Upcoming Summer 2023 Events
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It's been an active Spring in Vernon and is continuing into June. To help you plan your June as well as the Summer this email highlights nine events through August. They include an interesting variety with walks, music, an outdoor play, our annual Open House Day and 4-H fair. There are events for families and adults.
A complete list of 2023 events is shown on the Vernon Volunteers' Collaborative Events page. Also check the Vernon Town Calendar.
Most of the organizations sponsoring these events are members of the Vernon Volunteers' Collaborative. You can learn more about VVC on their website. Check organizer's websites for any last minute changes.
Our next events newsletter will be in late August or early September when its time for Fall activities. If you would like advance 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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Letterman, MD and Modern Medicine
THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 7:30 P.M.: The New England Civil War Museum (NECWM)
The New England Civil War Museum (NECWM) presents GREG SUSLA, docent at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and known for his work at the Pry House Medicinal Garden at Antietam National Battlefield, who will discuss Jonathan Letterman, MD the Medical Director of the AoP and the medical triage, evacuation, and hospital system that he set up in 1862. He will compare and contrast the system he set up with what we do today whether it’s on the battlefield or on a civilian highway.
The program is free and will take place at the NECWM, 14 Park Place in Rockville.
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CT Trails Day: Valley Falls Park Tree Walk
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 10 A.M.: As part of CT Trails Day the Friends of Valley Falls is sponsoring a walk in Valley Falls park led by NICHOLAS CRANMER, a Master of Science student at UCONN, Natural Resources and the Environment, who will identify and talk about the variety of trees in the Park.
Admission is free. Bring your family and tree ID questions.
Meet at the pavilion in Valley Falls Park, 350 Valley Falls Road in Vernon.
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The Vernon Chorale's "A Chorale Tapestry"
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 7:30 P.M.: The Vernon Chorale's Conducting Fellow DAVID GLADSTEIN, a recent graduate of UConn, steps on the podium to lead The Vernon Chorale’s annual June concert.
The concert will include uplifting choral works directed by Gladstein as well as a variety of entertaining performances featuring soloists and small ensembles from members of the Chorale.
This concert will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 523 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.
Tickets are available at Arts Center East, at the door, or on line.
» Learn more or purchase tickets.
CT Open House Day
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 is the 19th 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.
Four venues will be participating in Vernon this year - Arts Center East, the New England Civil War Museum, Strong Family Farm, and Valley Falls Farm.
Special this year the Friends of Valley Falls will have the Grand Opening of their new Heritage Center.
Details on each of the participating sites can be found at CT Open House Day 2023.
Rockville High School: 150 Years of Excellence
SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2-3:30 P.M.: The Vernon Historical Society will host
JEAN LUDDY who will present an illustrated lecture on the high school discussing the growth of secondary education in Rockville and Vernon and sharing stories of students during their formative years and the teachers who mentored them. While certain events of high school life are unique to each class of students, there is a timeless aspect to the experience of high school that resonates with all students past and present.
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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The Life of John Trumbull
TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 6 P.M.: Join Rockville Public Library for a one hour presentation by local historian, MORGAN O’BRIEN, as she recounts the life of John Trumbull, a painter of the American Revolution, the first non-royal Governor of Connecticut, and possibly a spy for Benjamin Franklin.
This is an in-person program and registration is required. Rockville Public Library is located at 52 Union Street, Vernon, CT.
» Learn more & register.
Stickney Hill Preserve Hike
SATURDAY, JULY 22, 12 p.m.: The Manchester Land Conservation Trust will lead a hike of their Stickney Hill Preserve in Rockville. The 16-acre property is above Amerbelle and Paper Mill Pond and at one time was home to a pair of water tanks that provided water to mills and Rockville homes.
The area was inherited by businessman JOHN STICKNEY in the mid-nineteenth century. Stickney owned the mill for which nearby Paper Mill Pond is named and built a house nearby.
Land Trust board member and property steward ROB LEWIS will lead the walk. A short (1 mile) hike, moderately paced with a steep hill and bumpy ground, with pauses to learn about the history and lore of the area. The event is free, and will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels. Meet at the end of Pleasant Street in Rockville.
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Shakespeare In Henry Park
FRI.- SAT., AUGUST 4-5: Join Evergreen Family Theatre’s Shakespeare troupe, Fool in the Forest, for "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at Henry Park. Evergreen Family Theatre is once again bringing free family friendly Shakespeare to Vernon with their touring Shakespeare troupe, Fool in the Forest.
With a twist of a pipe wrench, five plumbers perform the hilarious, magical, musical, interactive show. The production is an hour-long family friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved play.
Last year's adaption of "The Tempest" was a huge success whether you liked Shakespeare or not. A great way to spend a Summer afternoon or evening with the family.
The play will be performed at Henry Park. Detail on times and location will be available as the date approaches.
Sponsored by Arts Center East and the Rockville Public Library.
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Tolland County 4-H Fair
FRI. - SUN, AUGUST 11 - 13: The annual Tolland County 4-H Fair is held each year in August. The fair offers 4-H Club members the opportunity to showcase projects they have been working on throughout the year. The fair is organized and run by club members, giving kids additional experience in organizational and management skills.
The fair is fun for families with animals, events, tractor pull, and competitions. It will feature its traditional livestock and agricultural exhibits, food, and entertainment. The project areas include everything from bunnies to tractors and photography to goats.
The fairgrounds are located at the Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Ave, Route 30 in Vernon. There is an admission fee.
» Learn more.
Coming Up This Fall
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- September 10 - Artists Day at Valley Falls Farm
- September 24 - Friends of Valley Falls Annual Meeting with BEV YORK on "Rachel Carson"
- October 7-8 - Revolutionary War Encampment at Heritage Farm in Bolton
- October 15 - Northern CT Land Trust fall foliage hike at Valley Falls Park
- October 21 - Tolland County Seniorhood Fair
- October 22 - Strong Family Farm's Annual Autumn Harvest Festival
- November 2 - "The 1862 Siege of Yorktown, VA" with DREW GRUBER at the New England Civil War Museum
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