Celebrate West Hartford 2010 Schedule of Events

The following is the schedule of events at Celebrate! West Hartford 2010:

Saturday, June 12th

South Main Street at Town Hall:
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Juried Arts & Crafts Show 175 Master Artists & Crafters

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Horse Drawn Trolley rides Trolley start & stop at 29 South Main Street (free)

Town Hall Common
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. : Amusement Rides Exhibitor Booths & Activities International Food Court Pony Rides & Petting Farm (free)

Entertainment Schedule at Town Hall Common
11:00 – 11:20 – West Harford Women’s Chorale
11:30 – 12:30 – Northwest Catholic Jazz Band & Jazz Singers
12:45 – 1:30 – King Philip Stage Band & Jazz Band
1:45 – 2:30 – Sedgwick Jazz Band
2:45 – 4:15 – Conard High Jazz Combos & Vocal Jazz Quintessence (VJQ)
4:30 – 6:00 – Hall Concert Jazz & Jazz Ensembles


Sunday, June 13th

Whole Foods Market – 50 Raymond Road
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Kids Fun Run through Blue Back Square
9:30 a.m. – 5k Road Race (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

South Main Street at Town Hall
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Juried Arts & Crafts Show 175 Master Artists & Crafters

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Horse Drawn Trolley rides Trolley start & stop at 29 South Main Street (free)

Town Hall Common
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Amusement Rides Exhibitor Booths & Activities International Food Court Pony Rides & Petting Farm (free)

Entertainment Schedule at Town Hall Common

12:00 p.m. – Hot House featuring Jillian Grey
2:00 p.m. – Jus Us
4:00 p.m. – The AKA Band

Celebrate! West Hartford

15th Annual Tabor House Giant Tag Sale July 16th – 18th.

From the organizers of the 15th Annual Tabor House Giant Tag Sale:

The Tabor House 15th Annual GIANT Tag Sale/Auction dates are July 16th, 17th and 18th. We will begin setup on Monday, July 13th, with work done all week. The site is at the Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph 27 Park Rd W Hartford. New this year, we will have a $10 Wine reception/preview on Thursday night from 5-8PM.

There will be a large silent auction, with donated items including restaurant certificates, attraction admissions, autographed sports memorabilia

The tag sale will start on Friday, July 17th at noon-8PM, continuing on Saturday am.

Last year we netted over 10k to benefit the Tabor House AIDS residences in Hartford. Also benefiting greatly were the immigrant and poor residents of the neighborhood who needed to find inexpensive items. This gargantuan effort was pulled off with over 250 volunteers and numerous donors.

Anyone looking to donate or volunteer should contact David at 860-523-9136, dtdyson@comcast.net or Loretta at 860-563-9217.

They are accepting donations for the tag sale but ask that you do not donate books, clothing, large furniture or computers. Donation drop off times are from July 13th to the 15th. Call David for more information.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Perfomed by the Connecticut Family Theatre

The Connecticut Family Theatre Presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr.:

Friday, June 5, 2009 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, June, 6, 2009 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, June 7, 2009 @ 2:00

To be performed in
the Museum Theatre
at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT

For more information, visit the Connecticut Family Theatre’s Website

11th Annual “Cruising the Center” – CANCELED


We just received the following press release from the West Hartford Chamber:

Cruising the Center Antique Car Show Cancelled

The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Cruising the Center event has been cancelled due to the forecasted rain. The event will not be rescheduled for this year, please stay tuned as plans develop for 2010.

The Chamber would like to once again thank the countless committee members, volunteers and sponsors who worked hard to make this event a success. Special thanks to NBC 30, Connecticare, AAA, Town of West Hartford, Connecticut Bank & Trust Company, Ned Smith Construction, LLC, West Hartford INN, DeSimone’s Modern Tire & Auto Service, Steben Auto Glass of West Hartford, and The Eye Glass Place.

A list of complete upcoming Chamber events can be found at the Chamber’s NEW e-Commerce capable website – www.WHChamber.com

West Hartford Chamber
Event Flyer (PDF)

Fundraiser for St. Francis Hospital and CT Children’s Medical Center in Memory of Benjamin Margolis

Courtesy of the Margolis Family

Courtesy of the Margolis Family

The Margolis family is hosting a fundraiser for St. Francis Hospital and CT Children’s Medical Center on Sunday, May 31st from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave. West Hartford. The fundraiser is in memory of their son Benjamin who passed away in 2007.

Below is a press release from the Margolis family:

May 29, 2007 was a day like any other. A few hours after putting our two- year-old son, Benjamin, to bed, I went to check on him. He wasn’t breathing. I yelled out to call 911 and I started administering CPR. Just a few minutes later, the firemen arrived. They took over for me and carried our son to the ambulance.

Benjamin was sent to two different hospitals that night. He started off at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where doctors were able to restart his heart. He was then taken by LifeStar helicopter to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Although we were not at St. Francis very long, the time we did spend there, we were treated very well. We were kept informed as to what was happening at all times. They even offered to let either Steve or I go with Ben in the helicopter.

By the time we arrived at Children’s, Benjamin was all ready in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, hooked up to machines and looking as peaceful as could be. Steve and I, along with our other two children, Zac and Nathan, stayed by Ben’s side for the next three days. He passed away on May 31, the worst day of our lives.

We were at Children’s from Tuesday night until early Friday morning. We were lucky to have so many wonderful friends and family who came in and out to visit us during that terrible time. The hospital was so accommodating, letting everyone come in to say their last goodbyes. They also provided us a place to sleep and shower and set up movies for our two older children. Most of all, they provided wonderful round-the-clock care to Benjamin. Not a moment went by when there wasn’t a doctor or nurse with him. That helped to make what were the hardest days of our life a little softer.

Our stay at Children’s was a bit longer because we decided that Ben should be an organ donor. When we finally arrived home, 10-year-old Zac asked what we should do with his baby brother’s toys. That was when we decided to have a tag sale in Benjamin’s memory and donate the money to both St. Francis and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Through two years of tag sales, we raised more than $5000.

This year, we have our sights on an even bigger target: we are holding a silent auction and our goal is $5,000 for this one event.

The fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on May 31 at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. A light supper will be provided by the Olive Garden and a $10 donation is suggested.

The Margolis Family
Steve, Michelle, Zac, Nathan, Charlie… and of course Benjamin from Heaven
For more information please contact Michelle Margolis at michzam@sbcglobal.net


Benjamin Margolis page on CaringBridge
Congregation Beth Israel
St. Francis Hospital
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center