Wreath Making Workshop 


The Friends of Brooksvale Park’s Wreathmaking Workshop on Dec 2 was a success with over 70 wreath makers kicking off the holiday season at Brooksvale Park.

Thanks to FOB for purchasing the supplies, staffing the event, and providing wonderful goodies for all of us.  Thank you Kirsten, Gail, Kathy, Bob, Marianne, Judy and President Fred McCarthy!

In the yearly quest to find “greens”, thanks again to John Strampach and Andy Brand for allowing us to access their property.  They have been providing the bulk of the greens for almost 10 years now.  Also thanks to the Ct DEEP staff from Indian Wells State Park, who helped us out again this year.

Thanks to the Park staff and volunteers who spent a busy week cutting, collecting and processing the greens:

John Torgerson and Tom Brown secured the vehicles, chain saws and necessary hand tools.

Pete Laffin, Mike Gibson, Jesse Vergato, Dean Luedee, Harry Coyle and Ken Paecht Jr collected and transported the greens back to Brooksvale Park.

Clipping was accomplished by Amy Kulikowski, Steve Updegrove, volunteers Melissa Lockery & Dan Nadeau, and volunteers from QU Sig Ep fraternity.

The funds raised at this event will be used to further educational programs at the Park, and help with accomplishing park improvement projects. 

This workshop is traditionally held the first Saturday in Dec.   Hope to see you next year!

Brooksvale Park Ranger Vin Lavorgna



Friends of Brooksvale Park Inc., in cooperation with Hamden’s Department of Recreation present their Annual Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

With assistance from knowledgeable staff and volunteers you will learn how to craft your own Christmas wreath made from a variety of fresh-cut greens, baubles and bows. Each wreath is unique and both men and women enjoy this annual tradition. Many say this is the start of the Christmas season for them!

Crafting sessions are at 10am, Noon and 2pm. Preregistration is required as each session is limited to 25 participants. Each handcrafted wreath costs $20.00 with 100% of the proceeds put back into the park for educational purposes. If you have clippers/pruners please bring them as we have a limited number available.

TO REGISTER: Email the park directly at brooksvale@hamden.com or call the park office at 203-287-2669 clearly giving your name, contact information, session you’re registering for and number of participants. Park staff WILL call/email you to CONFIRM you are registered. Each session is limited to 25 participants, no walk-ins can be accommodated. Please note: This workshop is geared towards adults and is not suitable for young children.

If you’d like to bring a sweet treat to share with others, our refreshment table will be set-up and the mulled cider and hot coffee will be ready for you! For info. about FOB or to become a member, go to www.friendsofbrooksvale.org or email us at info@friendsofbrooksvale.org Remember, you must contact the park directly at the email or phone # above to register for the workshop!

The workshop takes place in the Veterans’ Memorial Building at Brooksvale Park, 524 Brooksvale Ave. Hamden CT. Only a wicked winter storm will cancel but if you’re unsure call the park.

Ranger Vinny is on the hunt for fresh (free) greens for the workshop. If you know of someone who has spruce, pine or balsam trees needing trimming, have them contact him, soon!