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June News from Granby Grange No. 5

By Dave Roberts

  JUNE 8, 2023 --

 June 11: Join us in-person to experience the excitement at Granby Grange meetings. Refreshments served 30 min. before the meeting following the meeting.

In April, Granby received news that it had been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Pomeroy Brace Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to support renovation of our historic North Granby hall.

“We are so thankful to the Pomeroy-Brace Fund at Hartford Foundation for recognizing the value of our Grange to the community and region,” said Granby Grange President Ron Cowdrey. “This funding will be so impactful for us to utilize our hall as a resource and to help us improve our service to the community.”

The Granby Grange building was constructed just after the Civil War (c. 1866) as a one-room schoolhouse. In 1902, the town hall moved into the building after an earlier town hall burned down. In 1946, the Granby Grange bought the building from the town and moved it 150 feet south to its current location.

On Saturday, April 29, the rain stopped, the clouds tried to disperse, and the 70+ attendees kept coming to experience the very First Granby Grange Rubber Duck Race at Salmon Brook Park. The fundraising brainchild of Granby Grange Lecturer Judy Doyle, the co- chairs of the event said the race was an awesome success both financially (over $2,100 raised) and in terms of spread goodwill in the community.

“As a 97-year old community organization, we chose for this first race to donate part of our proceeds to the Granby 4-H,” said co-chair Carol Innes. “We are so pleased to help our local youth in the 4-H who share common goals with our Grange.” The event was hosted at Pavilion #2 at Salmon Brook Park from 2:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 29th. The family event featured information on the Grange, a bake sale, popcorn, and meals to go. At 3:00 PM sharp, Granby Grange President Ron Cowdrey appeared on the pedestrian bridge over Salmon Brook and following the National Anthem and welcoming remarks, the rubber ducks were launched into the swollen brook. Some of the rubber ducks moved quicker than the judges and the judges had to scurry to beat the first rubber ducks across the finish line, about 1,000 feet from the start of the race. Many volunteers and children chose to get into the water to rescue the rubber ducks before they escaped down river.

On Saturday, May 20, Granby Grange held its annual Mother’s Day Flower and Bake Sale. Many attendees commented on how nice it is to see the Grange bouncing back to life.

Much maintenance work has been happening around the Grange Hall property thanks to many members. Shrubs have been trimmed around the hall, the grass mowed, and preparation is underway to restore the garden area.


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