Farmington Valley Chorale starts rehearsals

The Farmington Valley Chorale, a non-auditioned group of 80 to 100 men and women, begins rehearsing for its December presentation of Magnificats by Vivaldi, Mozart and Stanford, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 7 to 9 p.m. at Simsbury United Methodist Church, 799 Hopmeadow St. (Rte. 10), Simsbury. Starting on Sept. 20, all subsequent rehearsals will be held on Sundays at the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, 55 Busy Hill Rd (Rte. 167), Simsbury. The group will present Vaughn Williams’ Dona Norbis […]

Quilt Happening features sampler from Civil War era

By Shirley Murtha The 27th annual Summer Quilt Happening at Lost Acres Orchard on August 8 featured a wonderful quilt that provided a morning of entertainment for those who attended. Many years ago, the late Polly Hall gave Ginny Wutka the charming quilt, a sampler made of 42 squares, each with its own design. Hall did not have much information about the quilt, except that from the fabric used it was probably made during the Civil War. (When no other documentation exists, quilts are dated from […]

Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series kicks off 2015-2016 season

By Laura Mazza-Dixon The Music Ministry at South Congregational Church is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Season of the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series. Four events will be presented in the upcoming season, thanks to the support of an Artscape grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the generous donations received from those in the Farmington Valley community who have attended concerts at South Church for the past several years. The 2015-2016 Season of the Bruce Porter Memorial M […]

Local band performs at area Fourth of July Celebration

By Laura Miller The Variations, a Granby band, was selected to perform in the Battle of the Bands at the Enfield Town Celebration on July 11. The Variations played six songs, including two originals, and many fans of the band were in attendance. “When we started the band, we weren’t sure where it was going to go, but no doubt in the time we’ve been together playing music, we have certainly found and are continuing to develop our love of performing music individually and as a c […]

Stress less this September

With the end of summer approaching, some people look forward to resuming their regular autumn routines, while others find that stress and chaos begin when the summer ends. Settling the kids into their school schedule and the start of sports, dance and extracurricular activities takes an enormous amount of time and effort. Combining these endeavors while juggling jobs, personal needs and other responsibilities may inadvertently raise your blood pressure. Although stress is not traditionally cons […]

Local author’s book illuminates cultural awareness for special needs individuals

In her newly published book, Set Apart: A Mother’s Steps to Peace, available through Westbow Press, local author Martha Griffin-Weis speaks for the special needs population.  By illuminating the need for cultural awareness, with a light hearted, storytelling style.  Ms. Griffin-Weis creates an entertaining and engaging story for anyone who has ever known and loved a special needs individual. Some Granby landmarks are mentioned in this heartwarming and inspirational real-life page […]

Library News

Granby Public Library Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cossitt Public Library Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 3 – 8 p.m. Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m. Holiday Closing: Both libraries will be closed Sept. 5 through 7 for the Labor Day weekend. Find us online Town of Granby (; also, use the links to join us on our blogs, Facebook page and Pinterest boards. Phon […]

Services for David Hildreth

The family of David Hildreth will hold a graveside burial service Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at Granby Cemetery. A reception will follow at South Congregational Church Parish House. The public is invited to come and share memories. […]

Huge Tag Sale

The Friends of Cossitt Library will offer terrific bargains at the gazebo on Saturday, Sept. 12 (rain date Sept. 19), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No early birds. Find a gas grill, guitar amplifier, tall ship, tools/hardware and more, more, more! […]

September Lunch for the Mind program – the People of Japan

By Eileen Longhi Would you like to learn more about how Japanese heritage shaped its peoples way of life or its challenges with a growing-older population? Or learn more about the traditional Japanese tea ceremony? If these, plus exploring Japan’s past and present culture and customs pique your interest, please join the Granby Civic Engagement Education Team’s Lunch for the Mind program on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 12:30 at the Granby Senior Center. A nita Ferron, lecturer at Manches […]