‘Can’ do attitude: Artistic competition benefits Neighbor to Neighbor

Everyone’s heard of construction projects, but canstruction? That’s a new one for sure.

But it’s a new competition that’s been established to support Neighbor to Neighbor. The first-ever Greenwich Canstruction competition will take place Oct. 12 to 16 and will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church at 1 West Putnam Avenue.

The teams involved will design and build sculptures made entirely from canned foods. The ‘canstructions’ will be judged on best meal, best use of labels, structural ingenuity, judges’ favorite and people’s choice. The structures will range in size from 4’x4’x4’ tall to 10’x10’x8’ tall. After the event, all the cans of food will be donated Neighbor to Neighbor’s food pantry, which needs the support from the public due to the high demand from people who need basic food products.

Local architectural firms and youth groups have signed on to build sculptures including Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, Haverson Architecture, Hilton-VanderHorn Architects, Granoff Architects; Robert A. Cardello Architects; Laura Kaehler Architects and Wanda Kopec Architects. Paco Asencio Woodworking and Hall’s Edge Inc. will also be participating as will the Greenwich Boy Scouts, Troop 10, Riverside Girl Scouts, Troop 50527 and First Presbyterian Church.

Rich Granoff of Granoff Architects said, “The Granoff Architects team is excited to be a part of the first Greenwich Canstruction and to help Neighbor to Neighbor in their mission to feed and clothe those in need in our area.”

“Canstruction is the perfect fit with Neighbor to Neighbor’s mission to feed and clothe the neediest families in our community,” said Marjorie Black and Denise Dreskin, event co-chairs. “Each year, Neighbor provides 500 Greenwich families with 300,000 meals and 2,300 area adults and children with 14,000 bags of clothing. We are thrilled to have these great teams as part of our inaugural event. This will be a marvelous opportunity for the community to support Neighbor to Neighbor.”

Canstruction was first held in New York City in 1992 and has contributed 17.5 million pounds of food worldwide.

Public viewing hours are Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. A $5 entrance fee will be charged for all visitors five years and older with a maximum family charge of $20. Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16, are reserved for school field trips.

A preview party will be held on Friday, Oct. 12. It will be catered by Watson’s Catering and Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes, with music by the Will Harris Quartet and botanical arrangements courtesy of Winston Flowers.

For further information or tickets, contact Neighbor to Neighbor at 203-622-9208.

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