At Greenwich Town Party, it’s party time all the time

Carlos Santana was the headliner for the annual Greenwich Town Party but he was just of many fun features. — Bailey Margaret Robben photo

Carlos Santana was the headliner for the annual Greenwich Town Party but he was just of many fun features. — Bailey Margaret Robben photo

Greenwich was in the mood to party last weekend and it showed as record crowds came out for the Greenwich Town Party as it expanded to two locations this year.

Last year’s plan to expand to Havemeyer Field between Town Hall and Greenwich Avenue had to be canceled due to bad weather, but this year even though there were a few drops in the air, nothing was going to stop the expansion. And both locations were considered a success by event organizers as headliners like Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy and George Clinton took to the stage along with local bands to delight the crowds. Local restaurants and food trucks were also on hand and beyond the face painting and balloon animals, local groups ranging from the Greenwich Commission on Aging to the Greenwich Preservation Trust set up booths to hand out information.

The Greenwich Town Party has become a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in town with tickets selling out in minutes. The party is open to town residents and town employees but is not an official town of Greenwich event. Rather it is put together, at no cost to the town, by the Greenwich Town Party board and is the brainchild of Greenwich resident Ray Dalio who wanted to create an annual event that could bring residents from all over town together with an all day musical festival that had ticket prices far less than you would find for any other kind of event of this nature. And the event has been a hit each and every year it’s been produced.

Plans are already starting to form for the Greenwich Town Party’s 2015 edition and one of the key issues to be determined will be the future of the second location at Havemeyer Field. Having Greenwich Town Party North, in addition to Greenwich Town Party South in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, allowed for more attendees and more musical acts. People at Havemeyer also got to see a video screen broadcast of Carlos Santana’s main event performance.

According to Scot Weicker, president of SBW Events Group in Old Greenwich and a chief organizer of the party, “The party exceeded all expectations,” and thanked everyone involved from the volunteers working to the Greenwich Police Department to the town departments that helped.

Mr. Weicker said they were “thrilled” with how things went at Havemeyer Field, saying it brought in 4,000 people to a bigger venue than Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, allowing for more people to enjoy the event.  But a decision about next year’s party size will be made later this year by the Greenwich Town Party board.

“There are always lessons to be learned from an event like this and right now we’re just going to evaluate the pros and cons and see how we can do this even better next year,” Mr. Weicker said.

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