First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that the Town of Fairfield, in collaboration with the Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Fairfield Theatre Company, will present the inaugural Fairfield Family Fun Fest on Saturday, July 5, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the historic Town Green and Museum Campus which is located near the Old Town Hall and Fairfield Museum and History Center. The event, which is part of the Town’s year-long celebration of the 375th anniversary of its founding, will be held rain or shine.
The one-day, open air festival event will feature live musical entertainment, food trucks and a beer garden centered around the historic Sun Tavern, Fairfield’s own “PopShop Market” and artisan fair, children’s games and activities and fun for the whole family. A revolutionary war encampment with historical re-enactors and museum volunteers in period costume will help connect people to Fairfield’s rich history.
The Fairfield Museum will be open free of charge, offering docent-led tours of the ongoing, interactive exhibition, Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, which invites visitors to see, hear, touch and truly experience what life was like in our area from the 1600s to today.
The Fairfield Theatre Company has put together a great lineup of local performers including The Mill River Band, Girls on Bikes and FTC’s own John Reid. The stage will be headlined by local reggae legend Mystic Bowie and his band that will have everyone dancing to the sounds of the Caribbean islands. Since the 1980s, Mystic Bowie has been keeping the art of music alive, entertaining audiences from New York to Japan with his vibrant music and high-energy performances.
The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have a free open house at the Old Academy where volunteers will give unscheduled tours between 10 am to
4 pm showing visitors the newly refurbished Old Academy School Room that has period mannequins in costumes from the era. Visitors can also view new displays in this historic building, which is located at 635 Old Post Road, near the Old Town Hall and Independence Hall. The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s refurbishments and mannequins were a gift to the Town for its 375th anniversary.
There is limited parking on site. Free parking is available at Sherman Elementary School and at First Church Congregational on the day of the event. For additional information on participating vendors, restaurants, music and activities, please visit www.fairfieldct.org/FunFest. Be sure to check for updates on the Town’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fairfieldct.
Sponsors for the Fairfield Family Fun Fest event include Fairfield Living Magazine, Hearst Media/Fairfield Citizen, Newman’s Own, Southport Brewing Company, WestFair Audio and Abbey Tent & Rental. For sponsorship information, please contact Meri Erickson, Director of External Affairs, Fairfield Museum & History Center at (203) 259-1598.
PHOTO: The photo shows Walter Matis of the Fairfield Museum and History Center at the historic Town Green, which is located near the Old Town Hall, Independence Hall and the Fairfield Museum and History Center, where the first Fairfield Family Fun Fest will take place on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. The Fun Fest will feature will feature a beer garden at the Historic Sun Tavern, a revolutionary war encampment, live music, food, an arts and crafts fair and fun for the whole family.