Old Greenwich turns out for a block party

Billy & the Showmen were one of two local bands that took to the stage to peform for party goers. The Short Bus also did a set, giving people plenty to dance to as the party went on. –Ken Borsuk

Billy & the Showmen were one of two local bands that took to the stage to peform for party goers. The Short Bus also did a set, giving people plenty to dance to as the party went on. –Ken Borsuk

Old Greenwich was the place to be on Sunday as the community’s annual block party closed down part of Sound Beach Avenue for music, food and fun for the whole family.

Old Greenwich had just come off busy sidewalk sales last weekend, lasting from Thursday to Saturday night, before Sunday’s party, which brought in an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 people. The party, presented by the Old Greenwich Merchants Association and the Silver Shield Association, which serves as the union for the Greenwich Police Department, had a festival feel as a portion of Sound Beach Avenue was closed off to allow people to move freely in the street.

Among the more popular features of the annual event was a dunk tank and a 30-foot water slide. It was a warm, sunny day and the dunk tank looked so appealing that there were eager volunteers looking to be dunked. There was also a bouncy castles for kids, food from popular Old Greenwich establishments like Garden Catering and The Beach House, and performances from both Billy & The Showmen and The Short Bus.

It was also a chance to spread the word about local organizations and businesses. Community Centers Inc. (CCI) was on hand to introduce its new executive director, Lauren Francamore, talk about its services for Greenwich families and seniors and provide kids with the chance to make colored sand sculptures. The soon to open Sound Beach Avenue restaurant Back 40 Mercantile also was there to give prospective  customers a taste of the menu to come.

Richard Fulton, owner of Chili Bear and head of the merchants association, said the hope was to have an “old-fashioned block party” and a chance to say thank you to all the loyal customers of Old Greenwich businesses. After the event he told the Post he felt it was a total success and thanked town police, firefighters, Parks and Recreation Department, Highway Department, Traffic Department, the selectmen’s office, the Greenwich High School National Honor Society volunteers and the Old Greenwich Merchants Association for making it possible.

“It was a great example of Greenwich at its finest,” Mr. Fulton said, adding that the association would be looking to make the annual First Light Christmas and winter holiday celebration this coming December even better with outdoor live music.

A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to CCI.

 

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