The Wakeman Town Farm board would like to thank everyone in town who has worked with us to bring our farm stewards, Mike and Carrie Aitkenhead, home for the holidays. On Saturday, Dec. 17, Mike and Carrie, along with their children Ethan and Cora, officially moved back into the farmhouse at 134 Cross Highway, bringing the old Wakeman homestead back to life!

We truly appreciate the efforts of so many to make their return possible, including the good folks who stopped by the Wakeman Town Farm's recent Holiday Open House, where we toasted the return of Mike and Carrie and the re-opening of the Town Farm to the public.

Once again, we were humbled by the great turnout and encouraged that so many people who live and work in town have shown their support for the farm. At the Holiday Open House, local families got a chance to tour the farmhouse, meet the Aitkenheads and learn about upcoming farm camps and programs. They also enjoyed home-baked cookies prepared by a team of holiday elves (Elizabeth Beller, Liz Milwe, Sherry Jagerson, Patti Palmer, Cathy Talmadge, Betsy Phillips, Lisa Marriott, Trish Williams), as well as mulled cider and gingerbread-making in a festive, holiday atmosphere inside the historic Wakeman Town Farm Homestead.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped deck the halls and make the event a success, including Westport's own Miggs Burroughs, who helped to create a special new logo for the farm that was dreamed up by WTF's creative guru, Betsy Phillips. Thanks to Lloyd Allen of the Double L Market, and Christy Colasurdo of Graze for donating cider, Steve Edwards of Maple Row Tree Farm for donating a fragrant live Christmas tree and our friends at My Pet Chicken for donating beautiful ceramic rooster cookie jars. We are also grateful to the band of student volunteers who manned stations for decorating cookies and gingerbread houses and for playing dreidel games with the kids.

When you read or hear about upcoming events and programs at the farm, please stop by and check out the action. This is your farm, Westport, and we are so happy to be able to open the doors and welcome you to a town gem and a community hub for folks of all ages. To learn more, visit or look for upcoming programs in the next Parks and Recreation Department brochure.

Elizabeth Beller, chairwoman

Wakeman Town Farm