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

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Special Events and New Classes
(Scroll below to see continuing activities and classes)

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"The Kingdom of Ning"
Children's Book Reading
Saturday, October 25 ~ 10:00am
Bettie Snyder (aka B.L. Walker) author of the bedtime and coloring book will
hold a group reading and interactive activities associated with the book.  
Children will receive a special gift.  
Book is available for sale for $10+tax.  
Cost: FREE and open to the public
(suggested for children ages 4-8)

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"La Guitarra Passionata"
Sunday, October 26 ~ 2:00pm
Classical guitarist Katrin Endrikat performs original and arranged guitar music from
various countries, going from South American, Polish, English, German and Spanish music,
accompanied by stories and myths about the composers between the works.  
Cost:  $5.00 per person.  
Pre-registration required.

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Affordable Dental Services
Meet & Greet
Monday, October 27 ~ 11:00am
Naiya Cirillo, RDH, will host a presentation to inform the public of her services
that offers portable, discounted dental care services for non-insured elderly members
of the community or otherwise compromised in their ability to obtain dental care.  
Cost: FREE and open to the public.
Pre-registration is required.

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After School Arts Programs (ASAP)
Beginning Monday, October 27 ~ 3:00-5:00pm
ASAP is back for another exciting year
at the Litchfield Community Center!
Join us on Mondays from 3:30–5:00pm for grades 1-6.
ASAP and LCC will provide transportation for
children who attend Litchfield Public Schools.
Financial Aid is available.
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.

Grades 1-3
Hip Hop & Break Dance with Emil Serrano, Jr.
Mondays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Moving and grooving is the heart of this non-stop, action filled series.
Emil’s energetic, interactive class teaches participants fun, easy to
follow dance moves and line dances to current Hip Hop music.
Party games that incorporate creative dancing and freedom of expression
further encourage participants to build confidence while having a blast.
The final class will end with a party and
showcase for friends and family to enjoy.
8 Sessions: $120
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.
Transportation is available from Litchfield Center School to LCC.

Grades 4-6
Rock & Roll All Stars with Joe Bouchard
Mondays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Take your love of music to the stage in real rock and roll style!
This program introduces the fun of collaboration into music instruction.
Students will rehearse together to learn harmonies, musicianship, and how to
perform in an authentic rock show environment. Students will have a blast honing
their skills while preparing to perform some of the best-created
songs in rock and roll history for their family and friends.
8 Sessions: $120
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.
Transportation is available from Litchfield Intermediate School to LCC.

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5 Wishes Lecture
Wednesday, October 29 ~ 10:00am
This lecture will help begin the conversation for end of life planning with a
structured guide, followed by question and answer session.  
Presented by Joyce Buselli iof VITAS innovative Hospice Care.  
Cost: FREE and open to the public.  
Pre-registration required.

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Kids Yoga - "Thankful Yoga"
Tuesday November 4 ~ 4:00-4:45pm
(ages 4-7 years old)  
Let's give thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives:
family, friends, animals, nature and our fellow yogis.  
Cost: $12.00 per person.
(Note: a $3 per person service charge for
online ordering will be added to your order)
Please bring our own yoga mat.
Parents welcome to stay-as long as they are willing to play!
Space is limited,
pre-registration/pre-payment required.

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Alzheimers - Know the 10 Signs
Early Detection Matters
Wednesday, November 5 ~ 11:00am-12:00pm
Learn how to separate myth from reality and address
commonly-held fears about Alzheimer's in America.  
Hear from people who have the disease and find out
how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.  
Cost:  FREE.
Please R.S.V.P. to 800-272-3900.  
Presented by Alzheimer's Association, CT Chapter:
Jennifer Larabie & Patty O'Brien.

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Is Depression a Communicable Disease?
Wednesday, November 5 ~ 7:00-8:00pm
Dr. Avery Jenkins will be giving a free lecture which could be
life-changing for some people. I will be talking about depression and
some of the recent studies that are changing how we manage this disorder.

Despite what you've been told in the past, depression
is much more than a simple neurotransmitter imbalance
in the brain, and it is rarely caused by a lack of serotonin.  

Research is now showing how depression can be
transmitted among members of a community, or even
between people separated by great geographical distance.

Depression is not all in your head. Depression can result
from engaging in certain activities, eating certain
foods, and even by the microbes in your gut.

If anybody you know is affected by depression,
please bring them to this lecture. It is absolutely free.
Space is limited, so call today to reserve your seat.
860-567-5727

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Laughter Yoga
Thursday, November 6 ~ 7:00-8:00pm
Instructor Barbara Parker will lead you in "exercises"
that will make you laugh, breathe deep and relax.  
Can be done sitting or standing.  
Refreshments will be served.  
Cost:  $12.00 pp.  
Pre-registration is required by calling
Ms. Parker at 80-489-5057.

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Survivor's Swing Band Concert
Sunday, November 9 ~ 3:00pm
LLet the Survivor's Swing Band revive the memories of
the music of the 1920's through 1940's and get
your toes tapping and on your feet dancing.  
Cost:  $5.00 - Veteran's & Guest FREE.  
Pre-registration required.

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Navigating College Funding Presentation
Thursday, November 13 ~ 7:00-8:00pm
FREE PRESENTATION
Do you know how to navigate the college funding programs from the government
and the grants from educational institutions?  If not, we can help. Two free seminars
co-sponsored by the Litchfield Community Center and locally run College 123 will
give you a leg up on these systems and the terminology like FAFSA, EFC.   

This seminar is specific to and covers grants and funding processes for students
in their sophomore, junior, or senior years.  You will obtain information, literature,
homework, and local support if you chose to join us for this PowerPoint presentation.

The presenter Sky Post is a Litchfield resident who works for a full service
financial advisory firm Medallion Wealth Advisors and he has served on
both Litchfield’s Planning and Zoning Committee and the Board of Finance.
Pre-registration required.
Call 860-567-8302 to register.

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New York City Daytrip
Wednesday, November 19 ~ 8:00am-8:00pm
"Do As You Please"
We supply the bus to New York City with 3 drop offs:  Rockefeller Center,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Battery Park and 1 pick up: 52nd and Broadway.
 Bus departs LCC at 8:00am and departs NYC at 6:00pm.  
Cost: $39.00 per person.  
(Note: a $3 per person service charge for
online ordering will be added to your order)  
Pre-registration & pre-payment is required.

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Holiday Support Group
Friday, November 21 ~ 9:30-11:00am
If the holiday season is challenging to get through, you are not alone.  
Come and share with others~with the skilled
guidance of an experienced Facilitator.  
Cost: FREE. Facilitated by Rev. Eileen L. Epperson.  
This support group is a gift of "Friends of Hospice, Litchfield CT"  
Second session of Friday December 21, 2014

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Continuing Activities & Classes

Mondays

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

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"Litchfield Little" Playgroup
10:00-11:00am
Tuesdays - Time: 10:00-11:00 am
For kids 3 & under & their parents,
expecting Moms welcome too!
The goal is to offer parental support
& encourage early social interaction.
Cost: Donations Welcome

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"Stitch & Chat"
10:30am-1:00pm
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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Monday Afternoon Movie
1:00pm
Enjoy a new release every Monday afternoon.  
Popcorn and beverages are served.  
Cost:  Donations welcome

MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 - "WORDS AND PICTURES"
 - PG13 (111 minutes)
A one-time literary star & prep school English teacher laments his students' obsession
with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the
written word.  He meets his match in an abstract painter and new teacher, who was
once celebrated for her art. With a performance review looming and his teaching
 job on the line, a war is declared between Words and Pictures, confident
that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. The students
accept the challenge, and the battle lines are drawn.  
Stars Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 - "MILLION DOLLAR ARM"
- PG (124 minutes)
In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein concocts
a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace by producing a reality show
competition in India called "Million Dollar Arm."  He discovers two 18- year-old
boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a
fastball.  He brings the boys home to America to train and as the boys learn the
finer points of baseball, JB learns valuable life lessons about teamwork,
commitment and what it means to be a family. Based on a true story.  
Stars Jon Hamm, Alan Arkin

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 - "WISH I WAS HERE"
- R (120 minutes)
A married man & father of 2 & an actor whose career is not going anywhere,
finds himself having to stay home and become in charge of the education his children.  
While learning about life through the eyes of his children, he re-captures
 parts of himself that he thought he had lost forever.  
Stars Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 - "REBECCA"**
- PG (130 minutes)
Collaborative presentation with Oliver Wolcott Library Fiction Book Group.  
Movie attendees welcome and encouraged to join in a
group discussion of the film immediately following.

Adapted from the novel of the same name.  Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 movie
tells the story of the 2nd Mrs. Maxim de Winter who recalls
chilling events as the bride of a husband she barely knew.  
Stars Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 - "THE JERSEY BOYS"
- R (134 minutes)
Frankie Valli and his friends started out as regular kids from the streets of Jersey.
They banded together to create one of the most memorable music groups of the 1960s:
the Four Seasons.  The relationship between these boys is explored in depth
and Frankie Valli's life is a particularly strong focus.  While they quickly rise
to the top of the charts, they never forget their origins as youths in New Jersey,
and that bond sustains them throughout their whole lives.  
Stars John Lloyd Young,  Erich Bergen,  Michael Lomenda,  
Vincent Piazza,  Christopher Walken

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After School Arts Programs (ASAP)
ASAP is back for another exciting year
at the Litchfield Community Center!
Join us on Mondays from 3:30–5:00pm for grades 1-6.
ASAP and LCC will provide transportation for
children who attend Litchfield Public Schools.
Financial Aid is available.
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.

Grades 1-3
Hip Hop & Break Dance with Emil Serrano, Jr.
Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Moving and grooving is the heart of this non-stop, action filled series.
Emil’s energetic, interactive class teaches participants fun, easy to
follow dance moves and line dances to current Hip Hop music.
Party games that incorporate creative dancing and freedom of expression
further encourage participants to build confidence while having a blast.
The final class will end with a party and
showcase for friends and family to enjoy.
8 Sessions: $120
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.
Transportation is available from Litchfield Center School to LCC.

Grades 4-6
Rock & Roll All Stars with Joe Burcaw
Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Take your love of music to the stage in real rock and roll style!
This program introduces the fun of collaboration into music instruction.
Students will rehearse together to learn harmonies, musicianship, and how to
perform in an authentic rock show environment. Students will have a blast honing
their skills while preparing to perform some of the best-created
songs in rock and roll history for their family and friends.
8 Sessions: $120
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.
Transportation is available from Litchfield Intermediate School to LCC.

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Tuesdays

Paint with Friends
9:30am-12:00pm
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
9:30-10:30am
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
10:00am
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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Senior Massages
10:00am-4:00pm
Tuesdays, 2nd & 4th of every month
Professional massage therapist Andrea Reilly
offers discounted massage therapy.  
Appointments available in 1 hour increments.

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

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Kinetic Kids
3:15-5:00pm
Grades 1-3
Tuesdays, (New Dates) September 30 - November 4, 2014
This after school group will participate in group activities
and sports related games aiming to improve hand-eye
coordination, agility and endurance.  
Pick up from Center School with the LCC van.  
A snack will be provided each week.  
Cost:  $30.00 pp for 6 week program.
(Note: a $3 per person service charge for
online ordering will be added to your order)   
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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Zumba Infused With Toning Class
5:30-6:30pm
Zumba fused with Zumba Toning,
Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves
Cost: $10.00 per class
Instructor: Ashley Greco

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Community Writer's Circle
6:30-8:30pm
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month
This group provides current and aspiring writers fellowship and a
creative outlet in a constructive and friendly environment.  
All are welcome.  Bring a piece of writing to share and to
offer constructive feedback on other writers' works.  
Cost: $5 per night drop-in fee

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Sculpt & Tone
7:00-8:00pm
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
9:00am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Tai Chi
10:30-11:15am
Warm-ups and First Form" for improved flexibility
All Ages Welcome
Cost: FREE. No experience necessary,
dress in comfortable clothes

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Cribbage
12:00pm
New & experienced players welcome!
Cost: FREE ~ all ages welcome

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"Call the Midwife Series"
12:00-2:00pm
Wednesdays, October 1 - December 17 ~ 12:00-2:00pm
Join us for viewing the BBC's highly acclaimed series and experience a moving,
funny and true to life story of midwifery and families in 1950's
East End London based on the best selling memoirs.
Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the show!

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Bridge for All
1:00pm
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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Journey to a New You
6:00-7:30pm
Wednesdays, starting January 8
 Learn how to lose weight, regain your help
with simple lifestyle changes and recipes.  
Cost:  $5.00 donation
Presented by Sherri Haynes/
4th year Dietetic/Nutrition Student
RSVP Sherri at shaynes@ush.edu

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Thursdays

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

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Dance Exercise
9:30-10:30am
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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"Free Game Play Time"
10:30am-12:00pm
Thursdays & Fridays
Table Tennis, Pool and the latest craze,
Wii games: Bowling, Tennis and more
Open to public

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Table Tennis Club
10:45am
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 DVD Lectures: Dutch Masters
1:30pm
Thursdays starting August 21, 2014
DUTCH MASTERS: The Age of Rembrandt ART DVD LECTURES  
Another of our Great Courses DVD lecture series.
In these 36 intellectually rewarding and visually dazzling lectures, they introduce you
to the art of 17th-century Holland. It traces the development of this renowned,
 independent school of painting, and the great seafaring nation that produced the new
society that would be reflected in that new art. The course concludes with the
achievements of Holland's greatest and most versatile genius, Rembrandt, whose
range of work-including his remarkable etchings-claims the final seven lectures..
Cost: Donations welcome.
Attend all or drop in.  
Presented by Prof. William Kloss.

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Trail Mixers
3:00-5:00pm
Grades 4-6
Thursdays, September 18 - November 20, 2014
TRAIL MIXERS (4th-6th Graders) (REGISTER & PAY ONLINE NOW)  
This after school program will challenge them as individuals and in a group
through games, activities and team building.  Each week, participants will hike
 local nature areas for adventure, better understanding and appreciation of
 themselves and our local resources. A snack will be provided each week  
Cost:  $30.00 pp for 9 week program.  
NOTE: No program Oct 23.  
(Note: a $3 per person service charge for
online ordering will be added to your order)   
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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Sculpt & Tone
7:00-8:00pm
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
9:00am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Grief Support Group
9:30-11:00am
starting September 5
Come and be exactly the way you are and
experience companionship along the way.
This is an informal meeting with no facilitator.  
Cost: Free and open to the public.  
(The next session with facilitator Rev. Eileen Epperson
will be starting September 5.)
Call Rev. Epperson for more information at 860-435-0288.)

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"Free Game Play Time"
10:30am-12:00pm
Thursdays & Fridays
Table Tennis, Pool and the latest craze,
Wii games: Bowling, Tennis and more
Open to public

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Chair Yoga
10:30-11:30am
"Enjoy the benefits of a traditional yoga practice using the chair for support and stability.
Yoga relaxes the body and mind, improves circulation and balance, increases
strength and flexibility, and elevates overall health and well-being.
Chair Yoga is ideal for those with injury, illness or age related challenges."
Cost: $10.00 per person/per session  
Instructor: Call Andrea Lake Meharg
for more info at 860-489-6462

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Mah Jongg Free Play
12:00-3:00pm
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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Advanced Beginner Italian Class
1:30-3:30pm
Fridays, September 19 - November 21, 2014
This course is designed for those who have a knowledge
of the fundamentals of Italian and a strong vocabulary.  
Grammar, conversation, reading and culture are included.  
Cost:  $135 pp ($120 for seniors)
Instructor: Dona Frauenhofer
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

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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