Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition – Hartford Courant

Avon — NORTH GRANBY – “The Land That Feeds Us: Body, Mind and Soul” is the theme of an exhibition of original oil paintings by Farmington-based artist Kate Emery, which will be on view at Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road , from April 29 through May 30.

The gallery at the vineyard is open Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 6 pm, and Sundays, noon to 5 pm An artist’s opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, from 4 to 6 pm

The show of more than 50 original canvases invites viewers to pause and to consider the myriad ways nature sustains people’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Emery will donate 50-percent of proceeds from works sold to Granby-based Holcomb Farm’s Fresh Access program, which provides farm-grown produce to more than 3,500 people each year.

During the May 7 reception, vineyard visitors can meet the artist, enjoy complimentary snacks and purchase wines by the bottle or glass. There is ample scenic lawn space for picnicking.

Visit or for more information. Pictured is Sunset on the Ridge by Kate Emery.

SIMSBURY – Poet, writer, curator and organizer Mahogany Browne will give a reading at Westminster School April 29 as part of the school’s Friday Nights at Westminster series of readings and concerts held during the academic year. The student readers will be sophomore Carolyn Cheng and junior Tomasina Pearman.

Browne is the executive director of JustMedia, a media literacy initiative designed to support the groundwork of criminal justice leaders and community members.

She is the author of recent works: “Chlorine Sky,” “Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice,” “Woke Baby” and “Black Girl Magic.” She is also the founder of the diverse literature initiative Woke Baby Book Fair and is excited about her latest poetry collection. “I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love” is a book-length poem responding to the impact of mass incarceration on women and children.

Browne’s reading will take place from 7 to 8 pm in the school’s Werner Centennial Center. It is free and open to vaccinated members of the public with advance registration by emailing with the number of people attending. Reservations may be made until the day before the event, and space may be limited.

Westminster School is located at 995 Hopmeadow St. Ample parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to Armor Academic Center.

SIMSBURY – Thursday, May 5, will mark the 71st annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. Local Simsbury events are as follows: Noon in front of Eno Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow St. The gathering will be inside Eno in the Old Court Room, in the event of rain.

At 7:30 pm, a National Day of Prayer event will take place at New Life in Christ Fellowship, 250 Firetown Road. Visit or contact Pastor Dana Jorgensen at 860-658-7320 for more information.



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AVON – Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St., Avon, presents the next First Friday Dinner on May 6 from 5:30 to 7 pm

The menu will feature Mama Boswell’s homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, salad and rolls. Also included is ACC’s renowned dessert buffet, coffee and tea. The dinners are $15. Take-out is also available.

Proceeds help to support The Prudence Crandall Center, which is dedicated to helping individuals achieve lives free of domestic violence by providing care, advocacy, support and education. To make a reservation, contact the church office at or 860-678-0488. Walk-ins are welcome.

AVON – How Free Speech Saved Democracy, a virtual author event with Christopher Finan, will take place at 7 pm Wednesday, May 4, via Zoom. Visit to register or call 860-673-9712, ext. 7246, for more information.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Robbin Smith, CCSU Political Science Department Chair, and will celebrate the release of Finan’s latest book, “How Free Speech Saved Democracy.”

The Morning Book Club meets in-person once a month on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am Registration is required and limited to 15 to allow for social distancing. Copies of the books and reader’s guides are available ahead of time at the library’s Reference Desk. Upcoming titles to be discussed are: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman on Wednesday, May 4, and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides on Wednesday, June 1.

The library is at 281 Country Club Road. For further information, visit or call 860-673-9712.

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