Tongues lolling, scores of leashed dogs gathered in New Canaan on a clear, hot Saturday for a popular canine-focused and -themed celebration put on by an established local business. Pet Pantry’s New Canaan Dog Days was held on the grounds of the New Canaan Nature Center, making its return after two years off due to the pandemic. New Canaan resident Niki Marmarinos said this was her first time coming to Dog Days and that she’d be back next year.
“It’s beautiful weather,” Marmarinos said as she pushed her two toy poodles, Daisy and Lillybelle, relaxing in a baby carriage through. “A lot of vendors, they’re very cordial and welcoming. A lot of variety here.
This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Adam Jacobson, executive vice president at Pet Pantry Warehouse on Grove Street, about New Canaan Dog Days. The hugely popular celebration of dogs, a fundraiser for rescue groups, will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the New Canaan Nature Center. The event features games, competitions, family activities, entertainment and a lot of free swag from premium pet food brands. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:
This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Bill Flynn, executive director of the wonderful New Canaan Nature Center. Days away from the official start of spring, we talk to Bill about what the Nature Center has to offer local residents and families, what it’s been like navigating these past two years and what sort of activity the Nature Center’s popular outdoor spaces and trails have seen during the pandemic.
A frequently visited pond at the New Canaan Nature Center is in serious need of dredging, and the town is planning to partner with the nonprofit organization on the project. The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday approved a $14,600 contract with a local company to survey an approximately 26-acre parcel at the Nature Center in preparation for the dredge, with the organization providing half of the funding.
“The pond is getting to the point where Mill and Mead were at, where eventually we are going to have a change in designation from a pond to a wetland,” Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the selectmen at their regular meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “So we need to continue to act and the move forward.”
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kathleen Corbet and Nick Williams voted 3-0 in favor of the contract with New Canaan-based RKW Land Surveying. The firm held its price from last year, Mann said. The Nature Center is looking to do additional work in the area, including to its boardwalks, Mann said.
Explore diverse habitats in southern Connecticut and learn to identify plants and the birds that depend on them. Through classroom discussion and field application, we will address ways to attract wildlife by creating aesthetically pleasing landscapes with ecological value. The fall session concentrates on berry-producing shrubs and trees and on seed-producing perennials and annuals.