3rd Thursday Street Fest welcomes YOU from May through September. Join in the celebration of community, diversity, and warm weather delights. Featuring over 100 local vendors ranging from crafts goods and artisans to food trucks and 4 musical stages for diverse auditory appetites, the Fest will enhance and enliven your spirit. You are invited to socialize in the beer garden, take in the live street performances, or dance into the night! There is also always fun for the kids! Bring the children to the numerous free activities especially for them!
Brought to you by Willimantic Renaissance, Inc., a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to revitalize downtown Willimantic by celebrating diversity, building community, and attracting consumers. 3rd Thursday Street Fests are truly a community event.
Welcome to Connecticut Landmarks. Founded in 1936 as the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, we are a state wide network of twelve significant historic properties that span four centuries of New England history. Our museums are starting points – landmarks in every sense – for deeper exploration and greater appreciation of the Connecticut experience. We have something for everyone. From captivating house tours to lovely historic gardens, history celebrations and remarkable collections of art and antiques. Our real-life stories, as told through our collections, make history matter.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the country. Since its inception in 1868, the Order of Elks has grown to include nearly 1.2 million men and women in almost 2,200 communities.
The B.P.O. Elks is committed to the ideals of charity and patriotism. To that end, Elks have now disbursed over the Order’s 142 years more than $2.69 billion in cash, goods, and services to the nation’s youth, its veterans, the disadvantaged and handicapped, and in support of patriotic and civic programs. In the 1998-99 fiscal year alone, the B.P.O. Elks expended in such fashion over $160 million, and the Order ranks as one of the largest private providers of college scholarships in the nation.
The Elks have created a quiet network of good deeds that has profoundly changed millions of lives for the better, yet there is little public awareness of the impact of their vital work. Why is this so? Quite simply, the Elks have rarely sought recognition, neither have they gone to the general public with fund-raising efforts nor received monies from any level of government. Indeed, the flow of money and goods moves in the opposite direction: the Elks donated to the government the first veterans hospital; contribute regularly to schools and police and fire departments; and assist the young and the needy throughout this great nation.
How could this powerful force have come into being? And where does all this charitable giving come from? From the generous hearts of Elks members whose willingness to share, whose prudent long-term planning, and whose time devoted to serve–for free and with enthusiasm–infuses the Order with an exuberant and enduring expression of the true volunteer spirit.
Of note is that the elected leadership of the B.P.O. Elks–from the Exalted Rulers of the local Lodges to the national president, known as the Grand Exalted Ruler, and other decision-makers at the various levels–serve without salaries.
The organization of the Elks is democratic representation, with overall statute
A Message from Our Director, Father John Hanley, O.M.I.
?Habemus Papam!? We all cheered as we heard the news of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, a man of the Americas. Little did we suspect the monumental changes in substance and style we would witness. Pope Francis chose the name Francis to indicate his desire that the Church be simple and for the poor. I think that the years of Pope Francis will be full of change to the Church, change that will help the Church more clearly and with fidelity speak the message of Jesus Christ to the people of the world. At his first Public Audience held on the Wednesday of Holy Week, the Pope encouraged us to ?step outside ourselves so as to attend to the needs of others: those who long for a sympathetic ear, those in need of comfort or help.? As I write this message, we are about to enter into the Sacred Triduum, and will witness the great deeds done by God to forgive our sins and bring us life in abundance. Soon, the ?Alleluias? will ring again, and Jesus? risen life will be celebrated. As we celebrate new spiritual life with Easter, we also celebrate (hopefully) the end of winter and the resurrection of nature in springtime. Father John Hanley, O.M.I, Director