Blue Slope gears up for summer season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Franklin - posted Tue., Jun. 4, 2013
Siblings Meredith and Benjamin sashay across the dance floor during a Blue Slope Farm square dance last year. File photos by Melanie Savage.
Siblings Meredith and Benjamin sashay across the dance floor during a Blue Slope Farm square dance last year. File photos by Melanie Savage.

As the weather warms and students look forward to high school graduations, Blue Slope Country Museum is preparing for the start of the summer season. A hike on Sunday, June 2, offered visitors the opportunity to walk a mile over the farm’s elevated property and enjoy stunning views of the surroundings. On a clear day, Foxwoods Casino - which lies approximately 15 miles away as the crow flies - is clearly visible from the farm.

Beginning mid-June, the farm will begin holding monthly square dances, held in the bank barn. Events, featuring caller Joe LoPresti and his Country Friends, are geared toward dancers of any ability level, and feature a mix of line and square dances. Refreshments are available. Square dances are planned for Fridays, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 6. There will be a Thursday dance held Aug. 1. Times are 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Prices are $6 per person or $25 per family.

Also held during the summer are family campfires. Campfires offer the opportunity to roast marshmallows, share stories and sing songs. There is an added surprise planned for each event. Campfires are planned for Thursdays, June 27, July 11 and Aug. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Prices are $4 per person or $16 per family.

Blue Slope Country Museum is located at 138 Blue Hill Road, in Franklin. Blue Slope is also a working dairy farm, home to more than 200 Holsteins. The farm typically milks 125 cows, twice-daily, at any one time. Call with questions or to pre-register for events at  860-377-3740, or go to museum@blueslope.com.


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