CFPA Outdoor Gear Expo & Silent Auction

Today was the inaugural CFPA Outdoor Gear Expo & Silent Auction at Wesleyan University’s Fayerweather Beckham Hall in Middletown, Connecticut. The weather for the 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. event was fantastic. The campus was bursting with spring activity. When our family of four arrived, we were greeted with the melodious sounds of a cool little band jamming some Grateful Dead tunes. My son remarked, “I thought you couldn’t talk at a silent auction.”

The Connecticut Forest & Park Association is a fantastic not-for-profit organization and today’s event was a first ever expo fundraiser. Hopefully the financial outcome is a positive one, but one thing for sure, the vibe was great.  I am a member of CFPA’s Board of Directors. CFPA is an organization that is driven by a combination of dedicated staff and generous volunteers. Both groups were out in force at today’s expo.

Thanks to several retailers, including Eastern Mountain Sports, Trailblazer, North Cove Outfitters, REI, and Fleet Feet Sports, there were workshops, clinics, and displays on kayaking, running, cycling, hiking, fly fishing, wood carving, and other outdoor activities.

Fayerweather Beckham Hall is a beautiful building. CFPA is on a roll. We have been instrumental in the recent effort to restore liability protection to municipal properties. Our 825+ miles of Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails make Connecticut the best trail state in the nation. Our trail maintainers are the best in the business. We have lobbied to keep state parks open and fees low. And…we have our annual meeting coming up at Harkness Memorial State Park on 18 May.

1 Response to “CFPA Outdoor Gear Expo & Silent Auction”


  1. 1 Matthew Plott (@muskokalifestyl) 26 September 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Great article though, hope you would continue posting related articles about outdoor gear as I am honestly an enthusiast to knowing this as well… 🙂


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