The Granby Memorial Day parade will be held Monday, May 29. The honorary parade marshall will be Gilbert F. Justo who served with the U.S. Army 101 Infantry Division during the Korean Conflict. The parade will line up at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot on Bank Street and step off at 10 a.m. sharp. Stops will be made to lay wreaths at the Civil War, War on Terror, Legion and World War I monuments before continuing to the cemetery. Services there will include guest speaker Town Manager William F. Smith, Jr. Pastor Clark Pfaff of Valley Brook Community Church will offer the invocation and benediction. There also will be a firing squad salute and taps.
Dr. Kirby C. Stafford III, Chief Scientist and State Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will give a “tick talk” on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. in the North Barn at Holcomb Farm. This event is open to the public and admission is free.
By Trish Percival
The Granby Land Trust hosted its annual bird walks in May and, once again, the birds did not disappoint. Led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni, the walks have become a springtime tradition in town.
This year the sky was overcast for the May 13 walk, but the rain held off. Twenty people turned out and the birds cooperated nicely, treating the participants to many superb looks. Ten beautiful warbler species all came in for close-ups. As usual, the Virginia rail was the showstopper. John deployed a new wireless speaker, placed directly on the ground. He played the call of the Virginia rail on the speaker and, sure enough, the rail stalked right up to it in plain view!
West Granby United Methodist Church will have its third annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be grilled food, fabulous homemade strawberry shortcake, live music by Carrie Johnson, fun for the entire family, face painting, a bounce house, outdoor games and activities of all kinds. The church is located at 87 Simsbury Road, West Granby. For more information, call 860-970-5695.
The Salmon Brook Historical Society will hold its annual Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Salmon Brook Historical Society. To donate items (no clothing) to the society, drop them off at SBHS on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Dave Laun at 860-653-3965 or Todd Vibert at 860-653-9506. Want to volunteer? Call Todd Vibert.
Come and see what is selling and visit with friends at this fun Granby tradition.
The Civic Club will meet on Thursday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. Civic Club member Alicia Unger will tell about her journey with cancer and how the Livestrong Program at the YMCA was a major part of her journey. In Alicia’s words, “A stake in the ground. A line in the sand. Taking back some of what cancer has taken.”
The Granby Camera Club will meet on Monday, April 3, at the Granby Senior Center at 7 p.m.
By Scott Woodaman
The Granby Road Race celebrates its 46th year on Saturday, May 6, at 8:30 a.m. at Granby Memorial Middle School. Seven years ago, the Granby Road Race merged with the Farmington Valley YMCA as the organization’s premier fundraising event in memory of David Schupp, Jr. Granby is fortunate to have one of the oldest road races in Connecticut right in its own backyard.
The Granby Road Race is a 5K and 10K race that is run on road and trails. Both races start at 8:30 a.m. south of GMMS on Route 10. The 5K route is relatively flat, spending half of the miles inside Salmon Brook Park, which makes it a great race for kids and families. The 10K is more challenging with about half of its miles run on the trails of McLean Game Refuge. With a mix of terrain through one of Connecticut’s most beautiful towns, both races are sure to please experienced and first-time runners.
Lunch for the Mind, Fifteen Minutes to Live: Wednesday, April 19, 12:30 p.m. Presented by Jason Scappaticci, lecturer from Manchester Community College. Understand the events surrounding the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany and contributed to the American entrance into WWI. Register by calling 860-844-5350. Cost is $5, bring your own lunch, desserts and beverages provided.
Medication Management: Thursday, April 27, 1 p.m. Presented by Seabury Visiting Nurses.
As medication becomes a more integral part of the continuum of wellness, it can become more challenging to maintain medications. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the difficulties and potential solutions for clients trying to navigate medication management. No charge but please register for this interesting, topical and interactive program by calling 860-844-5352.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays: closed until November
Cossitt Public Library
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m.
Pre-registration is required for many programs. Call 860-844-5275 (GPL Main Desk); 860-844-5284 (GPL Children); 860-653-8958 (Cossitt)