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Water Trails Events in CT

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HVPC Christmas / Holiday Gala ( Event Date: December 20, 2014 )

ConnYAK Avery Point Pool Sessions ( Event Date: December 21, 2014 )

Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) ( Event Date: December 31, 2014 )


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HVPC Christmas / Holiday Gala

Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:30 PM Needs a location The 10th Annual HVPC Christmas / Holiday Gala for members, friends, partners and spouses, will be December 20 at 6:30 pm. Restaurant is yet to be determined. On October 13, we will be investigating potential venues for the 9 HVPC RSVP's received for the Holiday Gala on December 20. Places book up early
Event Date: December 20, 2014

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(posted October 13, 2014, number 716)

ConnYAK Avery Point Pool Sessions

UCONN Avery Point Campus, Groton CT Sunday, Dec 7, 2014, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, Dec 14, 2014, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, Dec 21, 2014, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time. Must be out of pool building NLT the ending time. Everyone is welcome - you do not need to be a ConnYak member to attend the pool session. COST The cost for the session is $20 per person using the pool. Please bring correct change or a check. (No charge for observors.) CONNYAK MEMBERSHIP DUES Please help us by renewing your membership and paying your dues online. If you need to pay your dues at a pool session please bring $15 (cash or check) to the session. If you need to become a member please print out a membership application and bring it with you to the pool along with your $15 membership dues. Link to the ConnYak Membership Application DIRECTIONS Avery Point Campus of UCONN, Groton I-95 North or South take Exit 87, Clarence B. Sharp Hwy/CT-349 toward US-1 (1.9 mi) Right at the second set of stoplights Left at the next set of lights Follow this road for several miles, straight, past Pfizer and the Shennecossett Golf Course. Shortly after the golf course you will come to the campus entrance Right into the University campus After entering the campus take your first left and enter the parking lot on your left. The pool is part of the gym facility. Access is via the front door. There is a back door to the pool which opens into the parking lot where boats can be brought into the pool area. There is no entrance hall or double doors to prevent heat loss from the building. Outside doors should only be open when boats and people are passing through. SAFETY Pool sessions are a relative safe environment. However, there is no life guard on duty. You are responsible for your own safety.
Event Date: December 21, 2014

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(posted December 1, 2014, number 96)

Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC)

Founded in 2001, the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) is an eclectic group of active paddlers who enjoy exploring the various waterways of the Housatonic Valley and other areas of upper Fairfield County and Litchfield County.

Our goal is to bring together fellow paddlers of all skill levels and paddle in an environmentally friendly manner while enjoying the camaraderie of those with similar interest. We schedule various types of activities throughout the year: paddling, camping and picnicking in the warm seasons; hiking, bowling, and dining when it's too cold to paddle.

Most of HVPC's paddle outings tend to be comfortably-paced, moderate-distance excursions on flat water; and are a good venue for newer paddlers, or those who just enjoy quiet, low-key paddles with lots of socializing.

You will find us to be a very friendly club and we welcome paddlers of all levels and interests. If you don’t yet have a boat, we can guide you as to what to buy or rent, along with the required necessities, such as whistles and PFDs. An annual skills workshop is held every year on Mt. Tom Pond and has proven helpful for novices as well as more experienced paddlers.

Some of our favorite venues include Candlewood Lake (pre-Memorial Day and post-Labor Day), Lake Waramaug, the Lake Lillinonah and Lover's Leap sections of the Housatonic, Lake McDonough and Mt. Tom Pond. Bantam Lake, Bantam River, the Twin Lakes, and New York State's Great Swamp are also visited on a regular basis.

While we are an easy-going group, we take safety seriously. PFDs and whistles must be worn when paddling with the club. A signed release of liability is also mandatory. Note that the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club, its organizers, and its members assume no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual or event. Your personal safety is your responsibility alone.

NOTE: HVPC is currently transitioning from our old site to the Meet Up site and we are currently getting our existing members up to speed with the features of this new site. It may take some time (possibly several weeks) for new members to receive their notice of admission. Thank you for your patience! Note also, for the safety of our members, we do require that you have a recognizable profile picture.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:00 AM Impromptu Paddle 6 Social Paddlers attending
Event Date: December 31, 2014

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(posted March 20, 2014, number 335)