Litchfield News




Sports & Recreation

Sandy Beach is open daily for the Summer
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
East Shore Road, Morris
Please use Rt. 63 & Webster Road from Litchfield
or Rt. 109 & East Shore Road from Morris
while the Whites Woods Bridge is being replaced.
Season Passes
(available at the beach or Litchfield & Morris town halls)
$65 - Resident Family (Litchfield & Morris)
$85 - Non-Resident Family
or $5 per day/car
Swimming lessons are also available with
two week sessions for only $10 per child.
Sandy Beach Triathlon
Friday, July 28 ~ 5:00 p.m.
2017 Summer Concert Series
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Litchfield Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the return of the summer concert series to the Litchfield Green on Wednesday evenings, beginning with “Belle of the Fall” on June 14.. The concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Bring a folding chair, sit back and relax for a quintessential New England evening. The concerts are free, no pets are allowed on the green, unless they are service dogs. Everyone is urged to take their trash off the green after the show.
Here’s the line-up for the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series: 
Concerts start at 7:00 p.m.
July 5 – Eran Troy Danner
July 12 – Stache
July 19 – The Groove
July 26 – The Apricot Brandy
Concerts start at 6:30 p.m.
August 2 – Last Fair Deal
August 9 – The Loft
August 16 – Switch Factory
August 23 – The Kenn Morr Band
Concert-goers are reminded that there is no alcohol, open fires, dogs or other pets on the green. August concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Listen to WZBG, FM 97.3 for news on cancellations. For more information, please contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569
Litchfield Park and Recreation Summer Camp
If you are looking for a fun, safe and exciting place for your son or daughter to spend their summer days, check out the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Summer Fun Camp.
We have a trained and veteran staff of councilors on board to set a fun tone. We have lots of fun things happening at the camp which goes Monday–Friday at Litchfield’s Community Field, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Early drop-offs and late pick-ups (within reason) are also available for an additional fee, but for $28 a day, your children will have fun with their friends, learn new things and have great experiences. All they need is a lunch, juice, snack and a water to get them through a fun-filled day.
Some of the things coming to camp are “Music Mondays,” 4-H Club, and Game Show Guy. The kids are also busy with sports of all kinds, board and memory games, arts and crafts…and more. We take the camp swimming to Sandy Beach on Tuesday afternoons for some water fun and we are going to many other places on field trips.
The field trips range from $15 to $50 depending on where we go, but we have plans on going to Thomaston Lanes for Bowling; R&B Sports for mini-golf, go-carts, pitching machines and ice cream; Quassy Amusement Park; Mount Tom; Lake Compounce; and more! And we didn’t even mention “Game Show Guy!” who will be coming to our camp!
Doesn’t it sound like a fun camp? Well, it is! We are signing campers up now. Call (860) 567-7569 for more information. You can also visit our website at, go to departments, then click on “recreation” and then to registration forms for the summer camp registration. Sign your child up today!
The daily camp is for children 6 and up with a weekly cost of $140. For the younger children aged 3-5, we offer a three-hour camp (9 a.m. – 12 Noon) Monday through Thursday for a cost of $110. 
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Swimming Lessons 2017
Litchfield Parks and Recreation will again be offering swimming lessons this summer, with two 3-week long sessions at the Wisdom House pool, located at 229 East Litchfield Road in Litchfield. Hurry to sign up as these spaces are limited. Your check reserves you child’s spot for the lessons. 
The second session will begin on July 17th and run through August 4th. The fee for each three-week session is $90. Space is limited in each class, so please contact the Parks and Recreation office as soon as possible. Your paid entry will save you a spot in the class. NO ONE MAY SIGN UP AT THE POOL!!! Only pre-registered swimmers will get space in the pool as the classes are small. All registrations must go to Litchfield Parks and Recreation at P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750.
The swimmers will have a 30-minute lesson Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The classes will be at 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. for children 8 and over. Swimmers aged 6-7 years will take their lessons from 9:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. and then children aged 4-5 will have their class from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The toddlers in class must be accompanied by a parent.
For more information or for other programs run by Litchfield Parks and Recreation, please contact (860) 567-7569.
For a downloadable registration form, go to, then go to departments, then recreation, then to registration forms and print out the “standard form.” Fill the registration out and return it with your check as well as to which session you wish to enter in order to reserve your spot for this popular program.
Bantam Lake Yacht Club to Offer Sailing Lessons
for Children and Adults
The Bantam Lake Yacht Club is sponsoring a junior and adult sailing program this summer to teach children 9-18 years old and adults to learn to sail and/or race sailboats.  The program is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced sailors.
Junior group lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  There will be 2 series of lessons, each of 4 weeks.  The first series will begin Tuesday, June 27 and run through Thursday, July 20 (except for July 4). 
The second series begins Tuesday, July 25 and runs through August 17th.  A lesson series costs $250.  Junior sailors must pass a swim test. Private junior lessons and adult lessons are also available. Additional information is at:  For an information package or to enroll please contact the club secretary at
Litchfield Hills Rowing Club
Summer Season
Tuesday, June 27-Thursday, July 13, 2017
Learn To Row - Juniors
Session 1
Tuesday, June 27-Thursday, July 13, 2017
T/Th: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Session 2
Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, August 10, 2017
T/Th: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Learn To Row - Adults
Session 1
Tuesday, June 27 - Thursday, July 13, 2017
T/Th: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Session 2
Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, August 10, 2017
T/Th: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Mail checks to: Litchfield Hills Rowing Club, PO Box 42, Litchfield, CT 06759
Open to residents and non-residents of Goshen.
2017 LRWC Summer Camp Programs
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
This July, LRWC is offering three week-long, day camp sessions for children entering grades 3-6 in the fall of 2017. Programs are full-day from 9am to 3pm.
LRWC Camp days are interactive, educational, and lots of fun! Get ready for exciting outdoor adventures where you'll learn about our birds, wetlands, and more. Each session includes outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, and crafts, and lots of interaction with our amazing flock of over 450 birds from around the world!
Camp Sessions
Budding Biologists ~ July 3 – 7
Join LRWC in the study of nature! We will explore all living things from big to small and how they fit together to create the wild world around us. From microbes to mallards to mammals, we won't leave any stone unturned. Campers will get to explore what it means to be a biologist and learn to be a real scientist! We will be actively investigating LRWC’s local habitats looking for microorganisms, plants, and animals. Campers will conduct experiments, create crafts, and get their hands dirty, all while outside investigating the natural world.

Dinosaurs to Ducks ~ July 10 – 14
Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur up close? Well now you can! During this session campers will investigate the story behind the world’s modern dinosaurs, birds! With the help of the living dinosaurs that call LRWC home, we will follow the evidence to discover how dinos transformed into modern birds, the origin of feathers and flight, and more. Along the way, we will dig up fossils, learn what it takes to be a paleontologist, and discuss the many diverse dinos that came before the birds we see today. We will then do some modern dino watching and discover the many birds around us here in Connecticut. So come dig into dinos with LRWC! 
Duck Detectives ~ July 17 – 21
There is something fowl afoot at LRWC this week and we are going to get to the bottom of it! Come help us investigate the world of birds so we can get to the truth behind all the conservation clues. 
How exactly do birds fly? What are feathers for? How do a duck’s feet stay warm in the icy, winter water? We will put on our detective caps to search out the answers to the many mysteries that make birds unique. This program is all about birds and along the way campers will learn about how LRWC raises, cares for, and helps rare and endangered species from all across the globe.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Classes
(Ages 8-14)
Litchfield Parks & Recreation
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Litchfield Town Beach
The Litchfield County Paddler is again teaming up with Litchfield Park and Rec and will be hosting stand up paddle boarding on Bantam Lake. Come out and learn how to properly use this equipment in a fun and safe manner.  Show up and learn, we supply all of the equipment.
We are offering SUP CAMP for children 8 through 14, from Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Litchfield Town Beach, 98 Lennox Hill Road.  The cost of the camp is $130. A pre-requisite to the camp is that you must be able to swim!
To learn more please contact the Litchfield Parks & Recreation Department at 860-567-7569. There is on line information at fill out the standard registration form and make the check to Litchfield County Paddler LLC and mail it to: Litchfield Park and Rec, P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT or by calling the Litchfield County Paddler at 860-480-0714 or
Sandy Beach Triathlon
Friday, July 28 ~ 5:00 p.m.
Litchfield Parks & Recreation
Tennis Camps
Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2017
Looking for a fun way to learn the basics of tennis? Are you a player with some experience looking for ways to improve your game and get some time on the courts this summer?
Litchfield Parks and Recreation is offering Level I and Level II Tennis Camps from July 31 through August 4 with instructor, Dan Porri, LHS Varsity Girls’ Head Tennis Coach at the Litchfield High School Courts.
Level I Tennis Camp is best for beginners. Participants will learn the fundamental skills of tennis (groundstrokes, volleys, serve, scoring, basic strategy) through group and individual drills and fun activities and games.
Level II Tennis Camp is perfect for players who have a basic understanding of tennis and are looking to take their game to the next level. Participants will improve their fundamental strokes and explore singles and doubles tactics through group and individual drills and fun activities and games. Players will also have a chance to test their skills in full ladder matches against other camp participants!
Both camps are open to Grades 4 and up. 
Level I Tennis Camp will run from 8 to 10 a.m. on the Litchfield High School Tennis Courts, Monday through Friday July 31 - August 4. Level II Tennis camp will run from 10 a.m. - noon. $130 for these camps.
To register you can print up a standard form from the web and mail it in. You may register the first day of camp but slots are filling up and you don’t want to get left out! Checks should be made out to Dan Porri and sent into Litchfield Park and Rec, P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750.
The fee for the week-long campis $130. Please contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569 with any questions. The website is and go to departments and then to Recreation. Go to “Registration” forms and select “Standard Form.”
Warren Park & Recreation
Daytrips, Warren Community Events, Senior Trips
Fitness Classes, Outdoor Activities & Events
No.1 Soccer Camps Youth Academy
Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18
Ages 5-8: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ($175)
Ages 9-12: 6:00-8:00 p.m. ($150)
(Litchfield residents - $25 discount)
@ Plumb Hill Playing Fields, Litchfield
Regional Camp Director Ron Andrullis is the coach of the Litchfield High School boys varsity soccer team and is a former player and graduate of LHS.
Litchfield residents: When registering enter the discount code of: 2017@$25 to receive $25 off. More information about the No.1 Soccer Camps Youth Academy can be found on our website or by contacting Regional Director Rob Andrulis at
About the Camps
Our younger players have specific needs that if taught properly can insure a greater appreciation of the game. Fun, exciting and engaging activities are all part of the week. We do this with individual and small group activities with the introduction of fun technical exercises and games that are engaging and pertinent for the age group and ability level. With our unique curriculum youth players will be exposed to the proper technique such as shooting, dribbling, 1v1, crossing and much more.
Our day camp programs are designed for boys and girls ages 6-10. Please check your specific site for available programs and age requirements as well as additional important information.
Age appropriate instruction and exercises will be the keys to a successful and enjoyable camp experience. The focus of this camp is on the core techniques necessary at this developmental stage. From fun games, to competitions that incorporate skill development, the players in this camp will be exposed to activities that expand their skill level and enlighten their understanding of the game. This will all be done in a fun and entertaining way. Players will be broken into age appropriate groups. This program runs for three hours a day for five days.
In addition to all of the benefits offered to our Half-Day Player Development Academy, players can expect and greater more in-depth approach to skill development as well the opportunity to build fundamental movement skills in small sided games and match related activities. Players will be exposed to a variety of techniques designed to identify the player’s level of ability, maturity and to then challenge them to advance to the next level. This will be done in a fun and entertaining day. This program runs for six hours a day for five days.
The No. 1 Soccer Camps was founded in Connecticut and is proud to call Connecticut home for the past 39 years. This year No. 1 Soccer Camps is proud to announce the offering of No. 1 Day Camps in the beautiful, northwest hills of historical, Litchfield, Connecticut. Litchfield is located 25 miles from Hartford and 80 miles from New York City. No. 1 Soccer Camps will be offering half day camps for our rising soccer stars. No. 1 Soccer Camps at Litchfield are under the direction on Associate Director, Rob Andrulis, current Head Boys Coach at Litchfield High School and 25 year veteran of No. 1 Soccer Camps. Additional No. 1 Staff will be on hand to complement our half and full day camp programs. To determine which level to register for click here.
Lake Compounce Tickets
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Summer is almost here and Litchfield Parks and Recreation is again selling discounted tickets for Connecticut’s biggest and best amusement park, Lake Compounce. You can enjoy the park without having to wait in a long line to get in and save money to boot!
Regular admission price into Lake Compounce is $48.91 at the gate. You can buy your tickets at the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Office located in the Bantam Annex at 80 Doyle Road paying only $29.50 per ticket, which is a savings of $19.41 on each. The tickets are good any day the park is open. These tickets are non-refundable.
Call the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Office to make arrangements to pick up your tickets at (860) 567-7569. We take cash, check or money orders only.