Community News: Memorial Day, Pride, generous business, wine tasting

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the War Memorial in front of Monroe Town Hall Sunday. Photo by John Babina

MONROE, CT — The Memorial Day Parade: Honoring Our Heroes – Past and Present is scheduled to be held this Sunday.

It will begin at 2 p.m. with participants in authentic WWII vehicles, cars, floats and on foot. The procession will travel from Elm Street and Route 111, heading north up Route 111 to the Monroe green.

Leading the parade will be Monroe’s local veterans, military groups and police force, First Selectman Kenneth M. Kellogg, State Rep. Tony Scott and other officials from the state of Connecticut. The parade will also feature the town’s three volunteer fire companies and volunteer emergency medical services personnel.

Immediately following the Parade, the town’s Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at the War Memorial located directly in front of Town Hall.

In the event of rain, the parade will be cancelled, but the ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Monroe Town Hall. Cancellation information will be announced on WICC, WMNR and on the Town Hall’s Parks & Recreation cancellation line (203-339-6106).

On the day of the parade, participants will line up on lower Elm Street, beginning at 1 p.m. Marchers should refer to the map included with their application.

Topless and Taps

Veracious Brewing Company is hosting its annual Topless and Taps event from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 30, right after the town’s Memorial Day Parade.

Every year, Veracious donates a portion of the proceeds from Topless and Taps to a veteran organization. This year’s beneficiary will be the Guardians of the Purple Heart, a nonprofit organization benefitting brave veterans in Connecticut, who were wounded in combat.

On May 30, the brewing company will have a Memorial Day ceremony around 3 p.m. with a speech commemorating the federal holiday, and a reading of names to honor fallen service members.

Jeeps will come from all over to participate in the event, which is being organized by Crosstown Jeeps – CT, a jeep group local to the Monroe area, and drivers will likely have their doors and tops removed — weather permitting. That is the “Topless” part of the event.

Monroe Pride

The Pride Flag will be raised at Monroe Town Hall on June 5 at 10 a.m. The rain date is June 6 at the same time. All are welcome to attend.

For information, email Nick Kapoor at [email protected].

Another local event for those wishing to celebrate is the Pride Women’s Music Festival, featuring local lesbian singer-songwriters. It will be held Sunday, June 20, at Tarrywile Park, 70 Southern Blvd., Danbury, from noon to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and $50 for VIP. For tickets, click here.

Among the featured performers are Dianne Davidson, Tret Fure, Zoe Lewis, Crys Matthews/Heather Mae and Victoria Ferrara, along with local artists.

Monroe contractor saves woman’s home

NEWTOWN, CT — Friends of Newtown Seniors and Newtown Human Services Director Natalie Jackson called local contractors for help when the roof on South Main Street resident Rita Millo’s mobile home was on the verge of collapse after being weakened by water damage.

Among those coming forward to help was Terry Rooney, who operates Smart Care Exteriors, a home service contracting business in Monroe. Rooney, who is also a town councilman in Monroe, donated all the materials and labor to re-roof the residence — along with providing a new skylight.

Wine Tasting at 574 Wines

A wine testing will be held at 574 Wines today (Friday, May 28), from 4 to 7 p.m. in the store at 574 Monroe Turnpike. The store will also be open on Memorial Day.

Monroe Social Golf Tournament

Monroe Social, a restaurant in town, will host its 1st annual golf tournament at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, 2390 Easton Turnpike in Fairfield, on July 26. The event will benefit Masuk High School’s robotics class.

The tournament will tee off on the Black Course at noon and there will be raffles, games and a 5 p.m. dinner at Monroe Social, 494 Main St. in Monroe.

Donations are $150 per person to play or $60 for those interested in dinner only.

To register, visit For information call the restaurant at 203-590-3450.

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