Holiday open house today at Wakeman farm
Updated 8:13 am, Sunday, December 11, 2011
A holiday open house at the Wakeman Town Farm Homestead is planned today (Sunday, Dec. 11), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 134 Cross Highway farm.
Sponsored by the the Wakeman Town Farm Board of Directors, the event will include children's activities and refreshments, plus the unveiling of a new farm logo and discussion of educations programs planned at the farm.
The open house also will mark a homecoming for Carrie and Mike Aitkenhead as homesteaders and farm stewards, the board said.
Mike Aitkenhead had managed the farm for a year when it was overseen by the non-profit Green Village Initiative. GVI leadership did not renew his contract however, a decision that caused a division of that organization's board. GVI ultimately gave up oversight of the farm, the town resumed control of it and the Aitkenheads are being brought back.
The couple and their children expect to be back in residence by Christmas, the farm's board said.
Kids' activities will include cookie decorating, making mini-ginerbread houses, making ornaments and playing dreidel games.
The new logo, designed by Westport graphic artist Miggs Burroughs, will be unveiled. Farm mugs, T-shirts and hats will be on sale, the board said. Information will be available on educational programs and children's camps focusing on farming and sustainability.
A $5-per-person charge is to cover costs. So that they may order adequate supplies, organizers asked that those planning to attend email their name and number of people in their party to: firstname.lastname@example.org.