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Perfect Picnic

Past meets present for a day of summer fun in the sun



Photograph: istockphoto.com/┬ęSara Winter

Just how much fun can you pack onto the Fairfield town green? Visit the Fairfield Family Fun Fest at the historic Town Green on July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to find out. “The event is a partnership with the town of Fairfield, the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, the Fairfield Theatre Company and the Fairfield Museum and History Center,” says Meri Erickson, the museum’s director of external affairs. This collaboration means that the afternoon is a patriotic picnic for all. John Reid, the School of Rock Band and other musical acts will fill the air with toe-tapping tunes. Come hungry and ready to fill up on hot dogs, hamburgers and treats served up from area food trucks. At the historic Sun Tavern, wet your whistle with a selection of craft beers by the Southport Brewing Company. The Victorian cottage on the town green hosts a kids’ corner complete with face-painting and arts and crafts.

In honor of Fairfield’s 375 anniversary, the afternoon is a connection to the past. “We also are having some Revolutionary War historical re-enactors in an encampment on the campus by the museum,” Erickson says. Expect bayonettes and troops in tri-corner hats. Admission to the museum is free for the day, so be sure to check out the latest two exhibits, Growing Up in Fairfield: Memories and Milestones and Picturing Fairfield: The Photographs of Mabel Osgood Wright. (And don’t miss our piece on her in this issue on page 94!)

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