The Taft School and Children’s Collaborative: Art Show Wine Tasting Event Slated

The Taft School and Children’s Community School will collaborate to host the annual art show and wine tasting event. This year, the event will honor Richard Cobb, a longtime Taft faculty member, who passed away suddenly last winter.


WATERTOWN — The Taft School and Children’s Community School will collaborate to host their annual art show and wine tasting event to raise money for CCS from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, February 21 at Taft’s East Café on the Taft School campus, 110 Woodbury Rd. This year there will be a special tribute to Richard Cobb, a longtime Taft faculty member, who passed away suddenly last winter. Mr. Cobb lived with great purpose throughout his life and beyond his unexpected death in late January of 2019. 

He came from a family of educators and became a loved and distinguished Latin teacher at The Taft School for 40 years.

He became familiar with CCS in Waterbury through Taft’s community service program. 

Mr. Cobb was impressed with CCS’s approach to educating young urban students.

He was a modest, soft-spoken man who started helping with the CCS poinsettia sale fundraiser and gave the small school donations from a family trust.

Upon Mr. Cobb’s death, he remembered several educational institutions in his will including both the Taft School and CCS. He will be recognized by both at the annual art show and wine tasting event.

CCS does not have a formal art program, however The Taft School’s motto is “not to be served, but to serve,” as a result, this annual tradition has been created where Taft students bring an art project to CCS for a community service day each fall.

The two groups create an artwork representing each CCS class from individual pieces created by the students in that class. 

Taft art students complete the projects that are displayed at the event, where guests can taste a variety of wines, beers and liquors with appetizers and meet the young artists. 

Students from both schools will give a small choral performance at the beginning of the evening.

This event is sponsored by D’Amico and Pettinicchi; the Picard Family; with support from Carpin Manufacturing; Carmody, Torrance, Sandak, and Hennessey LLP; Litchfield Bancorp; Thomaston Savings Bank; Waterbury Arts and Tourism Commission; Rosemary Toletti; Baribault Fuel; Dayton Construction; Siemon Company; and The Taft School.

The wine tasting is hosted by NeJaime’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Watertown and will feature samplings from Fascia’s Chocolates, LaBonne’s and Cakes and Sweets by Emanuela.

A portion of wine sales, an auction and a wine drawing will support the educational efforts of CCS.

Those seeking additional information may visit or call Stephanie Laudate at 203-575-0659 ext. 231.

Donations in Mr. Cobb’s memory can also be made online.

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