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Roseland Park May 9 2009  

Fun for the whole family at Roseland Park! Enjoy a day-long mini-festival and learn about the park's history and restoration. More...

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REMINISCING AT ROSELAND PARK - Saturday, May 9, 2009, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more than 130 years, historic Roseland Park in Woodstock has been wonderful place to boat, fish, stroll, picnic and play. On May 9th, you can enjoy a fun-filled mini-festival on the 60.3 acres of woodland land and waterfront that make up the park. The Woodstock Conservation Commission and The Friends of Roseland have partnered with the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District and The Last Green Valley and others on this day-long event, which is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Celebrate Earth Week outdoors as you learn about the park’s history and present day efforts to restore the park and the water quality of Roseland Lake.

Roseland Park Windmill.  Photo Courtesy of the Woodstock Historical Society.
In Victorian days, Roseland Park sported more than 1,000 rosebushes, gilded fountains, wooded walking trails, statuary and a Gothic windmill. Photo courtesy of the Woodstock Historical Society.
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BYOB – Boats, that is. Canoe or kayak on Roseland Lake. Life jackets are required by State law. Or, for one day only, relive the past and rent a boat at Roseland Park courtesy of the Nahaco Park Commission. A limited supply of kayaks and paddle boats will be available for $5/half hour. Contact Tony at nahaco@aol.com to reserve your time. Bring a picnic lunch. Limited refreshments will be available for purchase.


  • 10 a.m. - Promenade in the Park: Join Lyn Cole-Smith and Cheryl Wakely of the Woodstock Historical Society for an easy one hour stroll in the park as they highlight fascinating stories about the park with old photos. Research on the park’s history was funded by a $2,500 grant from The Last Green Valley.
  • 11 a.m. - The Magic of Nancy, Lady Magician
  • Noon - In and Around with Matt Sheldon. Walk nature trails with Friends of Roseland Volunteer Matt Sheldon. Trail difficulty levels vary.
  • 1 p.m. - Musical performance by Maria Sangiolo. This local musician will perform an original children’s musical program, sponsored by the Woodstock Recreation Committee
  • 2 p.m. - Seek and Find Hike. Find hidden objects in the park and win a prize. Sponsored by the Friends of Roseland. Also, Promenade in the Park - Miss the morning tour? Here is a second chance to enjoy this program.

All Day Long

  • The Last Green Valley Source to Sea Activity Tent – hands on activities and free items. Take the “Sound Choice” pledge.
  • Woodstock Conservation Commission – sign up to join the Woodstock Rain Garden Challenge or help monitor vernal pools.
  • Eastern Connecticut Conservation District – learn how they are leading the way to improve water quality in Woodstock.
  • CT Audubon Society Citizen Science Program – learn about mammal, amphibian and water quality data collected in the region and how you can help.
  • Woodstock Green Team – solar power and green energy options demos. Bring your CL&P statement and sign-up for Renewable Energy to reduce your carbon footprint and help your town earn FREE solar panels.
  • Friends of Roseland – Visioning the Potential of Tomorrow’s Roseland Park
  • Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association dive/water rescue team – display of water rescue equipment.
  • Woodstock Historical Society - a historical exhibit featuring Roseland Park and offering Henry Bowen’s favorite refreshment - pink lemonade and macaroons - for purchase.

The festival will be cancelled if heavy rain is expected. Tune to WINY at AM 1350 for information. This event is alcohol free.

Directions to Roseland Park: The park is located in southeastern Woodstock, CT, on Roseland Park Road (near the intersection of 169 and 171). From I-395, Exit 97 (Route 44), head west on Route 44, turn right on Route 171 north, then turn right on Route 169 north and turn right on Roseland Park Road. The 9-hole Woodstock Golf Course and Driving Range is on the left, and the Park is on the right.


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Originally published in the Villager newspapers on April 24, 2009



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