By Kim Becker
Calling all those folks who buzz with excitement at the thought of fun, giggles, and trivia! Teams are needed at the Gran-Bee to answer questions ranging from music to science to Granby history. This Granby Education Foundation event is two hours of family entertainment filled with jokes, costumes, bee puns, and trivia.
The 14th Annual Gran-Bee will be held on Friday, April 21 at 6:30 PM in the Granby Memorial High School auditorium. All kinds of teams have competed over the Bee’s history. This community event brings together local businesses, such as Lost Acres Orchard and Tony Bussman Painting, with civic organizations such as Girl Scouts, Granby Little League and Granby Rovers to compete for “buzzing” rights. Families and friends have also competed together, some making it an annual tradition.
This year, the grand prize winners will receive individual 6-month memberships to the Farmington Valley YMCA. And there is always a swarm of teams competing for the coveted Yellow Jacket Award for best costume.
The Gran-Bee, a donation-based event, supports the efforts of the Granby Education Foundation. Just last year, the GEF supported such diverse grants as: providing seed money to establish a DECA chapter at the high school for student interested in business, marketing, and entrepreneurship; awarding $10,000 to Granby Public Schools to upgrade the Robotics Club equipment and the district-wide STEM initiative; and supporting the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series.
Team registration forms and business sponsorship forms for the April 21 event are on the Granby Education Foundation website at http://www.granbyeducationfoundation.org/GranBee_2017_TeamRegistration.pdf. Teams of three people age 16 or older may register for $150.
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, Nov. to March: 1 to 4 p.m.
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)
Both libraries will be closed on Feb. 20 for President’s Day.
To register for any program call 860-844-5275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Granby Food Bank Donations
Through the month of February, the Granby Public Library and the F. H. Cossitt Library will collect non-perishable food items to benefit the Granby Food Bank. As an added incentive, the libraries will waive the fine on one overdue item for every food item donated.
Granby Public Library
Something About The Author: Monday, Feb. 6, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Natalie Baszile’s Sugar Queen.
Around the World: Monday, Feb. 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh (India).
SciFi/Fantasy: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 – 7:45 p.m. The Three Body Problem, by Cixin Liu.
Winter Wellness Series
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Fox Meeting Room. (Snow dates, Thursdays) Be kind to your body and nourish your soul. Treat yourself to any or all of the feel-good winter wellness programs featuring local experts. Drop-ins welcome.
Aromatherapy: Feb. 7, learn about using essential oils to promote wellness and enhance mood. Presenter Fiona Shackelton shares her extensive knowledge and an assortment of fragrances.
Chocolate Covered Wellness: Feb. 14, join certified herbalist Sara Thornton, owner and proprietor of Ravenswood Natural Health, for a delicious presentation. It’s chocolate and it’s good for us – need we say more?
The Om Within, An Introduction to Meditation: Feb. 21, internationally certified yoga therapist Kristal Fiorentino offers simple meditation strategies for improved physical and mental health.
Good Food. Good for You! Feb. 28, improve and maintain digestive health with tips from Lori Love, owner of Granby Village Health. Sample foods that promote good bacteria in your gut and learn more about probiotics.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 – 3 p.m. (snow date Feb. 19) It’s a new year and Dave Downs has a new way to look at downsizing. Learn what to do with all that stuff. Pick up practical tips and strategies in this upbeat presentation of what to keep and what to discard.
Lotions and Potions: Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Learn to make body scrubs and soothing lotions to treat winter-weary skin. All materials provided. Limit 12.
Phil Klein, The Dog Listener
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 – 3:15 p.m. (snow date Feb. 25) Why does my dog do that? Gain a better understanding of dogs and their behavior from a certified dog listener. Bring your questions, but not your dogs, for an informative and interactive session.
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 – 3 p.m. (snow date March 5) Did you know “meows” are not innate cat language? Cats developed them to communicate with humans! Join Diana Lafar, DVM with Cats Limited, for a fascinating look at our feline friends. Lots of opportunity for questions and answers.
Frederick H. Cossitt Library
Snow Much Fun: Saturday, Feb. 4, 3 – 5 p.m. (snow date Feb. 11) Celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day with a special story time at 3 p.m. followed by a snowman-building competition (weather permitting) and indoor snow crafts and games. Fun for the whole family.
Fly Tying with Orvis: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2 – 3 p.m. (snow date Feb. 15) All experience levels welcome for hands-on fly-tying instruction from Orvis instructors. Materials provided. Limit 10; reserve your seat today.
Playing for Pizza, Game Night: Friday, Feb. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (snow date Feb. 17) All ages welcome to share a slice of pizza and round or two of a favorite board game. Choose from dozens of games or bring your own. Drop-ins welcome.
Writers Group: Tuesdays, Feb. 14 and 28, 6 – 7:45 p.m. The group embraces writers of all genres. Come by to work on your material with this interactive and friendly group every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
A celebration of the publication of Laura Mazza-Dixon’s new book, Forged by Joy, will be held on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. (Snow date is Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.). at South Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, in Granby. Published by the local press, Antrim House Books, Forged by Joy is a collection of poems written over the course of the author’s life.
Music, the life of the spirit, political activism, poetry, and the natural world are Laura Mazza-Dixon’s passions. Religious and meditative traditions have been at the heart of her life since childhood, always viewed through the lens of her questioning spirit, and inspiring her to promote social and political change.
In the preface she writes, “I have spent a lifetime traversing the countryside between the mountains of central Pennsylvania, the hills of western Connecticut, and the rockbound coast of Downeast Maine. Late in the day, when the light falls across the hills that fold down to a river valley, you can see each layer of the landscape outlined all the way out to the horizon. The poems in this book are stories of the play of light and shadow across such a landscape, seen in retrospect, as though from a higher elevation. I have kept these stories close to me for decades, have puzzled and wrestled and prayed my way through the living of them, and sometimes have written them down.”
A long-time Granby resident, Mazza-Dixon plays and teaches both guitar and viola da gamba, with a particular interest in traditional Celtic, Renaissance and Baroque music. She directs the Windy Hill Guitar Studio and has been a guiding spirit behind the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series and the Granby Family Dance Series.
Recently, she organized Courageous Conversations on Race poetry workshops in Granby and wrote a story/poem about Harriet Tubman, which she read for the Celebration of Black History at Trinity Community Church in Hartford last February.
In the words of Rennie McQuilkin, Connecticut’s poet laureate, “Showing how the cauldron of grief and despair can produce hard-earned joy wrought on the anvil of courage and faith, Laura Mazza-Dixon has forged a book to inspire all who yearn to move past seemingly insurmountable losses.”
The event is free and open to the public. The facility is wheelchair accessible.
Books will be available for sale and signing. Editor and publisher Rennie McQuilkin will introduce the author and read from his own work. Music will be provided by Deborah Robin on recorder, Carrie Crompton on hammered dulcimer, and Monika Kinstler on violin and viola da gamba.
For more information call 860-653-6146 or visit www.antrimhousebooks.com/mazza-dixon.html.
Forged by Joy is a collection of poems by Laura Mazza-Dixon.
Book Gift Trees
Patrons and townspeople are invited to continue the tradition of sharing holiday cheer with gift books to children and seniors, distributed by Granby Social Services. Select a tag from the holiday tree in the Children’s Room, gender and age given, and/or from the Adult Room tree for a senior. Purchase and gift wrap a book(s) and return to Cossitt no later than Saturday, Dec. 10. The Friends of Cossitt Library thank you for your generous spirit and wish you holiday joy.
DVDs and CDs, including holiday music, are for sale in the Adult Room. Donations are accepted throughout the year. While there, check out the new best sellers, new DVDs and holiday magazines while enjoying a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. If not already a Cossitt Friend, consider joining. Your interest would be most welcome. Pick up a membership slip in the library.
Catch your breath during the holiday rush. Drop in for a bit of peace and quiet and enjoy the holiday decorations. Relax in a comfortable chair and sample delicious homemade snacks and hot drinks between Dec. 10 and 31, courtesy of the Friends, staff and patrons. Happy holidays and good reading, viewing and listening in the New Year.
By Alexis Roy
As a screenwriter, hearing that someone’s interested in your pitch is an incredible feeling—and seeing that pitch through from script to screen is on another level. For me, pitching and writing a script that would go on to represent Emerson College in the Giorgio Armani Frames of Life Campaign has truly gone above and beyond what I imagined I’d accomplish during my four years as a college student.
The evolution of a vision—this vision, that I’ve had for quite a few months now—is absolutely incredible. The seed of an idea that started in the car with my mother has grown into something very real, very tangible, and is truly one of the most amazing things I’ve witnessed, especially coming out of our final shoot weekend.
The Frames of Life campaign, hosted every few years by Giorgio Armani, seeks student filmmakers from around the world to pitch ideas that include the use of the company’s eyewear line. This year, Emerson College is one of the few schools worldwide that was selected to choose a writer, directors and filmmaking team to participate.
Over the summer, I worked collaboratively with some of Emerson College’s professors on submitting draft after draft of what would become the final shooting script for Human Nature, a piece centered around the idea of gratitude and, quite literally, framing one’s life in order to see each and every thing to be grateful for. The process of writing (and, as I learned quickly, lots of rewriting) was new to me. Though I have a portfolio of short scripts and ideas, I had previously never had anything produced for a client. What really stood out about the process was learning to marry my writing style, my ideas, and ultimately that core idea of gratitude to the desires of a very specific client.
Over the weekends that Human Nature was shot, I had the privilege of seeing my words come to life as imagined by the incredible teams behind pre- and post-production on the project. Filmmaking is a collaborative art, and seeing the outcome of not only my work, but the work and ideas of others is something that reassures me that I am pursuing the right career.
As we go into the final weeks of post-production—watching rough cuts and piecing together footage to send off to Milan—I think back on how I’ve gotten to where I am right now. With the encouragement of so many incredible teachers at Granby Memorial High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, as well as my being honored with the 2013 Granby Drummer scholarship, I was able to come to Emerson, to hone my craft, and to create a short film that will, in a few short months, premier world wide.
And the best part? This is just the beginning.
Dedication plaque is in recognition of 125 years of continuous service to the residents of Granby, gift of the Friends of Cossitt Library.
Lila Inness, former children’s librarian; Pat Bossler, former member of the Friends of Cossitt (FOC) board; Bruce Sullivan, treasurer of FOC; Holly Johnson, program and outreach coordinator; Lynn Stewart, branch supervisor; Deborah Woodsome, former president of FOC, and library technical assistant, Roberta Sullivan, current president of FOC.
Granby First Selectman Scott Kuhnly gives the dedication speech for the 125th anniversary dedication plaque.
By Kathleen Mack
The Friends of Granby Public Library (FOGPL) will gladly accept your “gently loved” books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games, toys and other book-related items for the 34th Annual FOGPL Used-Book Sale. From June 6 – August 13, all items may be dropped off at three convenient locations: Granby Public Library, Farmington Valley YMCA and Geisslers's Supermarket. Please note that if you are bringing your items to the YMCA, Granby Public Library or Geissler's Supermarket, donations will be accepted during normal business hours.
If your donation is larger than a couple boxes or bags, please visit Holcomb Farm on Monday evenings starting on June 6, from 6:30-8 p.m. or contact either Carole (860-653-6606) or Kathleen (860-924-5961) to make special arrangements. As always, volunteers will help unload your vehicle and a receipt can be provided. The FOGPL is a 501C (3) organization; your donations may be tax deductible.
Remember, your donations and the success of the 2016 Used Book Sale enables the FOGPL to help sponsor many exciting library programs throughout the year. For further information regarding the book sale, volunteering (a great community service opportunity) or becoming a member of the FOGPL, please call Carole 860-653-6606 or go to the Library website www.granby-ct.gov and click on the Town Departments tab.
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Dwaritha Ramesh, an eighth-grade student at Granby Memorial Middle School, bested 62 other students from around the state Saturday, March 12 to win the Connecticut Spelling Bee at Quinnipiac University.
Ramesh, 14,will represent Connecticut at the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland in May. The Quinnipiac University School of Education, which sponsored the spelling bee, will cover the cost of the flight and hotel for Ramesh and one parent or guardian.
The Connecticut Spelling Bee, which was open to students in grades four through eight who qualified by winning their local spelling bee, drew students from Andover, Ansonia, Avon, Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Clinton, Danbury, East Haven, Easton, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Guilford, Hartford, Monroe, New Hartford, North Branford, Old Greenwich Pawcatuck, Ridgefield, Riverside, South Glastonbury, Thomaston, Vernon, Waterbury, Watertown, Westbrook, West Hartford, West Haven, Wilton and Winsted.
By Laura Mazza-Dixon
First Congregational Church and the South Congregational Church announce Words That Matter: Courageous Conversations on Race, a poetry reading and workshop to be led by poet Kate Rushin on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m.
The invitation follows several months of study and discussion within South Church and First Church about the role of race in American life today. The wider community of poets and concerned members of the public are invited to this event.
Kate Rushin, author of The Black Back-Ups, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. She has held fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Cave Canem Foundation, an organization in support of black poets. She has taught African American Studies and poetry writing workshops at Wesleyan University and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
Rushin is currently working as a teaching artist with the Amistad Committee and the Connecticut Office of the Arts to help take the story of the Amistad captives and their subsequent trials at the Old State House in Hartford into the public schools.
The idea of fostering a Sacred Conversation on Race originated with the National Conference of United Church of Christ. South Church and First Church are UCC churches and in the fall of 2015 they began the Compassionate Conversations on Race series. As the UCC has stated: “These conversations are never easy, especially when honest talk confronts our nation’s painful past and speaks directly to the injustices of the present day. The goal is to help people understand that this conversation is not a one-time event, but a continuing journey.”
The Words That Matter: Courageous Conversations on Race event is free and open to the public. It will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street. The building is wheelchair accessible. Parking behind the church. For more information call 860-653-7289.
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