Litchfield Land Trust celebrates with a sunset
Norman Hamilton, left, and his wife, Trudie, and Alan Cohen at the Litchfield Land Trust's Fall Sunset Party at Arbutus Farm in Milton on Friday. BZ photos
The Litchfield Land Trust's Fall Sunset Party at Arbutus Farm in Milton on Friday lived up to its name as more than 200 supporters of the organization were treated to a spectacular sunset.
Peter and Eileen Litwin, owners of Arbutus Farm, hosted the gathering in the farm's restored barn. Peter Litwin is a longtime member of the land trust and is a former president of the organization.
The land trust, founded in 1968 to protect open space in town, owns 49 properties totaling 1,118 acres and holds conservation easements on 145 properties totaling 2,379 acres. In total, the land trust protects 3,497 acres from development in perpetuity.
Land trust member Marie McFadden served as chairman of the fundraiser and was assisted by many volunteers in planning it. The trust presented a special award to Tony Pangaro for donating a conservation easement on 128.90 acres he owns off Blue Swamp Road in Milton.
The land trust has started the process of seeking national accreditation, a massive effort in which it will have to document every property it protects.
The Western Lands Trio of, from left, John Fulkerson, Jerry Geci and Mike Delay provided the music.
From left, Chris Hoopes, Lynn Hoopes and Tonya Curry.
Land trust board member Roberta Andrulis Mette, center, with Chez and Paul Winter.
Land trust board member Dean Birdsall pours a glass of wine for Charlie Roraback.
Board member John Markelon handled bartending duties.
Listening as land trust President Dave Geiger speaks are, from left, Charlie Roraback, Peter Litwin and Peter Tavino.
The crowd listens to remarks during the festivities.
From left, Charlie Roraback and Mary and Peter Tavino.
Peter Litwin addresses the gathering.
The ageless Ted Litwin, a former first selectman, was the center of attention.
Peter Litwin introduces the land trust's board of directors.