Roxbury Land Trust celebrates its 40th

Forty years young and growing stronger every day... that could be the mantra for the Roxbury Land Trust.

The local non-profit organization will share its 40th anniversary party Sunday, June 6, with the public.

Starting at 4 p.m., festivities will take place at Roxbury town hall on Route 67.

The event will celebrate the preservation of 3,400 acres of farmland, woodlands, wildlife habitats, watercourses and wetlands and open space in Roxbury and neighboring communities.

"We want to thank one and all for their loyalty and generosity during the past four decades," said Steven Schinke, president of the Roxbury Land Trust's Board of Directors. "The support of the entire Roxbury community and surrounding towns has made possible the creation of 32 preserves, 30 miles of hiking trails and countless rural vistas for the public to enjoy."

Among Sunday's highlights will be an exhibit, "Fields, Farms and Friends: Reflections on Our First 40 Years," a photo montage by Roxbury residents.

Original music will be offered by David Krane and further entertainment will be presented by music by JazzFluid and the Shepaug Valley High School Jazz Trio.

Historical reflections will be given by past and present land trust directors and their families, and selected readings will be presented by local actors Paul Doherty, Lenka Peterson and Joe Godfrey.

Refreshments will also be served.

Also on tap in upcoming weeks and months are a five-week art exhibit, "Images of Roxbury Land Trust Preserves," a June 26 "Race for Open Space" and a Sept. 19 "Sunset Celebration" at the Gavel Family Farm Preserve.

For more information or reservations, call 860-350-4148 or e-mail