BRISTOL BITS: Beautiful Bluebirds: Perkins dedicates calendar to mother

Published on Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:51
Written by Bob Montgomery

Counting the 2018 calendar that Carolyn Perkins has just completed, this is the third year in a row that she has produced one.

A one-time New Departure employee, Carolyn has a love of Eastern Bluebirds and uses her talent with a photo camera, video camera, knowledge of the featured vertebrate and cleverness to showcase them in calendar form.

Some years ago, Carolyn and her husband, Tim, found the birds nesting in their backyard - she had never seen one before. From there, it became a hobby with bird baths, nest boxes and bird feeders. The birds occupy the backyard from March until either August or September, so she added a video camera to watch their movements on her TV during her free time.

It was when Carolyn began to give photos of the birds to family and friends that they encouraged her to “do something with them.” Thus, the calendar idea.

This most recent calendar is dedicated to her mother, Marion, who will turn 100 years old in April of next year. “She still lives independently while enjoying a healthy, simple lifestyle,” Carolyn wrote on the back page of the calendar. “She always encouraged my love of nature and is the biggest fan of my calendars!”

They are available for sale locally at Wojtusik’s Nurseries.

“One lady who buys the calendar is from Ireland,” said Carolyn. “So my birds are international travelers.”

Super classy lady, super nice work!

Nice job

Bob Lincoln from the Bristol Parks Department called me to say that two of his crew members worked hard to make the boulevard all the better for this weekend’s Mum Festival. Hats off to Doug Trillo and Tim Rollins. There were others who contributed, of course, but for now it’s a pat on the back to Doug and Tim.

Shout out

To Peg Maynard, Peter Wojtusik, Gene LeBlanc and Tim Gamache for different reasons. I want to thank Tim for obtaining the convertible and driving me in the parade yesterday despite the heat. I’ll find out who provided the car and share this later.

BEHS ‘62

I attended the reunion of the Bristol Eastern class of ‘62 Saturday evening held at Chippanee Golf Club. The idea was to visit with some of the kids I recall who graduated from the school a year before me.

Some of the names of those in attendance were Bill Greger, Tom Dickau, Tom Kunkler, Ron Piasecki, Joe Virello, Nancy Winalski, John Tanner from the class of ‘63, Gary Virello who accompanied brother Joe. I didn’t stay long because I had a breakfast at 8 a.m. at the American Legion Post 2, but enjoyed seeing these “old-timers.”

Rewind 2004 (13 years ago)

Here’s a list of those who worked at the Bristol Historical Society’s tag sale over the weekend: Jean Bradley, City Council member Ellen Zoppo, Merry Wood, Amy Coan, Eleanor O’Rourke, Ty Mellon, Carol Ziogas, Paul Hunter, Tom Doyle, Jim Bachand, Andrea Kapchensky and Cheryl Testa.

Two young fellows from Boy Scout Troop 9, sponsored by the Society, Patrick Mellon and Joey Wood, helped carry the items purchased by buyers to their cars.

Write to Bob Montgomery, ℅ The Bristol Press, 188 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010. Call 860-973-1808, or email:

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol, General News on Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:51. Updated: Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:53.