The Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire, in collaboration with the Connecticut Poetry Society, will host a poetry reading in the hidden gem known as Riverbound Farm Sanctuary, on the Quinnipiac River, 1881 Cheshire St., on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The reading will feature Margaret Gibson, Connecticut State Poet Laureate (2019–2022), editor of “Waking up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis.” Gibson understands the therapeutic power of reading poetry aloud — especially now, in these times of climate crisis, a prolonged pandemic and social unrest.
Writing, talking, and reaching out to others via poetry can help, she believes. Listen to poets read their poems — each a testament to our planet’s preciousness. Meet Connecticut’s town Poet Laureates! Bring your favorite nature poems for the occasion! If you are new to poetry, you are in for a wonderful awakening: poetry is for everyone! There will be an open mic at the event.
Riverbound Farm offers picturesque walking trails, one of which travels alongside the Quinnipiac River. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, wild turkeys and bobcats. It has a wide variety of birds year-round and during migration. There is a pollinator garden in an open area down one of the hiking trails, where one can sit and watch bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Come early or stay late to enjoy this poet’s paradise. The solitude of the property, nature in its truest form, will inspire and refresh you.
Acquired in December 1989 as a bequest from the Estate of Esther Tappert Mortensen, wife of Reverend Ralph Mortensen, both longtime members of the chapter, the sanctuary includes a house built in 1814 and 23.4 acres of diverse habitat preserved permanently as open space. The grounds are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. Inside the house, the nature museum is open on the third Sunday of each month from April to November.
There is off-road parking to the side of the house. The rustic bench seating and the mossy lectern add to the charm, but feel free to bring a lawn chair (recommended) or a cushion. Hosts will be Pat Mottola, President of the Connecticut Poetry Society and Executive Board Member of the Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire; A. Fiona Pearson and Karen Schnitzer, co-presidents of the Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire.
Check https://ctpoetry.net and https://www.sustainablecheshire.org/ for weather-related updates.