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    Thursday, February 02, 2023

    Celebration a Go This Weekend

    It was getting close-as the Parks & Recreation Department was putting the final touches on this weekend's concerts, picnic, and fireworks extravaganza, Parks & Recreation Director Rick Maynard and fireworks fundraiser-in-chief Adrian Price were almost $1,000 short of the $10,000 mark required to stage the expected pyrotechnics at the Guilford Fairgrounds.

    Late last week, an anonymous donor wrote an $885 check, joining a generous community of contributors who help make one of the area's most impressive events go forward on Saturday, July 13.

    The celebration begins on the Green at 4 p.m. with the Community Picnic and the Community Band. Families will find an assortment of rides and activities for the kids, courtesy of the Parks & Recreation Department, while the Community Band, directed by Guilford High School Music Director Mark Gahm, plays patriotic tunes. Food vendors will offer a variety of treats and beverages all day.

    As the fun on the Green wraps up by 7 p.m., the festivities move to the Fairgrounds, where local bands Words Unspoken, Jeffrey's Mother, Raw Revival, and Flat Jones and the Broken Machine (recent Battle of the Bands contestants) will play until fireworks begin after 9:15 p.m.

    In case of rain, the picnic festivities will be canceled and the bands and fireworks moved to Sunday, July 14. Visit www.ci.guilford.ct.us or call 203-453-8068 for more information and weather details.

    Meet the Donors

    For the third year in a row, residents Price, Ray Luden, and Ed Bartlett have stepped up to fill the funding gap left when the town decided to remove the annual fireworks display from its budget. The three have kept the tradition going thanks to their own efforts and due to the continued generosity of the Guilford community.

    This year's donors include:

    Valuing Change, Inc.

    Palumbo's Automotive

    Moroso Performance Products, Inc.

    The Country Tavern


    Peter and Joy Nagle

    KC's Pub

    Page Taft-CHRISTIE'S

    International Real Estate

    James Kohn

    National Roofing

    Michael Berube Home Improvement

    Meriano's Bake Shoppe


    Naples Pizza

    Bobbie's Dawgs

    Star Fish Market

    James Galvin

    Nancy Echlin

    Henry Cost, Jr.

    Paula Baraket

    Michelle Lego Catanzaro

    Peter and Heather Dacey

    Vera Wolf on the Green

    Jamie McCauley

    Comfort Keepers of Guilford

    Mary Cybulski

    East River Energy

    Guilford Glass

    Bridgitte Broderson

    Richard and Diane More

    Caden and Perry Hillier

    Paul and Eva Alloway

    John and Aimee Boyle

    John Cunningham

    Louis Drago

    Horacio Hernandez, USMC Ret.

    Kirsten Kane

    Lori Subotkowski

    Laurie Trulock

    Jack Knies

    Leslie Mandel

    Veronica Soell

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