters, and their guests, were treated to an evening full of laughs, gossip and industry best practices as well as a delicious dinner.
The evening started with drinks and networking, followed by a fun an educational presentation about outdoor kitchen design presented by Donald Sivesind of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. Attendees even received a certificate in outdoor kitchen design.
After the presentation, Albano Appliance treated attendees to a gourmet dinner cooked on their outdoor appliances. Hors d’oeuvres, pizzas, vegetables, beef, pork and chicken were all expertly prepared by their chef and enjoyed by all.
If you weren’t able to join APLDCT for this special event, we hope you’ll be able to join us for our next one.