Aug 30, 2013
08:42 AMArts & Entertainment
Lots of Bands, Great Food, Fun and Heritage at Clinton's 350th Celebration
Among Connecticut’s oldest towns, Clinton turned 350 years old this year, and plans to throw a little party this weekend to celebrate.
The shindig, which technically goes on all year, isn’t just hats and horns and a cake. It lasts two days over this Labor Day weekend, features a parade full of floats and bands and pipers and a whole host of local groups, as well as speeches from an array of dignitaries.
And that’s just the start of the affair.
After 18 months of work, event organizer John Allen says it’s important for communities to honor such occasions: “When a town is 350 years old, that’s a significant birthday, even in New England. It’s a big deal. If you don’t do anything, it says a lot about a town — do you want to live in a town like that?”
Moreover, Allen sees the two-day party as “a great opportunity to do something where everyone can get involved — the year-round residents, the summer people, the kids. It rises above politics or social class or whether you live on the water or in the woods. It’s just great we can all get together.”
All this began 350 years ago, at the beginning of the colonization of what was to become the state of Connecticut.
Clinton originally was part of land known as Homonoscitt, or Hammonaset, that lay between Guilford and Saybrook.
As it says in the partial screenshot above, to view the full schedule, see Heritage Days Quick Glance Schedule and Heritage Days Detailed Event Descriptions/Schedule.