New Pond Farm

New Pond Farm Programs

Winter Astronomy at New Pond Farm

On Saturday, January 20th starting at 6:30 p.m. New Pond Farm (101 Marchant Rd., West Redding) will be hosting an astronomy program open to the public.

On “Astronomy Hill” we will use our telescopes to view craters and seas on the 4-day-old moon and view the Orion nebulae, star clusters, and the planet Uranus. Our astronomy volunteers will also point out and discuss the winter constellations of Orion, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini, Taurus, and Auriga. Attendees with a smart phone can try their hand at taking a photo of the moon.

For those interested, there will be an optional preview in the Learning Center classroom at 6pm, this will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please dress for the outdoors, there is a warming building next to the telescopes, and please bring a flashlight for the walk to and from the observatory.

The program is $4 per New Pond Farm Member, with a maximum of $16 per Member family an $6 per non-member, with a maximum of $24 per family.

Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

If the skies appear cloudy, please check our website after 4 p.m. for program status.


Shakespeare Workshop for Actors Going into Grades 7 – 12

Monday evenings January 22 – March 26 (excluding Feb. 5 and 16), 7-9 pm
Accomplished actress and educator Julia Levo will create an exciting and positive environment in which actors will delve into a comprehensive exploration of scenes and monologues from some of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth. We will explore this play in an intensive eight-week acting program designed exclusively for middle and high school students.

Students will develop skills in character development, vocal technique, acting craft, and text analysis. Key scenes and monologues (using non-traditional casting) will be woven together and performed for an invited audience during the last class.

This eight-week program is $250.00 per New Pond Farm Member and $275.00 per Non-member

Registration is required, space is limited. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

New Pond Farm Annual Harvest Festival

October 14th 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (rain date 15th, 1-4 p.m.)

Join us for an exciting family afternoon on the farm amidst the beautiful fall foliage.

There will be historical demonstrations: like broom and rope making, open hearth cooking, and fleece spinning. Learn how to use Make & Break Engines and antique tools. There will be livestock encounters: enjoy a wagon ride through the pastures with a team of majestic Percherons (1-3 p.m.); watch our sheep being shorn then help to “skirt” the fleece, preparing it for spinning. Learn how to become a beekeeper and watch industrious honeybees in our observation hive. Meet our dairy cows, enjoy their freshly pasteurized milk and churn fresh butter. Try your hand at Harvest Crafts: create a grapevine wreath with dried flowers from our gardens; decorate a pumpkin; roll a beeswax candle; make gourd creatures, & MORE old fashioned fun!

Special Guest: Master Falconer Brian Bradley, will join us from 2:30-3:30 with his live birds of prey. Marvel as his falcons soar and dive over the pastures.

The cost of admission is $5 per person (over the age of 3) or $20 per family with small additional fees for crafts and delicious seasonal fare thanks to the Girl Scouts of Redding.

Please leave your dogs at home!

Shakespeare Al Fresco

by New Pond Farm

Please join us for an evening performance of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.  Get ready for mistaken identities, wrestling matches, family rivalries and love all rolled into a fast moving romantic comedy at New Pond Farm!

Nineteen talented actors, going into 6th-11th grades, are sure to delight you with their inspired performances. They have been working with Director Nancy Ponturo, Enrichment Director Dorothy Luongo and the rest of our Summer Shakespeare staff for three weeks and look forward to sharing their innovative approach to classical material.

When: Friday July 14th and Saturday July 15th at 6 p.m.
Where: On the back lawn of the farmhouse. (In the event of rain, the performances will be moved to Meadow Ridge, 100 Redding Road.)

Performances are free but donations in support of this wonderful theatre arts program are encouraged.

Reservations are required, seating is limited, please calling (203) 938-2117 or by emailing

Note: Please leave your dogs at home!

Left to right Sabrina Capodicci, Tallulah Whaley, Buster Whaley and Michael Bachmann