June 2024

From the Director's Desk

June's here & so is the sunshine!! Wahoo summer has finally arrived!

Over the last month we've hosted multiple events, several fundraisers, welcomed many outside events into our parks and held many programs, meetings, committees - you name it. As our 23/24 Fiscal Year comes to an end, I just wanted to give a special thank you to our absolutely incredible staff that works above and beyond to facilitate all our various offerings, wear way too many hats and do many tasks that are no where near their job descriptions. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with these wonderful folks and am grateful we enjoy serving the town of Woodbury together.

The other major piece to our puzzle is our equally as incredible volunteers. We've had so many step up and give their time, efforts, skills and sanity for the betterment of this community.

Thank you to all who support our department and the Woodbury community. I am constantly humbled and appreciative of you.

Jami Gore, Director

(203) 263-3113

Woodbury Parks & Recreation


Parks & Recreation Office located at: 7 Mountain Road, Woodbury

Memorial Day Parade and Events

๏ปฟMemorial Day Weekend was full of longstanding town traditions and new traditions alike. All the while making sure we took time to stop and remember the meaning of the holiday, and being grateful for those who sacrificed it all for our freedom. From the parade, to the Cannon Green ceremony, to the community picnic at Hollow Park, we want to thank everyone that came out and shared their holiday weekend with us.

A congratulations is in order for Bart's Tree Service for winning our First Annual Float Contest!! Way to dig into your ROOTS and go out on a LIMB and take your decorations to another level LEAFING us PINING for more! We hope to see the competition GROW in 2025!

We want to offer immense gratitude to our sponsors:

B&W Home Inspections

Manzi Insurance

Rich and John's Complete Chimney Service

Labonne's Market

Ace Hardware

Logue Farms

We also want to offer a special thank you to:

Speakers, Joe Chabot from Litchfield Hills Church and Tom Moore Commander of the American Legion

Sharon McCarthy, shuttle driver

Bongo Joe and Will Michael, Community Picnic Band


๐๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐“๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ƒ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฒ

Parks & Recreation was honored to be a part of the Brian Barry Memorial Tree Dedication Ceremony. It was wonderful to see so many of Brianโ€™s family and friends gathered together at the North Green to celebrate a man who has given so much of himself to so many. His spirit will shine on with the tree being lit each holiday season as he will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched in such kind and generous ways.

๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ

๐๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ค๐ฒ!

Congratulations to our Parks Maintainer, Nate Bilsky, who just this past weekend received a promotion in recognition of his outstanding service in the Navy. Petty Officer Second Class Bilsky was one of only four candidates in the entire country to receive this level of promotion. We are incredibly proud of him and thankful for his service!


Basketball Court Fundraiser

by Aiden Lessard


For his 8th grade Capstone Class Personal Interest Project, Woodbury Middle School student Aiden Lessard organized a 3 v 3 Basketball Tournament to raise money to upgrade the basketball court at Hollow Park.

The May 16 Hoops for Hollow event was a success with nine teams showing up to play at WMS. Aiden worked with the Woodbury Parks and Recreation on this project. Director Jami Gore was at WMS to thank Aiden for his efforts. Aiden raised $535 on the event and the money will go towards refurbishing courts at Hollow Park. Congratulations Aiden! 

By: Region 14 School District

Woodbury's Great

Gnome Hunt

A little gnome fact, good things come to gnomes who wait! And I bet you can't wait for Woodbury's Great Gnome Hunt when 15 jolly gnomes will be hiding out in Woodbury. Between June 10 and June 26, gnome matter what, all roads in Woodbury lead to gnome! Gnome pun intended!

Find your Discovery Guide here!

Nonnewaug Basketball Fundraiser

Thank you to all the incredibly generous sponsors that stepped up to support our upcoming 24/25 Basketball Season! This event raised over $3,000!

Woodbury Brewery


Mixed Prime

Ace Hardware

Woodbury Pizza

Johns Cafe


San Remo


Drakeley Real Estate


Woodbury Deli



Country Eatery

Labonne's Market


Jesse Camille's

New Morning Market

Riverjack (band)


Also a special thank you to our 24/25 Basketball Board for organizing and hosting an incredibly fun, well attended and overall successful fundraiser for the program! WP&R appreciates our valuable volunteers and all that they do!!๏ปฟ

Nonnewaug Basketball Club

The Nonnewaug Basketball Summer Camp is run by the Nonnewaug Basketball Club Board members and members of the boys' and girls' Varsity Basketball Teams. The goal of the camp is to work on basketball fundamentals, increase confidence on the court and have fun! 8/19-8/22 at NHS.

Registration will open next week! Visit www.woodburyparksandrec.org for more information.

Summer Camp

Note: 2024 Summer Camp will be held at

Mitchell Elementary School!

Summer Camp registration is NOW OPEN!

Register at www.woodburyparksandrec.org or call our office at 203-263-3113.

Below you will see the calendars for the Grades K-6 Camp and the Grades 7-9 Teen Travel Camp. While we make plans, sometimes the weather has other ideas, so any outdoor activity is subject to change.

In the event that we must change our plans last minute, a text message will be sent to all contacts for registered campers. Please make sure your contact information is correct!

Summer Concert Series
6:30pm at Hollow Park
๏ปฟJuly 10th: Lamar Peters
Yes, that Lamar Peters, as recently featured on CBS! Lamar Peters is New York's top Elvis tribute artist! This fast-paced Ultimate Elvis Tribute Show takes you back to the best of Elvis in the 50s, 60s, and 70s! www.lamarpetersshow.com

July 17th: Willie & Jan
Performing popular songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s, Country, Folk, Rock โ€˜n Roll, as well as some of Willieโ€™s originals songs. Willie Nininger, Singer-songwriter from Southbury, CT is well-known for his spontaneous sense of humor and flat-picking guitar technique. Jan Scruggs, lifelong Woodbury resident, joined Willie's band in 2010. A lover of harmony, her ability to mimic various singers makes her voice adaptable to the band's various genres. Her steady guitar playing provides a solid rhythm to Willie's lead guitar.

July 24th: Sideways
Get ready to turn up the heat with Sideways, a dynamic modern country band. Sideways plays an electrifying blend of country favorites and contemporary hits. From foot-stomping anthems to heartwarming ballads, Sideways delivers an unforgettable performance that keeps the energy soaring! Sideways guarantees a memorable experience that will have everyone singing along and up dancing.

July 31st: 102nd Division Army Band
RipChord is the popular music ensemble for your 102nd Army Band in the Connecticut Army National Guard. Showcasing pop, rock, and funk music from the 1960โ€™s to today, RipChord is a dynamic, 10-piece horn band that has been performing across the state for over a decade.
August 7th: Decades
Decades is a skilled cover band based in Brookfield with members from around the greater Danbury area. The band of six includes Danielle Shaker on lead vocals, Bob Ralston on lead guitar, Kevin McLain on guitar, Pat Harris on keyboards, sax, and flute, Frank Aulenti on drums and vocals, and Joe Sassano on bass and vocals. The talented group has strong vocal interpretations of songs everyone knows and loves, covering a span of six decades, hence the name, Decades!

Parks and Rec Programs

Check our website for current offerings. We've listed some summer programs so you can plan ahead. Golf lessons can get you ready for when spring arrives. "You Gotta Believe", a very popular basketball camp, has two summer sessions already open for registration. Athletic Flow Yoga has returned! Zuma is back at Hollow Park! Main Street Ballet is having a "Little Mermaid Dance Camp" this summer! We have a few other exciting new programs getting set up, but you'll have to wait a bit on those.

In the meantime, scroll through what we currently have going on at www.woodburyparksandrec.org.

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