As autumn approaches, we have the beauty of the season to look forward to as well as a variety of community events. These events are so important for our Town as they bring our residents together to celebrate the richness of life we enjoy in Woodbridge. I am confident that there is something for all families to enjoy at our expanded Woodbridge Day activities, our first Restaurant Week, the new monthly community hikes and a First Selectman’s Lecture Series.
On Saturday, October 3 various Town, local groups and businesses are coming together to merge their stand-alone happenings under the Woodbridge Day umbrella. I want to thank them all – the Woodbridge Recreation Department and Economic Development Commission, our Town businesses, the JCC and Massaro Community Farm – for their efforts on behalf of the Town and their exemplary spirit of cooperation.
Woodbridge Day will include the Recreation Department’s 34th annual Woodbridge Road Race, a 5k run and a 1-mile Fun Run for kids age 12 and under. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the grove behind the Old Firehouse. The Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. and the 5k starts at 10:30 a.m. The Willows is hosting an Auto Show from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with vintage cars and a DJ. Our local businesses are holding their third annual Scarecrow Festival at 245 Amity Road from 12-4 p.m. The Scarecrow Festival will highlight our local businesses and will include performances, sidewalk sales and more. Massaro Community Farm’s annual Fall Family Fun Day is from 1-5 p.m. and will include old-fashioned games and live music.
I’d also like to thank the JCC for hosting a Business After Hours event on Thursday, September 24 at which businesses participating in the Scarecrow Festival can build their own business-themed scarecrow. If you or someone from your business would like to attend, please RSVP to Betsy Yagla at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-389-3403. The JCC also designed the beautiful posters and lawn signs for the Scarecrow Festival and Woodbridge Day.
I’m also delighted to announce that the Conservation Commission will start hosting monthly guided hikes in the fall, spring and summer months. These hikes, scheduled for the first weekend of the month, will provide a healthy outdoor group activity and will introduce residents to our many miles of walking trails and open space. The first hike, led by Conservation Commission chair, Jason Morrill, will be on Woodbridge Day. The hike will leave Massaro Community Farm at 2 p.m. for a one-mile walk through the woods behind the farm.
Also coinciding with Woodbridge Day is the last day of our first-ever Woodbridge Restaurant Week, September 28 to October 3. Participating local restaurants (Birchwoods at Oak Lane, Blue Check Deli, Katz’s Deli, Solun Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Thai Stories, Wheelers and Woodbridge Social) will offer a $15 three-course meal for lunch and a $25 three-course meal for dinner. Restaurant Week is another great example of the Economic Development Commission’s campaign to “Dine Woodbridge, Shop Woodbridge, Try Woodbridge”.
At the Library I am curating a First Selectman’s Lecture Series to invite local residents to discuss their exciting professions, unusual talents and expertise in topics of interest. The lectures will be held at the Library on the third Tuesday of the month, starting on October 20 at 6:30 p.m. I think this will be a wonderful way to highlight and interact with some of our creative and accomplished residents, of which we have so many! The first lecture will be by Southern Connecticut State University President Mary Papazian who will discuss “Embracing the Future: Southern Connecticut State University and the Changing Higher Education Landscape”.
I hope you will take advantage of and enjoy the many amenities and events that Woodbridge has to offer, sign up for the town e-newsletter to be kept up to date (tinyurl.com/WoodbridgeEnews) and follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/WoodbridgeCT). Visit our website, www.woodbridgect.org, for more details about all of these great events.