2nd Annual Arts & Music Weekend, October 18-20, 2019
Friday, October 18
6:00-7:30 pm — Gallery reception in Parish House for art gallery in the Meeting House and Parish House
7:30 pm — Concert by the St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band
Saturday, October 19
Woodbridge Trails Day, part of the Arts & Music Weekend
9:00 am – 5 mile fall foliage hike led by the Conservation Commission
9:00 am – Family Hike – Alice Newton Street Memorial Park – 1.5 miles sponsored by Recreation Department
10 am – 1pm – ProShred provided by the Town – free shredding services to town residents
10:00 am -1:00 pm – Activities, Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks, Entertainment on the Green:
- Sound Affect Singing Group on Green Stage
- Brennen Lucey Irish Dance Group — Irish dance demonstration and class in the Parish House, all ages
- The Nu Haven Kapelye, klezmer band
- Musical Folk — demonstration
- Massaro Farms demonstration and participation
- Beecher Road School Green Team
4:00 pm — Recital by Nenad Ivovic, First Church, followed by a reception in Parish Hall
7:00-9:00 pm — Square Dance in the Center Gym, all ages
Sunday, October 20
10:00 am Church Service – Choir, Bell Choir, piano & organ duet, Faye Chen and Nenad Ivovic.
And if you are submitting any artwork for the show, please drop off at the Parish House on
October 7-10 between 10 m and 1 pm–we are looking forward to having anyone participate again this
Make sure you have this weekend on your calendar and tell your friends about it too!
On July 11, 2019, the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) informed the FCCW that they had approved our application and will provide us up to $20K in matching funds for the church to hire an expert fine arts conservator to advise on the plaster repair and repainting of the sanctuary, narthex, and three stairwells in the meetinghouse. Trustees have pre-approved up to $8K for these services ($4K FCCW and $4K SHPO).
The SHPO insist that the hiring process be competitive. Three conservators were sent a SHPO pre-approved RFP: David Riccio (John Canning, Cheshire), Gianfranco Pocobene (Boston, MA), Kelly Caldwell and Brooke Russell (Evergreene, Brooklyn, NY). A pre-bid walk-through by the three conservators will be held at 11AM on Thursday, September 12. Members of the congregation are invited to be present.
As stated in the RFP, the FCCW will expect the conservators to:-
• Assess the current condition of the interior surfaces of the Meetinghouse
• In their written proposal, describe the scope of work needed to repaint.
o The need (or not) to remove the previously-used latex paint from the plaster surfaces
o To recommend the correct materials that should be used to repair plaster and to repaint
o To advise on repainting design options that are consistent with the history of the building and provide either a visual electronic example or a mock-up of the proposed décor.
o To advise on the choice of colors that are consistent with the history of the building and provide either a visual electronic example or a mock-up of the proposed colors.
o To provide an itemized estimate of projected costs for the actual work (including scaffolding) that can be used to apply for future funding for the repainting.
• If chosen by the FCCW, the conservator, will be expected to provide a written report and to present of his/her recommendations to the FCCW congregation
• The conservators will include in their proposal the costs/charges for their services (described above)
Bids from each of the three conservators are due by Noon on Thursday, September 26. At that time, the Trustees will open all bids and must choose the conservator with the lowest bid – providing that the conservator is fully qualified and meets the requirements of the RFP. The SHPO must also approve the church’s choice of conservator. Conservators will be informed whether or not they were chosen by October 11, 2019. Then the FCCW will contract with the chosen conservator to provide their services, including a written report than can be used to apply for future funding for the actual work.
B. Joyce Simpson (trustee)
NURSERY/PRE-SCHOOL SPACE AVAILABLE FOR LEASE AT FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, 5 MEETINGHOUSE LANE, WOOBRIDGE, CT
Quiet setting, central Woodbridge, recently-renovated fenced playground with 2 gates and toy storage, close to walking trails, and library.
Direct access to school from rear parking lot, no stairs, three rooms, >1200 sq.ft., Wi-Fi, child and adult bathrooms. Pristine condition. Up to 30 students permitted.
In past year, met all requirements for State inspection/licensing, safety film on all lower windows, passed inspections for water quality, lead, asbestos, fire and CO safety. Electricity, water, heat, snow plowing, and building and grounds maintenance included. Classroom cleaning and trash disposal will be the responsibility of the school. Outdoor signage permitted.
Space is available July 1, 2019. Rent $700/month. Two-year lease preferred.
For additional information or to take a tour, contact Joyce Simpson, FCCW Trustee @ 203 387 0764.