Newsletter of The Sleeping Giant Park Association winter 2007 • issue 87
The Sleeping Giant deﬁnitely didn’t get a chance to hibernate this
year. At least through mid-January when I’m writing this, the very mild
temperatures and snow-free weather feels more like spring. It’s not unusual
to see a packed parking lot on a mild weekend, but this year just about
IN THIS ISSUE every day brings a full parking lot and a steady stream of hikers heading
out onto the trails.
Park Manager 2 For the Sleeping Giant Park Association, 2006 was a great year. Our
membership is up, our volunteer hours are up, and last year the turnout
Editor’s Letter 3 for our hikes was great. 2006 was good, but 2007 is going to be even
better. Here are a few things we’re working on:
Membership: The SGPA can’t survive without the support of its members. In the past, a large
membership base has helped The Association defeat threats, such as radio towers, pipelines, and park
Ski Trails 5 closings. This year we’re going to continue our membership drive, and I’m going to start by asking
each of you to help. Introduce your friends and family to The Giant. Tell them about what we’ve
Commentary 5 saved and what we do. Ask them to consider becoming a member. The membership dues are still
inexpensive, and every dollar raised goes toward helping The Giant.
Trail Crew News 5
Schools Outreach: Kids (of all ages) and The Giant go together. The best time to introduce people
Membership News 6 to nature is when they are young, and over the past few years the SGPA has been working with local
schools, scout groups, church youth groups, etc. to introduce children to The Giant. Sometimes it’s a
T-Shirt Travels 6 volunteer project. Sometimes it’s environmental education. Usually, it’s a bit of both. The feedback
from students and teachers has been fantastic.
Living Legend 6
continued on page 2 – President
Tarzan Rangers 7
Drive 9 Keith Stetson
At least a dozen folks were
Giant Masters 9
glad to see the heavy rain let
Giant Kids 10/11 up by noon on New Year’s Day,
so that this annual hike could
Holiday Social 12/13 take place at 1:30 pm. This
being the favorite of all SGPA
Giant Kids theme hikes for many, we lined up on the park road near the map board, and followed Chris
Fagan’s lead, starting off the new year on the right foot in unison. We picked up the Blue Trail in
Hike Schedule 14 the Picnic Area, and took it to the Red Diamond up to the Quarry, where Chris made some remarks
about invasive plants. We turned onto the Violet Trail, took it to the Red Triangle up to the Green,
Lyme Disease 14 and over to the (Giant’s) “chest”.
Trading Post 15 continued on page 2 – Hike
From the Park Manager
Hike – continued from page 1
The mild winter has brought out an abundance of hikers. It’s been more like an
extended autumn than winter around here, and people of all ages have been out
on the beautiful weekends enjoying the park. Remember to be trail wise and wear
appropriate footgear, watch for ice on the trails, carry water and snacks, and take a
trail map with you to enhance your safety and enjoyment. Cindy Abate
Thirteen new maintainer positions have been funded for the State Parks. These
positions have been desperately needed for a long time, and should be ﬁlled just in
time for the spring openings of the parks. Sleeping Giant State Park will ﬁll a We have so much to celebrate in The Sleeping Giant’s rich natural and human resources!
maintainer position that was recently vacated when an employee retired. We stopped there to toast the start
The Connecticut No Child Left Inside program and the Great Park Pursuit ß With highest admiration, we applaud retiring Board ß Take a hike with a mouse! Dick Majka, SGPA
of 2007 with some sparkling cider,
have generated national attention. Last year’s programs went so well and were so member, Winnie Kotchian, Editor-in-Chief of the webmaster and naturalist photographer, meticulously
overlooking the usual panoramic
well received that the DEP is going to continue these programs this year. The Giant News, for the past eight years, who has programs and updates our web site with the new
view of Quinnipiac University,
Great Park Pursuit 2007 is now in the early planning stages. You can look to the transferred the editorial duties Ski Trail map, colored trail map, Giant Masters’ Log,
New Haven, and Long Island
DEP website in the near future for more information on how to sign up, and to this editor and her team. We volunteer group photographs, environmental group
Sound taht was obscured by fog.
become part of the Great State Park Adventure. See you out in the parks. thank Winnie for her dedicated links, Trading Post items, and much more.
Trying out the recently completed
time and professional journalism ß Pack it in your backpack! The GIANT KIDS pages, a
“stairs” connecting the ﬁrst
on behalf of the SGPA to bring you new family feature, offer Scavenger Hunts to explore
CT Department of Environmental Protection related web sites: switchback along the way, we took
the White Trail down to the Tower the literary pulse of The Sleeping The Sleeping Giant Park trails and web pages. Become
1. “No Child Left Inside”: www.nochildleftinside.org/learn Path and parking lot. Though we Giant Park. Walking in her an expert and future leader-in-the-ﬁeld. Find the
2. State Parks: www.dep.state.ct.us/stateparks/index.htm experienced an occasional drizzle, gracious steps will be a giant feat. hidden answers in this issue!
3. State Park Quiz: www.nochildleftinside.org/quiz all enjoyed a nice 2.5 hour hike in ß Thanks to you, our dedicated members, 500 copies of ß Spring cleaning the Giant’s trails can be fun, helpful,
unseasonably mild weather. Why our premier Sleeping Giant Calendar 2007 have been and ensure safety for our hikers with leaders, Ross
4. Sleeping Giant State Park: www./sgpa.org don’t you join us next year? sold! This keepsake publication was the brainchild Lanius, Volunteer Projects Chair, Dom DeGennaro,
of Barbara Beitch, and in timely fashion, Johanna Trail Maintenance Chair, Phil Costello with special
Becker and Tom Vocelli mailed and distributed all 500 trail projects, and yours truly, as School Outreach
President – continued from page 1 copies in time for the holidays. For her skills at knowing Chair for students and teachers planning ﬁeld study
Hikes: The best way to get to know The Giant is to hike it. Our Hiking Committee will be organizing and leading 14 hikes in how to present the captivating photos and copy, we con- and Community Service. Together, let us support the
2007 starting with our New Year’s Day Hike and ending with our December Holiday Hike and Social. In between, they have a gratulate Linda Olender, the graphic designer, and our goals of the SGPA President, Mike Miller, to preserve
variety of hikes planned, each with different themes and covering a variety of interests. Please check out our Hike Schedule photographers, writers, and committee, who are named and study the Giant’s precious environment. See the
in the newsletter and visit our website www.sgpa.org for a variety of news, maps, and info. on the back page of this issue. We are also delighted to Volunteers page for details.
Trails: There are over 32 miles of hiking trails on The Giant, along with Horse and Cross Country Ski Trails. All are main- present Linda’s fresh new design of the Giant News.
ß Looking for a gift “In Honor Of” or “In Memory Of”
tained by our volunteer Trails Maintenance Crew. Last year The Trails Crew patrolled and brushed back all 32 miles of trails ß Hike and learn from the experts: historians, professors, a person who has treasured the beauty of nature?
on The Giant, repainted the blazes on about eight miles of trail, cleared trees across the trails, and cleaned 427 pounds of botanists, geologists. Exciting, scheduled hikes await Consider The Sleeping Giant Park Association, a non-
litter from the park. This group is active year-round, and their continuous efforts are the reason that we have such a great you, organized by Barbara and Irwin Beitch and the proﬁt organization. Read Dag Pfeiffer’s report on our
trail system. Hiking Committee. Record your hike on every trail to Capital Fund Drive – you can help expand our Park!
Environmental protection: Even something as mighty as The Sleeping Giant faces environmental issues. Heavy trail use earn the Giant Master Award. Off or on the trails, join Acquiring new land is the dedicated objective of
can cause erosion and damage vegetation. Invasive species threaten the ecology of the park. Development around the park us in membership. Contact Chuck Schall on our web John Kotchian and his diligent committee.
presents obvious problems. The SGPA has formed a committee to study and address these and many other environmental site’s “Membership” link or mail the enclosed form.
concerns. Stay tuned, there will be a lot more on this to follow. ß Share your discoveries on the trails: sketches, photo-
Behind the scenes, a lot is also going on this year. Uncounted volunteer hours go into tasks such as the newsletter,
ß Do you enjoy reading authentic history? Step back graphs, letters, poetry, songs, riddles, quotations, etc.
in time and visit our 86 Giant News issues from the for consideration in the spring issue of the Giant News
Land Acquisition, ﬁnance, hike planning, and all of the things that keep the SGPA going. I’m proud of The SGPA, and
noteworthy, historical collection of Park Archivist, by April 15th. Send them to the Editor via the email
I’m grateful for all of the people working to care for The Giant. I would like to thank everyone connected with The SGPA,
Gil Spencer. Every page of every issue has been trail: email@example.com
including Board Members, volunteers, and all the members of The Association, for the wonderful place you have
scanned on this virtual library by SGPA webmaster,
given us all. ß Together with Park Manager, Lori Lindquist, who offers
Dick Majka! Click Giant News link, then Giant News
See You On The Trails! winter safety measures in this issue, and all SGPA
Archive, and the Archive number from a collection
Board members, I invite you to The Sleeping Giant
Mike Miller, SGPA President started by founding editor, George Heston, in 1984.
Park, naturally chilled for your health and enjoyment.
by Winnie Kotchian
QUESTION: Which trail on the Giant loops around upon
Editor-in-Chief of the Giant News
Waterbars 1998-2006 itself to return where it started?
Ross Lanius / Volunteer Projects Chair Following George Heston, the ANSWER: The Ski Trail.
Waterbars are diversions on the trail to channel off water, and thereby reduce erosion. Waterbars may be created by originator and editor of the ﬁrst
Giant Newsletter in 1984, and Randy You can go cross country-skiing on
“Acts of God”, such as a fallen tree lying with a downward slope across the trail. This is a rare occasion. Waterbars are
well-marked (of course) trails on the
typically the work of humans in wood or stone. You will notice new cedar waterbars on the beginning of the Green Trail at Miller, was an honor and privilege,
northwestern part of the Giant making
Chestnut Lane, a recent Boy Scout’s Eagle Project. Waterbars become ﬁlled with silt and leaves. Unless cleaned frequently, as well as a challenge to serve the
two different loops. The trails are
the surface water will overﬂow the waterbars and continue down the trail, causing more erosion. SGPA as faithfully and as well.
marked with a picture of a crossed pole
Here is where you can help: become a volunteer trail maintainer. Check and clean two or more waterbars each time Many thanks are due to George and ski, (which sometimes look like a
you are out hiking. It will take less than two minutes. With hundreds of hikers using the trails and cleaning waterbars, trail and his ready assistants over these hockey stick, but nonetheless), and
surfaces will not erode as quickly. This help will give the Sleeping Giant Park Association trail maintainers more time to years. Some of those assistants are they more or less follow some of the
tackle the major trail erosion areas.
familiar names: Madelyn Williams, horse trails on that side of the
Next time you are enjoying a hike on the Giant, please help by cleaning out a few waterbars with a stick or your boot,
Nancy Sachse, Ann Walko, Barbara mountain. It’s wonderful to have this
and deposit the debris on the down-slope side of the waterbar. Make sure other hikers see you. Help make your volunteer
Field, Dolores Gall, Diane Hinze, and opportunity right in our backyard – no
effort contagious. In advance, thanks from all the Giant hikers. If you wish to help improve the Giant by actively working
talented photographers, Dick Majka, trafﬁc, no lines, no fees, and no crowds.
with other volunteers, email the Volunteer Projects chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russell Williams and Irwin Beitch. The Trail has some thrilling ups and
And to those hikers who are now cleaning waterbars, your fellow Giant hikers thank you.
The dedicated SGPA Board downs, where beginners should Ski Trail Blazes Freshly Painted
members are the backbone of the probably take off their skis, and go down
Stone Walls and Association. They are notable for on their haunches. Since the trail does wind around some trees, roots, and rocks
in some areas, it’s best to go when there is a thick cover of snow. It can certainly
their willing and enthusiastic con-
The Sleeping Giant Ross Lanius
tributions to the healthy status of
work for those who don’t have time to spend the weekend in Vermont.
Another nice feature of these trails is that they are pleasant to walk on when
Stone walls are part of the New England landscape. The the Park, and to the newsletter, as
there isn’t any snow. They traverse some quiet, leafy glades alongside pastures
Sleeping Giant is laced with stone walls, its legacy as farmland the voice of Sleeping Giant and and orchards, and you might even see a horse!
over 100 years ago. They deﬁne ﬁelds of long ago. They line its committed volunteers. I appreci- See our web site for a map of the ski trails: www.sgpa.org/ski-trail.html.
trails. In the winter, they become more visible as the under- ate having had an opportunity to
growth dies away. be a part of this vital organization, Editor’s Note: We are grateful to Johanna Becker and Jack Dillon for refreshing the
“…at spring mending-time”, Robert Frost and his
the SGPA. paint on all the Ski Trail patches to keep us on trail.
neighbor would “meet to walk the line. And set the
wall between us as we go…” Rocks would fall from the
ravages of winter, animals, and hunters.
If The Giant’s stone walls seem to be growing along the > > > > > > > > > > > > • < < < < < < < < < < < <
trails, your observation is correct. For several years, youths
of the community have been mending and rebuilding them. Award Project by
The youths include high school students needing a gradua-
tion required service project or celebrating Earth Day, and Eagle Scouts
Boy Scouts needing an Eagle project. Two Hamden Boy Scouts whose Eagle projects were
Would you like to participate in mending walls on the on The Sleeping Giant were awarded their Eagle at recent
Giant? Adults, as well as youths, are welcome. Is maneuver- Courts of Awards. Brian Williams constructed a bridge
ing large stones wishful thinking? How about mapping the on the Green Trail east of the Red Circle Trail. Alex
location of the walls? If you have a GPS unit, this is how you Cantor constructed a stone case on the Red Circle at the
can join the Wall Mending Project.
intersection with the Green. There are currently four active
To ﬁnd out more about the Wall Mending Project, and
Eagle projects on the Giant, three are in the planning stage
join the dedicated volunteers helping to continue to make
and involve work on the Red Circle Trail.
the Sleeping Giant a premiere state park, email the Volun-
teer Projects Chair at email@example.com. photo: Ross Lanius / Alex Cantor
photos: Ross Lanius / Stone wall along Tower Trail (top); Stone wall with his parents, Mike and Beth Cantor.
northeast of the Violet Trail
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Winter 2007 Membership News Travelin’
Chuck Schall / Membership Chair
This past fall we’ve had many new single and family After proudly sporting
memberships. In addition, we welcome our newest Life Sleeping Giant attire
Members: Glenn Gordon and Dawn Yocum, Gail while bungee-jumping in
Cameron, Esther Smith, Allan White, Donald New Zealand and para- This big, old rock called Sleeping Giant is, contrary to what one might think, a huge sponge. And all that water pouring
Cofrancesco, Susan Mabee, Richard Field, Mike Miller, sailing on the Grand down from the sky doesn’t just run off in many of the gulleys you ﬁnd along the trails. It also ﬁnds its way inside and, for all
and William J. Northup. Cayman Island in we know, forms many small reservoirs which ﬁll up and overﬂow, ever so slowly and pop out in many places all over the
As Life Members, they will receive laminated, previous years, retired mountain. I’ll tell you about four of them.
personalized membership cards and a copy of Born Board member and globetrotter, Skip The most well-known and used spring, particularly by Boy Scout campers along the Gorge, is fed from several
Gemmell, was sighted in Paris, France, at the top of directions. The Gorge Cascade is the principal source, itself being fed from the swamp and shallow pond nestled
Among the Hills, the story of Sleeping Giant.
the Arc de Triomphe in October with his wife Jean. between the Blue and Green Trails
They were joined by their daughter Laurie and a friend, at elevation 510’. This is where the
who won free, airline tickets to London on the Ellen Red Circle Trail winds through and
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION DeGeneres Show. Where in the world will the next over many boulders, then down by
The Sleeping Giant Park Association Travelin’ T-Shirt appear? the Gorge, and borders the camp
grounds (not for public use). So,
Please enroll me/us in The Sleeping Giant Park Association
as follows (Please print clearly): this is where the spring can be
A Living Legend in the found, about 25 yards upstream
Date Giant’s Own Time where it ﬂows in through the east
bank of the stream. I suspect the
Ms/Mrs/Mr/Mr & Mrs (How to Bring the Sleeping Giant to Your Stage)
Scouts take the precaution of
Street Dag Pfeiffer has worn many exceptional hats of boiling the water before use.
distinction for the Sleeping Giant Park Association. He Incidentally, the Giant Trail
has offered his tireless energy to an abundance of maps of the past identiﬁed springs
City State Zip volunteering projects, as Past-President of the Board, on the mountain with the symbol
member of various committees, and current Chair of the “S”. That was a long time ago, but
Dues active January 1 – December 30. no more. So, you can’t ﬁnd them
Capital Fund Drive, to name a few.
❑ Single (Annual) $ 10.00 As talented musician, composer, and author of by the old map legends. There was
❑ Family (Annual) $ 20.00 an extensive repertoire of compositions, plays, and one exception to this in the Trail
❑ Life Member (One Person) $ 150.00 musicals, he is the innovative author of Hobbomock, Guide published about 15 years ago. Tarazn Rangers drawing water by the Brockett Mann pulley. The couple on the right is
❑ Corporate or Commercial (Annual) $ 100.00 The Sleeping Giant, A Tale of Imagination about the If you happen to have an edition of Ray and Mildred Spencer, when they were courting, and who later became the parents of
Gil Spencer, the SGPA archivist.
❑ Corporate or Commercial (Life) $ 1000.00 legendary spirit of the Giant. To experience this that vintage, look real carefully along
❑ Gift or Land Fund $ enchanting, reading adventure, you can enjoy this
the Green Trail just where the Yellow-Green Crossover comes in. This will be below the cliff and at the bottom where
there are many boulders. Go in about 10 feet or so, and you will ﬁ nd the spring and a small pool of water, and this has
TOTAL enclosed $ original text online on the SGPA web site by clicking
historic connotations!! Read on.
Please make checks payable to: SGPA the About the Giant link.
At one time, in the 1880’s more than a century ago, and for about 30 years or so, there were cottages on the peaks of
Schools and organizations promoting performances
Mail to: The Sleeping Giant Park Association the mountain. There were about 10 or so mostly along the ridge where the Tower now stands (actually this was the site of
PO Box 185340 / Hamden, CT 06518-0320 with young people, including English, music, and
one of them). As you might suspect, water was a necessity and a problem. Some of these cottage owners must have carried
enrichment teachers, may be interested in acquiring
The SGPA is a volunteer, non-proﬁt organization. Dues and gifts are a supply in. However, in one case, there was an ingenious solution, probably shared with others. It simulated a well in one
tax deductible. the script for the musical or play titled, Hobbomock
way, in that a bucket was lowered on a wire from the cliff top to the spring below, the one at the Yellow-Green Crossover
The Sleeping Giant a Musical for Young and Adult
GIFT FROM: spot. (See picture.) This is explained in the book, Born Among the Hills, by Nancy Sachse on pages 46 and 47 in a quote
Audiences. You are welcome to contact Dag by email: from one of the earliest Giant helpers, Harry Webb. After they built their cottage, and these are Harry’s words, “we installed
firstname.lastname@example.org. a steel wire which ran from the top of the ridge to the spring below. On this wire we ran a bucket, which when let down,
Ms/Mrs/Mr/Mr & Mrs To learn more about Dag’s proliﬁc musical career, would hit the water and ﬁll with water, and we would pull it up with a rope attached to the handle”.
be sure to access the Sleeping Giant Park Association And this is one more I have never told anybody about, which happened about 40 years ago, so I guess it’s OK to tell,
web site, www.sgpa.org. Click on the Giant News link, without revealing names. This is about a spring on the north side of the mountain just off the Red Square Trail. My friend,
City State Zip the Giant News Archives, and Archive 63, May 1999. let’s call him Bill, retired back in the 70’s, and had been a business acquaintance of mine for many years. We both liked to
There you can read Faces on the Trail. You will be
Send membership package to ❑ YOU ❑ RECIPIENT hike the Giant. Bill was at least 25 years my senior and slowing down, but still took his “favorite” hike, the Red Square Trail,
pleasantly amazed. (Increase the Zoom % for larger type.) continued on page 8 – Springs
Volunteer Project Land Acquisition
Bluebird Nest Box Program
coloring to the males, although paler. They nest in natural cavities or nest
boxes along the edges of woods, pastures, and in orchards. Bluebird eggs
are light blue in color and are laid between early April and mid-August.
In Connecticut, they will produce two broods a year. Their diet varies with
the season and consists of insects, berries, and wild fruits.
This year the SGPA has qualiﬁed to receive a bundle of rough cut
lumber from the DEP to construct nest boxes. This will make up about 15
The Land Acquisition Committee
follows opportunities to acquire land
within or adjacent to present Park
holdings of approximately 1500
Everyone enjoys the lovely sight and sounds of the Eastern Bluebird, but boxes, which will be installed in appropriate sites around the Park. If you acres. Any land purchased is turned
did you know that for decades their numbers were in serious decline? would like to participate in the construction and installation, contact over to the State of Connecticut at
There were many reasons that contributed to this, including loss of Ross Lanius at email@example.com. The boxes will be monitored the time of closing. As always, fair
habitat, pesticide use, severe weather, and competition from introduced throughout the season and a report will be sent to the DEP in September. market value and Department of
birds, like starlings and house sparrows. To participate in the monitoring portion of the program, contact Gail Environmental Protection approval
Luckily, people noticed and cared enough to do something before it was Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org. are part of the negotiating process.
too late. Public education and the establishment of nest box trails have For more information about bluebirds and this program, visit the DEP Please contact John Kotchian,
helped to increase their numbers. In 1980, Connecticut started a program to website www.dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/wildlife/factshts/bbird.htm or Committee Chair, at (203) 248-3764
supply lumber and plans to volunteer organizations for constructing nest read The Bluebird Monitor’s Guide by Jack Griggs. And the next time you see with any suggestions for land
boxes, and this has been one of the state’s wildlife success stories. a bluebird, remember how fortunate we are, once again, to have their purchase.
The Eastern Bluebird is a member of the thrush family, and is easily presence grace our state.
recognized by its bright blue back and reddish breast. Females have similar
male eastern bluebird Gail Cameron From the Journals
of Recent Giant
Springs – continued from page 7
Capital Fund Drive “Thank you for doing such a
and with some reason, as he told me after he was too old to make it any more. You see, Bill liked a bit of schnapps once in a At the beginning of our Capital Fund Drive, we set a goal of $250,000. wonderful job with all of the Sleeping
while, and he also liked hiking, so in a way he combined the two. And here’s how. He had found this spring off the Red
As of the end of the year 2006, donations have reached $82,000. More than Giant trails! Of all the trails in New
Square Trail, and unbeknownst to anybody, sequestered a bit of his schnapps down among the rocks in this spring. No, it’s
280 donors have contributed in amounts from $5.00 to $1,500. In addition, we England, the Giant stands out as the
not there any more, so don’t go looking. But in my memory, this little spring hidden by some bushes, is a perfect little pool
received three major donations. One was appreciated stock from an anony- most clearly marked and best kept. A
about a foot or so wide into which the spring trickles from its edge. I suspect other curious hikers have found it. But, one
mous member of the SGPA, which was cashed in yielding over $23,000. There friend and I are proud to say that we
caveat, the quality of the water cannot be guaranteed. I suppose the schnapps was drinkable!!
were also two donors who each gave the Association $5,000, namely, the New have seen the mountain at dawn and
Up on the Right Knee, we reach an elevation of 685’, after about a 100’ climb up from the Red Circle and White Trail
Alliance Foundation of New Haven and Quinnipiac University in Hamden, the dusk, the beautiful contrast of the
intersection. This is a pleasant lookout in both directions, where one would not suspect a source of water hidden just below
latter being our neighbor across the street from the Sleeping quarry, and blue sky behind it and
the ridge on the south side. But sure enough, if you go off trail just a short way down, you will come upon a small pool of
Giant State Park entrance. The cash received gives us the funds necessary to snakes to baby raccoons. Thank you
water, and the source of a spring. From this spot, a tiny stream ﬂows downhill. But, if you are curious, you can also ﬁnd a
acquire 3+ more acres of land, as soon as they become available! for encouraging other hikers to see
three-inch iron pipe, which taps into the water source, and also goes all the way down the hill to help the stream form a
We sincerely thank all the members and corporations who responded to everything the Giant has to offer.”
small pond. This is part of the property the Giant bought a few years back. There is also a red barn on the property, all
our call and contributed to our 2006 Drive. They were honored in our Fall Elizabeth Zambrano / Giant Master #130
visible from Mt. Carmel Avenue. Originally, the water was brought down the mountain by the nursery which used it for
irrigation. But, no more. 2006 issue of the Giant News. We are most grateful to all of them. “Hamden, CT is home to the most
Now, I bet that many of the intrepid hikers of the Giant can come up with a bunch more springs. Especially, those folks Our Drive continues in 2007. Whenever acreage is made available by beautiful hiking trails in Sleeping Giant
who like to “orienteer”. present owners on the Giant, we make every effort to acquire such land and State Park. Its casual strolls offer subtle
George Heston add it to this State Park. Today, $25,000 buys one acre! That is why now, beauty and its more difﬁcult hikes are
Past Editor-In-Chief, Vice President, more than ever, we depend on ﬁnancial support by the membership and the exhilarating with spectacular views as a
Capital Fund Drive, Member (40 years) Corporate Community. reward. But the thing that can ﬁll the
Contributions are greatly needed and highly appreciated. Please send your senses, and perhaps even touch the
Editor’s Note: In March 1984, George’s passion to “increase the membership’s interest in, and enjoyment of, the Sleeping Giant”
brought him to his typewriter where he authored the ﬁrst of many Giant News issues, which you are invited to read on our web donations to the Sleeping Giant Park Association, P. O. Box 185340, soul, is simply looking, listening, being.
site by clicking the links, Giant News, then Giant News Archives. The complete collection of 86 issues was scanned with much Hamden CT 06518-0340. Thank you. There is an energy within Sleeping
dedication by Webmaster Dick Majka. Giant for hikers and nature lovers alike.”
Dag Pfeiffer, Chairman Christopher Tino / Giant Master #135
Capital Fund Drive
continued on page 16 – Journals
Giant Kids Giant Kids
Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt
Can you name the plant and animals?
Be a Giant detective! Find answers in this issue and on the Sleeping Giant web site: www.sgpa.org. Click
the ‘Giant News’ link, then ‘Giant News Archive’. Click the Archive # you want, change the Zoom % to
enlarge the print, and track down the articles. Answers are printed in this issue. Good luck!
1. White 2. American
3. 4. 5.
6. 7. 8.
2. Last name of a Tarzan Ranger in Archive 1. High, visible structure built in 1939 – Archive
# 45, same as our Park Archivist - In #53
this issue 3. Giant Masters receive a certiﬁcate and this.
5. Special hike on April 22, 2007 - in this issue In this issue
6. The number of years that the Sleeping Giant 4. Park Director tells of a State program called
calendars has been printed – In this issue No Child Left _____ - In this issue
8. Sleeping Giant’s name according to legend – 7. Number of marked sites in the Nature Trail 9. 10. 11.
Archive #63 Guide. Hint: SGPA Web home page link
10. Pipes that volunteers clean to help water ﬂow – 9. SGPA president Mike Miller cites that the
Archive #86 Giant land covers over 1,500 _____ -
SGPA Naturalist, Sandra Anagnostakis,
11. Group who regularly maintains the trails – In Archive #86 offers two drawings 1 and 2, Fraxinus
this issue Answers on page 13 Americana and Ulmus Americana by
Maud H. Purdy.
PARK WEB SITES Photography by Dick Majka
e Be an expert on State Park Trivia. Go to the State Park Quiz: www.nochildleftinside.org/quiz 12. Answers on page 13
e Want colored trail maps of the Sleeping Giant State Park? Explore our site: www.sgpa.org
Holiday Social 2006 Barbara Beitch / Hiking Chair
Our annual Holiday Hike and Social on December 3,
2006, was one of the most successful ever, with a turnout
of a huge, enthusiastic group of hikers and singers
celebrating the season. There was a hint of winter in the
air, perfect for hiking and gathering later in front of a
welcoming ﬁre at the pavilion, compliments of Dom
DeGennaro and the Trails Committee. We enjoyed
homemade holiday cookies and Irwin Beitch’s famous
mulled cider in two versions (one with and one without
wine) and lent our voices in some spirited caroling.
Fireside Treats (Served at the Holiday Hike)
The talents of our ‘pavilion’ chamber music group have expanded this Apple Spice Cookies Irwin’s Mulled Wine
year. Chris Fagan on the ﬂute and Barbara Beitch with her battery-driven (Recipe for a Small Army)
½ cup butter
piano keyboard were there as always, and Jean Incampo and her ﬂute
1 cup dark brown sugar Ingredients:
doubled the woodwind section. In addition to these three intrepid musicians,
½ tsp salt 4-liter jug (about 1 gallon) of blush wine
this year Fran Schall revealed her talents; she played base and Barbara
2 tsp ground cloves 3 gallons of pasteurized apple cider
played treble on the electronic keyboard. We were fortunate to have a special
2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 c. sugar (more may be needed after the fruit cooks in)
guest musician, Rachel Harrington, doing a superb job as the percussion 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 large jar of maraschino cherries with the syrup. Crossword
section on the bells, greatly enhancing the group’s rendition of Jingle Bells. (Allspice can also be added (NOTE: Queen Anne cherries may be pitted and substituted; Answers
Rachel has a standing invitation to join us in future years. As always, Ham to the mixture.) however, they are more likely to disintegrate if overheated.)
Milroy did a splendid job as Kapellmeister. We were delighted to see Dag and 1 egg 12 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
Nancy Pfeiffer; in keeping with the Giant tradition, when we got to our last 2 cups sifted, all-purpose flour 6 heaping tsp (or more, to taste) ground cloves 5 Earth day
song, O Christmas Tree or O Tannenbaum, Dag added a verse auf Deutsch. 1 tsp baking soda 4 large navel oranges 6 one
Johanna Becker and Cindy Abate ran the SGPA Trading Post, featuring 1 tsp baking powder 8 Hobbomock
2 large lemons
our ﬁrst-ever, SGPA twelve-month calendar. Sales have been brisk, and 1½ cups finely chopped or coarsely
Directions: 11 trailcrew
everyone has been inspired by the beauty of the calendar created by Linda grated apples (peeled, cored)
1 cup raisins 1. Heat the wine and cider until hot, but avoid boiling. DOWN
Olender, the Board’s talented graphic designer. Barbara Beitch and Cindy
1 cup chopped walnuts 2. Stir in the sugar. 1 tower
Abate served as the support committee by researching and proofreading,
Approximately ¼ cup orange juice 3. Add the juice from the maraschino cherries. 3 patch
and several photographers, especially Dick Majka, contributed beautiful 4 Inside
4. Reheat the brew.
images of the Giant in its four-season splendor. 7 forty
DM Combine butter, brown sugar, salt, 5. After the wine/cider mix is very hot, add the cinnamon 9 acres
spices and egg. Beat until smooth. and cloves gradually with stirring to keep the spices
Add half of the ﬂour, salt, baking soda, dissolved and to avoid clumping. Outdood
photo credits: Irwin Beitch (IB), baking power to the mixture and mix
Dick Majka (DM) 6. Wash the oranges and lemons, and cut them into small Scavenger Hunt
well. Add the fruit and nuts, and mix
pieces (including the rinds). 1 ash
well. Mix in the remaining ﬂour by
7. One hour before serving, add the pieces of citrus fruit 2 elm
parts; if the mixture becomes too dry,
to the brew. 3 princess
add a little orange juice. You are
4 deer tracks
aiming for a stiff batter. 8. Simmer a while. Longer cooking causes disintegration of
5 gray squirrel
the fruit, but insufﬁcient heating causes a spice gel to form.
Drop the batter by rounded 6 raven
9. Add the cherries. 7 skunk cabbage
teaspoonfuls onto a greased or non-
stick cookie sheet. Bake in a 350°F oven 10. Before serving, taste and add additional sugar as desired, 8 woodland sunﬂower
on a rack just below the middle for since the fruits tend to acidify the mixture. They also may 9 Indian pipes
about 6 minutes, then at the top of the help to dissolve the spices. 10 Japanese
oven for another 6 minutes. Remove NOTE: Mulled wine is a living entity, and its precise barberry
cookies to racks to cool. You should get formulation is rather elusive. It is our experience that 11 moss
about 3 dozen soft, spicy cookies. 12 fungi
appropriate music in the background enhances the results.
Dick Majka Irwin Beitch
photo on this page: Irwin Beitch
DM 12 13
2007 Hiking Schedule
Description of Hike
Winter Tree Identiﬁcation Hike
March 18 11:00 am Almost Spring Hikers’ Hike Most items can be seen on: www.sgpa.org/post/post.htm
The SGPA Hiking Committee has
planned the following schedule of hikes (Experienced Hikers) P&H
for 2007. Most hikes will leave from the March 25 1:30 pm History-of-the-Giant Hike ADULT T-SHIRT (short sleeve) $15.00 $3.00
April 22 1:30 pm Special Earth Day Hike black, gray or white/med/lg/x-lg
Bulletin Board Kiosk at the Park en-
April 29 1:30 pm Spring Wildﬂower Hike ADULT T-SHIRT (long sleeve) $18.00 $3.00
trance on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 pm.
black or white/med/lg/x-lg
Please check the listing for other start May 13 8:00 am Early Bird Watchers’ Hike
KID’S T-SHIRT (short sleeve) $10.00 $3.00
times. The Sleeping Giant State Park is June 3 1:30 pm Hike-A-Giant Event
black or white/kid’s large only Kid’s T-shirts are
on Mt. Carmel Ave. in northern Hamden, (Registration starts at 1 PM)
ADULT T-SHIRT former design (short sleeve) $10.00 $1.50 back in stock!
about a quarter of a mile from Whitney June 24 1:30 pm Summer Solstice Hike gray or white/med/lg/x-lg (same design and
Ave. on the left side of the street across September 23 1:30 pm Fall Wildﬂower Hike bright colors as
SLEEPING GIANT CAP $10.00 $1.50 adult shirts.)
from the Quinnipiac University entrance. October 14 1:30 pm East End Hike khaki & green with green embroidered logo. Back of shirt
Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and October 28 1:30 pm Fall Foliage Hike Book Born Among the Hills
bring a snack and water, as desired. November 4 11:00 am Fall Hikers’ Hike Third Edition of The Sleeping Giant Story
out of stock
by Nancy Sachse.
Dress for the weather. You are welcome (Experienced Hikers) Former T-shirt
COLOR POSTER* $6.00 $3.00
to bring a camera. Please do not bring November 11 1:30 pm Geology-of-the-Giant Hike 18” x 24” The Giant in fall colors.
pets on scheduled SGPA hikes. These December 2 1:30 pm Holiday Hike and Social EMBROIDERED PATCH $4.00 $.75
events are free and open to the public. (Social starts at 3:00 pm) 4” wide oval with Sleeping Giant design
For more information: email@example.com January 1, ’08 1:30 pm New Year’s Day Hike to sew on packs.
or 203-272-7841. DECAL $2.00 $.75
4 1/2” wide – same design as patch. Postcards
MAP (black & white)* $3.00 $3.00
What You Need To Know About Lyme Disease 18” x 24” trail map of the Giant.
POSTCARDS (4 for $1.00) $1.00 $.75
I hike the Giant frequently. Last June, I noticed a circular ring on my upper thigh, a classic symptom of the bite of a tick Full color of the Giant.
infected with the pathogen of Lyme disease. I contacted my doctor who prescribed a three-week course of an antibiotic * Poster and map are rolled up and mailed in a tube, and you
and also scheduled a blood test for the disease. The blood test was positive, and I took the medication. There were no side can dry or spray mount them to keep them flat.
effects and I never had any other symptoms. The following information is taken from the web site of the Center for Disease
Control (CDC) at: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/index.htm
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected, blacklegged ticks also
called deer ticks. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical ﬁndings, and the possibility of exposure to infect-
ed ticks. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Typical symptoms include
fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema mi- Full color poster
grans (EM). This rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected persons and begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay Patch Decal
of 3 - 30 days. A distinctive feature of the rash is that it gradually expands over a period of several days, reaching up to 12
inches. The center of the rash may result in a bull’s-eye appearance. item size color each total
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks to keep ticks off your skin. Light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks
more easily. Tucking pant legs into socks or boots and tucking shirts into pants help keep ticks on the outside of clothing. Street
If you will be outside for an extended period of time, tape the area where your pants and socks meet. Use insect repellent
with 20% - 30% DEET on adult skin and clothing to prevent tick bites. Permethrin kills ticks on contact, and should not be
applied directly to skin. One application to pants, socks, and shoes typically stays effective through several washings.
Take extra precautions in May, June, and July. If you do enter a tick area, walk in the center of the trail to avoid contact with
overgrown litter near ground level. Perform daily tick checks after being outdoors. Inspect all parts of your body and remove State Zip
ticks immediately using ﬁne-tipped tweezers. If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme shipping
disease is extremely small. But just to be safe, monitor your health closely after a tick bite and be alert for any signs and symp- Phone
toms. If you believe you may have Lyme disease, it is important that you consult your health care provider for proper diagnosis.
Personal Account and Article Excerpts Fill out order form (please print) and mail with a check payable to Mail the check to:
SGPA. Be sure to include the total amount including postage and The Sleeping Giant Park Association
Chuck Schall handling (p&h). P.O. Box 185340, Hamden, CT 06518
SLEEPING GIANT PARK ASSOCIATION Journal – continued from page 9
OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS “As I was hiking the Blue Trail from east to west, I
Mike Miller President noticed many people walking toward me who were really
Tom Vocelli First vice president out of breath! Then I came out onto the quarry. As the wind
Jeff Donofrio Second vice president almost toppled me, I was amazed at the steep, bare rock
and legal affairs face before me. All those poor, gasping people had just
Gail Cameron Recording secretary
come up this steep section and I understood the exhaustion
Felicia Tencza Corresponding secretary
on their faces. My new goal became hiking all of the marked
Phil Rapuano Treasurer
Herb Etter Past president trails in both directions within this year (and) I completed
Dag Pfeiffer Fund-raising chairperson this on December 23rd, 2006.”
John Kotchian Land acquisition chairperson Eva Szigeti / Double Giant Master #136
Dick Majka Information technology
Irwin Beitch Hike-A-Giant chairperson
Barbara Beitch Hiking chairperson
Ed Konowitz Finance committee chairperson
Ross Lanius Volunteer projects
Gil Spencer Archivist
Linda Olender Graphic Designer
Cindy Abate Giant News editor and
Chuck Schall Membership chairperson
SGPA Calendar 2007 Acknowledgements:
Johanna Becker Merchandise manager
Dom DeGennaro Trails maintenance chairperson Graphic Designer: Linda Olender; Photographers: Dick Majka, Irwin
Phil Costello Public relations and special events Beitch, Chuck Schall, Linda Olender, Cindy Abate; Archivist: Gilbert
Sandy Anagnostakis Park naturalist Spencer; Naturalists: Jim Sirch, Sandra Anagnostakis;Cover Photo:
Lori Lindquist Park manager Joanne Schmaltz; Poet: Gilbert Spencer’s granddaughter,
Jessie;Committee: Barbara Beitch, Linda Olender, Cindy Abate
Newsletter design and production: Linda Olender
Giant News is published by The Sleeping Giant Park
Association, a non-proﬁt volunteer organization.
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