Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

Wed.  Jan. 17
Exhibit Extended
THOMPSON --- The Thompson Public Library’s Art @ the Library and the Display Case exhibit, the 4th Annual Textile Artists Community Show, has been extended through Jan. 27. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Artists: Alison Boutaugh, Dawn Reynolds, Gail Beausoleil, Hannah Stephens, Paula Coderre, Donna Lynch, Kathleen Herbert, Lynn Landry, Cindy Obert, Claudette Hoffman, Irene Rice, Gail Berthiaume, Linda Kaplan, Dot Casey, Chase Fontaine, Jocelyn Mathewson, Sarah Norcross.

Quilt Exhibit
PUTNAM --- An exhibit by Laura Salo, “The Year Through Quilts,” runs through March 30 at the Corridor Gallery in the Municipal Complex. The show is sponsored by the Putnam Arts Council.

Thur.  Jan. 25
Bird Walk
PLAINFIELD --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret Center will present a Plainfield Fish Hatchery Bird Walk at 9 a.m. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Fri.  Jan. 26
POMFRET --- The Pomfret School will present the Schwartz Public Lecture, “Ndaba Mandela” at 7 p.m. in the Hard Auditorium. Free. All welcome. Register:

Sat.  Jan. 27
Fund-raiser Concert
POMFRET --- The 32nd Annual Benefit Concert for the N.E. Food Pantries of Access, featuring Howie Bursen and Friends, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Vanilla Bean Café. $25 – every penny buys food.

Sat.  Feb. 3
POMFRET --- The Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence Program’s “Trail wood Reflections,” written and visual works inspired by residencies during the summer of 2023, will hold its opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret on Day Road. The exhibit runs through March 2. 860-928-4948.

Sat.  Feb. 10
Fire and Ice
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association and the Town of Putnam will present Fire and Ice starting at noon around downtown.

Thur.  Feb. 22
Bird Walk
PLAINFIELD --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret Center will present a Plainfield Fish Hatchery Bird Walk at 9 a.m. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Sat.  Feb. 24
Owl Walk
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret Center will present an owl walk at 7 p.m. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Sat.  March 23
Easter Bunny
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Parks and Recreation Department will present “Greet the Easter Bunny” at 10 a.m. at the Municipal Complex. Recommended for ages 10 and younger. Photos, free chocolate bunnies and the Putnam Little League will offer an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn (inside in case of inclement weather) for a minimum $3 donation. All proceeds benefit the Putnam Little League.

Sat.  April 20
International Day
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association will present International Day.

Sat.  May 18
Fairy Fest
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association will present a Fairy and Magic Fest.

Sun.  Aug. 11
Pluck a Duck
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association will present Pluck a Duck Aug. 11 and 12.


On dean’s list
Linsey May Arends of Brooklyn has been named to the University of Rhode Island dean’s list for the fall 2023 semester.
Linsey is a graduate of Woodstock Academy. She is in her sophomore year in marine affairs at the University of Rhode Island. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Arends (f Brooklyn.


Benefit show is Jan. 27
POMFRET — “The Red Hot Banjo Wizard,” Howie Bursen joined by Sally Rogers, Martin Grosswendt, Bennett and Lorraine Hammond return at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 to the Vanilla Bean Café for their 32nd year performing to benefit the Access Food Pantries: Site-Based and Mobile. Admission is $25. For info:
Howie Bursen, who has coordinated and performed this event for 32 years, will also be joined by Sally Rogers, Martin Grosswendt  with Bennett Hammond, and Lorraine Hammond.
Bursen said, “We hold this event to raise money for our Northeast Connecticut Emergency Food pantries at Access. Access helps feed our neighbors who don’t have enough money to buy food for themselves - or their children … the Food pantries can make the difference between hunger and health.”
All proceeds from this concert will be used to buy food from the Connecticut Food Bank. Each $25 donated to Access by purchasing a ticket will buy more than $250 worth of food from the CT Food Bank for distribution to those in need throughout northeast CT. Last year the concert raised more than $4,000.


Commemorative brick program
underway for park upgrades
PUTNAM --- Putnam's Veteran’s Advisory Committee is raising funds for improvements to the3 Veterans Memorial Park by selling commemorative bricks. As part of the reconstruction & beautification project in park on the corner of Church and Bridge streets, the committee is establishing an honor/memorial site consisting of engraved bricks recognizing the service of veterans of yesterday and today. 8” x 4” memorial bricks are a striking gray with black letters, with your choice  of wording, and with or without a military logo of your choice. Each brick is $100, including the personalized engraving. For info go to the Veterans Advisory Committee online at:


Town of Pomfret
Employment Opportunity
Recreation Director
The Town of Pomfret is seeking a Recreation Director. This position is full-time/35 hours and includes some nights and weekends. A current CT driver’s license is required.
Must be a motivated self-starter with strong organizational and interpersonal skills, requires a working knowledge of Microsoft computer systems, website/social media knowledge as well as general clerical duties.
The Recreation Director performs administrative, supervisory, and professional work in the planning, development, and operations of a comprehensive public recreation program for individuals of all ages and interests.
Successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in related field or five years of related experience, able to lift up to 50 pounds, and available to work a flexible schedule. Salary is negotiable. This position is open until filled.
Applications and Job Description may be obtained online at or at the Office of the Pomfret First Selectman. EEO/AA.


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