Newsletter: September 2020

By: twadmin | 13 Oct 2020



Tarrywile Park & Mansion

Newsletter vol. 30

mansion lit up at dusk for fall event
The City of Danbury's "Hidden Jewel" - a treasured resource available to all Danbury residents and surrounding towns

A Thought Starter for this Month:

“That old September feeling, left over from schools days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations, gathering, books and football in the air… Another Fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last’s years mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” ~ Wallace Stegner. As an adult looking back I can remember the excitement of a new school year, a new beginning with unknown challenges and adventures. In the age of COVID-19 there is uncertainty, anxiety, as well as excitement and a thirst for new adventures. It might look different this year but it is still the start of a new beginning.

Breathe Healthy, Be Healthy. Support Your Local Park!


As the hot days of August temper off into the cool days of September, fall is only three short weeks away. The days will start to get shorter and the foliage will change. Some things are constant. The squirrels & chipmunks gathering acorns and nuts from the lawn. Or the noisy honk of a flock of geese flying in the traditional V format as they migrate south. We hope you take a moment to enjoy the Park and appreciate fall in all it’s splendor.

Pauline Kezer wrote; “Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches …”. This year more then ever these things ground me. They remind me that while life changes it also stays the course and the circle of nature, the circle of life never ends.

Until Next Time Remember

sign that states leave no trace
Leave no trace
Do not disturb! Bird nesting area.
all dogs must be leashed scotty dog sign
Arbor Day 2013

Leave what you find, respect fellow park users, always be prepared, but most importantly enjoy all Tarrwile has to offer. ~ Becky Petro, Executive Director


While most of our wedding couples have chosen to postpone their wedding until next year, there have been some new inquiries about having a smaller intimate wedding or an outdoor tented reception in September and October. The State of Connecticut COVID-19 regulations for event venues are rather restrictive, especially since the option of an outdoor affair will end as soon as the weather turns colder.

At the moment the maximum occupancy for an indoor event (described as a gathering that has a set beginning and end time) is no more than 25 (as of 10/8 the maximum occupancy for an indoor event is 50% capacity or for us at Tarrywile up to 60 guests) including vendors and waitstaff. That’s not nearly what most brides are dreaming of for their wedding day.

All is not completely lost, we have been booking small outdoor wedding ceremonies by the gazebo at an hourly rate without the expense of sanitizing the entire mansion after each use, or putting our event staff at risk. If you know someone who is looking for an outdoor location for an intimate wedding ceremony please let them know about us.

Hourly Rental Fees: for outdoor wedding ceremonies only, scheduled no later than 90 days out. Please refer to our website for discounted Winter Wedding rental rates.

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – $150 minimum 1-hour rental time, $200 for 2-hours, or $400 for 4-hours.
  • Security DepositĀ  – $150 refundable – required for rentals of 2-hours or more.
  • Optional Parking Supervisor – $81 minimum 4 hours

I can be reached at for further rental information.

Happenings in the Park: FYI Park Users, please be careful on the trails, there are some downed trees and debris from past storms. Our grounds crew is hard at work cleaning up the trails and park. Danbury High School x-country team will be holding x-country meets in the park on Tuesday, September 22, from 5 pm – 7:30 pm.

Fast Facts: Canadian geese fly at an average speed of about 40 miles per hour when migrating, but may increase their speed to 70 miles per hour if they catch a strong tailwind. Migrations can be as long as 2,000 to 3,000 miles, and the geese are capable of flying up to 1,500 miles in a single day if the weather is good.

United Way Day of Caring with employees from Praxair

If you belong to an organization which would like to contribute to the park by way of a community service project, a donated service or monetary donation, please contact the office by email. We deeply appreciate all our volunteers and donors do for us. Without you all we wouldn’t be the beautiful park you love and enjoy.

Tarrywile Park & Mansion | 203-744-3130 |