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2020 Upcoming March-April Events

In this Winter with no snow (so far) it's a little early to begin promoting Spring events, but I want to shamelessly promote the program I'm doing on March 1 on early Vernon history.

In January's newsletter I introduced the Bolton's 300th Anniversary Celebration that I've been involved in for almost two years. One of my contributions is two talks on the first 90 years of Bolton's history before Vernon separated to become its own town. You can read more about the first talk below.

While its still cold there are a couple of special musical events taking place followed by what has become the unofficial start of Vernon's outdoor season - the Strong Family Farm's Annual Chicken Run on April 5.

We'll do another newsletter in mid April as there are many outdoor activities in late April and May. See the list of upcoming Spring events and sign up for the next newsletter.

A complete list of 2020 events is shown on the Vernon Volunteers' Collaborative Events page. Most of the organizations sponsoring these events are members of the Vernon Volunteers' Collaborative. You can learn more about VVC on their website. Check organizers websites for any last minute changes.

This is just a sampling of what Vernon has to offer. We hope you'll take advantage of these activities and get to know your town a little better.

If you would like advanced notice by email of this type of event please join our MeetUp Group. We also send reminders of these events on our Facebook Page.

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Jon Roe   

A Bolton 300th Program: Vernon's First 90 Years

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2 p.m.: From the formation of Bolton in 1720 until 1808 Vernon was known as North Bolton, but we learn little about these early years of our history.

During those years North Bolton was slowly divided and settled. We played an important role in the Revolutionary War as we were on a major road connecting Boston and Providence to Hartford. The United States was created. North Bolton's population grew. We added territory and the first cotton mills appeared on the Tankerhoosen River.

In this Vernon Historical Society program, part of Bolton's 300th Celebration, the story of early Vernon is told by JON ROE through the voice of DAVID ALLIS, who was born in Bolton in 1720, the year of its incorporation.

David grew up on the Bolton-Vernon border and became one of the leaders of early Bolton. He built the first grist mill on the Tankerhoosen River, petitioned for creating the North Bolton Parish, held early church meetings at his home, helped to hire and settle our first minister, and plan and build the meeting house.

Jon has been fascinated by our early, and largely forgotten, 18th Century history. Many of his explorations are posted on his website, The Tankerhoosen. He looks forward to sharing their story through the voice of David Allis.

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

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Blue Madeiras Concert At ACE

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2-4 p.m.: Arts Center East presents BLUE MADEIRAS as part of their Winter Concert Series.

When four of the Hartt School’s busiest performer/educators started jamming together, they discovered a most original sound. Before long, Blue Madeiras was born. Each musician brings his musical experiences, from jazz and klezmer to traditional music from North and South America to this exciting new band.

With their updated versions of Brazilian classics to their many originals, Blue Madeiras has found its voice, providing smooth, tropical rhythms to engage in musical interplay of the highest order. You’ll even hear some Chopin and R&B in the mix!

Performance is 2-4 p.m. Donations are welcome. Arts Center East is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon.

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The Vernon Chorale's Spring Concert 'The Vocal Spectrum'

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 7:30 p.m. The Vernon Chorale welcomes UCONN’s student run vocal group, A Completely Different Note, to revel in the ability of the human voice in the Chorale’s spring concert.

'The Vocal Spectrum' will be performed at the First Congregational Church of Vernon, 695 Hartford Tpk, Vernon, CT. It will also be performed on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Chapel, 42 North Eagleville Rd, Storrs.

Come and enjoy this extraordinary all a cappella concert. Tickets available at the door.

The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.

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Strong Family Farm 5K Chicken Run

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 8:30 a.m.: Strong Family Farm hosts their 7th annual Chicken Run - 5K (3.1 mile) run, 2 mile walk or 1/4 mile Kid's Race beginning at 9 a.m. Each year this is Vernon's first big outdoor event of Spring.

There will also be free fun family activities to complement the Chicken Run, including: the arrival of the baby chicks, a special appearance from their chicken mascot and rabbits, chickens and goats.

Registration is now open.

Strong Family Farm is located at 274 West Street in Vernon. (860) 874-9020.

» Learn more and register.

Rachel Carson Speaks

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 7-8:30 p.m.: Join the Vernon Garden Club for “Rachel Carson Speaks.”

BEV YORK, local historian, will present a lecture on "Silent Spring," an environmental science book published in 1962. The book was written by RACHEL CARSON, a well known American Marine biologist, author and conservationist who fought hard and finally won the battle of being a woman scientist and taking on the big chemical corporations.

The book "Silent Spring" outlines the death of life as we know it due to the indiscriminate use of pesticides. The information will come alive as Bev incorporates interactive and visual materials into her lecture.

The program will be held at the First Congregational Church of Vernon, 695 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon.

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Vernon Historical Society Book Sale

Coming Up Later In April & In May

May is always one of our busiest months with a large number of events; many taking place outside. We'll send another newsletter in April with details, but for now these are the dates and events that we know.

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  • April 12 - Hoppin'Hodges Race, 7:30 a.m. at the Church St. parking lot.
  • April 24-26 - Vernon Historical Society Book Sale.
  • April 25 - Earth Day 50 'Nature Blitz’ at Freja Park in Bolton. Hikes on the hour.
  • May 1 - 'A Doll’s House, Part 2' - Dionysus Theater Company at ACE begins.
  • May 2 - Civil War Day Camp at the Strong Family Farm for children.
  • May 2 - Stickney Hill Preserve hike in Rockville.
  • May 2 - Friends of Valley Falls 'The Birds Of Valley Falls,' a bird walk led by DENISE ANAMANI.
  • May 2-3 - Vernon Historical Society Book Sale continues.
  • May 3 - Friends of Valley Falls 'Rocks, Railroad & Industry Walk,' a geology and history walk led by DON SIERAKOWSKI.
  • May 9 - Vernon Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale at Vernon Center Middle School.
  • May 10 - Friends of Valley Falls ‘Wildflowers Walk’ led by GINNY GINGRAS.
  • May 18 - Vernon Garden Club’s 'Farming Methods in Modern Times' with SETH BAHLER of Oakridge Dairy.
  • May 24 - Talcottville Memorial Day Parade.
  • May 25 - Rockville Memorial Day Parade.

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