Trivia night to raise money for mural in Waterford

Waterford - The Waterford Historic Tile Mural Committee will hold a trivia night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Filomena's Restaurant to raise money for a three-dimensional mural at the community center.

Trivia winners will receive prizes, and on the back of each participant's $25 ticket will be a discount for tiles, which are for a wall mural planned at the Community Center. The mural is expected to be 5 feet by 15 feet and portray Waterford geographically from the beach and shore up to Quaker Hill, said Sally Ritchie, director of Waterford Senior Services.

Approximately 50 percent of the revenue from the tiles will be put in the Senior Center's endowment fund, which is held at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. People who don't want to donate to the endowment can choose to donate to the community park near Town Hall, Ritchie said.

The tiles range in size and price and will be sculpted and painted by artist Marion Grebow of Redding. The mural will include historically significant structures such as the Harkness Mansion, the historical buildings on the town green and the original Rope Ferry Bridge, as well as someone's name or images of birds, flowers and animals that are typically found in Waterford, said Laurie Schweitzer, chairwoman of the mural committee.

The committee has thus far sold about 22 tiles of the 280 or so it plans for the mural, she said.

Ritchie said the idea came from seeing Grebow's mural at Old Saybrook's Acton Public Library.

The trivia night is in conjunction with Waterford Week, which starts Saturday and ends Aug. 17.

- Johanna Somers


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