The 6th grade students at Nathan Hale Ray Middle School put on their annual blood drive, this past week. They worked really hard in organizing their volunteers, creating books related to how important donating blood is, and putting together a great video. Kudos to them all! Also in East Haddam on Friday was the Project Graduation Surf and Turf dinner-prepared by Jim Ventres and crew. Special thanks to all those that volunteered and attended-what a great cause! A special shout-out to my daughter and her classmates for serving such a great meal!
East Hampton had a few different events going on over the weekend. Friday was the Welcome Home to Vietnam Veterans at the VFW. This event was organized by members and featured speaker Louis Carillo Jr. I was moved by his tales of climbing battle hills, the friendships formed with those who served and of his experience coming home to America. Thank you to all our veterans for your service and to those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. For more information on Connecticut's veteran services, check their website.
(East Hampton Vietnam Veterans)
Also on Friday was the All Arts Night and Wine Tasting which was held at the Old Bank building in the East Hampton Village, hosted by 3M Artworks and The Black Door. It was an extremely well attended event and featured over 40 local artisans, including Chatham Wine Thieve who provided a wonderful wine tasting. We have so many talented people in our area and it was a pleasure to view their work. I hope to get back again soon and talk with those who I missed! The business owners in this area all support each other and it was so great to see this area of town bustling on a Friday night. If you have not stopped in to these merchants in the Village, please go out of your way by supporting them. They actually have an informal facebook page where you can view their events and specials in advance. Check it out! On Sunday (tomorrow), there will be a Village Historical Walk at 1:00 pm---this also sounds like a great event that I will unfortunately have to miss. More info is posted on the Chatham Historical Society website. Let me know if you get to attend.
(All Arts Night and Wine Tasting)