21st Brooksvale Fall Festival

THIS Saturday, September 25 from 11-4. If it rains, it will be held on Sunday.

There was no festival last year due to Covid. This year it will be different, maybe back to it’s roots and original focus perhaps? Explore nature, appreciate a beautiful town park that’s over 600 acres now! Learn a bit about the plants, animals and surroundings right in your own backyard, so to speak.

Please be patient, have a positive outlook, try not to compare to year’s past where thousands of people attended. Everyone is being a bit cautious. It’s understandable, no one wants to get sick or have to go into lock down again.

So, please, come to the park and enjoy the outdoors. Visit the animals in the Friends of Brooksvale Animal Barn. Stroll through the garden and learn all about the transformation from season to season (and more organic than in years past) and ask how many pounds of produce were donated to those in need this year.

A Place Called Hope will be there for Birds of Prey demos all day long. HPD K-9 Unit too! Visit the pumpkin patch, listen to live music, grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors…or all of them. Kelly’s Ice Cream is my fav!

There will be craft vendors, environmental exhibitors and community organizations. Support local groups and businesses, they’ve all had a tough year.

See you at the park!

OH! Stop by the Friends of Brooksvale Bake Sale Booth and say Hi!



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News from Brooksvale Park!

Join the Brooksvale Park Team caring for animals in the barnyard & helping visitors enjoy the park safely. We are looking for a self-motivated, responsible individual who loves animals, working outdoors and can work independently.

Responsibilities: perform daily animal care routines, opening and/or closing park gates, monitoring visitors in the barnyard, perform all barnyard composting routines, assist with the farm garden, prepare facilities for rental groups, grounds maintenance, daily litter pickup

Pay is $13.00/hour

Shifts Currently Available
Monday-Friday           1pm-close (sunset)
Saturday                      7:30am-1:30pm, 1:00pm-close (sunset)
Sunday                        7:30am-1:30pm, 1:00pm-close (sunset)

If interested contact and/or send resume to Park Ranger Vin Lavorgna
brooksvale@hamden.com or 203-287-2669

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Hive Bling

Beekeeper Pete asked for help in painting some hives. I had a lot of fun with this project. With the Historic Barn Restoration being at the top of our list and the Animal Barn an FOB success story, it was only fitting I include them in my painting as well as the bees and a nod to Pooh. I included progress photos as well since some of you ask how I build a painting.

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