City events highlight 'One City One Story' initiative

The following events are planned as part of the city’s One City One Story initiative. This year, the second community book reading initiative in Milford, focuses on the book, “The Boys in the Boat.”

May 1: The Other Boys in the Boat, Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m., City Hall auditorium.

The story of the nine young men who rowed their way to the 1936 Olympics is fascinating, to be sure. But the story of George Pocock, the builder of the actual boat, is one of intrigue, emotion and sheer determination as well. Pocock’s nephew, Jim Pocock, ended up settling in Milford and raised his family here. His son, Jim, Jr., will give an insider’s look at the family’s contributions to the world of rowing, as well as some interesting observations about living in Milford.

May 9: The Role of African Americans in the 1920s and 1930s, Monday, May 9, 7 p.m., Milford Library.

Associate Professor Hamish Lutris will examine the 1920s and 30s, the background of The Boys in the Boat. The talk will center on a few of the events of the time, such as the Harlem Renaissance and the 1936 Olympics, to highlight the emergence of a powerful African-American culture during this time.

May 15: Music of the Great Depression, Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m., Milford Library.

Experience the music that provides the soundtrack for the lives of The Boys in the Boat. Rick Spencer will perform folksongs and popular songs from the era. The format will interweave history, musical knowledge, and an entertaining performance.

May 17: Enough to Live On, Tuesday, May 17, at the Milford Arts Council, 7 p.m.

The film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” celebrates the 80th anniversary of this epic undertaking and the Federal Arts Projects that, using art, theatre, writing and music, reignited the soul of an America caught in the grip of the Great Depression.

May 19: Family Paint-In, Thursday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm., Milford Library.

Led by artist and instructor Gayle Caro, this is a program for children and their favorite grown-ups. Registration is required. Register in person or call the Children’s Department at 203-783-3312.  Free event sponsored by the Milford Arts Council.

May 20: Track meet, Friday, May 20, Foran High School, 6 p.m.

Participants ages 9-14 can choose two track and one field or one field and two track events. Register at Free event co-sponsored by the Milford Rec Department.

May 21: Blind Veterans Rowing Team, Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m., Milford Library.

Despite their challenges, this group, the first of its kind in America, has persevered and is now competing in worldwide rowing competitions.

May 22: Books at the Beach, Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m., Silver Sands State Park.

Bring the whole family to Silver Sands State Park for a book discussion about One City One Story titles. Bring beach chairs and beverages.

May 23: Milford’s Native Americans, Monday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., Milford Library.

The Institute of Native American Indian Studies will give an interactive presentation on Jim Thorpe’s tribe, the Sac & Fox, and how it relates to local Milford tribes.