Revolutionary Victory Days will be celebrated

The Milford Preservation Trust will be celebrating General Washington Victory Days 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Minuteman House, aka Downs House, 139 North St.

October saw two pivotal victories by the Colonists during the American Revolution: British Gen. Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga, N.Y., on Oct. 17, 1777, and the surrender of British Gen. Lord Cornwallis to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va., on Oct. 19, 1781.

Milford’s own Joseph Plumb Martin, a private in the Continental Army, will be at the house. He will talk about Yorktown, of seeing Washington wielding a pickaxe and the necessary yet dangerous seizure of Redoubt #10 by himself and others. Washington artifacts and cannonballs will be displayed.

Tax-deductible donations will be accepted and apple pie will be sold, both to help the Milford Preservation Trust restore the house to 1775.

Masons will be serving breakfast

Breakfast will be served 8-10:30 a.m. Oct.16 at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad St.

For a donation of $8 per person, there is a choice of fried or scrambled eggs, omelets, pancakes or french toast, and bacon or sausage. Also available are potatoes, toast, orange juice, and coffee or tea. Special prices are available for families with young children.

For further information, call 203-877-4977.

Milford Hospital tea party, fundraiser

The Milford Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual afternoon scholarship tea party and fashion show, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Ave.

The fashion show clothing and accessories will be provided by the Enchanted Window Gift Shop. An assortment of boutique merchandise will be available for purchase at a 20 percent discount.

Tickets are $25, which includes coffee, tea, tea sandwiches and desserts.

Proceeds provide scholarships to hospital Junior Volunteers. For reservations, call the auxiliary office at 203-647-6654.

Traditional Irish music session with All-Ireland champs

Several young All-Ireland champions and competitors will join the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann session at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway. Admission is free. Musicians, dancers, singers and guests are welcome. BYOB.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was founded in 1951 in Ireland to promote Irish traditional music, song, dance and language. There are 415 branches worldwide, and more than 2 million people attend Comhaltas functions each year.

For information on the session, call Tim at 203-257-8737.

Milford Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk fundraiser

The fifth annual Milford Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk fundraiser for the homeless and hungry will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lisman Landing downtown at the Head of the Harbor.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the kids’ fun run is at 8:45. and the race starts at 9. Advance registration is $25. Race day registration is $30. More than 300 people participated in the 5K last year.

Participants are asked to being a nonperishable food donation for the Beth-El Center and to wear Halloween costumes. Best costume prizes will be awarded.

The 5K is sponsored by the law firm of Harlow, Adams, and Friedman, P.C., Sikorsky Credit Union, Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church and lead car sponsor Bob’s Buick GMC of Milford.

Post-race festivities will include refreshments and music by rock and blues band The Elwoods. To register or for sponsorships, visit

NAMI support group meets monthly

A NAMI support group meeting is held 6-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Bridges, a community support system, 949 Bridgeport Ave.

Breast cancer support group meets

Free meetings of the Milford Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group are held 6-7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in Auditorium A at Milford Hospital, 300 Seaside Ave. For information, call the hospital Education Department at 203-876-4000.

Upcoming programs

at library

The Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., presents the following programs. For more information or to register, call 203-783-3312.

► • PokeParty Oct. 8, 2:30-4 p.m., crafts, games, activities, scavenger hunt, bring your device for lures every half hour. • Chess Club, Oct. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m., sponsored by Milford’s Promise, Milford Police Union, for K-Grade 12 of all skill levels. RSVP. ◄ • Lego free play for kids ages 4-8 on the autism spectrum, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. RSVP: 203-783-3312.

• Board Game Club, Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., for ages 5-10.

• Music Together Oct. 18, 6:15 p.m. Family music with a free demonstration of Music Together for caregivers and ages 0-5 of all abilities to share music, instruments and movement. RSVP.

Law High School

slates open house

Jonathan Law High School, Lansdale Avenue, will hold an open house for seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents at 6 p.m. Oct. 13.

The program will start in the auditorium with a welcome, followed by tours of the school, led by students and staff members. An academic and activity fair will be held in the gym to give students the chance to learn about the academic offerings, as well as the activities and programs offered.

Some details:

• The 182 academic courses cover the traditional core subjects, along with music, art, business, technology and other electives; 25 Advanced Placement and UCONN /Early College Electives; support in mathematics labs, reading labs and faculty office hours; a new Career Pathways program in computer science.

• All students in grades 10 and 11 sit for the PSAT; all students in Grade 11 sit for the SAT.

• Athletics, 27 team offerings for both boys and girls; some have tryouts.

• Clubs, 34, including Key Club, National Honor Society, Fishing Club, Unified Sports, Fencing, Drama Club, Book Club.

For more information, call the school at 203-783-3574, ext. 5001.

Early stories

will be told

Re-enactors will bring stories to life at the Milford Historical Society’s annual walking tour of the Old Milford Cemetery on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m., beginning from the DAR parking lot, 55 Prospect St.

The cemetery, laid out in 1676, was Milford’s first formal burying ground, and is where many of Milford’s early settlers are buried.

The tombstones tell a lot. What did the word “Esquire” mean? (It’s not what you think.) Some stones record information about buried “relics.” What’s the story there? What do the carved symbols on the top of the stones mean? Do we know who did the artistic stonework? And what’s a table tomb?

For some of the answers, meet early settlers Robert Treat, Molly Fowler, Jonathan Law, Steven Stow and others who will be at the gravesites as re-enactors don period costumes. Visitors will also hear about the cemetery’s well-known but mysterious “weeping lady” monument.

Tour tickets may be purchased at the Canvas Patch, 5 River St., and at the tour. A $5 donation is requested, free admission for a child (with adult) and students 12 years and up.

For details, call Adrienne Damicis, 203-877-1851 or visit

Winter clothing

will be accepted

Winter clothing for distribution to the needy may be dropped off 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 15 in the parking lot behind the Fowler Memorial Building and next to the Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

At the “drive-by,” members of Unit 15, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, will be accepting new and gently used winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens and gloves, for children, women and men in all sizes.

The clothing will be given to the Veterans Affairs medical center for men and women veterans and their families.

Lessons, choices

in conservation

Steve Johnson, Milford’s open space and natural resource agent, will present “Glimpses of Conservation History, Past Lessons and Future Choices” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

Johnson will offer a look back at how the European settlement has shaped Milford over the past 377 years.

Johnson is a staff liaison for the Conservation Commission and the Mayor’s Open Space Advisory Committee.

He is a founding member of the Wepawaug River Watershed Alliance.

Public offered look through telescopes

The Astronomical Society of New Haven’s public stargazing will be held 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21.

Members will set up telescopes and people can get a closer look at Mars, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way at Silver Sands State Park, Silver Sands Park Way. The event is free.

Clouds may cancel, check at or 866-808-ASNH.

Law High School class of 1966 reunion

The Jonathan Law High School class of 1966 reunion will be held 7-11 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Costa Azzurra restaurant. Cost is $60pp, for a buffet, beer, wine and D.J.

Contact or Eileen or

Local nonprofits spotlight suicide

Local nonprofits will sponsor a suicide awareness and prevention walk, Moments Do Matter, Sunday, Oct. 23, at Walnut Beach.

Bridges, Milford Prevention Council, United Way of Milford and Walks with Buddy have teamed up to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide, and to provide information about suicide prevention.

There will be an activity for participants who wish to honor and memorialize a loved one before the walk. Milford native and NBC CT anchor Heidi Voight will be MC.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 2-mile walk begins at 9:30. Registration is $15 for all, 5 years and older, or register at

Veterans Day parade will be downtown

The city Veterans Day parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, downtown.

It was originally scheduled for Nov. 5.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 11, in front of City Hall at 10:45 a.m.

Parade assembly will be at 1 p.m. at the Daniel Wasson Field parking lot on West Main Street.

To march, call Russ Edwards at 203-876-0914.