Johnson Memorial Hospital Fall Fête Event

Somers - posted Sep, 30 2013

SOMERS - Wine and music lovers are invited to the home of Friendly’s founder S. Prestley Blake and his wife Helen D. Blake for the Johnson Memorial Hospital Fall Fête event. The Fall Fête will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, from noon to 5 p.m., on the picturesque grounds of the Blake’s home located at 700 Hall Hill Road in Somers. Long time supporters of Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH), the Blake family has offered to host this exciting event in order to raise funds for patient-related equipment in the hospital’s emergency department. During the event, guests will have an opportunity to enjoy the Blake grounds, which include a round barn, a warming house with stone hearth, stone barns, as well as bridges, ponds and wooded areas. Each outbuilding used will feature a wine or beer tasting coordinated by Kaman’s Fine Wine and Liquor, along with handmade seasonal treats for guests to enjoy. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Come early to enjoy the grounds, and stay for entertainment with guitarist Tim Maynard; classic rock band Tirebiter starts at 1 p.m.; and the big band sound of Dick Campo’s 16-piece orchestra starts at 3:15 p.m. A tent with seating will be provided, however, guests may bring compact folding-chairs and blankets for a more casual feel. Coolers and backpacks will not be allowed. An art exhibition will feature the work of Hal Lasko along with other local artists; a portion of the proceeds from art sales will benefit the hospital. The JMH Auxiliary, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will be selling seasonal items to benefit the hospital. The event is geared toward individuals 21 and older, as there will not be any activities specifically designed for children. Please keep in mind that the property is expansive and some walking will be necessary. Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended. Tickets are $30 per person and all proceeds will go towards patient-related equipment purchases for the Johnson Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. RSVP by Oct. 9 by registering online at, or by visiting the Somers and East Windsor locations of Kaman’s Fine Wine and Liquor or Geissler’s Supermarket stores. For more information on the Fall Fête please call Lisa DeGray at Development office at 860-684-8161.

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