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Out and About: Aretha Prabawa

Out and About: Aretha Prabawa
Out & About: Aretha Prabawa, Windsor Chamber of Commerce Volunteer

Earlier this year the Windsor Chamber of Commerce began a partnership with Windsor High School’s English Department to produce this Out & About series of profiles of Chamber members. Now, we turn our spotlight to the writer of these recent articles, Aretha Prabawa. A 2019 graduate of Windsor High School, Aretha spent the last month visiting family in Indonesia and later this month, will begin her freshman year at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where she will pursue a B.S. in chemistry and hopes to play the violin in the University’s orchestra.

A native of Indonesia, Aretha, her parents and an older brother moved to Windsor when she was four so that her father could take a local job. Having grown up in a very traditional Indonesian Muslim household, she says she still has the feeling of being culturally divided—“I’m still getting used to America.” Like so many Windsor residents, however, one of her favorite town memories is going to the Shad Derby, and she looks forward to returning to this unique event in the years to come.

At Windsor High School, Aretha took advantage of the many AP classes offered. “I feel that the teachers in Windsor really care about the students and want them to succeed. I hope I formed really good connections with them, and I’ll always be thankful because they’ve helped me succeed.”

An accomplished musician, Aretha has played the violin for 14 years, most recently in the high school orchestra and regional orchestras. “I am obsessed with music, both playing and listening,” she says. She likes to analyze music to discover patterns and chord progressions and to figure out what makes a song interesting. Aretha continues, “STEM and creativity have so much to do with one another. Innovation comes with creativity—you can’t have one without the other.” She is a believer in arts in education, saying, “the creative parts of the day help students expand their minds and let out emotions.”
Also at Windsor High School, Aretha was a member of the social justice-oriented Action Club. “As an immigrant, as a Muslim and as a woman in this political climate, I consider myself an activist. I want to be part of a change. Activism has to do with communicating—both in fighting for your beliefs and in understanding where other people are coming from, because everyone’s not the same as you.”

Reflecting on her work on the Out & About series—interviewing and photographing Chamber members at their places of work and writing feature articles—Aretha says, “I enjoyed the challenge of writing and meeting new people. The articles required a lot of thinking and planning, and I think they made my academic writing more concise and clear.”

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce was pleased to honor Aretha as our Volunteer of the Year at our recent annual meeting. Beyond that, we have been thrilled to work with Aretha on Out & About this year and we wish this bright, serious and engaging young woman the very best in college and beyond!

By Sarah Gilligan, owner of Cerebration Writing + Design, is President of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.


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Brown's Harvest Corn Maze & More
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Windsor Seniors Art Show @ ArtSpace
Oct 1 at Windsor Public Library ArtSpace, 323 Broad Street, Windsor, CT
4 Part Quilting Workshop
Oct 23 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Meet the Candidates--Town Council
Oct 23 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Meet the Candidates--School Board
Oct 24 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Veterans Coffee Hour
Oct 24 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Bullet Journaling
Oct 26 at Windsor Public Library
Charity Dance 2019
Oct 26 at The Lodge, 130 Deerfield Rd
HBG drop in game day
Oct 26 at Hayden Station Fire House
Oktoberfest
Oct 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Wreaths Across America Fundraiser
Oct 26 at Stop & Shop Supermarket in Windsor
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Oct 28 at Windsor Public Library
Healing Power of Meditation
Oct 29 at Windsor Public Library
Healthy Minds
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Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
4 Part Quilting Workshop
Oct 30 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Nightmare on Broad Street
Oct 31 at Windsor Center
Trick or Tequila
Oct 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Triple Grand Opening
Nov 1 at Windsor Center Plaza, 156 Broad Street, Windsor, CT 06095
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
First Church Used Book Sale
Nov 2 at First Church in Windsor Parish Center, 107 Palisado Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
Grand Opening: Dr. Chaffee's Office
Nov 2 at Windsor Historical Society
Scholarship Fundraiser at Dom's
Nov 2 at Dom's Broad Street Eatery
Art Show Opening
Nov 3 at Windsor Town Hall
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Chemical Free Cleaning
Nov 4 at Windsor Public Library
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Nov 5 at Chamber office
4 Part Quilting Workshop
Nov 6 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Burgers and Brews
Thursdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Nov 7 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
TVCA: Charity Cocktail Party
Nov 7 at East Street Shops, 10 East St, East Granby, CT
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Owl Prowl
Nov 9 at Northwest Park 145 Lang Road Windsor, CT 06095
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Nov 12 at Chamber Office
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Nov 12 at Chamber office
4 Part Quilting Workshop
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Nov 13 at Chamber office
Business After Hours
Nov 13 at Webster Bank, Broad St, Windsor
Game Dinner
Nov 13 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Burgers and Brews
Thursdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Beth Caruso and The Salty Rose
Nov 14 at Windsor Public Library
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Vendor & Artisan Fair: SagePark PTO
Nov 16 at Sage Park Middle School - 25 Sage Park Road
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Diabetic Support Group
Nov 19 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Nutritionist Talk - Supplements
Nov 19 at Windsor Public Library
Nutritionist Talk - Supplements
Nov 19 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Burgers and Brews
Thursdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Nov 21 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
WinTech Showcase
Nov 21 at Hilton Garden Inn, 555 Corporate Dr, Windsor
Kids Movie, Craft, and Pizza Night!
Nov 22 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 25 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 25 at Windsor Public Library
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Tacos 7 Trivia
Nov 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Veterans Coffee Hour
Nov 28 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Christmas Sampler
Nov 30 at L.P. Wilson
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Dec 3 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Block Printed Gift Wrap Workshop
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 5 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Holiday Movie
Dec 9 at Windsor Public Library
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber Office
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber office
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Dec 11 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Wreath Across America
Dec 14 at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Diabetic Support Group
Dec 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center