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 December 3, 2013
"Evening with Santa" to Benefit PTO Perpetual Fund

The Southbury Women’s Club will be hosting “An Evening with Santa” to benefit the Region 15 PTO Perpetual Fund at Rochambeau Middle School on Friday, December 6 from 6-8 PM.   The event will feature a visit with Santa, crafts and games with Santa’s Elves, stories with Mrs. Claus, short performances of the Nutcracker by the Southbury School of Performing Arts, and a holiday bake sale.  Photographer Heather Ellicott will be available to take holiday photos.  Pictures and cards can be purchased online following the event.  Parents will also be allowed to take their own photos of their children with Santa.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 per child with a family maximum of $25.   The event is sponsored by Dr. Perry Kest, DDS.  


 November 28, 2013

Thousands of Feet Hit the Street for Charity
Over 1300 runners participated in this year's annual Southbury Women's Club Turkey Trot.  Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored and volunteered!  Here are the results for the race

http://results.active.com/events/southbury-turkey-trot/. Mark your calendar the 2014 Turkey Trot, November, 27 2014

 

October 9, 2013
Southbury Women's Club & Walgreens Announce Fall Fine Arts Festival Amateur Photo Contest Winner

A plethora of talent was on display at the Southbury Women’s Club/Walgreens Amateur Photo Contest as part of the Southbury Fall Fine Arts Festival Saturday, September 7, 2013!  From the sad dog and yawning fox, to the brilliant colors of flowers and umbrellas, to the serenity of the ocean and barns, to the bustle of New York City Sky scrapers, beauty was clearly shown.  At the end of the day, it was a bugs’ life with Photographer Lexie Flood’s "Grasshopper on The Window" taking first prize.  Chair Gabby Addison and The Southbury Women’s Club would like to thank each participant for making this event so successful and ultimately raising over $400.   A portion of the net proceeds from the Southbury Fall Fine Arts Festival and the Amateur Photo Contest will benefit Friends of Pomperaug Music and the Region 15 Art Department.

 
September 17, 2013
Southbury Women's Club's Fall Fine Arts Festival Raises Funds for the Community. Thank You to All Who Made This Possible.
 

September 7 was a gorgeous, fun-filled day for the annual Fall Fine Arts Festival on the Southbury Green.  The Southbury Women’s Club would like to thank Shop Rite, Newtown Savings Bank, Connecticut Community Foundation, Southbury Music Studio and Adam Broderick Hair Salon for sponsoring the event, and Walgreens for sponsoring the Amateur Photo Contest, as well as 60 plus participating, very talented artists, handcrafters, musicians and wellness vendors.  The festival raised over $6,000 that will be gifted to local charities throughout this year.  The club also wants to profusely thank the many volunteers that made this event possible, including the SWC members, the Girls Scouts, Pomperaug Tri-M Music Society, Southbury Juniorettes, and the art demonstrators. Without these dedicated volunteers this event would not be possible.  Lastly SWC thanks the Town of Southbury and Equity One for the use of the green, and the many local businesses that help spread the word about the event, as well as the enthusiastic festival goers that support the arts and this event every year.

 

Iyou are interested in seeing a partial list of the charities that are supported by this event and other Southbury Women’s Club activities, click here. SWC’s next event is the Southbury Turkey Trot and will be held Thanksgiving Day.  Registration is now underway here.

 
August 19, 2013

2013 Operation Backpack a Success.
Back
packs filled with supplies for Southbury children in need

For the past several years, Southbury Women’s Club (SWC) has been assembling backpacks filled with school supplies for local Southbury children in need.  This year SWC assembled and delivered close to 80 completed backpacks for Southbury children for the 2013-2014 school year.  SWC was aided in this worthwhile cause by generous donations from the Sacred Heart Mustard Seed Fund, Region 15 Before and After School Program; as well as the local community through mailed in donations or by making donations in jars that were located in businesses around town including Patty’s Pantry, Southbury LaBonne’s and Leo’s.

SWC is always accepting sponsors for this worthwhile cause.  If you or your business is interested in contributing, or if you would like more information, please contact Kristen at 203-219-0478. Donations for this project in any amount are always welcome and can be sent directly to Southbury Women’s Club, ATTN: Backpacks, P.O. Box 195, Southbury, CT, 06488.

PHOTO: Sandra Saren, Director, Social Services, Town of Southbury is pictured with Cameron Funk and Ellie Nikolich, children of SWC members.  Cameron and Ellie helped deliver the backpacks to Mrs. Saren.  

 
August 8, 2013

Save the Date for the Fall Fine Arts Festival

Mark your calendar for Saturday September 7, 2013 for the 9th Annual Fall Fine Arts Festival of Southbury. This event is generously sponsored by Shop Rite, Newtown Savings Bank, Connecticut Community Foundation and Southbury Music Studio and hosted by the Southbury Women’s Club.

New England's finest artists and handcrafters will fill the Southbury Green at 775 Main St. South from 10 am to 4 pm with unique and reasonably priced paintings, photographs, art to wear, sculptures, handmade home goods and wood crafts.

This eagerly awaited festival will also include facepainting and crafts for the kids by Southbury Juniorettes, scrumptious baked goods, music by Changes Urban Instrumental and Scratch, along with health and wellness practitioners including Reiki Master, Eileen Gorham, and Massage Therapist, Laura Ahern and Spinal Exams by Dr. Ernest Marrone.  

Back by popular demand, the festival will include voting for your favorite photo contestant in the FFAF Walgreen’s Amateur Photo Contest booth.  New this year, art demonstrations, including wire wrapping a gemstone briolette by Jewelry Cafe owner and artist Laura Vhay.

Three participating artists offered how they got started in their medium, what inspires their work and what they like about this festival.

Joe Sorge
 sculpts out of steel and stone. He says, “I found stone 20 years ago and love it. Last year I found steel and its beauty. The qualities of each attract me. Stone, with so many colors and translucence moves my emotions. Steel, and its interaction with light moves me deeply. Both have a strong solidness to them. To make something that brings lasting joy to people is my mission, enhancing life through visual art is my goal! I attended the Southbury Women's Club Fall Fine Arts Festival last year and en
joyed meeting the wonderful people. It was my first fair and I loved it!


Georgia Sheron
 said, “I was primarily a painter but found photography more challenging and creative. I have been photographing for over 40 years and still love the medium. I am inspired by the work of some master photographers like Sebastiao Selgado. But I am also inspired by what I see around me every day. I am always observing.” She enjoyed participating in “this lovely community gathering. It was a great way to reach a new audience.”

Lastly we spoke with Donna Tye, a silver crafts artist who got her start when she was asked to participate in a holiday house tour. She decided to add a kitchen themed Christmas tree to her large country kitchen.  She visited flea markets for vintage silverware and other silver for the tree, took several metalsmithing classes at Brookfield Craft Center, and learned how to bend form and solder silver to create her unique ornaments and jewelry.

Donna told us she was very impressed with Southbury Women’s Club professional jurying process. “I felt honored to have been accepted into the show. The day of the event the organization was attentive, prompt and helpful. The show was very well advertised, well attended and ultimately profitable.”

Artist booth spaces are still available for $75.  Amateur contestants can enter the photo contest up until August 31.  Visit http://www.southburywomensclub.org or contact Nannette Dorsey at FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com or 203-706-0724 for more information about the festival, including art applications and photo contest entry forms.

All proceeds from the Fall Fine Arts Festival of Southbury are donated locally, including supporting the arts.


 
July 1, 2013

Southbury Women's Club & Walgreens Announce Fall Fine Arts Festival Amateur Photo Contest
Download Entry Form

Southbury Walgreens, 370 Main St. S, together with Southbury Women’s Club, announce an amateur photo contest to be held during the Fall Fine Arts Festival, September 7, 2013 on the Southbury Green 10 am – 4 pm. Everyone is invited to participate. Contestants will compete for a $50 prize including a $25 gift certificate donated by Walgreens and $25 cash. Voting by dollars will be held during the entire Fall Fine Arts Festival. Contestants are encouraged to bring their friends and family to the event to vote and to enjoy a day of shopping for unique art and handcrafts, food, crafts and face painting for kids, music by Changes Urban Instrument and Scratch, plus art demonstrations and a wellness booth.

The prints of the photos on display at the festival will also be for sale. The winning photo will be featured here on the SWC web site and will be submitted to the newspaper. A portion of the proceeds from voting and the sale will be donated to the Region 15 art program and Friends of Pomperaug Music.

There is no cost to enter! All family friendly subjects will be accepted. Southbury Women's Club reserves the right to refuse entries. Please no photos of identifiable people. To enter download the form & rules, read the rules & fill out the form. Bring your form and photos (limit 2 entries per contestant) to the Southbury Walgreens photo counter to enter and print your photo for free! Or pick up the forms and rules at the Southbury Walgreens photo counter.

Spots are still available to artisans on a first come, first serve basis – and many returning artisans have already applied to ensure their spot. Interested parties are encouraged to email FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com, call Nannette Dorsey at 203-706-0724, visit www.SouthburyWomensClub.org for an application, or see our Facebook page for more information.

  
June 10, 2013
Southbury Women's Club Seeks Artists & Handcrafters for Fall Fine Arts Festival of Southbury
Dowload Application Here

Fine artists and hand crafters are being sought for the 9th Annual Fall Fine Arts Festival of Southbury.

Th
is year’s festival will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm rain or shine, on the Southbury Green on Main Street South in Southbury, Connecticut. The Fall Fine Arts Festival is a juried event hosted by the Southbury Women’s Club and has been a fabulous success each year with eclectic and talented artisans displaying assorted fine art and handcrafts. As in year’s past, one hundred percent of event proceeds benefit local charities and scholarships.

Every year festival goers crowd the green to shop, learn about art of various genre and listen to live music. Food, bake goods, a wellness booth, and activities for the kids are also part of the annual tradition.

Artists who produce original works in any medium are invited to apply for participation. Spots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis – and many returning artisans have already applied to ensure their spot. A single space is available for $65 for a 10’x12’ until July 31 after which the price increases to $75. Double spaces are also available. Interested parties are encouraged to download the application here, visit the Fall Fine Arts Festival page on this site for updates or contact Nannette Dorsey or Lauren Brenneman at FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com or 203-706-0724.

 
June 9, 2013
Golf Outing Regretfully Cancelled
 
Regretfully, Southbury Women’s Club must cancel the golf event scheduled for June 17 at the Heritage Country Club.  The number of registered participants is not sufficient for the event to occur. If you registered for the event, your registration fee will be reimbursed in full by check. Please allow three weeks for refund.
 
SWC thanks you for your continued interest and hope you will join us in future events supporting our community.

 
May 5, 2013
Southbury Women's Club Gifts Nearly $30K to Community

The Southbury Women's Club recently held their annual dinner celebrating a year of fundraising at Fairways Restaurant in Southbury. For the calendar year, the non-profit raised over $29,000 for local non-profits. Through their enriching events SWC raises money and awareness about local support organizations and need, demonstrates the importance of community service and strives to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Since SWC’S inception in 2001 they have gifted over $100,000 to local non-profits. The organization strives to maintain a balance giving to the following categories; Basic Need, Health and Wellness, Women Children Family Crisis, Local Youth Enrichment and Safety, Veterans & Soldiers, Southbury Town History & Beautification, Preservation, Conservation and Animal Care.

Past projects include providing backpacks full of supplies for needy Southbury school children, donations to Southbury Fuel and Food Banks and Needy Fund, annual camp and high school scholarships, supporting our veterans, promoting music and art for children and many causes in and around Southbury. The following are just a couple of the over 30 organizations the women made monetary gifts to in 2013.

The Historical Society
This group represents some of the oldest Southbury families, who are lifelong residents and know all of the local history, as well as newcomers who are interested in local history. They work diligently to maintain the history of the town and provide opportunities through programs and displays to educate the town about its history.  

Most recently, the Society created a documentary on the German American Bund in Southbury in 1937. This documentary "Home of the Brave" has been shown in many locations in the area and has received attention across the country, including a showing scheduled in Washington, DC.

Funds contributed to the Society are allocated to major projects. They have received matching grants for the Ludorf Barn restoration; which means they have to raise an equal amount of funds to get the grant. Currently, electricity is being installed into the barn for lighting of displays. Their hope is to eventually open the barn to visitors as an agricultural museum and learning center.

The Avielle Foundation
Avielle Rose Richman was one of twenty-six children and educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012. As a result, the Avielle Foundation has been created to bring about change in the hope of honoring Avielle and all the others that have fallen to such senseless violence. The goal of the Foundation is to prevent violence through brain health research and fostering community. The Avielle Foundation will work directly with world leaders in these fields toward understanding and change.

The Foundation feels passionate that citizenship in a community goes beyond fitting in and comes with responsibility. That we must gain a better understanding of brain health and ensure that our communities include and protect all individuals.

How You Can Help
The Southbury Women’s Club would like to thank the community for their continued support allowing them to carry out their mission. You can support their mission by sponsoring, participating in and attending Southbury Women’s Club events. For example, SWC is hosting their Inaugural Golf Tournament on Monday June 17, 2013 at Heritage Village Country Club in Southbury with a shotgun start/scramble play beginning at 12:30 pm and a sit down, family style dinner immediately following at Fairways Restaurant. In addition, SWC is currently seeking artists and sponsors for the 9th Annual Fall Fine Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday September 7, 2013 on Southbury Green, 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. To preregister for the golf outing or learn how to become a sponsor or artist for the Fall Fine Arts Festival, visit www.southburywomensclub.org or email SouthburyWomensClub@yahoo.com

For more information on the next meeting or for general club information, please contact Liz McConnon, our Membership Chairwoman, at southburywomensclub@yahoo.com.

 
April 25, 2013
The Jewelry Cafe Raffles Italian Designer Handbag to Benefit Southbury Women's Club

The Jewelry Café Artist Co-operative will give everyone the chance to win a luxurious Italian leather designer handbag that retails for $525, for just $5.

The Southbury Women’s Club and Jewelry Café are currently conducting a raffle for a Rioni “Lady” handbag.  This gorgeous, black patent leather purse is on display at the Jewelry Café Artist Co-operative at 220 Main Street South in Southbury.  Raffle tickets are $5 apiece and can be purchased at the store or from club members.  The drawing will be held at the Jewelry Café at 4 pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.  The winner does not need to be present to win.

“The Southbury Women’s Club helps the community in so many ways that I wanted this to be special” says Laura Brown, the owner of the Jewelry Café Artist Co-operative, “and this bag is the epitome of style.”   The “Lady” bag by Rioni is made of premium Italian, quilted black patent leather, embossed with a RR design reminiscent of a quilted Chanel purse and is adorned with gold hardware and 8 inch drop handles; a perfect fit for under your arm.  The inside of the top zippered bag features a zippered center divider and several pockets along the sides.  This roomy bag measures 12 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 10.5 inches tall.

“The club is able to offer this raffle due to the generosity of the Jewelry Café’s owner, Laura Brown”, said club member Marge Skinger.  “Laura approached the club a few months ago about wanting to help us in a meaningful way.  When she started to carry these upscale, beautiful bags it seemed like the perfect offering.  It’s not just our club and community that benefits from generous businesses like The Jewelry Café, there’s going to be one very happy, lucky winner!”

 
January 12, 2013

Southbury Women's Club Dinner Theater to Honor Sandy Hook "Now You See It, Now You Don't"
Proceeds to Support The Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund & Local First Responders


The Southbury Women’s Club wants to add a little mystery to your life!  Tickets are now on sale for an Interactive Who-Dun-It Dinner Theater to be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Southbury.

Performed by GR Improv, this award winning and interactive mystery dinner show is sure to infuse intrigue and fun into your winter night!
 

Check-in is at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm as the actors make their entrance and mingle with guests; some of the most influential people in the world have gathered to see the grand unveiling of the coveted Shrew Diamond; the world's largest uncut stone in history. Everything is going according to plan, until it disappears without a trace! Who could have committed such a stealthy caper and is there any chance of finding the culprit before they can make their great escape?

The mystery action continues through the three courses and concludes at 10 pm with a surprise ending.  Be sure to check out the fabulous silent auction. Soft drinks are included in the ticket price and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Tickets are $60 for a three course meal with entertainment from start to finish – this is an evening to be remembered.

Entice out of town friends to join you as the Crowne Plaza is offering a special room rate for attendees. 

Please call Lorie at 203 706-0724 to order tickets and make table seating arrangements.

A majority of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be used by the Southbury Women’s Club to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy by supporting local first responders and The Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund. This fund has been set up by the daughter of the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in order to provide scholarships to Naugatuck High School students in her memory. Ms. Hochsprung was a graduate of Naugatuck High School.  

Other beneficiaries include, but are not limited to, the Southbury Needy Fund, Fuel Bank and Food Bank, Bent of the River Audubon Center, Safe Haven and Pomperaug High School scholarships.

 

November 30, 2012
Runners Came Out in Record Numbers for Southbury's Turkey Trot 2012!

The Southbury Women’s Club Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot attracted over 1,100 runners for the 5K race and 115 children for the Kids's Fun Run, and raised $15,000 for the Southbury Food, Fuel and Needy Funds! It was a fun and exhilerating day.

Thank you to all the sponsors, participants and volunteers! Here are the race results.

Turkey Trot 2013 is in the works and is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013!  

 

November 3, 2012
Santa is Coming to Southbury


On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the Southbury Women’s Club will be hosting Santa’s House at The Hearth in Southbury from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is sponsored by Perry S. Kest, D.D.S.  Tickets are $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child.  The maximum price per family is $25.   Reservations are required.  Call 203-706-0724 to reserve a time.  Your entry fee includes a visit with Santa, stories & games with Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, a short presentation of the Nutcracker by the Woodbury Ballet, hot chocolate and cookies.  It also includes a free sitting fee with professional photographer Angela Hanlon from Hanlon Photography.  Your children will have their picture taken with Santa.  You may also have a family portrait taken.  Photographs and holiday cards will be available for purchase online 24 hours after the event.  Also available for sale will be poinsettias, baked goods from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and holiday gift items.  The majority of the proceeds will go to benefit the Region 15 PTO Perpetual Fund.  This fund is committed to providing assistance to Southbury and Middlebury families experiencing significant financial expenditures due to their child’s life threatening and/or life altering medical condition.  The Southbury Women’s Club is a 501(c)3 organization that has been serving the town of Southbury since 2001.  We support such causes as the Southbury Food Bank, Fuel Bank & Needy Fund, Safe Haven, VFW, and Operation Backpack, which provides filled backpacks to local children in need each year. 
 
October 20, 2012

Southbury Women's Club Plans 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

The Southbury Women’s Club (SWC) is planning its second annual Turkey Trot, a USATF Sanctioned 5K run, walk and Kid’s Fun Run for Thursday, November 22. On line registration is open here until November 18.  Register by November 1 to receive a long sleeve performance t-shirt.

Last year, the SWC began this Thanksgiving Day tradition that enabled family and friends to support local community organizations while starting the day in a healthy way by participating in a 5K and Kids Fun Run.  The Turkey Trot in 2011 attracted over 800 runners and walkers and benefited the Southbury Food and Fuel Banks with a donation of more than $13,000 divided between the organizations.
 
The Southbury Food Bank was able to plan for the installation of units that would enable the provision of refrigerated items they previously could not offer. The Food and Fuel Banks serve more than 150 families in Southbury.This year, funds raised will benefit the Southbury Food and Fuel Banks with the addition of the Needy Fund.

The Thanksgiving Day event will be held at The Gym, 730 Main Street South and will start at 8 a.m. with a Kid’s Fun Run ($5).  The 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m.  Prizes will go to the top three male and female finishers in eight age categories.  A prize will also be awarded to the best dressed Turkey. The race is limited to 1,000 runners so sign up early!

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome (no strollers).  A long sleeve performance race T-shirt is guaranteed to those who register online by Thursday, November 1, along with a discounted fee of $20.  On-line registration officially ends Sunday, November 18, with the discounted fee available until then.

The Kids Fun Run, a separate event coordinated by Jenny Roper in conjunction with the Southbury Women’s Club and the Turkey Trot, will aid Children2Children, a non profit organization that distributes clothing and shoes to children in need locally and in third world countries.  All participants, both adults and children, are encouraged to bring gently used clothing and shoes to donate to Children2Children.

Many local businesses have sponsored this event including two Platinum sponsors: The Gym and Ritucci Friedman Orthodontics.

Register now here. For additional questions, email southburywomensclub@yahoo.com or contact Hollie Ward at 203-482-6746
.

 
October 14, 2012
Southbury Women's Club Annouces Fall Fine Arts Festival Photo Contest Winner

Madison Eaton, a freshman at Pomperaug High School in Southbury is the winner of the Fall Fine Arts Festival of Southbury Amatuer Photo Contest held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 on the Southbury Green.

Gabby Addison, Photo Contest Chair and member of Southbury Women's club awarded Madison with a certificate and gift card.

Festival goers were encouraged to vote for their favorite photo and Madison's photo won the most votes out of 40 entries.  We'd like to thank all the photographers that entered this inaugural event and made it possible for the Southbury Women's Club to raise $200 for the Friends of Pomperaug Music through votes and sales of the photos. 

We'd also like to thank Ritz Camera for generously printing the photos.

Congratulations Madison! 

 
September 7, 2012

Elk Drive Runners Create First Team Ever for Southbury Women's Club Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day is a tradition that brings to mind family and friends sharing a multi-course meal in a celebration of gratitude and reunion. For many, it involves spending the morning watching the parade, a football game, or other festivities while dinner is prepared. Last year, the Southbury Women’s Club began an exciting new tradition with the advent of the Turkey Trot that enabled family and friends to support local community organizations while starting the day in a healthy way - participating in a 5K and Kids Fun Run.

The turnout was beyond expectation. Hollie Ward, SWC Member and co-chair, described the event as having “more than 800 runners, walkers and stroller pushers (as well as) family that was there to cheer on the athletes, many of whom were first time 5K runners.” Laura Legg noted that 17% of the runners accounted for with bib and timing chips were children under the age of 15. The Kids Fun Run saw another 125 children participate.

It may be difficult to imagine preparing Thanksgiving dinner after participating in such an event, but there are five families on Elk Drive who can attest to the fact that it not only can be done, it can bring a greater spirit to Thanksgiving Day. Most of the women interviewed were new to running and all described themselves as recreational runners. What stands out about the families on this quiet drive in Southbury is the community spirit that encouraged them to run together as family and friends in support of the efforts of the Southbury Women’s Club.

The Turkey Trot in 2011 benefited the Southbury Food and Fuel Banks with a donation of over $13,000 divided between the organizations. The Southbury Food Bank was able to plan for the installation of units that would enable the provision of refrigerated items they previously could not offer. Last winter both groups prepared for serving over 150 families in Southbury.

The Kids Fun Run was a separate event organized by Michael Wasserstein, a 13 year old who coordinated this in conjunction with the Southbury Women’s Club. The fundraiser supported Soles4Soles, a charitable organization that collected 387 pairs of shoes and raised $600. This year, the Turkey Trot will support the Food and Fuel Banks with the addition of the Needy Fund. The Kids Fun Run will aid Children2Children, a non profit organization that distributes clothing to children in need locally and in third world countries. Volunteers will be collecting gently used clothing and footwear at this year’s event.

The residents of Elk Drive are an enthusiastic neighborhood community within the town of Southbury. SWC member, Sue Dolan shared information about the upcoming event as she is also their neighbor. The response was amazing as the families came together to participate. Marni Baggett, a new runner who placed 18th in her age group, ran her first 5K for the Turkey Trot along with her husband Todd, who placed 32nd for his age group. Marni saw “the atmosphere (as) one of a community coming together to not only have fun, but to help others. Knowing so many people racing made the energy level very high!” Their daughter Lauren, who will be 12 at the time of the run, and Andrew, 14, plan to join their parents this year.

Barrie Vela also participated in her first 5K and ran with her husband Anthony. Barrie described part of her motivation was getting in shape and finding a “fun alternative to going to the gym. I find it's especially motivating when you know you have a 5K coming, makes you more committed to be consistent with training.”

The Vela’s children AJ (12), Andrew (9), and Julia (6) ran in the Kids Fun Run and received medals. As Barrie is a member of The Gym, her kids waited at The Gym’s Kid Care program since her friends were either volunteering for or running in the Turkey Trot. The fact that the race took about 35 minutes meant that the children had a relatively short wait and the Velas were able to return home prepare dinner for family and visiting relatives. Barrie's participation in the run on the morning of Thanksgiving allowed them to enjoy a guilt free meal after a great morning workout.

Debie and Todd Hoivik ran with their sons Logan (12) and Trevor (9). Debie described her appreciation for this new convention: “When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of traditions, and family gathered together creating memories. Year after year, there were constants to the holiday. These days, I live far away from my extended family, but I have a family of my own and I wanted to start creating a set of memories and traditions around the holiday for my family. The Turkey Trot created a wonderful opportunity for my family to participate in a community event that was fun and healthy.” After Logan completed the run, he informed his parents that he wanted to do it again the next year.

Heather Romano and her daughter Abigail (11) ran together, following the participation of Madelyn (9) in the Kids Fun Run. Abigail finished at 17th in her age group and 387 overall, quite an achievement for the amount of adult runners involved. Mother and daughter generally run together, and part of Heather’s motivation was Abigail’s wish to enter. This year her husband Lou and daughters Isabella (13), Abigail and Madelyn plan to run as a family.

Beth Rosen was also new to running and placed 16th in her age group. Her children Amelia (9) and Eli (12) participated in the Kids Fun Run, where Amelia was the first girl to cross the finish line at her age level and Eli placed third in his age bracket. The family returned home where Beth prepared dinner for 25 people. Beth ensured that she was organized for dinner preparation, and enjoyed the plus of beginning the celebration of Thanksgiving Day with friends as well as family.

In giving of their time and commitment to run, these five families received the gratification of accomplishment and community service as well as the camaraderie of the “Elk Drive Association Team.” Beth designed a logo and tag line for their group t-shirts which seems to sum up the enthusiasm of this incredible neighborhood: “Watch out Turkeys, here come the Elks!”

The gauntlet is thrown - whether you are running or walking as an individual, family, or neighborhood group, this year's Second Annual Turkey Trot promises to make Thanksgiving morning a memorable event. Registration for the Southbury Women's Club Turkey Trot is now open here. Register by November 1st to guarantee a long sleeved performance race T-shirt; on-line registration and the discounted fee of $20 will be available until November 18th. Admission for a place in the Turkey Trot is $25 the day of the event. The members of the Southbury Women's Club look forward to seeing you there!

 
August 27, 2012

Fall Fine Arts Festival of Southbury Photo Contest Announced by Southbury Women's Club & Ritz Camera

Ritz Camera, 100 Main St. N, Southbury Plaza, together with Southbury Women’s Club, announces an amateur photo contest to be held during the Fall Fine Arts Festival, September 22, 2012 on the Southbury Green 10 AM to 4 PM. Everyone is invited to participate. Contestants will compete for the prize of a gift certificate donated by Ritz Camera. Voting by dollars will be held during the entire Fall Fine Arts Festival. Contestants are encouraged to bring their friends and family to the event to vote and to enjoy the many mediums that will be for sale at the artisan’s booths. The prints of the photos on display at the festival will also be for sale. The winning photo will be featured at Ritz Camera, here on this web site and will be submitted to the newspaper. Proceeds from voting and the sale will be donated to Friends of Pomperaug Music.

There is no cost to enter! All family friendly subjects will be accepted. Southbury Women's Club reserves the right to refuse entries. Two entries per person maximum. Please no photos of identifiable people. There are three ways you can enter the contest. Ritz will print the photo as an 8”x10” and submit it with the entry form which you can get at the store. Just stop by Ritz with your media card containing your photo for entry. Alternatively, you can enter the contest by downloading the photo contest entry form here a
nd sending it along with your 8”x10” photo to SWC, P.O. Box 195, Southbury, CT 06488 or you may email your photo size 2-5MB to FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com attaching the entry form to the email. If you have any questions, please contact Gabby Addison at 203-405-3073 or email FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com.

Spots are still available to artisans on a first come, first serve basis – and many returning artisans have already applied to ensure their spot. Interested parties are encouraged to email
FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com, call Jennifer Dietrick at 203-706-0724, and download the artisan application here.

 
July 28, 2012
Southbury Women's Club Seeking Donations & Sponsors for Operation Backpack

When the last day of school finally comes, parents are thrilled to be “taking a break” from the school year hustle and bustle, but that is exactly when Southbury Women’s Club (SWC) starts getting ready for the first day of school in the fall.
Before the start of school,
the club will assemble approximately 90 backpacks filled with school supplies for local Southbury children in need.

This year the Southbury Business Association and the Mustard Seed Fund have graciously contributed to cover a portion of the expenses for this project.  SWC is still relying on the residents of Southbury to be generous with their contributions in an effort to meet this need for our local children.

Currently there are jars placed at cash registers in stores around the community including at
Patty’s Pantry, Southbury Labonne’s and Leo’s. Please keep an eye open and when you see one of the jars, consider the less fortunate and remember that no amount is too small and that it all adds up for a good cause.

SWC is also seeking sponsors for this worthwhile cause.  If you or your business is interested in contributing, or if you would like more information, please contact Christina at 203-627-3880. Donations for this project in any amount are always welcome and can be sent directly to Southbury Women’s Club, ATTN: Operation Backpack, P.O. Box 195, Southbury, CT, 06488.

 
July 9, 2012

Juniorettes Will Offer Kids Fun Crafts & Face Painting at Fall Fine Arts Festival

In addition to offering fine arts, the 8th Annual Fall Fine Arts Festival hosted by Southbury Women’s Club and sponsored by ShopRite and Newtown Savings Bank will again feature the Juniorettes.  Back by popular demand, this group of young ladies will offer face painting and crafts at this year’s event. "The FFAF is one of our favorite annual events," said Juniorette President, Hallie Tepperman.  "We love interacting with kids who attend the festival by offering crafts and face painting.  The Juniorettes have as much fun throughout the day as the children who stop by our table."

The Fall Fine Arts Festival is a juried event put on by the Southbury Women’s Club. The club accepts the finest artisans, making this show a tremendous success each year with a multitude of talented
artisans and crafters displaying a variety of fine handcrafted items. One hundred percent of event proceeds benefit local charities.

This year’s festival will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10am-4pm, rain or shine, on the Southbury Green on Main Street South in Southbury. Like years past, crowds will fill the green to shop fine art and handcrafts, as well as listen to live music and enjoy baked goods. Additionally, a wellness booth offering such services as complementary blood pressure checks and spinal health checks will be available for attendees.

Spots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis -- any many returning artisans have already applied to ensure their spot.  Interested parties are encourage to email FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com, call Lauren Brennean at 203-706-0724, learn more here or visit our Facebook page.


 
June 27, 2012

The Southbury Women's Club Is Pleased to Announce the Winner of the 4th of July Cutest Pet Contest!
SWC is happy to announce the winner of our 4th of July Cutest Pet Contest! We were overwhelmed with the entries; many gorgeous dogs & cats!

The winner is Daisy Marchetti! Daisy is a 4 year old female Yorkshire Terrier who weighs 5.5 lbs. She is owned by Monique Marchetti and Jack Zazzaro DMD. Daisy is employed by Dr. Jack Zazzaro as office greeter & model. Daisy is known for being a very social dog.

The monies raised for this contest are being donated to Animals 4 Life and The Southbury VFW.

This event was sponsored by Southbury Veterinary Hospital and Southford Grooming Company. Daisy will be receiving pet products from Southbury Animal Hospital and a prize basket along with a gift certificate for services from Southford Grooming Company!

Congratulations to Daisy Marchetti and Thank You to all who entered their beautiful pets.




 
May  29, 2012 

SWC Seeks Artisans for 8th Annual Fall Fine Arts Festival
Fine artists and hand crafters are being sought for the 8th Annual Fall Fine Arts Festival hosted by Southbury Women's Club and sponsored by ShopRite and Newtown Savings Bank.

The Fall Fine Arts Festival is a juried event put on by the Southbury Women’s Club. The club accepts the finest artisans, making this show a tremendous success each year with more than sixty artisans and crafters displaying a variety of fine handcrafted items. One hundred percent of event proceeds benefit local charities.

 This year’s festival will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10 AM to 4 PM rain or shine, on the Southbury Green on Main Street South in Southbury. 

Like years past, crowds will fill the green to shop fine art and handcrafts, as well as listen to live music and enjoy baked goods. Additionally, a wellness booth offering such services as complementary blood pressure checks, spinal health checks and nutritional advice will be available for attendees.

Spots are assigned to artisans on a first come, first serve basis – and many returning artisans have already applied to ensure their spot. A single space is available for $85 for a 10’x12’. Interested parties are encouraged to download an application here or for more information contact Lauren Brenneman at FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com or 203-706-0724.

 
May  2012

Southbury Women's Club Indulge for a Cure Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser Raises Awareness and Funds  On Saturday, May 12, 2012 the Southbury Women’s Club hosted the 3rd Annual Indulge for a Cure benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year's event featured beer tasting from one of New England’s premier microbreweries, Berkshire Brewing. The unfiltered, unpasteurized lagers and ales were expertly paired with all natural, handcrafted, small batch foods. Southbury Women’s Club hosted this event at Artisan Food Store which is located across from the Southbury Green at 760A Main St. South. The Artisan Food Store features foods from small farms and small batch producers throughout the US.

Tim Sweeney, a cystic fibrosis patient who ran the New York City Marathon less than a year after receiving a double lung transplant spoke about living a life without labels or limits. He lives his in Stamford with his wife and two children while helping others realize their own health goals as a fitness and nutrition coach in southern Fairfield County.

 The proceeds from the event were donated to the CT chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. For every dollar donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, nearly 90 cents goes directly to fund research, care and education for people with cystic fibrosis.

We thank the Artisan Food Store and Berkshire Brewing for generously sponsoring the event. For information on the next Indulge for a Cure event, to be held winter 2013, call Lauren at 203-725-8558. 
April 2012
Southbury Women’s Club Seeks Vendor’s & Sponsors for Southbury Fall Arts Festival

Fine artists and hand crafters are currently being sought for the 8th Annual Southbury Fall Fine Arts Festival hosted by the Southbury Women’s Club. This juried event will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10 AM - 4 PM, rain or shine, on the Southbury Green on Main Street South in Southbury. Also at the event will be live music and a bake sale. Each year, Festival crowds fill the green and 100% of the proceeds from this event go back into the local community to help those in need. Spots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We’re expecting 50 or more artisans to exhibit this year so Download the Application and mail it to reserve your spot today! For information call Lauren Brenneman at 203-706-0724 or email FallFineArtsFestival@gmail.com.

December 2011
Santa Came to Southbury!

On Saturday, December 3, 2011 the Southbury Women’s Club presented Santa’s House at a historic home on Mansion House Road from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event was sponsored by Perry S. Kest, D.D.S. Tickets were $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child with a family maximum of $25. As part of admission, families enjoyed visits with Santa, stories and games with Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, and hot chocolate and caroling by our outdoor fire pits. Admission also included a free holiday sitting with professional photographer Heather Norris. Children enjoyed meeting Santa and have their picture taken with him. Photographs and holiday cards were also available for purchase at the event, as well as fresh wreaths, baked goods from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and holiday gift items. A portion of the proceeds were given to the Region 15 PTO Perpetual Fund. This fund is committed to providing assistance to Southbury and Middlebury families experiencing significant financial expenditures due to their child’s life threatening and/or life altering medical condition.

 
November 2011
Huge Turnout for Southbury Turkey Trot 2011! Mark Your Calendar for Southbury Turkey Trot 2012!

What a HUGE turnout we had! Thank you to all the runners who took part -
the results are here! We had 711 runners with bibs, and many more runners who registered just before the race. All
proceeds benefited the Southbury Food Bank and Fuel Bank.



Mark your calendar for Turkey Trot 2012! November 22, 2012, Southbury CT.
For advance information contact Laura Legg.

 

 

 

 


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