Bulletin Board Oct 16

Whip City Travelers Trip:
Atlantic City, N.J.

Whip City Travelers presents a 3 day 2 night trip to the Resorts Hotel Casino in Atlantic City February 15-17, 2017.  Package includes roundtrip motor coach, 2 nights at the Resorts Hotel Casino, $60 in slot bonus, $60 in meal vouchers, and 2 shows. The principal show features Paul Salos with his tribute to Frank Sinatra. Price is $195 pp double. Cancellation protection available at sign-up. Reservation deadline and depostit of $50 due 11/14/16. Balance due 1/6/17. FMI contact Whip City Travelers at the Westfield COA at 562-6435 Monday 10-1:30 or Wednesday and Friday 9 – 12 noon. All trips are open to the public and all ages are welcome.

CRC Mining for Memoirs, Memorabilia


Citizens Restoring Congamond is undertaking a project to document and preserve the vanishing history of Lake Congamond and Babb’s Park. Unfortunately as the years go by more & more lake memories & memorabilia disappear with their owners. CRC is striving to halt that exodus. The group will be holding a few “Remember When” nights this winter at the Cove Banquet Room. Participants will be asked to share their favorite stories and artifacts of lake life with the audience. It should turn out to be a very enjoyable evening for all involved. If not wanting to give a presentation themselves, CRC will be happy to assist with documenting their stories and prepare a show & tell for all to see and enjoy.
If you have a story or relic related to Congamond or Babb’s Park that you would like to share please contact Jerry at 860-668-5783. CRC will organize the information and schedule the story evenings.
On a broader note, as a fund raiser, CRC will gladly accept donations to be sold online on Craigslist or eBay. Small items that can be easily handled will be picked up by volunteers, sorted, valued and listed. Items such as collectables, older jewelry, electronics, records, books, vintage Hi-fi & stereo equipment, musical instruments and other “stuff” will gladly be accepted.
The donor will receive, along with our thanks, a receipt for tax credit purposes.

Southwick Historical Society, Inc.
Small Planet Dancers to Perform

The Southwick Historical Society in commemoration of the centennial of World War I sponsors the “Small Planet Dancers” at the Town of Southwick Auditorium on Sunday October 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM.
“Remembering the War to End All Wars” honors the service and sacrifices of the American people during the first world war through dance, song, and historical readings. The audience will also be encouraged to participate in a sing-a-long of patriotic music of the era.
This program honors all branches of the military, and includes a tap dance routine to the patriotic music of George M. Cohan, vaudeville production numbers, a historical ballroom routine from Vernon and Irene Castle, an audience sing-a-long led by a singer from the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus, and brief readings of excerpts from Letters from the Trenches, such as the one describing the famous Christmas Truce.
Small Planet Dancers is a performance dance troupe based in western Massachusetts. Formed in 1986, it focuses on historical and global dance, and has performed on the Applause Series stage several times in the past. Composed of local community talent, Small Planet Dancers offers performances at museums, fairs and cultural festivals, charitable events and private parties. Josephine Sarnelli serves as artistic director and choreographer.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Southwick Historical Society

Friends of the Southwick Public Library
Holiday Basket Raffle

The Friends of the Southwick Public Library are planning the return of the holiday basket raffle. We are seeking contributions of gift baskets.  The baskets will be displayed in the library from November 14 through December 10.  Raffle tickets will be available at the library during this time.  The results from this raffle will provide funding to the library for many of the programs and resources that are not in their general budget.
Individuals, groups, clubs and businesses are invited to contribute a gift basket.  This is a great way to highlight your business and demonstrate community support.  We greatly appreciate all contributions.
Finished baskets may be dropped off at the library Nov. 7-10.  They will be on display in the library from November 14 through December 10. The drawing is scheduled for the morning of December 10.
The Basket Maker’s packet is available at the library,  in the town clerks lobby at the Southwick Town Hall or it can be downloaded from the Friends page on the www.southwicklibrary.info website. The packet includes detailed instructions, a form for listing the contents of the basket, and a tax receipt.
The Southwick Library is located at  95 Feeding Hills Road, Southwick.  For more information call Pat McMahon at (413) 569-6531.
The Friends of the Southwick Public Library (a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization)

Halloween Attraction
at the Big E Grounds

A new haunt will turn the historical Storrowton Village (on the Big E grounds) landscape and some buildings catinto a premiere Fall and Halloween attraction. This attraction features events for kids and families, as well as adults only. During the day (Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm) a kids’ fest which is presented by Party Patrol Rentals and the nights are reserved for adults (starting October 13 running Thursdays to Sundays including the night of the dead, Halloween). Both Day and Evening programs use live actors, special effects, and props to scare the Dickens out of all. Once someone goes through the haunt, lazer tag and arcade games await, as well as a party area  complete with food and adult beverage is open to attendees.
For a howling and ghoulish good time come to New England Scare fest. For more info visit www.newenglandscarefest.com.

“The Flight to Set People Free”

Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30PM – The final Living History program of 2016 will be “The Fight to Set People Free”.   Kevin Johnson from the CT State Library will appear in costume and  dynamically reenact the life and times of Jordan Freeman.  Jordan Freeman, a native of Old Lyme, was an African American body servant of Col William Ledyard during the Revolutionary War and witnessed key events of the war for independence.
Thank you for your continued support in 2016.  Light refreshments will be served following the program.
The NCCHP museum  is located in the historic buildings of the Noble & Cooley Toy Drum company at 42 Water Street in Granville.  For more information visit the NCCHP website www.ncchp.org or call 413-357-6321.

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