Monday, October 27, 2014

Holiday Light Fantasia - Volunteers Needed

Preparations are now being made for Holiday Light Fantasia, which opens on November 21 and runs through January 1. You can participate by volunteering to help install light bulbs or help staff the event once it opens.
See the attached flyer for more information. As a thank you, Channel 3 Kids Camp invites all volunteers to the VIP reception on opening night.

To volunteer contact Katie Berube at or at 860-742-2267 x112

New Trees in Goodwin Park

On Saturday, October 18, Friends of Goodwin Park joined Knox, Inc. and volunteers from Rise Up Hartford, Grace Academy and Manchester Community College to plant 23 new trees in the park. In addition, the volunteers tended to flower beds, pulling weeds, transplanting cone flowers at Maple Ave. and adding mulch to all the beds. 
You will see the results now as you stroll through the park and will be greeted in the spring with flowering dogwood and magnolia trees.
 Knox, Inc. welcomed us with breakfast, and provided a delicious lunch with live music.
Our sincere thanks to Knox, Inc. and volunteers from Rise Up Hartford, Grace Academy and Manchester Community College.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hartford Courant: Hartford's Ring Of Parks

"It should be the aim of the city not to have these parks mere isolated spots of ground for decorative purposes but a continuous property," noted a December 1894 Hartford Courant article, "for the benefit of all the people, especially for those people who are unable to enjoy the large grounds and gardens which those more fortunate have. They should be for the daily use of the people and no part of the city should be neglected in the movement."
Story by Peter Marteka, October 24, 2014 - Read Article

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holiday Light Fantasia - Nov 27 through Jan 1

Holiday Light Fantasia is a much loved Greater Hartford tradition and this season's destination.  The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. 

Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays.  Lighted animations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, New Years and Three Kings Day.

Proudly presented by CBS: A Xerox Company to benefit the Channel 3 Kids Camp, the Hartford Holiday tradition welcomed over 90,000 visitors last year! We look forward to welcoming even more supporters throughout the lighted celebration from November 27, 2014 through January 1, 2015.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hartford Courant: The Lasting Legacy of Charles Hopkins Clark

But Clark's greatest gift to Hartford was his editorial campaign to create a chain of parks ringing the city, a civic crusade reminiscent of The Courant's mid-century push to create Bushnell Park. With Clark's far-reaching voice, he championed the efforts of the Rev. Francis Goodwin, the city's parks commissioner and descendant of an early Courant owner, who suggested the idea.

Full story in the Hartford Courant, here