Take a cemetery tour and learn about departed


Haunted trail walk will be `spooky'

Ghosts, goblins and monsters will be haunting a trail Oct. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road.

There will be a guided half-mile "spooky walk" ending at the village where apple cider and marshmallow roasted over a camp fire await. The last walk will depart at 9:45 p.m.

For more information, call the institute at 860-868-0518

Variety of programs offered at library

There are a variety of drop in programs at Gunn Memorial Library and Museum, 5 Wykeham Road in Washington for kids for the holidays. Since the programs fill up fast it is a good idea to make a selection then register early.

Here are the choices:.

Here what's offered:

October 24 Pumpkin Painting

Drop-in 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a Gunn Jr. Library tradition and involves decorating a pumpkin. Supplies will be provided.

Oct. 31 Halloween Trick or Treat Parade

1 p.m.

Participants should wear a costume and will parade through the library then enjoy stories, crafts and games and more.

Nov. 7 Candyland Diorama

Drop-in 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children will create a "candyland" village with bits and pieces of candy and other treats. Participants should bring leftover Halloween treats or a bag of loose unwrapped treats.

Nov. 21 Thanksgiving centerpiece

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children will create a special centerpiece for your family's Thanksgiving table

Nov. 28 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winter crafts times three

Children will create seasonal crafts to display at home.

Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children will decorate their own gingerbread house.

Dec. 10, 11, 12

Annual Children's Holiday Sale -- For Kids Only

Dec. 10 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 11 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 12 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children will be able to purchase gifts for family members complete with gift wrapping. This is a special sale for kids only and will take place in the library's basement.

Airborne Jugglers Show and Workshop

Dec. 29

4 to 5 p.m.

During school winter break, children can enjoy a juggling program. Refreshments will follow.

For registration and information, visit www.gunnlibrary.org.

Nature center benefit features Paul Winters

The Pratt Nature Center in New Milford will host its annual benefit Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Washington Montessori School.

Festivities will include a cocktail reception, silent auction and concert by Paul Winters.

Tickets for the event at the Route 202 school are $50 per person and may be purchased at the door or in advance at Joe's Salon and Spa on Bank Street, Bella Jewelers on Route 7 South or The Pratt Nature Center on Papermill Road, all in New Milford, or the Bridgewater Store on Route 133 in Bridgewater.

For more information and tickets, call 860-355-3137.

For more information, call 860-354-3137 or download a registration form at www.prattcenter.org.

Take a cemetery tour, learn about departed

There will be a cemetery tour Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington.

That night the museum will be turned into a "frightful place" with a spine-chilling exhibition of funeral artifacts, including authentic 19th-century coffins, a Civil War era embalming table, post-mortem Victorian mourning photographs and grave stones.

In addition, stories will be told about ghosts, spirits, and phantoms before tours depart for the cemetery. Refreshments will be served at the museum.

Throughout the evening, costumed guides will lead visitors from the museum to the cemetery where the town's departed citizens will be stationed by their gravestones to tell their tales.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the shadowy cemetery and hear fascinating stories about some of Washington's most noteworthy citizens from years past. Those stories are about actual people and some of them "are poignant," said Sarah Griswold, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum.

For instance, one is of a man whose wife and four children died who then went off to join Civil War and died too. "One of his daughters who survived had been adopted by a local family. It's a heartbreaking story," Griswold continued.

Another account tells of a woman who was given the first therapeutic dose of penicillin in 1942 that saved her life.

About 350 people came last year to the first such event. "They were very appreciative of it and in fact we had a couple who came in last week wanting to know if we were going to do it again because they wanted to return. It's mostly fun.

The tours will depart every ten minutes and follow a path of luminaries through the cemetery. Visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight.

Earlier that same day, at noon, there will be a contest for the best carved or painted pumpkin. Anyone interested may go to the museum but call in advance to indicate your interest in participating.

These events are free and open to the public. The rain date is Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Gunn Memorial Museum is located adjacent to the Gunn Memorial Library at 5 Wykeham Road, the intersection of Wykeham Road and Route 47 on Washington Green. Parking is available at the Gunn, at St. John's Church and on surrounding side streets. For more information, call 860-868-7756 or visit www.gunnlibrary.org.

Healing retreats being offered

The Oratory of the Little Way in Gaylordsville will present several healing retreats in the coming weeks and months.

Healing retreats will focus on addictions Oct. 29, depression and anxiety Nov. 19 and immune system diseases Jan. 14, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and registration, call 860-354-8294 or e-mail oratory1@sbcglobal.net.

Grad party committee offers fun events

The New Milford High School Grad Party Committee has announced its upcoming events.

The committee plans an all-night, non-alcoholic party for the graduating class of New Milford High School every year.

A "Junk in the Trunk" giant tag sale will be held Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school on Route 7 South.

Interested participants are asked to send $20 to Marilyn Decrecenzo, P.O. Box 1455, New Milford, CT 06776.

Grad Party meetings will be held Nov. 5, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 8, May 6 and June 3 at 7 p.m. in the teacher's room at the high school on Route 7 South.

Bereavement worskhop to begin

New Milford Visiting Nurse Association Hospice will offer a five-week community bereavement workshop beginning Nov. 17.

Following the first night, the group will meet Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 15 at the VNA on Route 202.

The education/support program, offered specifically to help bereaved adults cope with the holiday season, will be facilitated by Bob O'Keefe, ACSW, LCSW.

For more information and pre-registration, call Mary Peitler at 860-354-2216.

Cancer education series being offered

The New Milford Hospital Regional Cancer Center will offer a free three-part cancer education series in November.

The series will address The Family Connection: The Role of Genetics in Prevention and Treatment Nov. 2, Cancer Research Brings New Treatment Options Nov. 9 and Support Programs for Patients and Families Nov. 16.

All sessions will run from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in the Robison Rooms at the hospital at 21 Elm St.

For more information and pre-registration, call 800-350-1595 or visit www.newmilfordhospital.org.

Home accessories being sold Nov. 15

St. Johns Episcopal Church in New Milford will hold a PartyLite fund-raiser Nov. 15 at 11 a.m.

Candles and home accessories may be purchased at the event, which will be held at the Whittelsey Avenue church.

Items may also be purchased at www.partylite.biz/chantel.

Click on Shop then type StJohns in the light blue field for the first name and Church in the light blue field for the last name, then click search.

Wine tasting to benefit hospital

The New Milford Spirit Shoppe will sponsor a fall wine tasting to benefit New Milford Hospital's Mammogram Fund Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The tasting, which will feature more than 100 wines and specialty beers, will be held at Candlewood Valley Country Club at 401 Danbury Road (Route 7 South).

John NeJaime, owner of The New Milford Spirit Shoppe, has hosted the event on a semiannual basis for the past 10 years. It has generated more than $30,000 to help women in need receive a free mammogram through the hospital's program.

Patrons will receive an order booklet that lists each wine at a discounted price.

In addition to the tasting, a raffle will be held. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the hospital's mammogram fund.

A major bottle sponsor who will donate one dollar for every bottle ordered is sought for the new Buck a Bottle Program.

Tickets to the event are $25.

For more information and tickets, or to become the Buck a Bottle sponsor, visit the Spirit Shoppe at 29 Grove St. or call the store at 860-354-7712.

Soup and bread dinner to raise awareness of hunger

The Warren Congregational Church will hold its 11th annual Empty Bowl Dinner Nov. 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The event in recognition of Hunger Awareness Month will take place at the Sackett Hill Road.

Soups from local inns and restaurants, breads from Bantam Bread Company and desserts from chefs from the Greater New Milford area will be served.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Proceeds will benefit local people in need, OXFAM America and Heifer International.

Boy Scouts will offer pasta dinner

New Milford Boy Scout Troop No. 66 will hold its fifth annual pasta dinner Nov. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The dinner will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 202, with the entrance off of Buckingham Road.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students and free for children under 2. A $20 maximum will be charged for a family of six.

The VFW in New Milford will play host to a dinner-dance Nov. 14.

Festivities at the Avery Road hall will include a pork loin dinner and dancing.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. and dancing to be offered from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information and tickets, call 860-354-7995.

Library to screen films, hold discussions and offers youth council

New Milford Public Library will offer several programs in the coming weeks.

Offerings will include a screening of "Cheri" Oct. 28 at 6 p.m., a discussion of "Morning Sun: A Story of Hope, Purpose and the Power of Family" with author Merrick Alpert Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m., a program about "Grant Seeking Basics" Oct. 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., a Starry Messenger program for families Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.

In addition, the library will hold its Young Adult Council Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

The advisory group, open to students in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grade, plans activities and projects and selects books for the young adult collection.

The Stock Market game, a 10-week simulation that allows participants to invest in a hypothetical $100,000 in the stock market, is underway.

Children in fifth through twelfth grade are invited to attend.

Beginners will meet Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21.

Advanced players will meet Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21.

"Views of Ladakh," an exhibit of photographs by Abby Ripley, is on display through Nov. 14.

For more information, call the Main Street library at 860-355-1191.

Learn crafts at historical society

The New Milford Historical Society will offer three craft classes in the coming weeks.

A minimum registration of four students is necessary for each class to be held.

Offerings will include patch shirred rugs Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the technique to be taught one that was used to make a patched shirred rug in the society's collection; Victorian scrap paper Christmas ornaments Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon; and Moravian style cloth doll Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $45 for members and $52 for non-members for the patch shirred rugs class, $25 for members and $30 for non-members for the Christmas ornaments class, and $80 for members and $89 for non-members for the cloth doll class.

For more information and registration, call 860-354-3069 or e-mail nmhistorical@gmail.com.

Harvest party offered at Baptist church

The Northville Baptist Church in the Northville section of New Milford will hold a harvest party Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event, which the church is offering as an alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating, will be offered at the 9 Little Bear Hill Road church.

Festivities will include candy, crafts, games, food, a costume parade, hayrides and more.

For more information, call the church at 860-350-8397 or e-mail nbc@northvillebaptistchurch.com.

Support available for the bereaved, divorced and singles

New Beginnings of Northwest Connecticut will celebrate its 11th anniversary at an open house Nov. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. in Washington.

Festivities will be held at the First Congregational Church on the Green.

The event will feature John Minnis as disc jockey.

The New Beginnings programs include support groups for bereavement, divorce support and single life, along with regular social activities.

Beverages will be provided. Guests are asked to bring an appetizer to share.

For more information, call Laurie at 860-868-0128 or Carol at 860-354-2445.

Affordable housing to benefit from pie and meal sales Nov. 7

Kent Affordable Housing will hold its fourth annual Night of a Thousand Pies Nov. 7.

The event will feature the sale of pies and tarts donated by home and professional bakers and restaurant and lunch from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Andrews parish hall on Main Street, and dinner prepared by a variety of chefs and chefs-in-the-making at 7 p.m.

Lunch will cost $12. Slices of pie and a beverage will be available for an additional $5.

Dinner will cost $75 per person. Reservations are required by Oct. 28 by calling 860- 927-3684.

Proceeds will benefit Kent Affordable Housing (KAH).

The organizations new plan for the year is the acquisition of an antique farmhouse that will become affordable apartments.

KAH has built a 24-unit affordable rental complex, South Common, and continues its efforts to obtain land parcels that will make building and owning homes affordable by Kent working families.