Would you like your Ledyard child to receive a personal letter from Santa? Drop your child’s letter to Santa Claus in the North Pole Mailbox at the Parks and Recreation Office or mail it to Santa c/o Ledyard Parks and Recreation Department, Blonder’s Blvd., Ledyard, CT 06339
Santa will send back a personalized letter in time for Christmas. In order for Santa to have time to respond before his busy nigh, the letters must reach the Parks and Recreation Office by December 18th.
If you hear old timers like me refer to Blonder’s Park, we are really talking about Colonel Ledyard Park, the 131 hidden gem on Blounder’s Blvd just behind the Ledyard Board of Education/Parks and Recreation offices on Colonel Ledyard Highway. The complex houses ball fields, handball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits and a fabulous 100 foot lighted picnic pavilion. I’ve attended many events at the park and always enjoy exploring with my camera.
When my son was in Ledyard Middle School, he walked from Inchcliffe Drive then across Military Highway to wait for the bus at "Cappy's". I doubt the kids would be allowed to make that precarious crossing today. At that time, during the 1980's, the Erickson's had a small general store known as Cappy's, at the waterfront location on Military Highway. The kids loved going there for the penny candy so it was a popular bus stop. During the winter, they could wait inside and helping the elderly Mr. and Mrs. Erickson was part of the deal.
Cappy's, the spelling of which I am guessing at, was purchased by the Town of Ledyard in 2000, and is now the location of Erickson Park, a 2.8 acre site with walking trail, stone barbecue, picnic tables, and a lovely view of Mill Cove and the Thames River, especially at sunset. The Ledyard Park's and Recreation department rents the location for events. This July, they will be holding a Boat Building Camp and 6th-12th graders will be building a 17' plywood Dory and then experience the fun of rowing it in the cove.
The park has come a long way since being a bus stop with a view.
I stumbled upon the Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill website this morning and thought I would share it here along with a few photos I shot this week. For the record, the Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill is owned by the town of Ledyard, CT and is administered by the Ledyard Historic District Commission.
Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill Information
There are no prettier sunsets this time of year than at Erickson Park at Mill Cove in Gales Ferry. I shot this one with my cheapie Kodak camera. Not bad from the window of my car.
While Southeastern CT dealt with record breaking rain that caused flooded basements, bridge collapses, and road closures, a few Ledyard folks made lemons out of lemonade. Below are photos taken at the Ledyard Middle School ball field.
Above Photo provided by Don Grise, Director, Ledyard Parks and Recreation.
Above Photo posted on my Ledyard Facebook Page by Angela Wilson Fustini.
The little prank above caused Ledyard Parks and Recreation to post this sign.