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October 4, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

On Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 pm, St. Paul’s Willimantic will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Fisk Alleluia Organ with a recital featuring Dr. Jason Roberts. Composite by HTNP.com

On Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 pm, St. Paul’s Willimantic will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Fisk Alleluia Organ with a recital featuring Dr. Jason Roberts.

The free performance will be held at the church, at 220 Valley Street (corner of Valley and Walnut), in Willimantic – the church with the red door.

Dr. Roberts is the Organist and Choir Master of St. James Episcopal Church in West Hartford and is noted for his improvisational talents.

The program will feature the Mozart Fantasy in F minor and will close with an improvisation.

Dr. Roberts’ academic background ranges from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music to the Manhattan School of Music – where he earned his doctorate – and includes study at Rice University.

His performance experience includes winning the 2007 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition and the 2008 AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation.

In the summer of 2013, he will be the featured recitalist at the New England regional convention of the American Guild of Organists.

Refreshments will follow the recital.

The music and refreshments are open to all as part of St. Paul’s commitment to supporting the local community.

Donations toward the support of our music and arts programs will be gratefully accepted.

About the Fisk Alleluia Organ*

Named the “Alleluia Organ” at the request of Mrs. Alfred S. Hale, the principle donor, Opus 57 has a tonal design based on organs already old in the time of J. S. Bach.

The case is a single unit with a high, wide, shallow cabinet of catspaw-figured white oak with a mahogany keydesk built into the lower face and burnished tin pipes in the façade.

The naturals are made of grenadil, the sharps and flats of ivory-topped rosewood, and the faces of the stop knobs are hand-engraved ivory.

This case design and layout were subsequently used in modified form in two other organs, Opus 62 at Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich, Mass. and Opus 65 at Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Mass.

These historic organs were conceived as instruments of two divisions only. The Pedal and the Great formed one division, and the Choir, or Positive, formed the other.

It was customary at that time to play the bass part on the manuals instead of on the pedals. Opus 57 allows for both through the use of mechanical transmissions from the Great to the Pedal, opening interesting possibilities for the performance of early music, especially the music of France before and during Bach’s time.

To aid in the performance of the French classic literature the Trumpet and Cremona are closely based on the work of François-Henri Cliquot, the last of the French classic builders.

The Swell division is located above the console in Brustwerk position. The Pedal 16′ reed is an independent stop.

This organ is the first in which C. B. Fisk made use of double-draw stops, which when pulled halfway enable one rank to play, and when drawn fully add a second rank. This system appears in many later organs.

*From the C.B. Fisk Inc. web site

Posted October 4, 2012 based on a press release as edited and added to by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Great free entertainment at the 9th Annual Festival on the Green

September 22, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

The UConn Marching Band will kick off an eclectic line-up of community groups, sports teams, local businesses, animals and larger-than-life puppets from the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in the 2012 Festival on the Green Parade that begins at noon on Sunday, Sept. 23. Photo by Kim Bova

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership invites area residents to “Celebrate Mansfield” at the 9th Annual Festival on the Green on Sunday, Sept. 23 with music, food, and fun!

The event is open to everyone.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy a special activity this year, creating a piece of a 3D map of Mansfield.

Local residents and LEGO® Group employees Tim Kirchmann and Steve Gerling – who is also a LEGO® Master Model Builder – will bring thousands of LEGO® bricks that participants can use to make small-scale models representing their favorite spots in Mansfield, which will then be added to a large map of the town made entirely out of LEGO® bricks!

This year’s Festival on the Green brings a special headliner to the stage, Brown Bird, a talented Roots/Americana duo from Providence, RI.  In 2011, David Lamb and MorganEve Swain stole the show at the Newport Folk Festival – so much so that they were invited back in 2012 to perform on the main stage.

Opening for Brown Bird will be Poor Old Shine, an up-and-coming bluegrass/American folk band from Storrs.  Poor Old Shine will perform at 3 p.m. and Brown Bird follows at 3:30 pm.

However, the excitement begins with the Celebrate Mansfield Parade at noon and continues until 5 p.m.

Most events for the 2012 Festival on the Green will take place in front of  E. O. Smith High School on Route 195/Storrs Road (if it rains, the event will be held inside the school).

Be sure to arrive early to ensure your spot on the parade route because Storrs Road/Route 195 will close to motor vehicle traffic at 11:45 a.m.

For a slide show of the 2011 Festival on the Green, click here .

The UConn Marching Band will kick off an eclectic line-up of community groups, sports teams, local businesses, animals and larger-than-life puppets from the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry.

Children also are invited to ride their bicycle or tricycle in the traditional “Bikes, Tykes, and Trikes” parade.

To participate, children – accompanied by an adult – will meet at the corner of Storrs Road and South Eagleville Road/Route 275 at 11 a.m.  Volunteers will be on hand to help organize this parade. Cyclists of all ages are encouraged to wear helmets.

Follow the Celebrate Mansfield Parade from the Post Office, up Storrs Road, onto Bolton Road, and into the Festival on the Green.

The UConn Marching Band will open the festivities, followed by Kidsville Kuckoo Revue a popular local group that entertains the young and young-at-heart with familiar songs and dances. You’re welcome to bring folding chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy the music.

Throughout the afternoon, Mansfield businesses and organizations will host a variety of activity booths with hands-on fun for all ages.

Planned activities include face-painting, candy art, and pottery demos.

UConn’s Dining Services returns to host their popular cooking demonstrations.

Horsin’ Around will provide pony rides from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Festival on the Green would not be possible without the generous support of the many sponsors and volunteers who contribute their time and resources to this special community event.

The 2012 Festival on the Green sponsors are:

Storrs Center, The Oaks on The Square, Gulemo Printers, Mansfield OB/GYN and Windham Hospital.

“Landmark Sponsors” are:

E. O. Smith High School, the Town of Mansfield, the University of Connecticut, Kahan, Kerensky & Capossela, Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, UConn Co-op, WILI and Willimantic Waste Paper.

“Grassroots Sponsors” are:

Dr. Karen Calef, DMD, Cipparone & Zaccaro LLP, Ferrigno Realtors, First Niagara, Holiday Hill Recreation Center, Liberty Bank, Mansfield Pediatrics LLC, the Merchants of Storrs Commons, Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center, People’s United Bank, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, SBM Charitable Foundation, Sun Harvest Renewable Resources, TD Bank, UConn Foundation, Weichert Realtors – Four Corners Real Estate LLC and Wilcox & Reynolds Insurance LLC.

For more information about the 9th Annual Festival on the Green, please visit the Mansfield Downtown Partnership’s website at www.mansfieldct.org/mdp

Road Closure and parking for the Festival

Route 195/Storrs Road in Mansfield will be closed from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 from the intersection with Route 275/S. Eagleville Road and Bolton Road for the Celebrate Mansfield Parade.

Please plan to use alternate routes during this time.

Parking for the Festival on the Green will be available in the Storrs Center parking garage, Dog Lane parking lot, Town Hall parking lot (S. Eagleville Road entrance only) and the Center for Hellenic Studies Paideia on Dog Lane (Greek Center).

Parking will be free for the duration of the Festival in the Storrs Center parking garage.

Parking will also be available in the Town Hall parking lot (Storrs Road entrance), in the Mansfield-Storrs Post Office, and E.O. Smith High School athletic fields parking lot, after Storrs Road has been re-opened at the conclusion of the parade.

Posted September 22, 2012, based on a press release from the Mansfield Downtown Partnership – photos, links and videos added by HTNP New Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Learn to forage for edible mushrooms safely

September 6, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

Summer Oyster mushroom (Pleurotuspulmonarius) is one of the wild mushrooms that can be foraged in Connecticut. Photo by The 3 Foragers.

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History will host a mushroom gathering and identification activity in Hebron, CT on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Connie Borodenko, from the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society, will lead the program.

Neither a plant nor an animal, mushrooms and other fungi are curious life forms indeed! They pop up suddenly, often becoming full-grown in a matter of hours.

Discover the startling, colorful, sometimes delicious and sometimes deadly, world of mushrooms and fungi.

Bring a basket and paper bags for gathering during the first hour of the program.

Then, learn about the fascinating world of fungi as we discuss the findings with our mushroom expert.

This hike may be challenging for some, it will include hilly areas.

The program fee is $25 ($20 for museum members). Advance registration is required.

This program is for adults and children ages 8 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For registration information visit http:///www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860-486-4460 during museum hours.

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Posted September 6, 2012

Related link:

The 3 Foragers blog http://the3foragers.blogspot.com

How to identify edible mushrooms growing in CT http://www.gardenguides.com/90012-identify-wild-edible-mushrooms-grow-connecticut.html

Foraging wild edible food http://www.norwichbulletin.com/bulletin_blogs/foraging_wild_edible_food_blog/x1588376151/Edible-Mushrooms-in-Connecticut

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Windham museum exhibits art quilts by Catherine Whall Smith, hosts reception

September 3, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

Art quilts by Catherine Whall Smith are on exhibit at the Windham Mills Textile & History Museum, as well as UConn’s Babbidge Library. The museum will hold a tour, gallery talk and artist’s reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. This quilt: (sold) 2011 “My Turn – Me First” (Roasting Marshmallow Series)

The Windham Textile & History Museum will host an artist reception and gallery talk by fiber artist Catherine Whall Smith on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 4-5: 30 p.m.

“Line Dances 2,” an exhibit of eight art quilts by Smith, is on display at the museum through Oct. 19, 2012.

She also has concurrent exhibits at the University of Connecticut’s Babbidge Library and UConn’s Dodd Center.

The exhibit at the textile museum features Smith’s newest work, “The Tree,” completed this summer, as well as a triptych and four other pieces.

Besides her signature “line,” a design element that runs through many of her quilts, Smith is also known for hand-quilting all of her work.

The reception and gallery talk is $10 per person, which includes refreshments and a 2 p. m. guided tour of the museum.

The museum is located at 411 Main St., in Willimantic. Museum hours are Friday to Sunday, 10 a. m. to 4 p.m.

For more information call (860) 456- 2178 or visit www.mill­museum.org

Posted September 3, 2012

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Don’t go to pieces… audition!

September 2, 2012 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

The Windham Theatre Guild holds open auditions for a November performance of the musical “Always, Patsy Cline,” on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at Windham Middle School, Quarry Street, Willimantic.

The show revolves around two main characters – famous country/pop star Patsy Cline and her biggest fan Louise Seger.

Auditions will include vocal, acting and improvisational sequences. Prepare a musical number for the vocal audition. Piano accompaniment will be provided. Readings from the script will be provided that evening.

We are filling the following roles:

  • Patsy Cline – This role is vocally demanding, singing lead on more than 20 songs. The ideal candidate sounds like Patsy Cline;
  • Louise Seger – This is a large acting role with lots of monologues. We are looking for a great actress;
  • Back-up singers – Four back-up singers needed, two male and two female.

Director is Victor Funderburk. Musical director is Ken Clark.

Performance dates are Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17 at the Burton Leavitt Theatre at 779 Main Street in Willimantic, with a special benefit performance on Nov. 4.

For more information, contact the Windham Theatre Guild at windhamtheatre@aol.com

Posted September 2, 2012

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Look here for local events for Sept 2 – 6

September 1, 2012 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

Free “Sunday Music in the Park” concert will feature Full Gael at Alex Caisse Park/Park Springs, Route 195, Willimantic (near the East Brook Mall), starting at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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Sunday Sept. 2

FARMERS MARKET — ASHFORD

The Ashford Farmers Market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old post office next to Route 44 across from town offices.

FARMERS MARKET — COVENTRY

The hugely popular Coventry Regional Farmers Market, with a theme and related special events every week, is open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the month of October at the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry. (See the web site http://coventryfarmersmarket.com for details and info on how to receive a weekly newsletter.)

MUSIC IN THE PARK – WILLIMANTIC

Free “Sunday Music in the Park” concert will feature Full Gael at Alex Caisse Park/Park Springs, Route 195, Willimantic (near the East Brook Mall), starting at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Concerts performed in the memory of Phyllis Foster. Rain location at Windham Middle School, Quarry Street. For information call (860) 423-2988.

Monday Sept. 3 Labor Day

CONCERT – HAMPTON

Hampton Recreation and Community Activities Commission will present a Labor Day concert with the Hoolios. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Hampton Community Center is located at 178 Main Street (Route 97). The hall will be set up cabaret-style for a trademark “folk-tailgating.” Feel free to BYO-whatever! $15 for adults; children accompanied by an adult admitted free. Reservations are strongly recommended. Info: (860) 455-2056.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – COLUMBIA

The Columbia Democratic Town Committee hosts its annual Ice Cream Social on the Town Green in Columbia from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring family and friends for a relaxing afternoon of ice cream sundaes, live music and a chance for folks to share some time together before the end of the summer. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Bruce John. $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the event or by contacting any member of the Columbia Democratic Town Committee.

Tuesday Sept. 4

PARENTS – SCHOOL TRANSITION TALK

Residents of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia are invited… The AHM Family Resource Center will host a breakfast discussion “Making the Transition to School a Success” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center at Gilead Hill School in Hebron. Join Sandra Plummer, the clinical director at AHM Youth Services, in this supportive discussion. Topics to be shared include – your role in supporting your child, dealing with your emotions and how to navigate the transition from summer break to school success. Refreshments will be served and child care is available for $3 per child. To register, call Laurie Larsen at (860) 228-0871, or e-mail at ahmfrc@hotmail.com.

BD OF DIRECTORS, ACCESS AGENCY – WILLIMANTIC

Access Community Action Agency Board of Directors holds its regular meeting at 4 p.m. at Access Community Action Agency, 1315 Main St., Willimantic. Public invited. For information: www.accessagency.org

AUTHOR TRAIL SPEAKER – S. WINDHAM

CT author Trail Joan Hall will discuss her humorous poetry and the creative writing process at the Guilford Smith Memorial Library, 17 Main St., South Windham at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments served.

Wednesday Sept. 5

SEWING AND SERVICE – WILLIMANTIC

The Interfaith Sewing and Service Group meets at the First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects: School bags, CWS; receiving blankets for Hartford City baby Showers; Red flag blankets for WMH. Info. (860) 228-9658.

BLOOD PRESSURE – MANSFIELD

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, offers blood pressure screenings at 11 a.m. No appointment necessary for free screenings.

MASSAGE THERAPY — MANSFIELD

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, offers massage therapy with Faith Manning from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Kathy for an appointment at (860) 429-0262.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP – MANSFIELD

Open to residents of Mansfield and surrounding towns. Hospice of Eastern Connecticut hosts the “Evenings After” bereavement group for those who have suffered a recent loss. Group is located at 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield (behind East Brook Mall). It is held from 6 to 8 p.m. Come join others for support and discussion. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.

AUDITIONS – WINDHAM

The Windham Theatre Guild holds open auditions for a November performance of the musical “Always, Patsy Cline,” at 7 p.m. at Windham Middle School, Quarry Street, Willimantic. The show revolves around two main characters – famous country/pop star Patsy Cline and her biggest fan Louise Seger. Audition will include vocal, acting and improvisational sequences. Prepare a musical number for the vocal audition. Piano accompaniment will be provided. Readings from the script will be provided that evening. Filling the following roles: Patsy Cline – This role is vocally demanding, singing lead on more than 20 songs. The ideal candidate sounds like Patsy Cline; Louise Seger – This is a large acting role with lots of monologues. We are looking for a great actress; Back-up singers – Four back-up singers needed, two male and two female. Director is Victor Funderburk. Musical director is Ken Clark. Performance dates: Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17 at the Burton Leavitt Theatre at 779 Main Street in Willimantic, with a special benefit performance on Nov. 4. For more information: contact the Windham Theatre Guild at windhamtheatre@aol.com

SENIOR ART SHOW – COLUMBIA

The Beckish Senior Center, 188 Route 66, Columbia, sponsors a Senior Art Show in honor of Rose Marrotte the week of Sept. 17-21. A $100 first prize as well as a $50 “People’s Choice Award” will be presented. Awards will be made at a luncheon on Sept. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. Seniors interested in exhibiting their material can call (860) 228-0759 for details. Items to be shown will be accepted at the Senior Center on Monday, Sept. 17 between 9 a.m. and noon.

JOYFUL NOISE REHEARSALS – MANSFIELD

Joyful Noise, Children’s Community Choir for ages 6-12 will hold rehearsals from 6 to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 29 Puddin Lane, Mansfield. Pre-registration or info: (860) 423-1130

Thursday Sept. 6

CONVERSATION WITH BETTY — MANSFIELD

A Conversation with Betty will take place at the Mansfield Senior Center, Wellness Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, at 11 a.m. Topic: “Our Role as Mentors.” Info: (860) 429-0262

DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT – MANSFIELD

At 5:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, for a potluck dinner followed by entertainment at 6:30 p.m. by “ One Accord” from the Tolland Senior Center. No charge, but everyone is asked to bring a dish to feed 8 to 10 people.

PIZZA PARTY, BOOK DISCUSSION – S. WINDHAM

The Guilford Smith Memorial Library, 17 Main St., South Windham will host a “tween” pizza party and Nutmeg book discussion of “Matched” by Ally Condie at 6:30 p.m. Books available at the library.

Posted September 1, 2012

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Take a walk, in Lebanon’s Heritage Garden

August 15, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

Open fields are a lovely backdrop for the Heritage Garden at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and Museum in Lebanon, CT. Photo copyright 2012 by Brenda Sullivan

While there are many good reasons to visit Lebanon, CT, including the beautiful town green – where you will see people jogging and strolling year-round – if you are a garden lover, you might want to visit the Heritage Garden.

It’s a small garden, but chock full of history and beautiful plants and it’s located at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and Museum (right on the green).

The museum, itself, is interesting for its information about the Revolutionary War era and the three generations of Trumbulls who are an important part of Connecticut history.

Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. (1740–1809) was General George Washington’s secretary during the American Revolution, and later was an eight-term governor of Connecticut.

The garden adds to the museum experience.

You can park at the back of the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and walk over to the garden. You will notice a mailbox next to the entry arbor and inside are pamphlets with information about the plant choices in the Heritage Garden.

Buddleia blooming in August in the Victorian section of the Heritage Garden at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and Museum in Lebanon, CT. Photo copyright 2012 by Brenda Sullivan

Basically, the garden is grouped according to three time periods – Victorian, Colonial and Contemporary.

In the Victorian section, which reflects the “parterre” style of that time, you will find such plants as buddleia, phlox, peonies and dusty miller.

The Colonial section of the garden reflects the kitchen gardens of that time, so it includes herbs such as chives, hyssop, borage and lavender.

Flowers include yarrow, hollyhocks, coreopsis and boltonia – and there are grape vines and morning glories on the split-trail fence.

By the way, the adjacent open fields create a beautiful backdrop for the garden.

The Contemporary section of the garden contains some plantings that, while more common in today’s gardens and landscaping, actually have their origins in the Colonial era.

Hibiscus in the Heritage Garden at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House in Lebanon, CT. Photo copyright 2012 Brenda Sullivan

This part of the garden includes hibiscus, ornamental grass, astilbe and a dwarf maple.

The Heritage Garden was created through a collaboration of the Jonathan Trumbull Junior House Museum Committee and the Lebanon Garden Club.

While you’re there, depending on the day of the week and the time of day you go, you can also visit the West Green Farm for fresh fruits and vegetables. They are open to the public Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And at the end of the green is the Lebanon General Store where you can buy a sandwich and cold beverages.

While many flowers fade as the summer comes to an end, the seed heads of these are still lovely – at the Heritage Garden, Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and Museum, Lebanon CT. Photo copyright 2012 Brenda Sullivan

If you happen to be there on a Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, from now until Oct. 13, you can also visit the Lebanon Farmers Market next to the library – just up the road from the town green.
If you visit Lebanon, please share your experiences with us in the comment section.

Posted August 15, 2012

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Fair season kicks off with Lebanon Country Fair this weekend

August 7, 2012 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

The Lebanon Country Fair kicks off the Connecticut fair season this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 and 12.

Since 1960, The Lebanon Lions Club has operated the Lebanon Country Fair and it has been the main event in Lebanon ever since.

The fair takes place the weekend of the second week in August of every year. This year, that’s Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 and 12.

The Lebanon Country Fair started on the Lebanon green and moved to its current location in 1970.

Each year brings new and exciting things to the Lebanon Country Fair. If you have never visited, this is the year to do it!

The fair boasts many fine food choices freshly prepared by the Lebanon Lions Club, numerous local churches and non-profit organizations and commercial vendors.

The Lebanon Country Fair also offers entertainment on a center stage and first class amusements.

Local non-profit organizations utilize the fair as their main fundraiser. And many of Connecticut’s charitable organizations also benefit from the money raised at the fair, such as the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, the CT Lions Low Vision Centers, CRIS Radio, Yale eye research.

Money is also directed to the Lebanon community through scholarships to Lebanon High School students, for food and holiday gifts for those less fortunate, eye exams/glasses and many other activities.

Here are some of the 2012 Lebanon Country Fair events:

On Friday

Opening Ceremony – 6 p.m.

Pony Pull – 7 p.m.

Miss Lebanon Fair pageant – 7:30 p.m.

Entertainment on Main Stage (King Cake Blues) – 9 p.m.

Helicopter Rides all night

On Saturday

Helicopter Rides all day

Horse and Oxen Pulling – 8:30 a.m.

Little Miss Lebanon Fair Pageant – 11 a.m.

Stock Truck & SUV Pull – 1 p.m.

Monster Truck Show – 9 p.m.

Entertainment on Main Stage

1 p.m. – Magic with Pete Haddad

3 p.m. – Vinyl Encore (Classic Rock)

6 p.m. – Scarlett Fade (Progressive Rock)

9 p.m. – Katie Perkins (Country Rock)

On Sunday

Modified Tractor Pull – 9 a.m.

Sheep Show – 11 a.m.

Helicopter Rides – starting at 11 a.m.

Children’s Peddle Pull – noon

Master Gardener Demonstration – 1 p.m.

Horseshoe Tournament – 1 p.m.

Demolition Derby – 4 p.m.

Entertainment on the Main Stage

2 p.m. – Time Travelers (Oldies)

5 p.m. – Monthie Brothers Band (Country Rock)

Check the Lebanon Country Fair web site for more details and directions at http://www.lebanoncountryfair.org. The fairgrounds are located at 122 Mack Road, Lebanon, CT 06249 – see info on the web site about shuttle buses.

Admission is $10 each for adults (age 12 and up), $9 each for senior citizens and free for children under age 12. Also, active, disabled or retired members of the Military (must show documentation) will be admitted free.

Questions? Call 860-642-3979.

Posted August 7, 2012

Related link: A site listing all the Connecticut country fairs for 2012, with links to their web sites http://www.ctfairs.org/fair_map.aspx

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Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

UConn President responds to accusations school failed to act on sexual assault complaints

UConn President Susan Hebst. File photo.

There are circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student who may have been suspended or expelled from campus will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case that occurred three years ago and it should have. This process was corrected. – UConn President Susan Herbst

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