Chili Challenge still Hot

The weather did not daunt the 30+ cooks who came out to compete at the 19th annual Windsor Chamber of Commerce Chili Challenge on Saturday. 

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Butterfly Corn Maze Open

The leaves are starting to turn which means it's time to find your way out of a corn maze!  Come to Brown's Harvest to enjoy the new, 6-acre butterfly-themed corn maze open through November 2nd. This year's maze has a 'transformation' theme featuring a butterfly design and includes a 2nd path for Spookley the square pumpkin. Brown's provides educational materials about transformation for teachers to use with their their school groups. There's also a small corn maze for the younger kids.

Weekend Family Fun at Brown's Harvest for Charity

Friday nights October 17th and 24th are Flashlight Corn Maze Nights! (Rain dates October 18th and 25th.) Come out and enjoy yourself under the moon and stars in the butterfly or spookly paths of the 6-acre corn maze open 6:30-8:30 pm. This maize maze is not haunted, but it sure will be dark, so don’t forget to bring your flashlight!  Once you have completed the maze, continue to enjoy the company of your friends and family warming up with some hot mulled cider and sweet caramel apples. We are planning on having S’mores too!  Come early on Friday, October 24th to ride on the 5:30 or 6:00 pm hayride for $5 and Brown's will donate a percentage to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Admission for Flashlight Maze is $8 for ages 10 and older and $5 for ages 9 and under.  Combination admission for Hayride & Maze is $10 for ages 10 and older an $7 for ages 9 and under. Kids age 2 and under are free.  The last tickets will be sold at 8 pm. Remember bring a flashlight and dress warm!  

Nightmarish Evening sponsered by Windsor Federal Savings

First Town Downtown and presenting sponsor Windsor Federal Savings invites you to enjoy a nightmarish evening on Friday October 31 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on and near the Windsor Town Green as you visit area businesses that will hand out some ghoulish treats and some scary surprises. * Check out Jack the Court Jester doing magic tricks * Enjoy a fall hayride * Walk around the Town Green "trick-or-treating" (in costume) at local businesses * Sit on a bale of hay and watch Halloween movie "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" * See a performance by renowned aerialists "Girls on Trapeze" * Have your picture taken with a Halloween Ghoul and MORE! We welcome any individuals and businesses who would like to participate. Call Ashley at 860-688-5715 or go to for more information.

Mainstreet Matters Meeting Downtown

FirstTown Downtown held the first Mainstreet Matters Morning Meeting on October 1, 2014. Hosting the event was the new cafe on Broad Street, 226 Jazz Art Java.  Town Manager, Peter Souza, spoke to the group of FirstTown members, downtown business people and property owners about the current plans and future progress of downtown development.  Economic Development Director, James Burke, also addressed the crowd to discuss the recent TOD center study results.  To join or learn more about FirstTown Downtown, please go to or call 860-688-5715.

Focused On Health - Raffle!

October is going to be extra healthy this year as First Town Downtown offers a new "Focused On Health" program in Windsor. On Thursdays through October 23rd, you can enjoy not only the wide array of fresh local vegetables and craft items available at the Windsor Farmers Market, you can also enter to win a free one year membership to Gold's Gym in Windsor. Raffle tickets will only be available at the FirstTown Downtown Farmers’ Market on Broad Street and Maple Avenue in Windsor on Thursday afternoons.  Enter each week in October for four chances to win. It's a Win-Win-Win-Win.  1. Win by eating healthy from the Farmers Market, 2. Win by getting four free chances to win, 3. If you win the raffle, congratulations! you'll be exercising more, for free - that's a big win, and 4. either way you'll win by supporting local farmers and the local economy.   For more information, call 860-688-5715 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //

Windsor Police Cadets have the right stuff

You have seen them: young teens, boys and girls,  in dark blue uniforms directing traffic during the Shad Derby, helping along during storms, closing off streets during Chili Challenge. You know that they have something to do with the Police Department – but exactly what, most of us know very little about. And yet we should, because these kids will tomorrow staff our law enforcement agencies. And we should be very happy about it, because as visitors saw, Wednesday, during the ceremony that recognized last year's  achievements of  the Windsor Police Cadets, they are truly remarkable young people.

Tavern Trot breaks records

Despite the ominous clouds and some threatening drops, our friend Alex from above did it again. No rain during the 8th Annual Union Tavern Trot, that was held on Sunday, September is being held every year on behalf of Alex's Lemonade stand, and more crowds than ever. Altogether, the Trot was a great success, with a record 750 runners participating and almost $40,000 gathered for the great cause of finding cures for childhood cancer.
Presentation of 2013 Best Dress Canoe Award (2nd year club has received this award)!

Windsor Woman's Club - Canoe Race

There are lots of things to do Saturday, October 11, 2014 on the Windsor Green; there is the Lion Club's Craft Fair; the Chamber of Commerce's Chili Challenge; and the Kiwanis Club's annual “canoe race” (which benefits the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank). Several local non-profit organizations each sponsor a canoe, and collect non-perishable items, which are weighed. The distance the canoe
Photo caption: Bruce showing the backpack's contents, to the ladies.

Windsor Woman's Club - Weekend Wheels Speaker

  The Windsor Woman’s Club’s club year began with pizza, socializing, and an informative talk by Bruce Buchan, a volunteer coordinator for the Weekend Wheels program. The volunteers who work with Bruce, fill backpacks every week, for those children in Windsor that qualify for the program. The packers do not know which children

Windsor Woman's Club - October Speaker

On October 14, 2014, members of the Windsor Woman's Club will learn about the GFWC/CT state project for 2014-2016; Manes in Motions,a therapeutic riding center in Middletown, CT.    The club meeting begins at 6:30pm in the cafeteria at the L.P. Wilson Community Center on Matianuck Avenue.    Any and all new club members will be installed at this meeting.   The Windsor Woman’s Club is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The GFWC, started in New York in 1890, is an organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteering.
  The club meets the second Tuesday of the month, except June,

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