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Bentfest for the birds in South Britain Connecticut

The historic pre Civil War barn at Bent of the River
The historic pre Civil War barn at Bent of the River
Bent of the River

Once again this year, the Audubon at Bent of the River, http://bentoftheriver.audubon.org in Southbury CT is hosting the Bentfest on Sept. 20 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This family orientated event will feature many activities sure to delight young and old alike. The non-profit Audubon Center is located in South Britain, off Route 172 at 185 East Flat Hill Road.

The Bentfest will welcome back popular singer songwriter Willie and Jan Nininger who will perform a selection of eclectic oldies, rock ‘n roll as well as some original music and folk music. They will perform between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

A highlight of the day at 3 p.m. is a bird of prey presentation when fairgoers can get up close and personal with these magnificent birds as well as learn about them. At 4 p.m. there will be a bird banding demonstration that helps study birds and provides a greater understanding of their needs. There will also be nature walks along Pootatuck Road, an insect safari, un-natural nature trail hikes and bird feeder activities. For kids, there will be arts and crafts with Kara. Hayrides. tie-dye T-shirt creations, raffle prizes and food vendors round out the fun.

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the pastries from Bakes ‘n Cakes, plus treats from Nardelli’s and Senor Pancho’s that will be available in the Bent’s historic pre-Civil War barn.

Admission to Bentfest is $12/adult/18 and older, $8/child ages 6 to 18, free for children 6 and younger, and $25/family. No pets permitted at this nature sanctuary. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://bentoftheriver.audubon.org, or September 20 at the gate. For information, call 203.264.5098.

Other events this weekend in Southbury and South Britain include the Southbury Historical Society’s http://www.southburyhistory.org Attic Sale on Sept 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on Sept. 20 the South Britain Congregational Church www.southbritainchurch.org is hosting the very popular Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About Audubon Bent of the River

The mission of this organization is to conserve and restore the area around Pootatuck Brook with a focus on birds and other wildlife. The center has 15 plus miles of hiking trails on beautiful and varied terrains that include grasslands, old meadows and vernal pools to river habitats.