Newsletter: February 2021

By: twadmin | 2 Feb 2021



Tarrywile Park & Mansion

Newsletter vol. 35

The City of Danburys' "Hidden Jewel" - treasured resource available to all Danbury residents and surrounding towns.

A Thought Starter for this Month;

Being kind versus being nice, does it have to be one or the other? Can it be both? Of the two, which would you prefer to be the recipient of? Kindness is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, or concern for others, without expecting praise or a reward. Being nice is to be pleasant, agreeable, polite to others. I don’t have the answers. I just know that one requires more of a sacrifice, while the other can be easily given. Daily, each of us have a choice, being kind, being nice, or maybe both. Why not both?

Breathe Healthy, Be Healthy. Support Your Local Park!


Winter is fully upon us as we head into February. It is only in the single digits outside today and our morning dog walk this morning was very, very brief.

My Father passed down his love of birds to me and I enjoy sitting at the kitchen table watching birds of all sizes taking advantage of the feeders. This time of year can be difficult for our backyard wildlife including birds but there are a few simple things that can be done to help them along.

Provide some bird feeders and a variety of foods because different birds have different requirements. Black oil sunflower seeds are a great source of nutrition and fat for a variety of birds. Nyjer thistle attracts finches, sparrows, and several other birds.

Suet feeders are very popular in our backyard. Birds need fat for energy during the winter and suet helps with this. Other items to consider feeding include dried mealworms or peanuts, just to name two.

The other item which I find draws a lot of birds to our backyard is a heated birdbath. Unfrozen, easily accessible water is a must and between some evaporation and the amount of birds using it, I usually have to fill it up every other day.

So, sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee and enjoy the wildlife in your backyard. Until next time stay ward and safe everyone.

Until Next Time Remember;

sign that states leave no trace
Leave no trace
Do not disturb! Bird nesting area.
sign of scotty dog with leash message
All dogs must be leashed, it's the LAW!

Leave what you find, respect fellow park users, always be prepared, keep social distanced, when you can’t wear a mask, but most importantly enjoy all Tarrywile has to offer ~ Becky Petro, Executive Director

mom and grandchildren holding winning prize


Congratulations to Karen P. and family for winning one of the Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt prize baskets. It was great seeing the photos with the different scavenger locations throughout the park. It was incredibly cold, but you hung in there. We appreciate your participation in our fundraiser and your support for Tarrywile Park.

With spring on the horizon, we are now in planning mode for our annual Easter Egg Hunt fundraiser. It’s still in the early planning stages, however, it won’t be like our past

Egg Hunts. We are working on a safe, socially distanced, most especially fun, outdoor event tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 27th. Once again, we are partnering with Meghan Friedland and Macaroni Kid Danbury to bring you another memorable event. We will post the details to our website and Facebook page as we get them.

As always, we are looking for sponsors who are interested in partnering with us for this family friendly fundraising event. Please contact for more information.

Elopement/Wedding Ceremonies; If you are looking for a beautiful place to have your intimate wedding ceremony, Tarrywile Mansion has what you are looking for. You have the option of renting the gazebo, grape arbor, or veranda for an hour or more, depending upon what you are looking to do. Your rental date must be less than 60 days out and subject to availability. For more details please go to Wedding Ceremonies or email the Mansion office at

Happenings in the Park; The Danbury Music Center will be hosting another outdoor “Music in the Park” concert at the Gazebo on Saturday, April 10, from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Check in with their Facebook page for details when they are available.

Fast Facts: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 57.2 million Americans feed wild birds around their homes each year. Annually providing over 1 billion pounds of seeds, suet and other goodies birds like.

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, without you all we wouldn’t be the beautiful park you love and enjoy.

Tarrywile Park & Mansion | 70 Southern Blvd, Danbury, CT 06810

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