Wine & Roses At Elizabeth Park

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The 32nd Annual Rose Weekend at Elizabeth Park kicked off Friday, June 21, with the annual Wine & Roses fundraiser at the Pond House Cafe. The garden casual evening was attended by almost 200, and included a cocktail party with a live and silent auction.

RoseWeekend 057“It’s such a fun event, it’s a garden party,” said Kathy Kraczkowsky, Elizabeth Park Conservancy president. “It’s not black-tie, it’s not a sit-down dinner. People really get to talk.”

Guests included John Morgan, board member and event chair; executive director Karen Tomasko; Ellen and Tim Hollister of Bloomfield; Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror Capitol bureau chief and wife Laura Post; Michael Antisdale, Mark Melanson (both of West Hartford Center) and Mark McIntyre of the West End of Hartford; and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and first lady Cathy Malloy. Auctioneer was NBC Connecticut anchor Brad Drazen.

“Our mission is to care for the park, connect to the neighborhoods, Connecticut to Hartford, West Hartford and make it be a place where people love to visit,” said Laura Berman, in-coming president. “It already is a destination place, but we need to make it better and more beautiful.”

RoseWeekend 044Wine & Roses is the main fundraising event for the Elizabeth Park Conservancy. The Rose Garden is the oldest public rose garden in the United States.

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  1. Denise Best

    Could the Courant be more racist? I am stunned at the lack of coverage of over one hundred artists of color that performed over the two-day event last weekend! It was a celebration of internationally renowned bassist, Nat Reeves, but you don’t have one single picture of Shawn Wooden, President of the Capitol’s City Council presenting his award. Songstress icon Nicki Mathis sang an original tune, but no mention or photos of her either. The CT Artists Initiative’s Pat Johnson and Twilla McKinney put on a seamlessly, professional extravaganza of 37 local groups, but no mention of them!

    I guess we needed to flood the park with trash and profanity to get coverage. Well heads up, Courant! We’ve been asked to do it again next year, but you won’t get an invitation from us! Thanks to Andy Hart of The Hartford News, our favored newspaper. He can always be counted on for equal coverage! As for the Courant, shame on you!

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