Jul 28, 2014

PHOTO GALLERY: Making Wreaths at Brooksvale Park

Piles of branches became beautiful wreaths at the park Saturday, all to benefit the construction of a new animal barn at the park.

The annual Wreath Making Workshop at Brooksvale Park proved as popular as ever Saturday as dozens of people made their own wreaths from branches collected around the park.

The three sessions held throughout the day were fundraisers for the Friends of Brooksvale Park's campaign to build a new animal barn at the park. The workshops raised about $700 toward the barn, which will be matched by a grant that matches up to the first $50,000 in contributions to the $95,000 project.

They are closing in on that $50,000 mark, Asst. Park Ranger Kirsten Walker said, and hope to have it by early next year.

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There's still several more events coming up as soon as tonight that will go toward the fundraiser.

There's a Pasta Dinner today from 3-6 p.m. at Dunbar United Church of Christ on Benham St. Each ticket is $10 and dinner will consist of pasta, meatballs and sauce, bread, salad, beverages, coffee, tea and cake. For tickets, call 203-248-6493. All proceeds from the dinner will go to the new animal barn.

Donations for the barn also can be sent to the Friends of Brooksvale Park, Inc., c/o James E. Traester -- Treasurer, 156 Brooksvale Ave., Hamden, CT 06518.

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