Ways to learn about and support your town, while having fun

By Joan Hunt - Managing Editor
Windsor - posted Thu., Mar. 3, 2011
Join the Windsor Historical Society for a St. Patrick’s Day program of Irish music on March 17 at 7 p.m. - Contributed Photo

Historical Society Director Christine Ermenc will introduce the St. Patrick’s Day Program of Irish Music on March 17 at 7 p.m. by talking a little bit about what it was that drew the Irish to the town of Windsor. Her presentation will feature a 10-minute Powerpoint with images of the Windsor Locks Canal, the paper and textile mills in Poquonock, Irish grocery stores, Catholic churches and well-known Windsor residents of Irish descent.
The traditional Irish musical program, accompanied by Irish soda bread and apple cider,  includes dance tunes and beloved ballads like “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” Sheets with the lyrics will be passed out, so everyone who wants to can sing along.
The program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members. If you are wearing green, you get a $1 discount. For more information, call the Society at 860-688-3813 or visit www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org.

Tea and Tourism in Windsor
“We are always looking for new members,” said Windsor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jane Garibay of the Chamber’s popular Tourism Committee. The group of volunteers from local businesses and organizations – as well as the general public – gets together monthly to work on unique and fun events that support merchants, attract visitors to town and entertain the community.
Annual events include the Windsor Wade & Tea Fair, the Passport to Summer Fun and Theme Trips. “The Chamber’s mission is to support and strengthen the Windsor business community. Promoting tourism aligns nicely with our goal, supporting our retail, restaurants, hotels and other businesses,” said Garibay.
The Passport program brings people to Windsor from other towns and states to enjoy the restaurants and other attractions. The Wade & Tea Fair attracts Wade collectors and tea lovers from all over.
To join the committee, which meets the first Friday of each month at the Chamber office, 261 Broad St. (between Town Hall and CVS) at 8:30 a.m., call 860-688-5165.
The Tourism Committee also maintains an online Windsor events calendar and offers an e-mail newsletter called “What’s Going on in Windsor?” Sign up online at www.WindsorCC.org or e-mail info@windsorcc.org to subscribe.

Windsor Chamber Cares Auction
Get your tickets now for the Windsor Chamber Cares benefit auction taking place Friday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Maneeley’s in South Windsor. It is a night of delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, good company and live auction items that supports three great non-profit organizations: Windsor Police Cadets, Windsor Education Foundation and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.
Activities include the Heads and Tails game and Take-a-Chance Surprise Boxes (priced at $25 with secret items valued between $25 and $50 – a few will have extra special items valued up to $100.) There is always a great selection of items up for bid, like a flat screen monitor, a safari trip or unique jewelry.
Tickets are $40 per person. Call 860-688-5165. To view the items that are up for auction, visit www.WindsorCC.org.

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