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Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
phone: 860-567-8302
fax: 860-567-0328


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Continuing Activities - Mondays

Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Continuing Activities - Fridays

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Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market
Saturday, May 28 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
~ There's something for everyone ~
See your neighbors
Enjoy the offerings
Support CT-Grown products

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Monday, May 30, 2016
Memorial Day
Community Center Closed for the Holiday

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"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
Wednesday, June 1 ~ 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Quilts that Care is a dynamic group of volunteers that
make and donate handmade quilts to cancer patients.
These quilts are distributed by the social workers currently
at 11 cancer treatment facilities in CT and growing.
 You don't have to be a quilter to join us.
We need volunteers to iron, cut and organize fabric.
All materials are supplied to us.
We have pre-made quilt kits available for those who
cannot make the meetings but would like to participate.

Currently, quilts are donated to 11 Connecticut hospitals,
 including The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center,
The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute,
 Connecticut Childrenís Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital
and the Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital.

Donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100 percent
cotton fabric, twin-size quilt backings,
 cotton flannel and quilting materials are being accepted.
Volunteers are being sought. Quilters are especially needed.

Monetary donations can be given through PayPal
or at P.O. Box 166, Watertown, CT 06795.
For information, call Deb at 860-782-1043,

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Bristol Hospital Bariatric Surgery Info Session
Wednesday, June 1 ~ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Free ~ Representatives will be on hand
to discuss Bariatric surgery.
Please call 860-585-3150 for more information

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Day Trip: Cambridge/Charles River
Thursday, June 2 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Trip is full ~ Please call to join wait list
Head to Cambridge MA for a day of shopping and sightseeing.
Enjoy time on your own to explore the shops at CambridgeSide Galleria or local parks.
Lunch on your own before heading to the Charles Riverboat Company for a
70 minute sightseeing cruise of the historic and cultural sights of
Boston and Cambridge including Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park,
Back Bay, Boston University, M.I.T. and Harvard.
Cost: $33.00 pp
NOTE: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order.

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First Ladies of the U.S
Monday, June 6 ~ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
First Ladies of the U.S. (1789-Present)
The program presents an overview of all the First Ladies from Martha Washington
to Michelle Obama. It discusses many interesting and informative facts
about each woman's legacies, contributions and effect on the office of First Lady.
A fascinating look at an amazing group of women. Performed in Period Costume.
About the Presenter:
Trish Chambers' unique and energetic presentation style combines humor
& everyday realism in presenting the subjects she discusses. Using the skills
& talents acquired through 30 years of experience working in various senior
management positions with world-wide responsibility in a multi-national corporation,
Trish started her own production company in called Civil War People.

 In 2005 Trish expanded the offerings of the company to include history
beyond the Civil War, along with motivational presentations and
"Trish Chambers Productions" was launched. Trish endured
challenges in her own personal life that add credibility
and emotion to her motivational presentations.
Cost: $10pp ~ Please RSVP

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Epilepsy Foundation
Monday, June 6 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
BE OUR GUEST...
The Epilepsy Foundation of CTinvites you to attend an
engaging presentation on epilepsy and seizure disorders.

EFCT staff presentation on epilepsyInformational session
on Vagnus Nerve Stimulator by Cyberonics RN
Light refreshments provided.
Come have your questions answered and learn about
support services offered by this local non-profit.

*For more information please email
or call 860-346-1924
*There is no charge for this event.

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Hand Drumming
Mondays, June 6-July 18 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Hand Drumming with local resident and world
renowned percussionist John Marshall
For all ages and abilities
No Meeting July 4th
John Marshall--performs on concert stages, radio, television, and film both
nationally and internationally. He includes the drumming traditions of the
Middle East, North and South India, Egypt, West Africa, the Caribbean,
and Central Asia in his repertoire, performing all manner of hand-held percussion.
He has performed and recorded with such artists as The Paul Winter Consort,
 Michael Brecker, Glen Velez, George Benson, and Marc Anthony!
John is the recipient of several awards and has been recognized
 for excellence in percussion music education.

Hand drums and percussion are provided.
Registration and Pre-Payment Required
$100 for 6 weeks ~ $20 drop-in

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NW CT Regional Initiative State Arts Grant
Information Session
Tuesday, June 7 ~ 9:15 am
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will host
an information session for the Regional Initiative Grant program
made possible by the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
The session will be held Tuesday, June 7 at 9:15 am
at the Litchfield Community Center.
The session is free but requires registration at

The Regional Initiative Grants offer local funding for arts and cultural projects
and programs in the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council's 25-town service area.
 For a second year, the Connecticut Office of the Arts has allocated funds by
 region to provide arts project funding to artists, art organizations, art programs
of non-arts organizations, municipal arts departments, Pre-K through high schools
and PTO organizations for community projects in any arts discipline.
Grants awards for this program will be in the $1,000 to $4,000 range.
The grant application process is via an online portal and
all applications and required materials are due by July 29, 2016.
More information is available on the BZ Arts Page.

For more information about the REGI Grant info session
or the Northwest Connecticut Arts Councilís services,
visit www.artsnwct.org or call (860) 618-0075

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Day Trip: Lighthouse Cruise
& Ft. Trumbull State Park
Tuesday, June 7 ~ 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy your day with a trip to the shore for the classic lighthouse tour.
First stop is Capt. Scott's Lobster Dock for lunch (on your own).
Then the group will take the Cross Sound Ferry for a lighthouse tour passing
 9 lighthouses among other attractions. After the 2 hour tour, the group
will make a stop at Ft. Trumbull State Park before heading back home.
* Pre-registration is required
Call 860-567-8302 or more details.
Transportation is provided by NW CT Transit with a suggested
 donation of $7.00 pp paid to driver (checks only)

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The Litchfield Writers Guild (LWG) will present
A June Coffee House-Thirteenth Edition
Monday, June 13 ~ 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Writer/members of the Guild will read original, engaging stories,
 thoughtful essays or captivating memoirs for our audience.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to piano ambiance by
 pianist Hank Milligan on the Centerís Steinway.
The evening performance is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments.
You may contact the Litchfield Community Center
at 860-567-8302 for more information.

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Day Trip: Arthur Ave. & Little Italy, Bronx
Wednesday, June 15 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A "Do As You Please" day on Arthur Ave.,
home to Little Italy in the Bronx, NY.
Shop, eat and explore the surroundings.
Cost: $25.00 pp
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Price included round trip transportation on the LCC van.
NOTE: a $3.00 non-refundable credit card
 processing fee will be added to your order

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AARP Safe Drivers Course
Wednesday, June 15 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The nation's first and largest classroom refresher for motorists 50+.
Auto insurance discounts in most states.
Cost: $15.00 pp (AARP members)
$20.00 pp (non-members)
* Pre-registration is required.
Payment will be collected by instructor before class.

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"Quilts that Care"
Wednesday, June 15 ~ 12:30-2:00 pm
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
Quilts that Care is a dynamic group of volunteers that
make and donate handmade quilts to cancer patients.
These quilts are distributed by the social workers currently
at 11 cancer treatment facilities in CT and growing.
 You don't have to be a quilter to join us.
We need volunteers to iron, cut and organize fabric.
All materials are supplied to us.
We have pre-made quilt kits available for those who
cannot make the meetings but would like to participate.

Currently, quilts are donated to 11 Connecticut hospitals,
 including The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center,
The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute,
 Connecticut Childrenís Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital
and the Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital.

Donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100 percent
cotton fabric, twin-size quilt backings,
 cotton flannel and quilting materials are being accepted.
Volunteers are being sought. Quilters are especially needed.

Monetary donations can be given through PayPal
or at P.O. Box 166, Watertown, CT 06795.
For information, call Deb at 860-782-1043,

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The Litchfield Garden Club presents
"The Civilized Jungle"
an Open Conservation Meeting
Thursday, June 16 ~ 10:30 a.m.
The featured speaker is Jorge Sanchez, co-founder of
SMI Landscape Architecture Inc. in Palm Beach Florida,
and a member of The Garden Conservancy's Board of Directors.
Founded in 1982, SMI is a landscape architectural design firm specializing in estate,
residential, civic and commercial master planning. The firm's field of concentration
often incorporates landscape preservation and restoration. Exotic and thoughtful
design solutions are achieved by incorporating a "botanical garden" approach
fused with historic and classical garden design. The firm's work can be viewed throughout
 the U.S. at botanical gardens, parks, campuses, museums and city streetscapes.
The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

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Friday Feast & Dancing Feet
Friday, June 17 ~ 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month through June &
enjoy a light lunch provided by the Litchfield Community Center
and music for your listening and dancing pleasure!
This month music - Jerry Carillo Orchestra
Cost: 7.00 pp
* Pre-registration is required.

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Ernest Hemingway:
Life, Language and the Pursuit of Happiness
Wednesday, June 22 ~ 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Keeping History Alive ~ Ernest Hemingway
This is the story of a remarkable life, a rough-and tumble journey into the soul
of one of the twentieth century's greatest literary figures. The New York Times
heralded him as the "greatest writer since Shakespeare." His passion carried
 him to the pinnacle of his profession and his life ended in a tragic
final act that seemed his destiny from the start.

Performed by Richard Clark:
Richard Clark is an actor with over thirty years of experience in New England
regional theater, New York Theater and television. He is a graduate of Clark University
and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, The Actor's Connection,
and the Actor's Loft in New York City. His Keeping History Alive series brings
historical figures such as Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, Clarence Darrow,
John Barrymore, Ernest Hemingway and William Shakespeare back to life.
 His shows are based on biographies, autobiographies
personal letters, books and the works of various playwrights.
Cost: $5pp ~ Please RSVP

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Day Trip: Ventfort Hall Museum
Luncheon Tea and Lee Outlets
Friday, June 24 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Start your day with a sit-down Victorain Tea/light lunch served in the
dining hall of Ventfort Hall "The Museum of the Gilded Age" before continuing
on a guided tour of the historic Hall and the Decorative Arts Exhibit
 from the neighboring lavish estate of Bellefontaine.Then stop at the
Lee Premium Outlets for a little shopping before heading home.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $40.00 pp
Price includes round trip transportation
on the LCC van, Tea/lunch and guided tour.
Note: A $3.00 non-refundable credit card
processing fee will be added to your order.

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Lego Camp - Pre-Engineering (ages 5 & 6)
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO(R)!
Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars,
and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless
 creative possibilities of the LEGO(R) building system with the guidance
 of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to
prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.
Ages 5 & 6 ~ Cost: $160 pp

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Lego Camp - Engineering FUNdamentals (ages 7-11)
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2016
1:00 -4:00 p.m.
 
Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of
thousands of LEGO(R)! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering,
and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges,
skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as
never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.
An experienced instructor will challenge new and
returning students to engineer at the next level.
Ages 7-11 ~ Cost: $160 pp

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Continuing Activities & Classes

Mondays

Yoga with Wendy
9:00-10:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Stitch & Chat
10:30 am-1:00 pm
Open to all who love to knit, crochet,
cross stitch, sew, embroider, etc.
Bring your own project & share some time with others.
FREE ~ Light refreshments available.

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Movie Mondays
1:00 -3:00 pm
Enjoy a new release every Monday afternoon.  
Popcorn and beverages are served.  
Cost:  Donations welcome

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Strength and Stretch
1:30-2:30 pm
Increase muscle mass, range of motion & circulation,
 reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Mondays at 2:00 pm / Thursdays at 11:30 am.
Pre-registration required.
Location: Community Room
Cost: $75.00 for 4 weeks (8 sessions)
Contact instructor Shannon Strong,
certified personal trainer at

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Tuesdays

BNI
7:00 am
BNI stands for Business Networking International and it is the world's largest
 referral organization with over 185,000 members in over 60 countries.
Last year members of BNI passed thousands of referrals, which generated
over 6 billion dollars worth of business for each other! BNI provides a positive,
supportive, and structured environment for the development and exchange
 of quality business referrals. It does so by helping you build personal
relationships with dozens of other qualified business professionals.
Here is a link to our website, bnict.com

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Struttin' Soles Walking Group
9:00-11:00 am
Ongoing every Tuesday and Thursday!
Open to anyone interested in sharing in the joy
and health benefits of group walks.
Meet at LCC parking lot to start and all are welcome to come
back in for coffee/tea after finishing walk.
Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
Walks will be taken along local roads/
trails based on the group's interest and ability.
Call 860-567-8302 or email to sign up.
Be sure to include your t-shirt size.

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Community Artists' Group
formerly "Paint with Friends"
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Come join together with local people who love to draw and paint.
Anyone is welcome to participate
regardless of their level of expertise.
There is no fee to join, but artists must bring
their own paints, equipment and talent!

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Dance Exercise
9:30-11:00 am
Class will utilize dance technique forms
to stretch & tone the body.
Please bring mat.
Instructor: Rosemary Tindall-Gibson
Cost: $8.00 per class. On-Going, pay as you go.

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Duplicate Bridge
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Instructor Al Root oversees this
weekly game of Duplicate Bridge
Bring a partner!
If you're a single, the best effort will be made
to accommodate you with a partner.
Come and go as you please.
Cost: $4.00 pp

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Bingo
1:00 -3:00 pm
Free admission, cards available for nominal fee

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Sculpt & Tone
7:00-8:00 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays
A strength training class that includes stretching,
abdominal work & muscle isolation for a full body workout
Instructor: Dean Roberts  
Cost: $8.00 per class
Bring: hand weights, mat or towel

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Wednesdays

Yoga with Wendy
9:00 -10:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Tai Chi with Eileen
10:30-11:00 am
All Ages Welcome
FREE ~ No experience necessary,
dress in comfortable clothes
Eileen Rindos leads a light Tai Chi exercise each week
focusing on reflexology and meditation.
This class is free and no registration is necessary.

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Table Tennis
11:30 am-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Table Tennis is played weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Drop in. New or experienced players welcome! Paddles available.

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"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
12:30-2:00 pm
Quilts that Care is a dynamic group of volunteers that
make and donate handmade quilts to cancer patients.
These quilts are distributed by the social workers currently
at 8 cancer treatment facilities in CT and growing.

 You don't have to be a quilter to join us.
We need volunteers to iron, cut and organize fabric.
All materials are supplied to us.
We have pre-made quilt kits available for those who
cannot make the meetings but would like to participate.
 Subsequent meetings will be held on the
 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

 For more info, please call
Deb Van Steenberge at 860-945-0184

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Bridge for All
1:00-3:00 pm
Come and play bridge with others in a relaxed atmosphere
There is no instruction or lessons, just free play
Cost: Free, come and go as you please

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Thursdays

Struttin' Soles Walking Group
9:00-11:00 am
Ongoing every Tuesday and Thursday!
Open to anyone interested in sharing in the joy
and health benefits of group walks.
Meet at LCC parking lot to start and all are welcome to come
back in for coffee/tea after finishing walk.
Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
Walks will be taken along local roads/
trails based on the group's interest and ability.
Call 860-567-8302 or email to sign up.
Be sure to include your t-shirt size.

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Blood Pressure Check
9:30-10:30 am
by Registered Nurse
Cost: Free of charge

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Dance Exercise
9:30-10:30 am
Class will utilize dance technique forms
to stretch & tone the body.
Please bring mat.
Instructor: Rosemary Tindall-Gibson
Cost: $8.00 per class. On-Going, pay as you go.

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Wii Bowling
10:45 am-12:00 pm
Thursdays in the Learning Center
Join others for Wii bowling. Open to the public

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Table Tennis Club
10:45 am - 2:00 pm
New Members always welcome.
Come play in a great social environment and meet other enthusiasts.
Join for USATT benefits, tournament notices, membership and TT tips!
FREE and open to the public.

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"Art Across the Ages" DVD course
2:00-3:30 pm
In Art across the Ages, Professor Ori Z. Soltes has crafted a course in
Western visual art that serves as both a mind-broadening survey and
an essential introduction. It is designed to give anyone interested in Western art
a firm familiarity with its basics, acquainting you with major artists and styles
in various media and providing a broad foundation for deeper exploration.

 By giving you a ready grasp of the substance and significance of a vast range
of artists and their work, along with a solid knowledge of how those artists and
their work fit within art's continuum, this course will add immeasurably to your
next visit to a museum or exhibition or simply enhance
your pleasure in the art you encounter in your life.
 48 Lectures include: 30 minutes each
Cost: Donations accepted

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Sculpt & Tone
7:00-8:00 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays
A strength training class that includes stretching,
abdominal work & muscle isolation for a full body workout.
Instructor: Dean Roberts  
Cost: $8.00 per class
Bring: hand weights, mat or towel.

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Fridays

Yoga with Wendy
9:00 - 10:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Grief Support Group
9:30-11:00 am
Lounge ~ Free
Come just as you are, you have companions who are
also walking through the confusion and deep grief.
Learn what to expect and how to navigate the journey.
 This group is a gift from the Friends of Hospice.
For more information, call Rev. Eileen Epperson at 860-435-0288.

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Chair Yoga
10:30-11:30 am
Improve balance, circulation, flexibility & mobility.
Cost $10 per class - drop ins welcome
Contact Andrea Lake Meharg
ALakeYoga@gmail.com / 860-459-6944

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Mah Jongg Free Play
12:00-3:00 pm
Spend the afternoon with fellow players and brush up on your skills
playing the ancient, fascinating and challenging game of Mah Jongg.
Cost: FREE

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Carnival Day ~ BZ photos
Friday, July 10, 2015
 

 

   

 

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Big celebration ends community center Summerfest
Litchfield.bz (07-21-14)
Above, Mike Delay, left, and Ron Leal, co-chairman of Saturday night's gala
fundraiser at the Litchfield Community Center. Below, Father Tucker and Joan Gill.
~ BZ photos and Mary Ellen Birdsall photos

Summerfest at the Litchfield Community Center
concluded with a Saturday night gala called "Our Town."

Three hundred supporters of the community center gathered for the
fundraiser and to drink beer and wine, enjoy a clam bake, and participate
 in a live auction of furniture painted by 10 Litchfield artists.

The artists were Liza Oneglia, Mary DuLude, Susan Newbury, Joan Morosani, Laurie Sweet,
Kerry McDevitt, Jennifer Sabella, Bill Sanders, Faith Ohms, Kathy Murray, Darrin Ronning
 and Travis Messenger, Ella Crampton Knox and Emily Kennedy.

Nancy DePecol and Clifford Cooper created the artwork that went with the "Our Town" theme.
There was also a raffle of gifts donated by several local businesses.
Party planner extraordinaire Ron Leal was co-chairman of the event with Martha Bernstein.

Local sports celebrity Brent Hawkins and his wife, Mary.

John McKenna with Darcey Markelon, left, and Kate Sileo.

Nicole Genereaux and John Acerbi

Janet Baker and her always stylish husband, John.

Dave Skonieczny, left, and Perley Grimes

 
Ray Gibney and Matt Karpas

From left, Gib Keten, Charlie Gill, Bill Smith and Marathon Mary Smith

Ed and Nancy Schuler

Marathon Mary Smith and her husband, Bill.

From left, Susan Kendall, Dale Ryan and Jeannine Cooper.

Matt and Laurie Sweet

Summer Fest - Carnival Day
Thursday, July 17, 2014 ~ BZ photos