DAR's Burr chapter plans open house at Dec. 2 tree lighting
Updated 10:08 am, Friday, November 25, 2011
The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Friday, Dec. 2, will hold its annual holiday open house at the Old Academy on Town Hall Green.
The open house is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the academy on the historic green corner of Old Post and Beach roads.
The event is planned to coincide with the lighting of the town's Christmas tree on the green at 7 p.m.
The tree was planted in 1921 by the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter in memory of its second regent, and the chapter said the evergreen now is reputed to be one of the tallest in Connecticut.
The 19th century schoolroom museum on the second floor of the academy will be open during the open house.
The DAR is a women's volunteer service organization that promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism.
The local chapter is raising money to purchase bed linens and alarm clocks for a new, transitional home for homeless female veterans that is scheduled to open soon in Bridgeport. The DAR said it would appreciate donations to the linens fund.
The Pfc. Nicolas Madaras Home for Female Veterans will be operated by ABRI Homes for the Brave, which already operates a home for male veterans, the DAR said.
Both the men's and women's programs help veterans with combat trauma to rebuild their lives.