Community News: A Strawberry Festival, Wiffle® Ball and a Farmers’ Market

Norma Bissell of Monroe, a Marine and a member of American Legion Post 176, removes moss and weeds from the bricks of the Monroe Veterans Memorial in front of Monroe Town Hall.

MONROE, CT — Monroe has three major events this weekend. On Friday, the Farmers’ Market will have its opening day on the Town Green with fresh produce, natural products and live music from 3 to 6 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, Monroe Congregational Church will host its annual Strawberry Festival, as crafters and vendors sell their wares on the green and festival goers order strawberry shortcake, strawberry glaze pies and other treats, with food trucks and live music among the fun.

Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Wiffle® Ball Fun Day, an annual event to raise money for the Monroe Food Pantry, will be held at Wolfe Park on Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, June 18.

Teams will compete, while supporting the pantry’s mission to strikeout hunger.

The Monroe Food Pantry, which is part of the Department of Community and Social Services, helps residents dealing with food insecurity. In 2022 the pantry assisted 149 families, 183 adults, 128 children and 96 seniors. Over 77,000 pounds of food was distributed which calculates to over 84,000 meals.

The Wiffle Ball tournament is sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank and Jensen Tire & Auto Marine LLC.

Here’s a rundown of other upcoming events:

Summer Book Sale

A summer book sale will be held at the Friends of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library Book Shop at the library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale is a great way to buy an inexpensive book, DVD or CD to bring to the pool, beach or summer vacation.

Can’t make the sale? Visit the shop during regular library hours. It is in the left rear corner of the Children’s Library.

Concerts on the Hill

Christ Church, 59 Church Road in Easton, is hosting Concerts on the Hill Sundays at 6 p.m.

Admission costs $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children get in for free.

The events include food trucks, BYOB picnics, leashed dogs are welcome. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and rain dates are Mondays.

The lineup of performers include:

June 18: The Carters: Carl and Florisca

June 25: Symphonic Bodega and Laura Schuler

July 2: Amber Anchor

July 9: Benny Mikula

July 16: Hitch & Giddyup

July 23: The Low Darts

July 30: CT Grateful Dead All Stars

The concerts are sponsored by Tidewater Electronics, Inc.

Chamber Golf Tournament

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce is having its annual Golf Tournament at Whitney Farms Golf Course, 175 Shelton Road, on Tuesday, July 11.

The tournament needs golfers and sponsors. This year’s title sponsor is Clarkson’s Shipping Services.

Proceeds raised fund scholarships for Monroe high school seniors.

A $175 registration includes green fees, lunch, a golf cart, refreshments, dinner and awards.

Sponsorship opportunities include a $1,000 donation to be a dinner sponsor, $750 to be a lunch sponsor, $750 to be a golf cart sponsor, $500 for the longest drive, $500 for closest to the pin, $500 for a hole-in-one, $125 for a tee, $75 for the buffet dinner only, a $450 golf special for two players and a tee sponsor (a $25 savings).

For a registration and sponsorship form, click here. Registration can be done by mail or online.

The day of the tournament begins with a 10 a.m. check in and registration, followed by lunch in the afternoon.

There is an 11 a.m. shotgun start. A cocktail hour will follow the golf and there will be a 5:30 p.m. awards dinner.

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