WALKS AND TALKS: Poetry Rocks! to hit the stage Sunday | time out

Poetry Rocks!, a quarterly series in Vernon, will feature poets Christine Beck, author of four books of poetry; Summer Tate, who teaches at Fairfield University and in Hartford area programs; and award-winning Rockville High School student Muriel Stankeviciute, on Sunday, May 15, at 3 pm at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon.

Beck’s books of poetry include “Beneath the Steps: a Writing Guide for 12-Step Recovery.” She is a former poet laureate of West Hartford. Her website is: ChristineBeck.net

Summer Tate

Tate has been writing and performing poetry for 20 years. She hosted Slam Poetry events and managed the Hartford Slam Team at the National Slam competition for two years.

Muriel Stankeviciute

Muriel Stankeviciute

Stankeviciute is a senior at Rockville High School. As a member of her school’s creative writing program, she explores writing structure and rhyme schemes to create pieces that mirror flowing streams of thought while developing a unique voice.

Poetry Rocks is sponsored by the Vernon Arts Commission, Arts Center East, and Phyllis Balteks.

In its sixth year, it was founded and is directed by Pegi Deitz Shea.

Susan Barlow, Manchester town historian, will lead a free history walk at Center Memorial Park on Sunday, May 15, at 1 pm, rain or shine.

The one-hour walk will include visits to the DAR fountain, 101 years old; the Civil War monument, 145 years old; and the Dancing Bear fountain, 113 years old.

The park is part of the Main Street Historic District, which was listed on the National Register in 1996.

Meet at the front steps of town hall, 41 Center St.

The walk is sponsored by the Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District Commission.


Dylan Napoleone, an avid fisherman, will give a talk on what to know about bass fishing in Connecticut on Monday, May 16, at 6:30 pm at Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St.

The talk is for all levels of fishermen.

Napoleone will demonstrate and speak on gear, techniques and approaches, fishing in all seasons, and more.

Enjoy an evening of baseball trivia and compete for prizes tonight, May 12, at 7 pm at Kent Memorial Library, 50 North Main St., Suffield.

Karl Cicitto of the Society for American Baseball Research will lead the contest. There will be two rounds. One round will focus on the completed 2021 season; the other will be about the 2022 season. Expect surprises.

The event is suitable for baseball fans of any level of expertise.

Mary’s Place, a center for grieving children and families, will host its ninth annual memory walk Sunday, May 15, at 9:30 am at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor.

This fundraiser brings together families, friends, and the community to support programs at Mary’s Place.

There will also be crafts, snacks, an auction and more.

Explore the architectural and artistic treasures of Hartford’s historic South End with the staff of Connecticut Landmarks’ Butler-McCook House and Garden, 59 South Prospect St., on Sunday, May 15, from 11 am to 1 pm

Walkers will tour Coltsville and the Charter Oak neighborhoods and discuss the impacts of industry and immigration on these neighborhoods, including the Colt Factory and its workers’ houses, the Church of the Good Shepard and Parish House, the Capewell Nail Factory, and the Polish National Home.

Rain date is Sunday, May 22.

Tickets are $5. For information, call Connecticut Landmarks at 860-247-8996, ext. 11, or visit: ctlandmarks.org

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut will present “FamilySearch: Touring Jewish Records” on Sunday, May 15, at 1:30 pm via webinar.

The speaker will be Todd Knowles, deputy chief genealogist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Family History Library has an extensive collection of Jewish records. Understanding what exists and how best to access it is vital to having a successful search.

The webinar is free for Jewish Genealogical Society members; $5 fee for non-members.

To register and for information, visit: jgsct.org

The Hillstown Grange will hold an open air garden market featuring heirloom plants, local honey, and hanging flower baskets in the grange parking lot of the Hillstown Grange, 617 Hills St., East Hartford, today, May 12, from 2 to 5 pm

Kim Milikowski from Foster Hill Farm and our local master gardeners will answer questions about plants and how to get gardens started.

Ask about the grange’s in person and Zoom garden talk series.


The Suffield Garden Club will have a May market from 9 am to 3 pm to officially mark the beginning of the planting season on Saturday, May 14, at the Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden, 55 South Main St., Suffield.

Embark on a garden-themed tour of the museum from 1 to 3 pm and go on a scavenger hunt of the gardens in bloom. Public tours will be led from 3 to 4 pm The cost is $12.

The garden club will have a variety of annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs, home décor, and local crafts available for purchase. The market will be held rain or shine.


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