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June Events In Vernon

Each year early June weekends are packed with events. The first weekend of June is CT Trails Day with multiple events in most Connecticut towns sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. The second Saturday of June is CT Open House Day sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, also with multiple events in most towns. So many choices, so little time.

On this page are events taking place in Vernon on the first weekend of June, including two Trails Day walks. A link at the bottom of the page takes you to the five Vernon Open Houses on June 8.

Most of the organizations taking part in this event are members of the Vernon Volunteers' Collaborative (VVC). If you would like advanced notice by email of this type of event please join our MeetUp Group. We post reminders on our Facebook Page and upcoming events are also listed on the VVC website under the 'Events' tab.

After mid June activities in town quiet down so you can enjoy picnics and trips to the beach. Have a good Summer and we'll send another newsletter in September with Fall events.

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Jon Roe   


RPL's Summer Reading Kickoff Party

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.: The Rockville Public Library celebrates the kickoff of their Summer Reading Program 'Enrich Your Summer' at the Rockville Public Library.

(Note: This event was originally planned for Talcott Park in Rockville.)

Enjoy activities for the whole family including Live Music, Bubble Mania, Sidewalk Chalk Art, Lawn Games, crafts and more.

Rockville Public Library is located at 52 Union Street in Rockville.

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The Vernon Chorale's 'A Choral Tapestry'

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 7:30 P.M.: The Vernon Chorale's Conducting Fellow LIZ BOLOGNA closes the season and ends her fellowship as she conducts a performance of songs which illustrate various aspects of water.

The program includes works sung by the entire Chorale as well as solos and small ensembles performed by many of their talented singers.

Join them for what has become a much anticipated Vernon Chorale tradition.

The concert will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 523 Hartford Turnpike, in Vernon. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students and seniors and are available at the door.

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CT Trails Day: Valley Falls Braille Trail Walk

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 9-11 A.M.: Re-discover the Braille Trail at Valley Falls Park. The Braille trail was the brainchild of an Eagle Scout in Vernon Troop 223. A large partnership of people and resources made this walking trail for the visually impaired possible.

Light refreshments will be served and educational and historical material on the creation of the braille trail will be available. Walk the trail at your own pace; this is not a guided walk. A limited number of free event t-shirts will be available.

Valley Falls Park is at 300 Valley Falls Road. Rain or shine. Pre-registration is not required. For info contact RICH DURKEE, (860) 870-3520 or [email protected] at Vernon Park & Recreation Department.

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CT Trails Day: Risley Park Hike

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 1-3 P.M.: As part of CT Trails Day the Manchester Land Conservation Trust will lead a hike at Risley Park; their largest parcel of protected land spanning 155 acres in Vernon and Bolton. The property includes a former orchard, farmland, pond, and meadow.

This will be a strenuous 3.7 mile hike to a ridge with scenic views along the way, with rough and steep terrain, and some wet spots. Depending on the weather, the hike may be shortened to avoid some wet areas, but it will still be strenuous. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes.

This challenging hike starts in the parking lot just north of Risley Pond on Lake Street in Vernon. Park at the lot on the north side of the pond (reservoir) across from Amy Drive. The hike is free. RSVP not necessary. No dogs, please. Extreme weather cancels.

The hike will be led by SUSAN BARLOW. For Questions contact Susan at (860) 643-9776 or [email protected]

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The Tankerhoosen – Vernon’s Quiet Valley

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2-3:30 p.m.: The Vernon Historical Society will host a program on the The Tankerhoosen Valley.

Architect ROBERT HURD, will share his extensive research about this area of our town. Everyone is encouraged to come and learn more about Vernon’s 'quiet and beautiful corner.'

The program is free and open to the public. The Vernon Historical Society is located at 734 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon.

As an added feature, we have arranged for a guided bus tour through Vernon’s Quiet Valley on Sunday, June 9th beginning at 1 p.m. and leaving from the Vernon Historical Society parking lot.

Tickets may be purchased for $10 during the June 2nd meeting or by calling the Vernon Historical Society at (860) 875-4360 after June 2nd.

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Vernon Open House Day

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 is the 15th annual Connecticut Open House Day, sponsored by the CT Department of Culture and Tourism. This one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism.

Five venues will be participating in Vernon this year - Arts Center East, the New England Civil War Museum, Strong Family Farm, Valley Falls Farm and the Vernon Historical Society.

Details on each of the sites participating can be found on a separate web page.

» Go to the Open House Day page.


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