September 2019
Upcoming Schedule of Events

Welcome to WOW's monthly newsletter! WOW is the Woodbury Library, Parks and Recreation Department and Senior Center's collaborative effort to bring free programs to Woodbury for people of all age's enjoyment. You can find more information on these programs and all WOW programs at 
Community Events
Changes in Social Security & Integrating Them in Retirement with USA Financial
Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 PM
Woodbury Library

Social Security
Retirement is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience. When to  collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make in context of planning your retirement.   Join Michael Alimo of USA Financial as he helps you learn key conceptsyou need to know beforeapplying for Social Security at the Woodbury Public Library on Thursday, September 5 at 6:30pm.
Depending on your age, Social Security filing strategies may boost lifetime benefits & increase retirement income by tens of thousands.  Always consider Social Security payout as a component of your retirement plan.   The Changes in Social Security program is free but registration is requested.  A 30 year industry veteran, for the past 17 years financial service advisor Michael Alimo has served clientele around CT & New England at  his USA Financial & Tax Services. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars for groups at libraries, churches, and social organization about a variety of financial and planning topics. 
Please register as there are limited spaces available. 203-263-3502 or by visiting the Library's website
Michael Gallagher
The month of September
Artist's Reception, September 7th at 2:00 PM
Woodbury Library Gallery

Michael Gallagher will present his photographs of Holyland USA at an opening reception September 7th, 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Gallery at the Woodbury Public Library on Main Street South.
The exhibition comprises thirty-six permanent pigment giclée prints made from negatives exposed September 1987 through February 1988 in an abandoned religious theme park in Waterbury. Holyland, USA built by Waterbury Lawyer John Grecco on a hill overlooking the city closed in 1984 and slowly became derelict. Vandals and folk-art collectors disfigured statues, grottoes, catacombs, a miniature city, gateways and plaques made from construction debris, scrap iron, refrigerators, water heaters and other resources gleaned from junkyards.
Gallagher, drawn to the place, was intrigued by and aspired to understand the impetus, through analysis of the artifacts left behind, that drove Grecco to build it. Gallagher, "Saw the activity of photographing the site as personal archaeology, a way of understanding how a person becomes driven to create and as an act self-analysis was it a mirror for my desire to make photographs?" "Does the viewers experience of the relics become deepened or weakened as the forces of nature took over?"
Michael Gallagher is a nationally recognized fine art photographer. His work is in the permanent collections of museums, universities and private collectors. He exhibited one man shows at the Mattatuck Museum, Artworks, Russell, Schumacher, Emerson galleries as well as the Hotchkiss School, Deerfield Academy and the Rochester Institute of Technology. His images have been included in juried exhibitions regionally and across the nation. Publications include School Arts, New Mexico Photographer, the New York Times and Who's Who of American Teachers. He is a recipient of a Connecticut Commission for the Arts Fellowship and many artist's grants to pursue personal work. Gallagher, an immigrant who came to America as a boy has lived in Woodbury since 1979. He volunteers in the Woodbury library, sits on the board for the Art Alliance of Woodbury and was committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 54 and the Woodbury Little League.
The library is exhibit is on view through September 30th during regular library hours. For more information, contact the library at 203-263-3502 or at
Fragments, World War II: A Kid In Brooklyn Book Talk with Local Author Walt Dierks
Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Library

Woodbury author Walt Dierks shares his newly published book, Fragments, World War II: A Kid in Brooklyn in a book talk and signing at the Woodbury Public Library on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm.  In his book, Dierks illuminates the everyday lives and adventures of young kids coming of age in Brooklyn during World War II.  A graduate of Roanoke College, Walt Dierks earned an MBA from George Washington University.  Upon retiring from his career in the pharmaceutical industry, he substitute taught in the Region 14 school system for 12 years.  His work with middle school students led him to contrast their experiences and involvements with those he recalled from his same-age days during World War II.  Walt Dierks is the first member of the Woodbury Writer's Workshop to be published.  The Writer's Workshop, conceived by local author Vinton McCabe, meets monthly at the library.  
Registration is required; visit the library's website or call 203-263-3502 for more information. 
Live Well Chronic Pain Workshops
6-week course
Tuesdays, September 10th - October 5th
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Center

The Pomperaug District Dept of Health, Area Agency on Aging, the CT Dept on Aging and the CT Dept of Public Health, along with the CT Community Foundation, is sponsoring and presenting a FREE 6-week Live Well Chronic Pain Workshop on Tuesdays, starting September 10th from 1:00 - 3:30 PM at the Woodbury Senior Center. 
You will learn techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, poor sleep. Exercises to help with pain. Ways to improve your nutrition. Appropriate use of medications and other helpful information for managing your pain day to day.

Registration is required; please call the Pomperaug Health District at 203-264-9616 x 0 to sign up. 
Downton Abbey: An English Way of Life with Kim Larkin 
Saturday, September 14th at 2:00 PM
Woodbury Library

In celebration of Downton Abbey coming to the big screen this month, Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations brings the world of the British aristocracy to life.  From formal evenings to afternoon tea (hers includes chocolate pairings!) this is a program sure to suit all anglophiles! 
Registration is required; visit the library's website or call 203-263-3502 for more information. 
The Perspective Book Discussion Series - Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Library
The awareness raising book discussion group led by Woodbury Library staff members Heidi Duchaine and Marla Martin returns for its fall session with the #1 New York Times bestseller Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance.  
Copies of the book are available to check out at the front desk.

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Book & Movie: Random Harvest by James Hilton
Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Library

Book & Movie returns for the fall with Random Harvest.  Written by James Hilton, also the author Goodbye Mr. Chips, the Academy award nominated movie was released in 1942 and stars Ronald Coleman and Greer Garson.
Pizza & Movie: Rocket Gibraltar 
Friday, September 20th at 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Center

On the occasion of wealthy patriarch Burt Lancaster's 77th birthday, his Long Island home is invaded by well-meaning family members. Lancaster is bored by the well-meaning interference of his grown children, but he thrives on the company of his grandchildren, especially 5-year-old Macaulay Culkin (in a terrific pre-star performance). To the kids, Lancaster reveals what he really wants as a birthday present: an old-fashioned Viking funeral! 
From this point on, the ending of Rocket Gibraltar is a "done deal", but getting there is all the fun.
Sign up is a must, space limited to 30! 
Please call 203-263-2828 to register. 
The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities
Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Library
Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a "grotesque safari", traveling to 10 universities around the country (Bryn Mawr College, The City College of New York, Duke University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., The University of Chicago, The University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University) to photograph the grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has collected his findings in his new book called: "The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities " and presents a selection of them in this illustrated lecture at the Woodbury Public Library on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm, giving the audience a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer.

Mathew Duman is a photographer, author and graphic designer who grew up in Bethany, Connecticut. He attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State U. but while studying abroad, he developed a fascination with the grotesque sculptures of the cathedrals of Britain. In addition to England, Matt has made photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia & New Zealand. As a personal project, he began exploring the variety of sculpture found on the buildings of Yale University & published a book called "An Education in the Grotesque", containing his findings at Yale and has now turned his sights on the sculpture at other campuses around the US.
"Cut the Cord" Presentation at Woodbury Senior Center
Monday, September 30th at 11:00 AM
Woodbury Senior Center
Cutting the Cord: lose your cable bill , know your options, and learn about free and low cost screening options for your TV viewing!  Monday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m.  Join librarian Ron Fairchild for an informative and lively discussion on the "why's" and the "how's" of using internet streaming services. There will be a drawing from those present for a free ROKU box for your home viewing.  Please sign up at (2030 263-2828.
Disc Golf Meetup on Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
Woodbury Disc Golf Course, 265 Main Street
Disc Golf Meetup

If you are interested in learning how to play, or know how and want to have a regular play schedule, come join the fun and meet others while playing disc golf!
The group will meet on Tuesdays, at the Woodbury Senior Center parking lot at 5:30 PM. 

By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, with Summer's best of weather and Autumn's best of cheer. 
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FALL Brochure for Programs is OUT!
Registration begins on Wednesday, Sept 4th

Many programs for all ages. Some FREE!
Please visit 
to see the brochure and sign up TODAY!

FREE Hearing Screenings
Friday, September 13th
Beginning at 12:00 noon
Woodbury Senior Center

If you would like an appointment, you must call the Woodbury Senior Center at 
203-263-2828. Thank you!
Aging In Place in Woodbury - Ask the Experts
Lunch & Learn
Monday, September 16th at 12:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Center

Aging mastery

  Bring YOUR questions and meet the experts, including certified aging-in-place home modification experts, living transitions counselors, a resource and benefits specialists and more.  A free light lunch is included; pre-registration is a must by calling (203) 263-2828
Book Talk: An Immigrant's Dilemma by Mark Hehl
Tuesday, October 22nd 
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Center

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Mr. Hehl retraces his Sicilian family's journey from the oppressive conditions which led them to immigrate to the U.S. to live in Brooklyn. We learn of their Atlantic crossing on the Trojan Prince, their arrival day when the oldest child Vincenzo meets them and leads them over the Brooklyn Bridge to his small apartment in East New York. We feel Giuseppe Tardi's agony and dilemma in caring for his young children after his wife's demise due to a miscarriage.
Mark Hehl travels to the ancestral town to learn more about his great-grandfather's decision. We learn about the history of Santa Margherita di Belice and meet his wonderful relatives, including his great-aunt Laura.
For anyone seeking to resolve a family mystery, Mark Hehl's book demonstrates that much more can be discovered.
Please register at 203-263-2828
The Farm's 
Corn Maze - 
Family Fun
Aug 30 - Nov 3rd
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
See the Farm's website for more information.
corn maze

Walk Supporting Addiction and Recovery
Friday, September 6th
6:30 PM in Hollow Park

Candlelight vigil, resources, networking, stroll through town, music, memorial. 
Rain Date: September 7th
For more info:

Lions Club 
Duck Race Raffle
Saturday, September 7th
12:00 Noon SHARP at 
Three Rivers Park on 
Jacks Bridge Rd
Tickets are $5.00 
For more information, contact a Lions Club member or visit 

Women's Club of Woodbury
Monday, September 9th
11:10 am at Emergency Services Building, 25 Quassuk Rd
Griffin Kalin of The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum will speak about the
"Wigwam Escape Puzzle".
Public is invited. Kindly RSVP by calling 203-482-3633.

Wigwam Escape
Harvest Walk to 
End Hunger
Sunday, September 15th
1:00 PM from 
Mitchell Elementary
Tickets are $5.00 
5K Walk to support emergency food assistance programs in Woodbury, Southbury & Waterbury organized by SWIM
Southbury Woodbury 
Interfaith Ministries. 

To register, visit the SWIM website at
Click on Harvest Walk 2019
Harvest Walk  
Go The Distance 
for Scholars 
Bike, Walk & 
Road Race
Saturday, September 21st
Woodbury Middle School

You can support the Woodbury Scholarship Fund "Dollars for Scholars" at the annual 
"Go the Distance" bike, walk and road race. 

Register online at:

Woodbury Resident Trooper's Office 
Annual "Pig" Roast
Friday, September 27th

The Woodbury Resident Trooper's Office and ASAP will be hosting a free hot dog roast from 3:00 - 8:00 PM at
Hollow Park. Come join us for free food, info and FUN!

Help Fill the Shelves 
Woodbury Community Services Food Bank by Going to Quassy! For FREE!

September 28th & 29th
Woodbury residents only

Bring non-perishable food items, 2 per person attending, hand it to the parking attendant and they will give you a bracelet for 
all rides for ALL day! Join the fun and donate at 
the same time!

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed

There is need for volunteer tax preparers, greeters, local leaders, and technology coordinators to manage and staff sites in Woodbury and Middlebury.

Anyone interested in volunteering, having questions, or know of a referral can contact Dan Denver, Local Coordinator, (203) 565-6171, . Neither volunteers or taxpayers need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to participate in this program.