The Town of Woodbridge is excited to announce Woodbridge Day which will be celebrated on Saturday, October 3. Woodbridge Day is the creation of several Woodbridge organizations coming together: The Recreation Department’s 34th annual Woodbridge Road Race, the Willows’ Auto Show, the business community’s Scarecrow Festival and the Massaro Community Farm Fall Family Fun Day. The Town’s Economic Development Commission is also organizing the first-ever Woodbridge Restaurant Week which will conclude on Woodbridge Day.
“I hope residents are as excited as I am about Woodbridge Day and Restaurant Week,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “These events will be a celebration of the many wonderful facets of our community. Bringing these separate events together is a symbol of our Town’s spirit of cooperation and shared goal of making Woodbridge a great place to live, work and play.”
The Woodbridge Road Race is a 1-mile fun run and a 5k road race on a certified course that winds through quiet, mostly flat residential neighborhoods in Woodbridge. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the grove between the Old Firehouse and the Library. The fun run is at 9 a.m. and the 5k at 10:30 a.m. The race will happen rain or shine. “The Woodbridge Road Race used to be the anchor event of the old Woodbridge Day,” said Recreation Director John Adamovich. “I’m glad that First Selectman Ellen Scalettar is bringing back Woodbridge Day and the Recreation Department is excited to be part of it again.”
The Willows’ Auto Show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 225 Amity Road. The Willows will also have a DJ and food for sale on site. Admission for the public is free, and admission for show cars is $5, a portion of which will support the Woodbridge Senior Center. “We are excited to be part of Woodbridge Day,” said Rose Spinelli, The Willows’ Director of Admissions and Marketing. “The Auto Show is a fun way for the residents of our skilled nursing and rehabilitation center to interact with the local community and for The Willows to give back to Woodbridge.”
The Scarecrow Festival is a celebration of Woodbridge’s business community, hosted by the shops at 245 Amity Road. There will be face painting, sidewalk sales, business-themed scarecrows, crafts for kids, an inter-generational scarecrow build at Coachman Square, refreshments and demonstrations by Performing Arts Academy. Local businesses that wish to participate in the event and/or display a scarecrow should contact festival organizer Kate Brown at email@example.com. Local businesses are also invited to participate in a business after hours and scarecrow build at the JCC on Thursday, September 24 from 5-7 pm. RSVP for this event to Betsy Yagla at firstname.lastname@example.org. “I am thrilled to see the Scarecrow Festival grow into a much larger event that allows area residents to come and see the wonderful businesses and services Woodbridge has to offer,” said Brown. “Residents can visit and vote on all types of fun scarecrows displayed throughout the Village Business District, enjoy some refreshments, and live entertainment.”
The rain date for the Auto Show and the Scarecrow Festival is Saturday Oct. 10.
Massaro Community Farm’s fifth annual Fall Family Fun Day is from 1-5 p.m. at the farm at 41 Ford Road. The event is a celebration of the community farm’s agricultural past and includes many old-fashioned games and activities such as sack races, pumpkin painting and hay rides. There will also be face painting, live music, dancing and farm fresh produce for sale. The rain date for the Fall Family Fun Day is Sunday, October 4.
The first-ever Woodbridge Restaurant Week will run from September 28 to October 3. Participating restaurants, Birchwoods at Oak Lane, Blue Check Deli, Katz’s Deli, Solun Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Thai Stories, Wheelers and Woodbridge Social, will offer three-course prix fixe meals. Lunch during restaurant week will cost $15 and dinner will cost $25. The restaurants will be open during regular business hours and will also offer their regular menu. To see the special menus for this week visit the Town’s Economic Development page, www.woodbridgect.org/business.