To the Editor:

New Milford's Commission on the Arts wishes to thank NeJaime's Fine Wine & Spirits and New Milford Spirit Shoppe, and Goodworks Insurance and the New Milford Insurance Agency for their generous donations and help with our town's Edwin Kinkade Concert on the Green series.

We also wish to acknowledge and thank Mayor Pat Murphy, our Town Council, New Milford Parks & Recreation, New Milford Police Department and the Traffic Authority for their work in making these concerts a success.

Many know New Milford's Commission on the Arts presents and supports a wide variety of family-friendly arts programs throughout the year.

We are mostly recognized for the Edwin Kinkade Concerts on the Green and the Christmas Carol Sing, which will be Dec. 16 this year.

We also schedule programs in the railroad station and other locations and collaborate with local arts nonprofits in an effort to provide a variety of programs among all the arts disciplines and throughout New Milford's large geographic area.

To name a few, we supported Village Center of the Arts' "Paint the People" event, a program at Merryall Center of the Arts, New Milford Historical Society's Outdoor Arts Festival, events at Merwinsville Hotel Restoration and a program at New Milford Public Library.

We were a supporter of the Open Your Eyes (OYE) open studio event hosted by the Northwestern Connecticut Arts Council, an event during which hundreds of arts enthusiasts visited studios and non-profits (and other) businesses throughout New Milford.

We know we owe a great deal of our success to a healthy and respectful relationship with our local paper, The Greater New Milford Spectrum. We thank them and their staff for the incredible job they've done over the year.

New Milford is a great town.

The New Milford Commission on the Arts is proud of its cultural events and how they help make New Milford an attractive community for those who live here, and a friendly stopping point for those who visit.

Diane Dubreuil

Chairwoman,

Commission on the Arts

New Milford