Cheshire Parks and Rec offers variety of programs this winter, including holiday cocktails

Cheshire Parks and Rec offers variety of programs this winter, including holiday cocktails


CHESHIRE — The Parks and Recreation Department recently posted the 2019 Winter Brochure on the town website, featuring lots of returning favorite events for children and adults and also some new, programs like the cocktail mixing workshop, a wood signs class and an aviation workshop for children.

In the mixology workshop on Dec. 6, attendees will learn how to make a seasonal cocktails. Ravi Parmar from Cheshire Wine and Spirits will go through the basic principles of making cocktails while participants learn to make a Peppermint martini, Pine barrens (herbal cocktail), a holiday/spiced Manhattan and a Cape May mule. The program will feature different drinks for the Jan. 10th and March 14th workshops.  

“The main goal is to get people to be creative in making cocktails,” Parmar said. “I’ve got four recipes. They’ll leave with all the recipes.”

New for the winter season is a workshop taught by Traci Selinske from The Posh Pear teaching participants how to build custom wood  signs on Feb. 27th. Selinske said participants can customize their board with a name, date or quote. Pre-registration is required so the stencil and board are ready for the class. She teaches other classes for the Posh Pear as well.  

“In this class, they will paint, stain and stencil the boards,” Selinske said. “People can choose their color or colors for the stencil.”

Another new addition to the winter program will be the floral arrangement workshop on March  21st. An instructor from Cheshire Nursery Garden Center and Florist will teach people  how to make centerpieces for their tables. Each person’s floral arrangement is going to be different.

Children will be able to participate in many workshops and events, including an aviation workshop. Children from first to sixth grades will be able to build and fly their own planes in a controlled atmosphere. The workshops will run from Jan. 7 until March 11. An instructor from Hobby Quest will guide children to measure, glue and sand their planes. They will be made out wood, paper, plastic and styrofoam. Some of the planes will have motors. Adam Heavenrich, the CEO of Hobby Quest, said the students will be learning in a STEM class and also learn the physics of flying.  

“They’ll experience the satisfaction of creating with their own hands,” Heavenrich said. “They’ll use this constructive energy into other things in their lives.” 

Also new this winter is an intro to sign language class for children and teens. The classes run from Jan. 10 to March 21, divided between kindergarten to sixth grade and seventh to 12th. 

There are many more workshops and events for adults, children and the whole family. Cheshire Parks and Rec will host a family skate night on Jan. 9 from 5 to 6 p.m. The event will take place in Bartlem Park and features music and hot chocolate. The event is free to the public, however, people must bring their own skates.

“We’re trying to partner with local businesses based in the Cheshire community, to support them and also provide a service to the community,” Chris Rusack, program coordinator for Cheshire Parks and Recreation.

Rusack said the programs have been oriented toward young people. This year they chose to do some more things for the adults. Elizabeth Mayne, the program supervisor, welcomes anyone who wants to bring and teach any new programs. The winter brochure includes the list of all of the events and workshops along with the registration form.

Registration for Cheshire residents started on Dec. 1. Non-residents will be able to register on Dec. 10.


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