Full Moon Paddle on Scantic River postponed until later this season

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Somers - posted Wed., Jul. 31, 2013
Marlene Silvis and Ed Janik didn’t allow the threat of bad weather to stop their kayaking fun. Photo by Lisa Stone.
Marlene Silvis and Ed Janik didn’t allow the threat of bad weather to stop their kayaking fun. Photo by Lisa Stone.

Due to the threat of a summer storm, the July 20 Full Moon Paddle at Somers Mill Pond was postponed until some time in late August or early September. The future paddle date will be disclosed soon on the Scantic River Watershed Association’s website, www.srwa.org.

Though the paddle was officially postponed, some paddlers still went out anyway. “Due to the threat of the storm, we had to officially postpone the paddle; however, the people that are showing up are not allowing the storm threat to stop their fun,” said Patrick Sharron, the president of the Scantic River Watershed Association. “Many people counted on the paddle tonight and they are still going for it. We will release the new date soon.”

Participants were asked to donate a non-perishable food item. Linda Bridge, the executive director of the Enfield Food Shelf, said, “We are in desperate need at the shelter,” said Bridge.

According to Sharron, some Eagle Scouts were going to be at the paddle as well. “They were going to ask for donations to build a bridge along the Scantic River. They already built one at the Scantic Linear Park West. They do fantastic work and I know that they are in need of $1,200 for this project. Kelly Fradet Lumber Yard in Enfield helped with the donation of some of the wood,” said Sharron.

“Last year, there were 160 participants. We hope that with the rescheduling, we can top that number. The weather threw a lot of plans off tonight.”

Marlene Silvis and Ed Janik were not going to pass up an opportunity to kayak on the Mill Pond. “We are going out on the paddle tonight as well. The full moon is called the ‘Buck Full Moon’ tonight because this is when the young bucks begin to lose their velvety covering on their antlers, and we were really hoping to see the deer tonight along the water’s edge,” said Janik.

“We will be back when the paddle is rescheduled. This is our first paddle, but we really love kayaking and we’ll come back in August as well,” said Silvis.

For information on the rescheduling of the Full Moon Paddle, go to www.srwa.org, or call Patrick Sharron at 860-331-6743.


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