Ghost town?

FI-EditorialThey say that Greenwich turns into a ghost town in August. That’s not entirely true, but if you do abandon town this month you’re missing some fun stuff.

While it’s not accurate that Greenwich becomes so empty that you can see tumbleweeds rolling down the Post Road and can find a parking spot on Greenwich Avenue on a Saturday, the idea that no one is in town during August and that nothing happens is rather prevalent. Like most stereotypes about Greenwich, it’s not true. Sure, people are enjoying what’s left of their summer vacations, and with school looming who can blame them.

There’s actually a lot going on in Greenwich. There’s things to do and a lot of fun to be had. Plus there’s actual news, so don’t sleep on it. That doesn’t just include the Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. Even in a heavily Republican town like Greenwich, there’s still no excuse for not heading to the polls and making your voice heard. Primaries are notoriously low-turnout elections and that needs to change. Just because it’s August is no reason to stay home when critical decisions need to be made about the state’s future.

But this isn’t about politics for a change. This is about what else is going on in Greenwich. Just the other night we literally had a Best of Greenwich event at the Delamar where the town was able to put its best foot forward thanks to Moffly Media. There will be coverage of that in the Aug. 14 paper, but it’s more than that.

If you think nothing happens in Greenwich in August then you’ve obviously never been to the St. Roch Feast. The area around Hamilton Avenue is turned into a nightly street fair with a tradition that dates back to the small Italian villages that people left to come to Greenwich. This isn’t just a big event for Greenwich’s Catholics, even though Bishop Frank Caggiano is expected, it’s for everyone in town no matter your heritage.

It’s the kind of community event that this town thrives on. For all the talk about Greenwich only being the home of hedge funds and backcountry billionaires, it’s events like the St. Roch Feast and the St. Catherine’s Carnival of Fun that really show what Greenwich is all about. These are, at their core, fund-raisers for churches in town but these institutions have thrown open their doors to the whole community.

Hard working volunteers spend months (if not the entire year) putting these events together, and everyone from any part of town can come for a good time on a summer evening. That’s what the best of Greenwich really is. That’s what’s happening when this place is supposed to be a ghost town.

Fall will be upon us in the blink of an eye. So enjoy this time while you can. For a community where there’s not supposed to be a lot happening, there’s actually a lot happening.

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