Newington residents can help commemorate town's 150th anniversary with special calendar

Published on Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:50
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – Now is the chance for local residents to buy a 2021 calendar commemorating the town’s 150th anniversary.

Newington’s 150th Anniversary Committee has compiled its 150th Commemorative Calendar, now for sale at area businesses and online, at

A calendar pickup day took place recently in Churchill Park. Another contactless pickup day is planned for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., also in the park. Calendars are priced at $15 each and can also be shipped directly to people for an extra $5.

The calendar has a Newington-centric theme, featuring around-town artwork and photography of local residents. People will recognize landmarks like the parks and Mill Pond Falls.

This fall, the committee partnered with Newington Parks and Recreation to distribute 2,500 daffodil bulbs to homeowners. People were asked to plant their bulbs around November in order to encourage the blooms early next spring. The ultimate goal is to “paint the town yellow.”

At their November meeting, committee members discussed ongoing fundraising efforts and celebratory events, including an initiative members are calling ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ being planned for next spring. This one could possibly feature a collaboration with Parks and Recreation Department’s Kindness Counts program.

“We definitely want to get the schools involved somehow,” event chair Max Turgeon said.

“Even if the schools are remote, there are things kids can do at home that are acts of kindness,” said Eileen Francolino, committee chairwoman.

Members have been meeting remotely to discuss plans and adjusting their efforts alongside the pandemic restrictions. The big event they are planning for the town’s 150th anniversary will be a Mayor’s Ball. Due to the pandemic, this celebration is now set to take place sometime in the latter part of next year.

“We’ve decided to push the mayor’s ball back to fall 2021 so maybe we can make some more concrete plans,” Francolino explained.

Other events still in the works for next year include a historical home tour, a collection drive for Newington Food Bank and a holiday ornament, to go on sale next fall and winter.

Check back for updates on the committee’s ongoing efforts.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:50. Updated: Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:52.