Community News For The Glastonbury Edition

Andy Weatherwax To Raise Funds For The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research

GLASTONBURY — Musician and poet Andy Weatherwax of Glastonbury will host Poets for Parkinson's fundraiser at South Church, 949 Main St., on Thursday, June 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will include readings from Weatherwax's collection of poems and prose, Renegade Pinky, and works by the acclaimed poetry group, The Meeting House Poets. The evening will include a silent auction of fine art donated by local artists as well as a number of books. A buffet of appetizers and small bites will be served. Tickets are available online (at brainbug.com or michaeljfox.org/goto/poets) for a donation of $50 per person.

"I began writing these words the day after I was finally diagnosed with early onset PD. I was 38 years old. I had to write, it was my therapy; my way of understanding and accepting the disease. It's my hope the poems in Renegade Pinky speak to others living with PD or any illness, loss or isolation." said Weatherwax.

A Traditional Afternoon Tea

GLASTONBURY — The Connecticut Audubon Society is holding 'A Traditional Afternoon Tea' on Saturday, June 18, at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury, 949 Main St., from 2-4 p.m.

The traditional tea will feature a variety of afternoon tea sandwiches including traditional fillings of herbed chicken salad and cucumber and cream cheese, croissants, scones with jam, strawberries with cream, and cookies and cakes. Flavorful, freshly brewed teas will be served alongside these delectable light food offerings.

"All Things Tea" will be presented by Betty Johnson of Bigelow Tea, a family-owned company in Fairfield, with roots that go back more than 70 years. Learn about the history of teas, their health benefits and more. Every guest will receive a gift bag of a variety of teas. There will also be a select group of fine gift baskets that will be available for a tea cup auction. Basket themes will include: Glastonbury Farmstands, Spa Day, Needlepoint, Go Green, Audubon Birding and Sunshine. Each basket will include theme items along with gift certificates from local merchants. The $25 per person tickets are selling quickly and reservations are required by calling 860-633-8402.

CRT To Hold All Women Golf Tourney To Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors

GLASTONBURY — The Community Renewal Team is sponsoring the seventh annual Tee Off with Women Golf Tournament which is set for Tuesday, July 19 at Glastonbury Hills Country Club, 239 Country Club Road. This year's honorary chair and keynote speaker is state Rep. Robyn Porter of New Haven, a survivor of abuse who successfully co-sponsored 2016 legislation that protects victims of domestic violence by removing firearms from their partners.

Tee Off with Women is Connecticut's only all female golf tournament to fund prevention and services for survivors of domestic violence. Proceeds go to the Interval House emergency shelter for women fleeing domestic violence and the Community Renewal Team.

Shotgun start begins at 11 am. with dinner and the program immediately following play. Go to crtct.org for details or call Nancy at 860-560-5471.

One Of Glastonbury's Best Kept Secrets

GLASTONBURY — Take a step back in time as you tour a Connecticut River Valley Mansion built in 1755. Every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout the summer, the Historical Society of Glastonbury invites you to tour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House at 972 Main St.

As a guest, you'll be greeted by a costumed docent and given a tour of the 18th century mansion. The house, originally owned by John Welles, a Glastonbury shipyard owner, features the largest known period kitchen fireplace in Connecticut, gorgeous unique antiques, including one of only two high-back Queen Anne corner chairs known to exist, a 300-year-old working loom, and weaving and spinning wheels and much more!

You'll walk through the backdoor herb garden on your way to tour the beautiful backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, kitchen garden, grape arbor and apple and maple trees. Learn about tobacco farming, and see antique vehicles such as the horse-drawn Buckingham Hearse (c. 1893.) inside our reconstructed tobacco shed. Inside the White Barn exhibits show the developing technology of the 19th century. Explore the 200-year-old, English-style bank barn, where you'll find an array of treasures and tools, a sleigh, and ice making tools that early farmers used.

The Historical Society of Glastonbury is a non-profit organization located at the Museum on Hubbard Green, 1944 Main St., and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 to 4 p.m., and the third Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Get Your Pumpkin Seeds Now

GLASTONBURY — Aiming to encourage citizens of all ages to enjoy fruitful gardening using organic methods this summer, the Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury, Inc. and Melzen Farm Supply is again co-sponsoring the Glastonbury Greatest Pumpkin Program. The event, which is open to residents of all towns, will culminate with a pumpkin weigh-in at Melzen Farm Supply on Sunday, Oct. 2, when prizes will be awarded for the heaviest pumpkins. The October weigh in will be a family celebration with fun, food, and games.

There is still time to register, get your seeds and start the growing fun. Everyone must use the same official organic seeds. These seeds are of the Big Max variety, one that often yields pumpkins that weigh 100 pounds or more. Those who register for the event will receive a free pack of seeds. Growers must use only organic growing methods, which allow the use of natural fertilizers and pest control methods but prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Each registrant may enter only one pumpkin in only one category and must transport their pumpkins to and from the weigh-in. Registration is ongoing, in person, at Melzen Farm Supply, 100 Oak St. Only those who register and plant the official seeds will be eligible for prizes at the October weigh-in.

For registration details and general information, visit the Land Heritage website lhcglastonbury.org. Questions may be directed to the GGPP hotline, GGPP@lhcglastonbury.org.

Free Concert At Riverfront Park

GLASTONBURY — A free concert by Simply Swing will be performed Sunday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Park. This 10-piece swing orchestra is the busiest Big Band style group in New England specializing in music by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and others.

Connecticut Audubon Center Events

GLASTONBURY — The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main St., is adjacent to Earle Park, and overlooking the Holland Brook river, with trails for hiking and horseback riding. The center offers a Morning Bird & Nature Walk on Friday, July 22.

Also: The first week of summer camp at the Glastonbury Connecticut Audubon Society's 2016 Summer Camp will be the week of June 27 through July 1, open to children ages 3-5. Classes with fewer than four children will be canceled, so register as soon as possible by emailing cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org.

All sessions are at the Connecticut Audubon Center, 1361 Main St., Glastonbury. Call 860-633-8402 for more information or visit ctaudubon.org/center-at-glastonbury.

Riverfront Community Center

GLASTONBURY — The Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles St., is sponsoring the following events:

Strawberries & Bingo: Monday, June 20, at 12:15 p.m. Leave the center at 12:45 p.m. and arrive at South Windsor Senior Center at 1 p.m. Bingo followed by strawberry shortcake 3:45 p.m.

Painting the Modern Garden — Monet to Matisse: an exhibition on screen, at the Kate in Old Saybrook, Saturday, June 25. 10 am Leaving the center at 10 a.m. with lunch at Saybrook Soup and Sandwich, a local favorite deli.

"A Chorus Line" at Playhouse on Park, West Hartford, Tuesday, June 28, leaving the center at 11:30 a.m. Leaves RCC at noon, lunch on own at 2 p.m., approximate return: 4:30 p.m.

Call 860-652-7638 for details.

Historical Society Of Glastonbury's Museum On The Green

GLASTONBURY – The Historical Society of Glastonbury's Museum on the Green will feature local artist April Quast through June 16.

Birth Announcements

Manchester Memorial Hospital

Austin Joseph, son, to Jessica Aftanski and Justin Milliken, March 11.

Vincent Edward, son, to Elizabeth Scinta and Troy McCullough of Glastonbury, March 16.

Colton Robert, son, to Jamie Lynn Fontaine and Alexander Connell of Glastonbury, May 7.

Julian Alexander, son, to Thamar Esperance and Joe A. Smith, III of Glastonbury, May 9.

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