November 2022  

Woodbury, Connecticut

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It's Spooky Season! 
Other Halloween Events

If our Hayride isn't enough for you, here's a short video showing you what the other groups in town have planned






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It's Spooky Season! 
Haunted Hayride October 21, 22, 28, 29

Once again, the Woodbury Lions Club will be presenting their annual Haunted Hayride on October 21, 22, 28, and 29, starting and ending at Mitchell School, 14 School Street in Woodbury. 

At this highly anticipated annual event, 
guests can expect to climb onto tractor-towed wagons and ride around some of the spooky fields and cemeteries in Woodbury. If you're lucky, you may see some of the ghosts, ghouls, zombies and other denizens of the dark that only come out this time of year.

With another hayride, there's another new theme for the Haunted Barn. Be warned: it's the creepiest we've come up with so far. 

We need to remind our neighbors that there will be fireworks and other loud noises during the event, so there's no need to call the police when you hear them; they already know. We also need to state that wagons only stop in an emergency
crying is not an emergency.  

Since this is New England, we suggest dressing warmly; the temperature drop quickly once the sun goes down and what started out as a balmy evening turns into a frosty night fast.  "I'm cold!" is also not an emergency. 

Tickets for the hayride are $15 for adults and $7 for children under ten. Tickets sales start each night at 6:30PM at Mitchell School until 9PM. Advance tickets are available online at, good for any night of the hayride. Online tickets are non-refundable. Refreshments will be available for sale at the school. 

Besides the evening rides, the Lions will also hold a special Children's Hayride on October 22 from 1PM to 3PM for younger children for whom the regular hayride may be too frightening, and who might be too cute to spook. The wagons start at Mitchell School and go through some of the quieter streets in town, and stop at the "pumpkin patch" where children can select a pumpkin to take home. Tickets for this ride are $4 for adults, $3 for children, and can also be purchased online. In the case of rain, the children’s hayride will take place on October 29.

We are also looking for creative volunteers to help. 
We are in need of artists, actors, and makeup people to help in the Haunted Barn, as well in the field venues. We ask that volunteers commit to all four nights of the Hayride, and be at least 16 years of age (volunteers under 16 require a parent to participate with them). Experience is not necessary. We also need some volunteers who can offer time setting up the venues, which is currently taking place.

The Lions use the proceeds from the Hayride, as well as from their annual car show, to award scholarships to graduating Nonnewaug high school seniors. The Woodbury Lions Club has awarded over $200,000 in financial aid in the past ten years.

Come to the 43rd WLC Car Show

The Woodbury Lions Club is presenting their 43nd Car Show and Summerfest on June 5, 2022 at Hollow Park in Woodbury, CT, which is expected to attract over three hundred of the finest classic cars in the Northeast, and over a thousand spectators.

“We’ve grown over the years,” said Lion Gary Greenstein, the co-chairperson of the event. “It’s more of a festival now, and a great family event, with a little something for everyone.”

Besides twenty-six classes of cars for judging, the event will feature several food trucks, including Zsabo’s Seafood Truck, the Burning Peel, Snowden’s Barbecue, El Bori, Ben and Jerry’s Catering and Reverie Brewing Company, with the Bethlehem Lions Club selling hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. Be aware that the trucks only accept cash as payment, and an ATM will be available on site.

The event will also highlight outstanding live bands, performing all day, including the return of Union Rail and Midnight Anthem, plus popular “yacht rock” band Anchor Management.

“It’s worth coming down just to hear the bands,” event co-chairperson Erich Reichert said. “You’d be paying two or three times our admission just to hear one of them at a club, and we have three top acts on our stage!”

The show also includes raffles, RC cars, and a vendor area. There is still room for a few vendors, especially those who sell automobile-related wares. Sorry, but no food product vendors can be accepted. Space is $25 for a 10’x10’ area. Contact the club through their email, for a registration form, or click HERE.

“Whether you come for the cars, the food trucks or the bands, it’s something you don’t want to miss,” said Greenstein.

Cars can begin to enter for judging at 9 a.m., with the first three hundred entries receiving a free dashboard plaque, with general admission beginning at 10 a.m. Admission price is $15 per car, $8 per walk-in, and children under ten, $2. Judging begins at noon, with trophies presented at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

The Lions use the proceeds from the car show, as well as from their Haunted Hayride, their golf tournament, and their recent Maifest, to award scholarships to graduating Nonnewaug High School seniors. The Woodbury Lions also supports many other organizations, including the Connecticut Eye Research Foundation, the Connecticut Lion Low Vision Centers, the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CRIS Radio, the Woodbury Community Services Council, the Fidelco Guide Dog
Foundation and Connecticut Hospice.

Celebrate Spring with the Woodbury Lions Club

The Woodbury Lions Club is welcoming Spring in a new way this year, with their Maifest on May 28 at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury.

Traditionally celebrated in Germany every year, the Woodbury Lions Club version will be a celebration of local breweries, including New England Brewing, Twelve Percent Beer Project, OEC Brewing, NewSylum Brewing, and the first public appearance of Calus Farms Brewery. Additionally, music will be provided by Schwarze Schafe, an authentic German band. Food will be available for sale.

There will be two sessions, one from 11am to 2pm, and the second from 3pm to 6pm. Ticket price is $40 per session, includes a limited-edition commemorative tasting glass, and are available through Participants must be 21 years old to enter, designated drivers are admitted free, and parking at Quassy is $10.

For questions, contact the Woodbury Lions at

Help Us Earn Grant Money!

The Ion Bank Foundation Community Awards Program gives away $70,000 to local non-profit organizations with each Ion Bank customer eligible to vote for their favorite non-profit organization. 

Voting has begun for the 13th Annual Community Awards Program so please
help us earn grant money! We will receive a $25 donation from the Ion Bank Foundation for every vote1 we receive!

Every vote counts! If you are an Ion Bank customer, please visit to vote until March 15, 2022.

Voting is open to all Ion Bank customers. One vote per customer, however, for accounts with multiple owners, each owner may vote. Customers with multiple accounts may only vote once. Each customer can vote for only one organization.

It's the Holiday Season!

It's also the giving season: The Woodbury Lions Club has made two generous donations in the past few weeks to help support other programs in the area. On November 16, a check for $2000 was presented to Robert Taylor of the Woodbury Community Services Council to help keep their Food Bank and Energy Assistance programs running. On December 7, a check for $2000 was presented to Geri Travis, representing Regional Hospice. 



The Woodbury Lions Club, along with Winter Lights of Woodbury, decorated the Leroy Anderson bandstand on Woodbury's North Green on November 28.


The Woodbury Lions Club is seeking volunteers to help with their annual Luminaria display along Main Street of Christmas Eve.

For the 31st year, the Lions will line Main Street with luminaria on Christmas Eve. Event Chairman Lion Cliff Ritter is hoping that there are people in town who would like to help. “It’s a massive project,” he explained. “We place thousands of sand-filled bags along the road in the afternoon, and then we go back at dusk to light them. The more people we have to help, the faster we can set out the luminaria and get home to celebrate with our families. It’s also a great way for families to work together.” The start time to set up luminaria is 1 p.m. on December 24.

Ritter also is looking for volunteers to help with the clean up early Christmas morning. “Last year, we started at six a.m., and it only took about an hour.” People interested in assisting the Lions with this annual tradition can contact Ritter through email,, or calling (203) 518-6514.

For those who can’t assist with the Main Street Luminaria, but still want to help light up Woodbury, the Lions will also be selling Luminaria Kits for homes and businesses. The kits include twelve bags and candles, and instructions on how to put the luminaria together and light them. They will be available for purchase from Ace Hardware of Woodbury, Woodbury Saw & Mower, Dietrich’s Garden, and at LaBonne’s. The price is $9.


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