Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

Wed.  Nov. 1
Art Show
PUTNAM --- “AFTERLIFE: Reimagining 18th Century Grave Carvings” by Laura Tedeschi will be presented at The Corridor Gallery in the Putnam Municipal Complex.

Art Exhibit
THOMPSON --- The Friends of the Thompson Public Library will present “Darkness Welcomes the Night,” watercolors & drawings by Adolph Rutkin. A reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6.  In the display case, “Tools of the 19th and Early 20th Century” will be exhibited by the Thompson Historical Society.

Thur.  Nov. 2
'She Kills Monsters'
POMFRET --- The Pomfret School Theater presents "She Kills Monsters," a play by Qui Nguyen, at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 in the Hard Auditorium. Free. All welcome.

Fri.  Nov. 3
‘Mind Candy’
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Rotary Club and the Bradley Playhouse will present “Mind Candy: A Night of Mind Reading & Magic” at 7:30 p.m. Wayne Hoffman, mentalist and illusionist. For info, tickets:

Sat.  Nov. 4
Boot Drive
WOODSTOCK --- The Woodstock Democratic Town Committee will hold its fourth annual Winter Boot Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodstock Trading Post. Bring new, unwrapped winter boots in children’s sizes for either gender and in original packaging. Benefits TEEG. Bring cash donations or mail a check, payable to TEEG to: WDTC, attn — Children’s Winter Boot Drive, P.O. Box 813, Woodstock, CT  06281.  

Coat Giveaway
PUTNAM --- The Congregational Church of Putnam will host a coat giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon on the front lawn of the church on Main Street. Those wishing to make donations of new or gently used coats may drop coats off in the container of the church parking lot on Livery Street.

Meet the Author
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Public Library will present “Meet the Author: Nathaniel Philbrick” at 1 p.m. in Community Room 112/113 at the Municipal Complex.

Sun.  Nov. 5
CHEPACHET --- The Music at the Meeting House will present The Ian Frenkel Trio in “A Journey through 20th Century American Music” at 2:30 p.m. at the Chepachet Baptist Church on Rt. 44. Free. All welcome. Freewill offering will be taken. Refreshments.

Sat.  Nov. 11
Dueling Pianos
THOMPSON --- The DKH Dueling Pianos fund-raiser will be held at 6 p.m. at the Raceway Restaurant and Banquet Hall. Benefits Day Kimball Healthcare At Home services of HomeCare, HomeMakers, and Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut. Food, drawings and more. Tickets $45, must be purchased in advance.

Comedy Show
PUTNAM --- The Bradley Playhouse will present Scott Higgins Comedy All Stars at 7:30 p.m. All tickets $26. 860-928-7887.

Toy Collection
WOODSTOCK/THOMPSON --- The Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 18th annual toy collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the WVFA station and the Community Fire Company station. Bring new unwrapped toy or donations for infants to teens. Benefits TEEG.

Thur.  Nov. 16
‘The American Soldier’
WOODSTOCK --- The Putnam Area Foundation and the Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut will present “The American Soldier” at 7 p.m. at the Loos Center for the Arts.  Two free tickets for veterans and active service members. For info, tickets:

Thanksgiving Dinner Signup
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Lodge of Elks’ free Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 23. It’s for families and members of the community who are less fortunate, plus community elders, veterans or anyone who would otherwise spend Thanksgiving Day alone. Delivery can be arranged. For info and to arrange delivery, call between 3 and 8 p.m. seven days: 860-928-3901. Must RSVP by Nov. 16.

Thur.  Nov. 23
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Lodge of Elks will hold its annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2 p.m.

Sun.  Nov. 26
Dazzle Parade
PUTNAM --- The 22nd annual Holiday Dazzle Light Parade will step off from Grove Street at 5 p.m. and go through downtown Putnam. Rain date: Dec. 3. Presented by WINY radio, the Town of Putnam and Green Valley Crossing.

Wed.  Nov. 29
Support Presentation
KILLINGLY --- “Lunch and Learn at The Library  Meeting You Where You Are will present “Supporting People with Serious & Terminal Illness” from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Killingly Library. RSVP by Nov. 27 to: Laura Kroll, RN, BSN. 860-576-4930.

Sat.  Dec. 2
Art/Craft Show
E. WOODSTOCK --- The East Woodstock Congregational Church will hold its annual Holiday Art/Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sun.  Dec. 3
Tree of Life
The DKH 34th Annual Hospice Tree of Life Ceremonies will be held at 5 p.m. in 11 towns throughout northeastern Connecticut. The purchase of memorial lights on each community's Tree of Life benefits Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut. For info:

CHEPACHET --- The Music at the Meeting House will present its Christmas Concert, “silent Night, Joyful Night: The Christmas Carols of Northern Europe” at 2:30 p.m. at the Chepachet Baptist Church on Rt. 44. Free. All welcome. Freewill offering will be taken. Refreshments.



Campaign Kickoff
The Roseland Park & Golf Course Legacy Campaign “150 Years and Beyond” held the kickoff of its $500,000 campaign Oct. 29 in the historic barn on the Roseland Campus. From left: Campaign General Chairman John Rauh, President of the Board of Trustees Martha Beckwith, and GroundView owners Eden and Wilson Martin. Courtesy photo.

Despite cool temperatures, steady rains and going up against the Patriots and Dolphins on CBS, the Roseland Park & Golf Course leadership team held its Kickoff event for The Legacy Campaign “150 Years and Beyond.”  The event, which featured words from Board of Trustees President Martha Beckwith, Campaign General Chairman John Rauh and park architect and owner of GroundView Wilson Martin, was attended by a crowd that filled the historic Barn on the campus of Roseland.
Beckwith began by introducing Woodstock Academy student Lilliana Mercier who in the tradition of park founder Henry Chandler Bowen presented a stirringly patriotic rendition of the National Anthem.
Beckwith lauded the committee that put the event together.  She thanked the Campaign Donor Relations Chairperson Pam Brown and the more than 25 volunteers who organized the festivities.  She also touched on Bowen’s appreciation for the people of Woodstock and his affinity and patriotism for the U.S., noting that official opened on July 4, 1876, the 100th birthday of the country.
“Mr. Bowen’s dream was to have a park that could be enjoyed by the people of Woodstock and surrounding communities.  Today’s event is our tribute to the man and his vision,” said Beckwith.
Rauh was eloquent in his words, thanking the leadership team for its work, noting that the campaign entered the Kickoff event with more than 40 percent of the campaign’s goal in hand.  He referenced the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi,” noting that Roseland “would not be paved over.  He also said that as the lyrics of the song go, “That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.”  He promised that the restoration of the park would be accomplished as envisioned by Henry Chandler Bowen.
Wilson Martin of GroundView, a Boston-based Park and garden restoration firm and a former Woodstock resident, regaled the gathering with memories of working summers at Roseland Park and the golf course when he was a student at Woodstock Academy.  He noted that physical changes to the park caused by natural disasters have taken a toll on the property since its founding.  
Martin closed, assuring the crowd that “the restoration of the park will be designed to maintain and preserve the property as originally envisioned, especially the waterfront of the beautiful lake.”
Thanks to some preliminary design work by Martin and some views of the park presented by Trustee Dr. Jonathan Gradie, attendees had the luxury of placing ‘sticky notes’ on the maps with ideas, thoughts and suggestions for review and consideration by GroundView.
The Legacy Campaign, which has a goal of $500,000 for the initial phase has received commitments in excess of $200,000 in the early stages.
“We’re very pleased with the response to our requests.  The spirit demonstrated at the Kickoff is an indication that people are interested in supporting our efforts.  My thanks go out to all the members of our teams who are volunteering in this movement to preserve a true Woodstock landmark,” said Rauh.  


Clothing collection
Members of the Putnam Rotary Club Interact Club  are now collecting warm clothing for TEEG.
Members have collection bins at their schools: Putnam High School, Tourtellotte Memorial School, Woodstock Academy and Marianapolis. Collections are on until Nov. 3. Rocchetti said the club members go through the clothes to make sure they are gently used then bring them to TEEG.
For more information about the Putnam Rotary Interact Club contact Roberta Rocchetti 860-933-8603 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Helping Kids
Oct. 23 the Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club members were busy assisting children /parents with their Halloween costume selection at TEEG. Advisor Roberta Rocchetti thanked Caitlin and Eoin Mercer, Julia Lewis, Paige Perry and Gabriell Cerasiello. For more information about the Putnam Rotary Interact Club contact Roberta Rocchetti 860-933-8603 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pictured are: Caitlin Mercer and Julia Lewis.


Putnam was mobbed Oct. 28 with trick or treaters, old and young. The popular event is sponsored by the Putnam Merchants, the Putnam Parks and Recreation Dept., the Putnam Police Dept., WINY Radio and the Town of Putnam. For expanded photo array Wed. night, go to our FB page: Putnam Town Crier & Northeast Ledger.


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