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Gail Wade music on the lawn at Storrs Cong July 22 2013

On Monday, July 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. enjoy a free concert on the lawn featuring the folk music of the Gail Wade Trio, followed by gifted Carillonneur Isaac Wong and at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus.

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Free concert

On Monday, July 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. enjoy a free concert on the lawn featuring the folk music of the Gail Wade Trio, followed by gifted Carillonneur Isaac Wong and at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Picnic dinners will be available for $8. Concerts on the Lawn! is sponsored by SCC’s Music Board through the generosity of the Lamb Fund in memory of past UConn carilloneur Jack Lamb. Questions? Call 860-429-9382 or visit http://www.storrscongchurch.org

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Federal programs can support rural cultural ‘economy’

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities.  Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities. Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

By Chris Beck, Senior Projects Advisor | USDA Rural Development

As rural communities search for new and viable economic approaches, it is becoming clear that one core component of many successful rural communities is the presence of vibrant arts and cultural opportunities.

Last month I had the opportunity to speak about rural arts initiatives and how USDA Rural Development is engaged with local communities and private foundations to provide awareness of our infrastructure programs and how they can assist in supporting local cultural strategies.

At the Americans for the Arts annual meeting I had the honor of representing USDA on two panels where our Rural Development programs were part of the mix.

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Coventry residents – swap stuff with your neighbors

Are you a decorative plate collector? You can add to or thin down your collection with this new group... Buy, sell, barter, trade, or give it away! New or used items, or services. You've got it or you're looking for it… there’s a Facebook page for Coventry residents (only) to do all these things called the Coventry Ct Citizens Swap meet.

Are you a decorative plate collector? You can add to or thin down your collection with this new group… Buy, sell, barter, trade, or give it away! New or used items, or services. You’ve got it or you’re looking for it… there’s a Facebook page for Coventry residents (only) to do all these things, called the Coventry Ct Citizens Swap meet.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Buy, sell, barter, trade, or give it away! New or used items, or services. You’ve got it or you’re looking for it… there’s a Facebook page for Coventry residents (only) to do all these things, called the Coventry Ct Citizens Swap meet.

Here’s how it works…

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Farmers Cow hosts gourmet events for Chef-to-Farm Dinner Series

Guests enjoy fresh foods prepared by a world-class chef at a Chef to Farm event hosted by Graywall Farm in Lebanon, CT. Courtesy photo.

Guests enjoy fresh foods prepared by a world-class chef at a Chef to Farm event hosted by Graywall Farms in Lebanon, CT. Courtesy photo.

The lush open fields surrounding Graywall Farms in Lebanon – a member of The Farmer’s Cow – offers the perfect setting to enjoy world-class cuisine, featuring the freshest local foods and produce.

Graywall Farms and the Chesmer family are once again proud to partner with Max Restaurant Group to present two Chef-to-Farm dinners:

  • “Full Moon Disco” on Friday July 19
  • “Bluegrass, Beers & BBQ” on Friday Aug. 16.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. at both events, beginning with a beverage reception with the guest winemaker and/or brewer, followed by a tour of the farm to see the fields and learn about life on a working dairy farm, Connecticut agriculture and The Farmer’s Cow.

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Coventry Farmers Market invites you to a ‘wellness’ swap

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday is Coventry Regional Farmers Market's annual Wellness Fair on June 23, 2013. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions.

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday is Coventry Regional Farmers Market’s annual Wellness Fair on June 23, 2013. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions.

Press Release

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday (June 23) is Coventry Regional Farmers Market’s annual Wellness Fair. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions. Don’t forget that baking or jam making can contribute to wellness too!

As always, anything handmade, handcrafted or homegrown is swappable. But remember – you must sign up and bring something to get something in return!

You need to sign up for a swap ticket if you plan to attend.

Time: BEFORE the market: Set up any time after 10 a.m. Announcement of the swap will be around 10:30, and swapping starts around at 10:40 a.m.

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Coventry residents eligible for free video production training

Free classes begin June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Charter Studios. Photo from Town Talk, a public access program hosted by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor.

Free classes begin June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Charter Studios. Photo from Town Talk, a public access program hosted by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor.

Press Release

The CTV14 Community Access Television Studio (Charter) is now taking applications for a free Public Access Internship program.

Classes begin June 13, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Interns get hands-on experience in all aspects of video production in our North Windham TV studio.

Cover community events and public affairs shows for airing on CTV14. Interns also have the opportunity to use these new skills to produce their own Public Access program.

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Coventry Farmers Market to pop up at Topmost Farm

This Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit one of our most beautiful farms when the Coventry Regional Farmers Market goes on tour with our first-ever “Pop Up Market” at Topmost Herb Farm!

This Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit one of our most beautiful farms when the Coventry Regional Farmers Market goes on tour with our first-ever “Pop Up Market” at Topmost Herb Farm!

Press Release

This Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit one of our most beautiful farms when the Coventry Regional Farmers Market goes on tour with our first-ever “Pop Up Market” at Topmost Herb Farm!

What to expect…

Drive down the dirt road leading to Topmost to find a gorgeous farm and more than 25 of our vendors offering gorgeous asparagus, rhubarb, greens and other spring produce, vegetable plants, eggs, meats, cheeses, artisan foods and more!

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Jeepin for the Cause to benefit Windham Hospital

Jeepin' for the Cause, a recreational-Jeep ride sponsored by Capitol Chrysler Dodge Jeep to benefit Windham Hospital, is coming up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 5. Capitol Jeep has sponsored seven of these popular events and raised more than $43,000 for local charities.

Jeepin’ for the Cause, a recreational-Jeep ride sponsored by Capitol Chrysler Dodge Jeep to benefit Windham Hospital, is coming up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 5, 2013.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Jeepin’ for the Cause, a recreational-Jeep ride sponsored by Capitol Chrysler Dodge Jeep to benefit Windham Hospital, is coming up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 5.

Capitol Jeep has sponsored seven of these popular events and raised more than $43,000 for local charities.

“We offer three different trails of varying terrain and difficulty to maximize driver challenge and passenger enjoyment,” said Owner/President of Capitol Chrysler Dodge Jeep Scott Lewis.

“These rides are always a lot of fun. Our entire staff gets behind these events and we invite the community to join us on the trails, rain or shine,” Lewis said.

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You are invited to enjoy World Book Night afternoon event

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the International Center at the University of Connecticut co-sponsors a World Book Night/Daytime celebration during the regularly scheduled Coffee Hour at 2:30 p.m.  The public is invited.

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the International Center at the University of Connecticut co-sponsors a World Book Night/Daytime celebration during the regularly scheduled Coffee Hour at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Press Release

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the International Center at the University of Connecticut co-sponsors a World Book Night/Daytime celebration during the regularly scheduled Coffee Hour at 2:30 p.m.

The public is invited.

Partnering with Laurie Tompkins from the IC, Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh will distribute to international students specially-printed copies of her favorite book pick.

World Book Night “officially” is recognized on April 23 but the celebration on the UConn campus is planned for when most students would normally be on campus.

The celebration is at McMahon Hall, 2011 Hillside Road.

Ruth will give out copies of her favorite book from the list of 30 books provided by the WBN event coordinators, The Phantom Tollbooth.

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Fishing season opens – get info here about where to fish in Connecticut

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. Photo courtesy of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 2013.

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. Photo courtesy of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 2013.

Opening day of the Trout Fishing Season is Saturday, April 20 and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready.

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers.

DEEP’s spring trout-stocking effort began in early March and will continue through the end of May. When spring stocking is completed, DEEP expects to have stocked about 630,000 trout.

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

CHILDREN RUNNING from Windham Hosp FB page

In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

water - drinking water - water faucet

Questions about water sources, usage and quality have come into focus recently in light of the Storrs Center development, UConn’s plans to bring in water to support a new Tech Park and the concurrent needs of the towns in this region, particularly in terms of their own development plans.

Federal programs can support rural cultural ‘economy’

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities.  Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

We had the opportunity to explore ways in which USDA’s infrastructure programs might be able to leverage this new boost of philanthropic support as these communities work to demonstrate how cultural development is an essential ingredient for rural communities in the next generation.

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