Weekly Newsletter - December 2, 2021

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Thank you to all that sponsored a tree this year in our 2021 Adopt A Tree. We would like to extend our thanks to the Town of Salisbury Town Crew and Salisbury Garden Center who worked tireless to deliver and set the trees up so that Santa's helpers could come through and add the lights. We would also like to give a HUGE shout out to National Iron Bank and their generosity of making our dreams of solar lights a reality!!
Coffee with the President
This weekend I had the pleasure of help! I have been down for the count with sciatica, and this comes at a horrible time for this gardener. Pots are needing to be emptied, plants are needing to be divided and replanted, annuals need to be cut down and on and on! My list was a mile long this season! With each passing day I grew more sad that the work wasn’t getting done. In the winter naturally I will be inside more, and to look out a window and continually be reminded of this time, this injury, I didn’t want to face it. And then came DJ! A Salisbury School student of 16 years age, who loves to dig! With a bit of time off from school around the holiday he wanted to be out and active and working at something, and I was the beneficiary of his strength and talent, wow! I was blessed!

We got through my list in two hours, on a cold, cloudy afternoon. DJ listened to my instruction and explanations of the why, or the history, or the anecdotes surrounding my collection. Often he beamed a broad smile and belted “I got you!” And he would triumph over his shovel slicing perfectly through a clump of Alchemilla: “PERFECT!”, his smile spreading as broad as his shoulders. He told me of his theory on why this historic war was won or lost, Caesar’s shortcomings, and the esprit de corps of private school athletic rivalries. What a joy!
We finished our time with a repositioning of my favorite statuary outside the studio windows. ‘MAW’ as I call it, named after visionary Mary Alice White who gave it to me, will face the studio this winter so we can have conversations and critiques during the winter months. I have two commissions, a spring art show and several personal projects to complete during the next five months, and I will need all the feedback I can get!

My bottom line is a few nuggets of advice: have faith in the next generation, they need us as much as we need them; clean your windows inside and out for the winter season, look out them now and stage a scene outside for yourself; lastly, imaginary friends are for keeps!
​IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - A Live Radio Play
Saturday, December 11 - 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 12 - 3pm
Revisit Bedford Falls, fall in love again with George and Mary, and discover the magic of an angel named Clarence. It’s Christmas Eve in 1947, and inside a radio studio a live broadcast brings to life Frank Capra’s timeless film in all of its feel-good glory. Be a part of the live studio audience, and join the cast and crew as they take you on a journey through the most important evening in one man’s life. It’s the perfect holiday outing for the entire family and, who knows, an angel might even get his wings.
$10 Kids (12 and Under)
$20 Adults
Performances will be in the Bok Gallery. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test will be required.ree to Attend
It’s been hard to see. Roads and walkways have been torn up, repaired, torn up again. Traffic has been diverted, slowed by flaggers and, for the past week, stopped altogether.
But underneath the mess and disruption, Canaan is burgeoning.

Salisbury Rotary Club enjoyed a fun luncheon gathering on 11/23 that raised some money at the same time for the club. With President Elect Bill Spalding serving as auctioneer, the club’s annual Food Auction of food items & beverages donated by its members raised close to $300 for future “good woks” by the club.
Salisbury’s First Selectman, Curtis Rand, spoke to the Rotary Club at its 11/29 meeting, focusing on current issues facing the town. Given that COVID shut down the Town Hall for more than a year posing many challenges to holding meetings & conducting business, he shared info and updates on solid waste, affordable housing, land use, traffic & speeding, Region One’s enrollment growth, capital improvements, and took questions from those present. Noting the Town’s strong recreation program, he said the Grove averaged 700 visitors a day this past summer and that many new residents cite the Grove as a major town asset that attracted them to move here. The meeting was chaired by Bill Spalding, the club’s President-Elect.
Wednesdays 10:45 am
Appropriate for children up to 3 years of age
Let's gather beside the storytime bear in the Buttons Garden on Wednesday mornings to explore Winter themed books and nature. We'll sing songs and move our bodies! We have waterproof cushions for everyone, but as the weather gets colder, we'll move around much more to keep warm. Masks aren’t required for outdoor programming, but we encourage a healthy distance between families. If weather prevents us from being outside, we'll gather in the Children's Library. Masks are required for everyone inside the library.

Sunday, December 5 at 3PM at the White Hart Inn
Help at-risk families remain in their homes during the holiday season and enjoy a read-aloud of the original Paddington bear story by Michael Bond, read by Scoville Memorial Children’s Librarian Kendra Percy and Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Children’s Librarian Samantha Saliter.

Participants will receive a jar of gummy bears with a note that says, “Please look after these gummy bears,” similar to the note attached to Paddington’s coat when he is found, homeless, at Paddington Station in London.

State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) will attend. Masks are required; seating is on the floor (pillows are welcome).

There is no cost to attend. This is a fundraiser for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. Donations can be made by scanning the flow code on bookmarks available at the reading and on special wreaths at area libraries and at all area William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty offices.

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