Thursday at the Carousel Museum ~ Tunes & Twirls: The Evolution of Carousel Music

April 25th at 6:30 PM

Barbara Pond, award winning musician and leader in the Bristol Symphony and the Musical Club of Hartford, will be presenting Tunes & Twirls: The Evolution of Carousel Music. This lively presentation includes a history of carousel music, a working band organ to enjoy, and carousel rides. Light refreshments will be provided.

New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010

Bonus Tax-Aide Session on April 3rd Has Been Canceled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the extra session has been canceled.

The last day to take advantage of this free service at the Main Library will be next Tuesday, April 9th, from Noon until 4:00 PM.

Tax-Aide is a free confidential service run by volunteers who prepare Federal and Connecticut tax returns. The service is offered to low and middle income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older. No appointment is necessary.

For more information please call 1-888-227-7669 or visit the AARP website .

Women’s History Month Program on Historic Hill-Stead Garden Architect, Beatrix Farrand

Colleen Plimpton as Beatrix Farrand

Colleen Plimpton as Beatrix Farrand

On Saturday, March 30, at 2:00 p.m., the Bristol Garden Club, Bristol Historical Society, and the Bristol Public Library will present “Beatrix Farrand, Rediscovered: A Dramatic Presentation of the Life, Times, and Gardens of America’s First Female Landscape Architect and Gardener to the Stars of the Early 20th Century.” This free event, co-sponsored by the Bristol Historical Society, Bristol Garden Club, and the Bristol Public Library will take place in meeting room 1 on the lower level of the Main Library. No registration is necessary.

In addition to being America’s first female architect, Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) was also a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Though overlooked for decades, her work is being rediscovered. Many of her gardens, such as Bellefield in Hyde Park, NY; Hill-Stead in Farmington, CT and Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, ME, have been restored. This talk is a dramatic, 45-minute, first person presentation, in costume, backed by a slide show of the distinguished landscape gardener’s creations.

Colleen Plimpton spent 30 years in her first career as a clinical social worker with the chronically mentally ill. Her second career is that of professional garden communicator. She trained at the New York Botanical Garden and has tended her sloping Connecticut acre for 20 years. She’s appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including CBS, ABC, Good Morning America and PBS; she pens a prize-winning newspaper column for Hearst Media Group; coaches gardening; has taught at the New York Botanical Garden; lectures widely; and writes for publications such as GreenPrints, Connecticut Gardener, and Toastmaster. Colleen’s multi-honored garden memoir, Mentors in the Garden of Life was a Finalist for the 2011 Connecticut Book of the Year in the Memoir category. Her new book, Growing a Movement: How a Small Group of Determined Women Changed Horticultural History will be available in 2013.