Party time in Old Greenwich

Ashley Jones and Jonah Robinson found it easy to dance the night away as live music played at the Old Greenwich Block Party. — John Ferris Robben photo

Ashley Jones and Jonah Robinson found it easy to dance the night away as live music played at the Old Greenwich Block Party.
— John Ferris Robben photo

On a warm, pleasant Saturday night one doesn’t really need an excuse to party. But the Old Greenwich Merchants Association gave people one anyway.

On June 29, people from all over town turned out for the Old Greenwich Block Party, which was set up on Sound Beach Avenue and lasted through the night with live music, games, face painting, balloons, family activities and food. Everything from a dunk tank to a mechanical bull was set up, and the event received raves.

This was the second year of the event and it was bigger than the debut last year, which was located on Arcadia Road, as Richard Fulton, head of the merchants association said the businesses wanted to do something close in spirit to the very popular First Light event held each December on Sound Beach Avenue.

Mr. Fulton told the Post this week that he was very happy with the results and that the association intends to have the event again next year. He was quick to thank all the town officials and the members of the police and fire departments who helped make it happen.

“Things were fantastic this year,” Mr. Fulton said. “It couldn’t have gone any better. It was a lot of fun for the whole family and it really had the spirit of the old block parties where the community could get together for a good time. It really was a good old-fashioned block party and we’re absolutely going to do it again. We’re already talking about what we could do differently next year to make it even better.”

A portion of the proceeds from the event went to benefit the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department, so the event was also billed as a chance for the community to say thanks to the department and its volunteers. Plus the event was done in conjunction this year with the annual Old Greenwich sidewalk sales, which took place that weekend during the day.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was on hand and more of his images will be available online at Greenwich-post.com on Monday.

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