Don’t miss the great line up
of events and our KTW Halloween message (see Wednesday).
Monday 10/29: REMINDER: DEP Commissioner McCarthy
TONIGHT at the Mill in Tariffville.
Unique opportunity to listen and ask questions in a small venue.
Come to learn, and see what we can do for the environment, education, and
“No Child Left Inside.” www.nochildleftinside.org 6:30
PM doors open for informal socializing, program at 7PM.
Tuesday 10/30: Heidi
Green, of 1000 Friends of CT (www.1000friends-ct.org)
7 p.m. at Boy Scout Hall, Simsbury.
General topics: smart development, reducing sprawl.
Wednesday 10/31: A
special Jack-o-Lantern message from Bill Hildebrandt of the famed Ragtime
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Thursday 11/1: Farmington
River Watershed Association (www.frwa.org) 54th
annual dinner featuring Tim Palmer. Social hour and silent auction
bidding at 6 pm, dinner and program at 7 pm. Members $33, Non-member
$35, cost at the door $40. Call 658-4442.
Get tickets for event at the Bushnell honoring Simsbury’s conservation
Attend the presentation of a staged
dramatic reading of a new play, FORCES OF NATURE, commissioned by the Connecticut Forest
and Park Association (http://www.ctwoodlands.org/
) at the Bushnell
Center for the Performing
Arts on November 9th, at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $30 and $45 and
available at the Bushnell Box Office (860) 987-5900 or http://www.bushnell.org/.
Forces of Nature explores the
relationships among Gifford Pinchot, born in Simsbury, first Chief of the Forest
Service and founder of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies,
John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, and President Theodore Roosevelt.
The play focuses on the friendship between Pinchot and Muir and their eventual
falling out because of differing beliefs about how best to manage the
nation’s open and forest lands. The setting is the dramatic period in the
early 20th century when the conservation movement was beginning in the United States,
attempting to bring alive the conservation debate that began with the events of
It will be offered to schools and
theaters; a study guide and web site are in development to support and promote
the educational components of the play. FORCES OF NATURE should prove
intriguing and fun for the environmentalist, historian and theater lover.
More details at: http://www.ctwoodlands.org/specialevent.html
Finally – congratulations to Simsbury and other towns for "Preservation of Place" grants. The purpose of this program is to provide Connecticut communities
with targeted resources to increase their capacity to plan for preservation and
revitalization initiatives in their downtowns and neighborhood commercial
Town of New Milford
New Milford's historic village center is an
undiscovered gem to many, as three different state highways essentially bypass
the district. The New Milford Village Center Signage and Wayfinding Design
Project will develop effective signage which will direct travelers on Routes 7,
67 and 202 toward the village center. Secondary goals include development of
signage and pedestrian kiosks within the village center that will facilitate
wayfinding in the district itself.
Rose City Renaissance
The Rose City Renaissance
Center is envisioned as
the modern day equivalent of the ancient Greek agora - a central meeting place
conducive to the exchange of information, ideas, services and goods - the heart
of downtown. The Preservation of Place grant-funded project includes the
design, fabrication and initial programming of a display system that will
become the center's integral "information kiosk" featuring the
heritage, arts, international, business and development communities in downtown
will also highlight tourism and main street revitalization information.
Simsbury Main Street
Simsbury: New England Nearby will be a marketing
campaign designed to promote and enhance resident and visitor experiences in Simsbury through the use
of cultural, natural and historic assets. The Preservation of Place grant will
fund the design and development of heritage tourism materials including: the
Scenic Drive, Simsbury Outdoors, Simsbury: New England Nearby Detailed Map
(highlighting historic sites and natural assets on one side and Simsbury Center
on the other), and the Trail Mix Map (featuring a detailed map of the 26 miles
of Farmington Valley Greenway).
Main Street Waterbury
The Maple Mill
is envisioned as a "first-of-its-kind-in-Waterbury" Arts Center
where performance and visual artists will live, work and create in an
inspirational environment, attracting visitors and patrons from around the
region in a prime location at the gateway of the arts & entertainment
district of downtown. The Preservation of Place grant will fund architectural
renderings and model, development of a proposal and pro forma to be used for
soliciting and procuring necessary financing and funding for the overall
renovation, rehabilitation and fit-out of the existing building.
City of West Haven
Downtown Facade and Signage Guidelines. By addressing the continuity of West Haven's downtown
commercial buildings, the City will strive to create a positive visual connection
and experience in downtown. The goal of the Preservation of Place grant-funded
project is the development of comprehensive design guidelines for the historic
downtown district and facade and signage specifications for targeted commercial
and mixed-use properties in downtown.
Town of Windsor
Area Master Planning Study. The study's goal is to develop strategies for
increasing pedestrian activity, enhancing public spaces, reusing vacant or
underutilized structures and initiating traffic improvements compatible with a
pedestrian environment. The Preservation of Place grant-funded portion of this
study will focus on redevelopment strategies for three key sites: Dexter Plaza
(an underperforming retail strip mall), the Montgomery Building
(a large, vacant mill complex) and the historic railroad station.
Friends of Main Street,
Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Winsted. The results of this project, a self-
guided tour that features a full color print brochure; a companion Shoppes
& Dining Guide; a docent voice component for mp3 download; and an
"armchair tour" to be aired on local cable access TV, will provide
residents and visitors with information that will broaden and expand their
knowledge of downtown Winsted.
"It is extremely important that each individual realize
their responsibility for preserving the environment, make it a part of daily
life, create the same attitude in their families, and spread it to the
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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