Rummage Room’s mannequins come alive on April 1

Don’t be alarmed to see real people taking the place of mannequins in The Rummage Room window on Tuesday. It’s just an April Fool’s Day event.

Don’t be alarmed to see real people taking the place of mannequins in The Rummage Room window on Tuesday. It’s just an April Fool’s Day event.

Don’t be alarmed if you’re strolling past The Rummage Room on April 1 and see the mannequins moving in the window. It’s just a traditional prank returning as a special event.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Rummage Room, located at 191 Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, the store’s annual tradition of having live mannequins posing in the windows on April Fool’s Day returns. The store, which is owned and operated by the Women’s Fellowship of The First Congregational Church, has been doing this for nearly 10 years and it has become a popular community event started by manager Maria Drieghe.

And because The Rummage Room is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, there will be some special guests as mannequins including Rev. John Collins, interim senior pastor and Rev. Mark Montgomery, associate pastor for youth ministry at The First Congregational Church. They will be donning items from The Rummage Room and possibly playing some songs together on their guitars as they pose in the windows from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Other volunteers will man the windows throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., some dressed in crazy garb, others dressed more sedately.

When asked what kind of reactions they get, volunteer Mary Jane Penwell said, “The reactions to the live mannequins are hysterical. Some walk by, do a double take and then come to a complete standstill. The people in their cars are the funniest. There can be quite a line of cars, trucks, etc. backed up when the light is red at the intersection and their reactions are priceless.”

She added that some will wave, others will just stare, and others will even look and then look away as if this were the most normal thing in the world.

“And then every year we have people who run home and bring back their children, and others who return with their cameras and shoot some pictures.”

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