Area briefs


Wings of Freedom Tour coming to Oxford

OXFORD — The Wings of Freedom Tour will touch down at the Oxford-Waterbury Airport for four days next week.

The Wings of Freedom Tour, sponsored by The Collings Foundation, is a living history display of military World War II aircrafts, such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and North American B-25 Mitchell.

The tour will be in Oxford from Sept. 7 through Sept. 10. Visitors can tour the aircrafts — walk-through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years old and younger — or take flights in certain planes. Thirty minute flights aboard the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. Flights are also available in the P-51 Mustang fighter. Reservations are needed to take flights and can be made by calling (800) 568-8924 or visiting

Air and ground crew veterans from World War II, who served on the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and the P-51 Mustang fighter, are being sought to share their stories with visitors Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. There is no admission charge for World War II veterans. They can bring memorabilia, photos and other items. Tables and chairs will be provided for veterans. Veterans who want to participate can call Walter Hushak at (860) 276-0749 for more information.

The Wings of Freedom Tour will be at the Oxford-Waterbury Airport Sept. 7 from 12 to 5 p.m.; Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sept 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Irish dancers to compete

MIDDLEBURY — Horgan Academy of Irish Dance of Naugatuck is hosting an Irish dance competition this weekend at Quassy Amusement Park.

Dancers from 13 states and Canada will compete in the annual Constitution State Feis for trophies and medals. The competition will be held Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the competition is free. A parking fee of $6 applies. For more information, call the Horgan Academy at (203) 723-0568.

Calling all poets

WATERBURY — The Silas Bronson Library will host a poetry program Sept. 5.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Marianela Medrano-Marra will be the featured poet for the “Calling All Poets … and poetry lovers,” program. Medrano-Marra was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and came to Connecticut in 1990. She has written, poetry, along with fiction and non-fiction.

Victoria Muñoz, founder and host of the program and the daughter of Columbia poets, will read poems of her late father in Spanish as well as some of her own in English. Maria Ines Correa, the head of the library’s department of youth services, will also read poems from her native country, Chile.

The program is bilingual. Poems presented in one language will be explained in the other.

All poets and poetry lovers are welcome to attend. Sing-ups for open mike will be held at 6:20 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 in the library’s auditorium. The library is located at 267 Grand St., Waterbury.

Sacred Heart Academy holding reunion day

HAMDEN — The annual Sacred Heart Academy Alumnae Homecoming Reunion Day is scheduled for Sept. 5 at the academy’s campus in Hamden.

All alumni are invited to attend reunion day. For the first time this year, enrichment opportunities will be offered for alumni. Registration begins at 2 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will be held at 4 p.m., followed by an Alumnae Mass of Thanksgiving at 5 p.m., and individual class gathering at 6 p.m.

Homecoming Reunion is a free event. To register online or for more information, visit