Community: Women's Club of Greater New Milford presents Holiday Bazaar, more news

Gaylordsville's Little Red Schoolhouse hosts Open House on Dec. 3

Gaylordsville's Little Red Schoolhouse will host an Open House. The school will be open to visitors on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and Gaylordsville ornaments and cards will also be for sale.
The Gaylord School was in continuous operation from 1740 through the last class of 1967. It now house Gaylord School memorabilia and a small museum.

Holiday Show opens at Merwinsville Hotel Thanksgiving weekend

The transformation is complete turning a historic building into a holiday wonderland featuring a 
miniature Dickens Village with a model train traveling through and a miniature moving World’s Fair, as 
well as collections of Santas and nutcrackers at the Merwinsville Hotel’s annual Holiday Show.

The festivities begin Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26 to 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continue the following 
weekend, Dec. 3 to 5. 

For those looking for special, one-of-a-kind gifts, there will also be photography, fine artwork, holiday 
crafts, jewelry and ornaments available for purchase. Some of the area’s most talented artists take 
advantage of the shows offered at the Hotel to sell their work and support the ongoing 50-year
restoration of the historic building. A portion of all sales benefit the Hotel.

Baked goods from Mrs. Claus' bakery will provide a delectable selection to purchase or enjoy two 
choices of home-made soup for lunch. There is also coffee, tea and hot chocolate available. Donations 
are welcome. Admission is free. 

The Merwinsville Hotel is located at 1 Brown’s Forge Road in Gaylordsville, only 15 minutes from 
Kent, Sherman, New Milford and the Harlem Valley/Wingdale Railroad Station. For further information, 
call 860-350-4443 or visit

Car raffles at Kent Memorial Library

In 2002, Bill and Mary Gawel made their restored 1932 Chevy five window coupe available to help raise funds for the Library - and thus, Kent Memorial Library’s annual Car Raffle was born.

Each year the Kent Memorial Library holds a car raffle in support of its operating budget, having provided $415,000 in funding over the past 21 years. The Library obtains about 30 percent of its yearly budget from the Town, with the balance coming from fundraisers and donations.  

Cars raffled in the past include Mini Coopers, Boxsters, Corvettes, MGs,BMWs, Jaguars and more.

If you have a classic or otherwise appropriate vehicle that you would consider donating to the Library for our car raffle, we’d love to hear from you. 

As an accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your donation to the Library could provide considerable tax advantages as well as helping to sustain the Library into the future.

Please call Sarah Marshall 860-927-3761 or Jim Blackketter at 860-927-1888 or email if you can help.

Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington welcomes exhibit by Sayzie Carr

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is pleased to welcome Sayzie Carr and her art exhibit, titled “Webs and Beds.” Carr’s display will feature bold colors and patterns on textiles. The exhibit will be on view Dec. 2 to Dec. 30.

Carr is an artist whose work encompasses painting, textiles and teaching. Residing in Western Massachusetts, she creates her art drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the Berkshires.

After receiving a degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, Carr began her career immersed in New York City. Granted a studio at PS 122, a vibrant community-run art and performance center in the East Village, she took advantage of the many opportunities it presented to help shape her career over three decades.

As well as being dedicated to her ongoing studio practice of painting, Carr extended her skills to fabric design and found a niche designing and creating fabric sculptures, puppets, and costumes for theatre and movies, as well as painting backdrops and creating textile installations for displays, theatre, and promotional events. Presently, combining her life-long love of textiles, sewing and painting has become her medium as an expressive art form.

Carr has exhibited her work in numerous shows in New York City, the United Kingdom, South America, and throughout New England. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and The Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony. Carr teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy as well as teaching traveling workshops.

Carr’s exhibit at the park is a materials exploration with textiles: dyes, threads, yarn, and mattress ticking. Mattress ticking conjures associations with antique mattresses, beds, tents and dormitories. Carr uses the fabric to evoke a place of rest, meditation and dreaming and hence the imagination—the subconscious and collective consciousness. Using bedding metaphorically, Carr re-patterns the patterns, breaking up the stripes by cutting and piecing to reinsert time and care. The utilitarian fabric is remade into an abstract work of art, transformed and reinterpreted. 

The language of threads, weaving, and textiles is embedded in our language, with idioms derived from fibers such as: “web of life,” “the internet,” “fabric of the universe,” “string theory,” and “hanging by a thread.” Carr’s work reconnects viewers with the ordinary and the extraordinary: we are all intertwined, our lives are stories woven together.

An opening reception to welcome Carr and her exhibit will be held on Dec. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.

New Milford Public Library in December

The New Milford Public Library (NMPL) Evening Book Group has open spots. This book group meets the first Monday of the month, excluding holidays, from 6 to 7 p.m.  For more information, please contact Judy Oston at 917-439-7111 or

"The Great British Baking Tour: Holiday Edition"
This show will be aired on Facebook and the "New Milford Public Library" YouTube channel from Dec. 11 to Dec. 17.

Join former UK resident Claire Evans for a culinary tour of the UK inspired by “The Great British Baking Show” television series, aired on PBS. Learn about making a proper cup of tea, regional specialties, their origins, and the particular parts of the UK they hail from.  She’ll translate the trickiest parts of British recipes for Americans so you can try them in your own kitchen. Copies of the recipes are available as an email or to pick up in print at the Library.  Email, and use "Holiday Baking Recipes" in the subject line to get your emailed recipes. This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the New Milford Public Library.

"Winter Candle Take and Make Project"
The Library will be offering a kit to take home to make your own winter snowman candle.  Available upon request, while supplies last. 1 per person, up to 2 per household.  Call, and/or visit the Library side door on Whittlesey Ave and ring the doorbell, for pick up.

December 3, 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House
Movie showing of "It’s a Wonderful Life"
Come to see the original movie in black and white.  Holiday snacks will be provided.  Registration required and limited.  Register at the Library website or call 860-355-1191.  Follow-up program with film professor on Zoom, Dec. 5.

Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom 
America’s Favorite Holiday Movie: "It’s a Wonderful Life"
Join us on Zoom to discuss the movie voted the most inspirational movie ever made by the American Film Institute - Frank Capra’s "It’s a Wonderful Life." This talk with Professor Brian Rose will examine the fascinating story of "It’s a Wonderful Life" looking at the challenges of how it was made, its surprisingly dark portrait of small-town life and how it became the ultimate portrayal of holiday goodwill and cheer.  To receive the Zoom link for this program you must provide an email address in the registration.  Register at the Library website or call 860-355-1191.

Dec. 7, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House
"Business Seminar and Networking Series – Lunch & Learn"
Selling and Business Development with Western CT SCORE 
People like to buy but they hate to be sold.  A salesperson’s job, therefore, is not to sell but to teach, coach, and assist a prospect to understand why and how your product or service will solve their problem or improve their lives. The goal is to help someone buy.  Learn some of the techniques.  The Business Seminar & Networking Series is presented by the Corporation for New Milford Economic Development, Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce, New Milford Public Library, and Western CT SCORE and will be held at The Maxx until the library opens. Lunch will be provided. Register by Dec. 5 at The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce website at or call 860-354-6080.

Dec. 10, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House
"Make your own Holiday Stars"
Jody Hyman, local crafter and fiber artist, will teach you to create wrapped and woven holiday stars using paper, cardboard, and twine. All materials will be provided. The stars you create can be used as gifts, decorations, or gift tags. This workshop is open to all adults, and no experience is necessary.  Register at the Library website at or call 860-355-1191.
This program is generously sponsored by Friends of New Milford Public Library.

Dec. 15, 7 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House
"Make your own Snowman Winter Wreath"
Wendy McDonald, craft enthusiast, will teach you how to create a simple, whimsical winter door decoration that will be sure to bring some relaxation and fun to an evening with other crafting enthusiasts.  Fabrics may vary.  Registration is required and limited for this program.  Register at the Library website at or call 860-355-1191
This program is generously sponsored by Friends of New Milford Public Library.

Dec. 15, 7 to 8:30pm on Zoom
"Holiday Peace Poetry Reading"
Oliver Wolcott Library will be hosting area Poet Laureates, including New Milford’s own Deborah Rose, for an online poetry reading celebrating peace and hope.  For more information and the Zoom link, visit

Merryall Community Center hosts holiday benefit concert at Washington Church

Merryall Community Center is extending its successful season by hosting a holiday benefit concert starring famed singer and local favorite Nick Petrone. Sing along with Nick on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Washington.

After opening Merryall’s seventieth season with a SRO performance, Nick Petrone is back with a holiday show, "Rest, Oh Weary Traveler." The evening will be filled with holiday standards, touches of gospel and soul, rock, pop and folk. You might even want to prepare for a little Christmas Disco.  

Petrone has performed with music icons such as Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony and Whitney Houston but his absolute favorite is the late Donna Summer. She has been Petrone’s personal and musical inspiration since childhood.

His latest release, "Reveal Yourself," co-written with his musical partner Matt Nichols, has several  musical references to Summer. In May of this year, he and Matt wrote and released a tribute song to Summer called "Woman of Faith" to honor the 10th anniversary of her passing. 

Tickets are $35.The Merryall Center is a non-profit organization located at 8 Chapel Hill Road. For more information about the organization, including upcoming events and memberships, discounts and pricing, visit the Center’s website at

Bridgewater officials earn CCMO credential

Cheryl Pinkos (Town Clerk) and Nicole Tenreiro (Assistant Town Clerk) are among the fifth class of municipal leaders across the state to be recognized as Certified Connecticut Municipal Officials (CCMO). Both officials were awarded certificates at the 2022 CCMO Conference held at Mohegan Sun on Nov.1

Pinkos and Tenreiro completed 36 credits of continuing education to achieve this designation. CCMO training is intended to teach municipal leaders how to work collaboratively, solve problems, build partnerships, and work across political and organizational boundaries.

“Bridgewater Town Clerks, Cheryl Pinkos and Nicole Tenreiro, have completed their qualifications to become Certified CT Municipal Officers” stated Bridgewater First Selectman Curtis Read.  “This award is an indication of their professional expertise and commitment to excellence in serving the people of Bridgewater. On behalf of our residents, I commend Cheryl and Nicole for their accomplishments.” 

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities encourages elected and appointed officials to utilize municipal training workshops, conferences, special meetings, and other educational opportunities to expand their knowledge and enhance important leadership skills.  Coursework is offered across three categories:  personal, organizational, and community development.  

According to the CCMO website, “training sessions [are] led by associations, recognized experts and college faculty” and offer “experience and insight” needed to build skills for the municipal workplace.

Pinkos has been Bridgewater’s Town Clerk since 1995. Tenreiro has served as Assistant Town Clerk since 2017.

Women's Club of Greater New Milford presents Holiday Bazaar

The Women's Club of New Milford presents a Holiday Bazaar with Children's Gift Shopping Center on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John Pettibone Community Center.

There will be great basket raffles, a bake sale, kids games and more. Have your kids make a list of people to buy gifts for and we will help them shop. Children's Gift Center has items for $5 or less each; free gift wrapping is also available.