In the Paper - April 18, 2014

 

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Brightening Windsor Center with Banners

Have you noticed an extra splash of color around town this spring? The new light pole banners are up in the center of town, welcoming people to Windsor.  Through a collaboration between First Town Downtown (FTDT), the Town of Windsor and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, the "Brighten Windsor Center" banner program has begun, offering local businesses the chance to support the community year-round.
 

Raining Cats and Dogs Auction

On Friday, May 23rd , the Raining Cats and Dogs painted animals will go up for auction at historic Grace Church on the green in Windsor, CT. This is your chance to own one of twenty-three exciting artistic creations and to display it proudly in or around your home, in your garden, on your front porch or at your place of business while supporting the Windsor Education Foundation and Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes a buffet dinner and bidding paddle for the auction. A few select items will be available in addition to the imaginatively decorated dogs and cats. Proceeds benefit the Windsor Education Foundation and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.
 

Dom's Benefit Dinner for St. Gabriel School on April 25

Join the Windsor community in supporting St. Gabriel School at Dom’s Broad Street Eatery on Friday, April 25th, from 5-8pm.  Dinners range from $16 - $20, with salad, rolls and dessert included (BYOB) and a Kid’s menu available for $4.99.  Reservations are preferred / walk-ins welcome.  Contact Dom's for more information or to make your reservation (860-298-9758).  20% of sales will go to St. Gabriel School.  Visit the St. Gabriel School website to view the menu for the evening: www.StGabrielSchool.org.
 

Rabbett Insurance Agency Donates $15,000 To Windsor Historical Society

Michael D. Rabbett and Shannon Rabbett of Rabbett Insurance Agency presented John Berky, President of Windsor Historical Society and Executive Director Christine Ermenc with a check for $15,000 for the Strong-Howard House restoration and re-interpretation. The project is focused on stabilizing the house and equipping it with reproductions of furnishings and household items utilized by the Howard Family in 1810 that can be touched and used by today's visitors. The goal is for school children and visitors of all ages to be able to take a step back in time to touch, smell, explore, and relive what life was like for the Howard family 200 years ago.
 

Zawistowski Wins 61st District

Tami Zawistowski won the 61st district seat in the Connecticut State House in a special election on April 11th brought about by the recent passing of Representative Elaine C. O'Brien.  The 61st District includes Suffield, East Granby, and a portion of Windsor. 
 

GFWC Windsor Woman's Club - Post Tasting

A huge "thank you" to everyone that came out and supported our Wine & Beer Tasting - our last fundraiser for the 2013-2014 club year. (This was a Shad Derby Bureau event). Thank you to all the club members that worked behind the scenes to make this a successful event, especially Ginny and Mary, who worked so hard organizing everything, including coordinating the collection of all the silent auction items.
 

The Hunt Is On!

On April 15th, 2014, the public will get their first glimpse of the amazing “Raining Cats and Dogs” public art exhibition of painted dogs; a fundraiser for the Windsor Education Foundation and Windsor Chamber of Commerce. The Raining Cats and Dogs Animal Scavenger Hunt starts on April 15th and runs though May 20th. Find all the amazing painted fiberglass cats and dogs around Windsor (and one in Windsor Locks) and you could win a cash prize.  The cats and dogs are on exhibit at sponsor locations then will go up for auction on May 23rd.
 

Senator Blumenthal Supports Windsor Chamber Cares Auction

It was an elegant and fun evening at the Windsor Chamber Cares auction at Maneely's Banquet Facility last Friday.  A special appearance by Senator Richard Blumenthal made it an especially memorable experience. The Senator graciously donated two Capitol tours, won by Charlene Goulet and Joe Bowman.  Beneficiaries of this annual benefit auction were Send Hometown Windsor to the Troops, the Windsor Education Foundation, Windsor Art Center at the Freight House, and the chamber itself.  The crowd also generously supported the chamber's Student Internship program through "Fund-a-Need" donations.
 

Businesses and Charities Working Together

Businesses and charities can work together for everyone's benefit. The "Windsor Chamber Cares" annual benefit auction has been proving that for thirty years, and will again on April 4th. Amanda Pawlik, Executive Director of the Windsor Art Center is always looking for ways to get the word out.  This year the Art Center was selected as one of three beneficiaries of the Windsor Chamber Cares auction.  "We are so honored to be participating.  We are not only eager to spread the word about the Windsor Art Center, but we are also excited that the proceeds will support our efforts in offering diverse, free programming in the visual and performing arts right here in town.   We look forward to seeing both familiar and new faces at the auction," said Pawlik.
 

Taste of Windsor Sparkles!

Enthusiastic people came from far and wide to enjoy extraordinary food and drink at the 4th annual First Town Downtown event "A Taste of Windsor" held at Loomis Chaffee School. The evening was filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by twelve of Windsor's own unique restaurants:  Dom’s Broad Street Eatery, Get Baked, RC Grille at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott, Nat Hayden’s Real Pit BBQ, Bart’s Beanery, Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, Izote Southwest Grill, Moneta Moments, Union Street Tavern and Windsor 75.
 

8th Annual Childhood Conversations Conference, March 29

The 8th Annual Childhood Conversations Conference will take place on
Saturday, March 29, at the Hartford-Windsor Marriott Airport Hotel, 28
Day Hill Road in Windsor.
 

Bonkka View

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