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Community Comes Together For 13th Annual Georgetown Day

Members of the Georgetown Lions Club man the beer tent at the 13th annual Georgetown Day. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Dory Traski, Steve Traski and Pat Hegnauer of the G&B Cultural Center in Georgetown operate a silent auction. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Chris Hoelck, Claire Tensa and Michelle Stewart from Weir Farm attend Georgetown Day. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Susan Winters sells her handmade and vintage jewelry from a tent at Georgetown Day. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Live music plays throughout the day Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Crowds fill Main Street to sample local food and other vendors for Georgetown Day. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

GEORGETOWN, Conn. – Hundreds of people filled Main Street in Georgetown on Sunday to experience the food, music, art and camaraderie of the community for the 13th annual Georgetown Day.

Georgetown Day is a celebration of the Georgetown community, which is made up of areas of Ridgefield, Redding, Weston and Wilton. The event is sponsored by Georgetown Village Restoration Inc. , the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, the Georgetown Community Association and the Georgetown Lions Club.

“We have a very strong sense of unity here. We’re a very small but tight community,” said Mike Bilado, president of the Georgetown Lions Club . He was pleased with the turnout, and happy that the Lions had the opportunity to greet members of the community and give information about all the causes it supports. “We help the community with any kind of need.”

Attendees proceeded down the village's Main Street, where nearly 100 tents offered clothes, art and jewelry by local vendors, as well as food, beer, a dunking tank, a chili cook-off and information on local organizations.

“Many vendors come year after year after year. This event really brings the community together, “said Pat Hegnauer, director of the G & B Cultural Center . The center is located in a former school, but now offers classes in music and art, as well as exhibition space for artists. Hegnauer said that Georgetown Day has become an event everyone looks forward to. “This is a very cohesive community. It’s really like no other.”

Volunteers from Weir Farm on the Wilton-Ridgefield border greeted visitors and offered them information on the Weir Farm National Historic Site , the only national park devoted to American painting.

“Georgetown Day is a lot of fun. It’s a chance to talk to people who may or may not know about Weir Farm. Many of them seem interested and want to come visit,” said volunteer Claire Tensa.

Susan Winters of Redding set up a tent for her business, Vintage Winters , where she sold handmade and vintage jewelry. She has been collecting and making jewelry for several years and has many unique pieces, including ones from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as some from Joan Rivers’s collection. She was glad that the event offered her the opportunity to introduce her work to others.

“It’s fun. It’s the event for Georgetown,” Winters said.

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