Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy’s Annual Midsummer Party for Conservation

See photos from the evening here.

Over 200 supporters of Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy (NCLC) gathered on the grounds and gardens of Maywood at the annual Midsummer Party for Conservation. Leni and Board Member Peter May host the affair on their Litchfield County estate with views over the Roxbury hills. Following cocktails on the terrace, guests dined lakeside under a festive tent.

Dignitaries US Senator Richard Blumenthal and US Congresswoman Jahana Hayes honored the work of previous Board President Hiram Williams and reminded the assembled guests that “to drive through any part of Northwest Corner Connecticut becomes a vacation.”

Midway through the evening, an unexpected deluge with constant lightning flashes, sheets of rain, and gusting winds sent guests to the refuge of the greenhouse. The storm soon passed and undeterred party goers returned to their tables to dine and enjoy a video describing the significant goal of protecting 30 percent of the land by 2030.

NCLC permanently protects 13,000 acres of vast connected natural areas in Litchfield and northern Fairfield Counties.  In concluding remarks Board President Margery Feldberg noted that the evening’s extreme weather underscored the importance of the Conservancy’s efforts to build climate resilience and protect biodiversity by conserving the rolling hills, valleys, and iconic farms of Northwest Connecticut.