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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