Send in your photo of you wearing your ugly Christmas sweater by 12/18 and you might just win a prize! Send your photo to: jtiso@woodburyct.org  at the Woodbury Senior Center!       ​

Gingerbread Decorating Contest!

SLN - Week 3  Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

Christmas in the New England colonies was, for the most part, just another day. Celebrating Christmas was outlawed in most of New England. Puritans and Protestants detested the entire celebration, and likened it to “pagan rituals”. But, some colonists enjoyed an array of festivities such as singing carols, decorating their home & hosting feasts. Join Velya and Ehris, the mother/daughter Grounded Goodwife duo for a virtual look at traditions such as apple peel throwing (to find a spouse), apple seed prophecies, a group wassail carol and more. The pair will also show you how to make a DIY apple cinnamon sugar scrub to make at home. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.​

Woodbury Library CLOSED for Annual In-service Day

NEW VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR WOODBURY SENIOR CENTER MEMBERS
Through Senior Learning Network! ALL VIRTUAL, FROM HOME!
We are excited to announce our partnership with the Senior Living Network (SLN).
As a Woodbury Senior Center member, this allows you access to FREE high quality virtual classes on the Senior Learning Network.  Individuals are learning within their homes. Classes are live and Interactive! Check our monthly newsletter for class updates. Sign up for all programs through the Woodbury Senior Center (203) 263-2828 and we will send you the link for your class! If you’re not yet a WSC member we will gladly take your free registration over the phone.

Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays with an occasional bonus day. Any program below with SLN before it's description is part of these amazing classes. Classes are at 2 PM, but it is best to login by 1:45 pm so any technical issues can be worked out to insure the class starts on time. 

The Woodbury Library will be closed on Friday, December 11th for our annual In-Service Day. We are sorry for the inconvenience.      ​

Mitchell Caverns, within the Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve, is a trio of limestone caves, located on the east side of the Providence Mountains . For many years the caves were thought to be "dead", that is, the formations were no longer growing. However, recent studies have found some signs of life. Numerous paleontological and archaeological finds have been made in and around the caverns. Scientists have found the remains of several prehistoric animals, including a sloth. The caverns were a sacred place for the Chemehuevi Indians, and a number of tools and fire pits have been found.Come join us for a virtual tour with California State Park Interpreter Andrew Fitzpatrick, taking us through a crash course in desert and cave ecology & local history of the Mitchell Caverns in the Mojave Desert.  


Senior Center: 203-263-2828

Library: 203-263-3502

​Parks and Recreation: 203-263-3113

HOLIDAY HOURS for 

​Town of Woodbury

December happenings... 


This program challenges us to take on the role of the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei, and to see exactly what he saw centuries ago as he sought to explain the mysteries of outer space. In this program, we will take Galileo’s observations of the four large moons around Jupiter, and provide historical context into the magnitude of his findings. ​

SLN - Mitchell Caverns Tour

WOW Programs for this month and more...

SLN - Week 2: Mystic Seaport Museum: Part 2 In the Footsteps of Galileo 

Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping objects in cloth. This elegant and ecological art is used for both practical carrying of objects and for presentation of gifts. Participants will learn how to wrap items such as bottles, books and packages to offer as gifts. We will also make a shopping bag to carry on the shoulder and a double book wrap to carry books or binders. You only need to be able to fold and tie a basic overhand knot to participate. The Library will provide participants with one fabric square to get started with; cotton is best for practical wraps. Silks and thin synthetics are great for gifts as long as the material is not transparent. All fabric must be square or nearly square. Solid fabrics and small prints look best. You can wrap an object that is roughly 1/3 the size of the cloth. The Zoom event will be taught by librarian and poet Beth Van Ness who has enjoyed making crafts nearly as long as she has had thumbs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.        ​

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Friday, December 18th at 1:00 PM

We love the Mystic Seaport- and we are back! Join us to learn about navigation through the lens of famous explorers. We will examine the instruments and tools used by Columbus, Magellan, and other famous navigators. Ultimately, we will make a connection between technological improvements and safer, more precise movement around the globe.           ​

Senior Center - HOLIDAY CHEER PROGRAM  

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues by exploring the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center's newest exhibition, DISCOVER GREATNESS: An Illustrated History of the Negro Leagues Baseball. This program displays the remarkable collection of vintage photographs on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Highlights will include a slide-show, video clips about the Negro Leagues, and an augmented reality experience that brings the exhibition to vivid life. ​

Woodbury Senior Center VIRTUAL

Tuesday, December 1st at 2:00 PM

 

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Thursday, December 17th at 2:00 PM

Secrets Your Parents Never Told You About the History of Christmas Carols with John Cilio

Let's have some creative fun and decorate a gingerbread house! 
Materials will not be provided, so you can be as creative as you like in this community friendly competition. It can be a simple design, or you can go all out! Make it from a kit, or homemade! 
Each team must register no later than Monday, December 5th, 2020. After you are registered, it's time to get working on your gingerbread creation! *A photo submission of your masterpiece is due by Monday, December 14, 2020 by 12:00 noon. Please include the name of your creation, the name(s) of the builder(s), and your contact info and email jmiller@woodburyct.org 
The $5 registration fee will be collected and donated to the local food banks. Please register on our website at www.woodburyparksandrec.org We will post all of the entry pictures on our Woodbury Parks and Recreation Facebook page, and the community will judge the winning entries by the amount of LIKES each entry gets. The winner will be announced on December 21st, 2020.

Woodbury Library - VIRTUAL

Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00 PM

Woodbury Senior Center - 203-263-2828

CALL TO REGISTER for all SLN Programs

Musician Robert Peterson will share with some holiday favorites with us. Find a cozy spot, pour yourself a cup of cocoa and enjoy the songs of the season from your own home. Robert is an actor, artist, and performer based on the east coast of the United States. He was born and raised between Connecticut and Nova Scotia. He is graduate of Boston University's School of Theatre. Robert is also a freelance Street Musician who has performed up and down the east coast of the United States and Canada in most major cities. ​​


Woodbury Senior Services has a long history of reaching out to our older residents who may be living alone, who are homebound, at risk for social isolation, or who just have had a year of struggle and need to know that people care. We assemble gifts for each person on our list and hand-deliver them in a personal visit, along with information on resources and services available to our gift recipients. With circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all aspects of Woodbury Senior Services and its operations, the Holiday Cheer Program will look different for 2020, but your help is needed more than ever to ensure the program's success in this challenging year. Instead of providing physical gifts for every senior, this year's program will take the form of a gift bag with small goodies and the addition of one or more gift cards. We invite you, your family, or your organization to support the project by donating gift cards to local merchants. Gas and grocery cards in small amounts are particularly needed, as are gift cards and gift certificates for local pharmacies. Books of stamps are also appreciated.  If you would like to donate to ensure our seniors are remembered this holiday season, please do so and bring items to the Senior Community Center office by December 10. If you would prefer to make a cash donation, we will use it to purchase gift certificates to local stores. Thank you for your generosity.

Woodbury Library - VIRTUAL

Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00 PM

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL​

Thursday, December 3rd at 2:00 PM

Park and Recreation Facebook Page

​LIVE at 4:00 PM

Saturday, December 5th

Christmas In the Colonies - The Grounded Goodwife

From lectures and concerts to artistic opportunities and community festivals, WOW has something for everyone. We do this by partnering with community champions, the businesses and organizations who, like you, and like WOW, are invested in our little town. We do this by building bridges between volunteers and resources and needs. We do this with much energy and imagination and dedication, because we believe in building community - we believe in Woodbury, and we want Woodbury families to love living here. WOW!


Below are a list of activities that are free, or mostly free, or informational on the programs that are available in Town by WOW, The Woodbury Senior Center, Woodbury Parks and Recreation, and the Woodbury Library.   The three departments that make up the WOW committee work on making programs that are enjoyable, help you learn a new skill, or provide exercise, entertainment and "something to do"! 


The Woodbury Senior Center, Library and Parks and Recreation buildings are closed to the public. WE ARE HERE for you, and have regular office hours, we just cannot see you at the moment. Thus, all programs from our three buildings are all virtual. You will need to register online to participate, or give us a call to help with registration.  

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

 Thursday, December 10th at 2:00 PM

Annual Town Tree Lighting - VIRTUAL!


The Woodbury Library will be closed December 24, 25, 26, and 27th. The Library will reopen on Monday, December 28th.We look forward to serving our patrons in the new year! Town of Woodbury offices (Boyd, Shove, Senior Center, Parks and Rec) will be closed December 24th and 25th. They will reopen on December 28th. Public Works will be closed on December 25th.

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Tuesday, December 8th at 2:00 PM

A conversation with Woodbury Emergency Management Director Dave Lampart - Monday 12/7 at 2 pm on Zoom. Join us for a virtual conversation with Dave Lampart. We’ll discuss how to be prepared for a pandemic winter, including emergencies like snow storms and pwer outages, and illness or injury. This is an important topic; your questions are welcome. This program is open to Woodbury residents of all ages. Register now by calling Woodbury Senior Center at (203) 263-2828.  ​

CLOSED on Friday, December 11th for

​In-Service Day

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Tuesday, December 15th at 2:00 PM

This holiday season, WOW (What’s On in Woodbury) invites residents to join in the Woodbury Holiday Spirit and decorate an ornament to be hung on the tree on the North Green next to the gazebo/bandstand. To participate simply pick up your wooden blank ornament at the Woodbury Library, Senior Community Center, or Parks and Recreation office (for P&R and Senior Center, please call first: ornaments will be left outside ready for pick up with your name on it), and decorate it in any way you wish: paint, markers, feathers, glitter, you choose!  When you’ve beautifully decorated your ornament, take it down to the North Green and hang it yourself on the tree for everyone to enjoy, preferably before the Tree Lighting on December 5th!

This is a little different this year. It is a virtual gathering of several Senior Centers in CT, and you can participate in the safety of your own home! You must register for the event ahead of time. ​​Featuring VIP greetings from around the state, seasonal music, ballroom dancing performances, holiday vignettes celebrating diverse cultures and traditions and many more of our favorite things! Click the following link to register today! 

Prior to 1890, individual states, rather than the Federal Government, regulated immigration into the United States. Castle Garden (now Castle Clinton), located in the Battery of Manhattan, served as the New York State immigration station from 1855 to 1890. Approximately eight million immigrants passed through its doors, mostly from Northern European countries; this constituted the first large wave of immigrants to settle and populate the U.S. Ellis Island may not appear large on a map, but it is an unparalleled destination in United States history. After welcoming more than 12 million immigrants to our shores, Ellis Island is now a poetic symbol of the American Dream. 

Holiday Musical Favorites with Robert Peterson VIRTUAL CONCERT

SLN - "Christmas with the Roosevelts"

FUROSHIKI Workshop with Beth Van Ness

SENIOR LEARNING NETWORK (SLN) - ALL VIRTUAL!

​Connect with us!

Decorate the Town Tree!

SLN - Week 3 A Visit to Ellis Island

REGISTER TODAY for It's A Wonderful Life Senior Center Holiday Gathering

Woodbury Senior Center

Call 203-263-2828

Woodbury Library - VIRTUAL

Saturday, December 12th at 2:00 PM

Emergency Preparedness During a Pandemic - ALL welcome!




​​What's On

in Woodbury

Woodbury Senior Center VIRTUAL

Photos accepted until 12/18/2020

Town of Woodbury Offices CLOSED during Holiday

Carols used to be sung all during the year, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has survived. Early Christians took over the pagan solstice galas for Christmas and substituted their Christian songs. As early as the year 129, Roman Bishops called out carols to be sung at Christmas services in Rome. Over the centuries the words and meanings of the songs have changed. Some verses were never intended to be Christmas songs. There is more to these stories. Discover some of the fascinating legends and realities that surround the traditional songs of the season. John Cilio is a historian and storyteller. John lives in Sherman, CT and is the author of six historical books and over 200 articles covering a broad range of topics and has spoken on a wide range of topics in over 60 countries. His goal is to make history relevant, engaging, and enlightening. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.​

One more program from FDR Presidential Library and Museum- and it's a special one! Do you remember Bing Crosby and White Christmas, then you won't want to miss this presentation! Jeff Urbin uses music, humor and story telling to explain how FDR celebrated Christmas. It is nothing like what is done today, it was a much simpler time !​

SLN - Week 2: Mystic Seaport Museum: Part 1 Navigation through Great Explorers

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Monday, December 7th at 2:00 PM

Register before December 5th; pictures of your gingerbread house are due on December 14th. 

The Region 14 High School Band and Chorus will once again entertain us with Winter Holiday favorites, but all will be done VIRTUALLY this year. Santa will still arrive on a firetruck to turn the tree lights on, but you will be viewing this from the safety of your own home! Sing along on the Town of Woodbury website, the Region 14 website, NEAT TV (Channel 21) and the Parks and Recreation website and Facebook page.

​​W.O.W.

UGLY SWEATER CONTEST!

Woodbury Library VIRTUAL

Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM