Weed Beach Festival coming in June
DARIEN — Darien has no shortage of great community events, but when Pamela Gery looked at the annual lineup, she noticed a lack of town-sponsored activities and set out to change that.
“We wanted to do something townwide, specifically for the town,” the Darien Parks and Recreation director said.
And so was born the Weed Beach Festival, which will officially kick off this summer.
The festival, June 17 from 3 to 8 p.m., will feature three local bands — Gunsmoke, Wally and Freeplay — and will include a variety of vendors and activities.
“This is a first-time go for our department,” said Recreation Program Supervisor Patrick Rossiter. “Basically, we’re putting together a fun time for the family. We have live music, food, inflatable slides and activities for the kids. It’s an excuse to spend the afternoon on the beach.”
The Parks and Recreation Department brought Rossiter in last October with the task of spearheading events like the festival, with the idea of engaging the community and creating events that were not in service of any one nonprofit or local organization, but for the entire town.
June 17 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Weed Beach
Admission is $10 for adults.
Parking at the beach is $20; free parking will be offered at Hindley School with a shuttle.
For information, call Parks and Recreation at 203-656-7325.
“There had been no real community events that have come out of Parks and Rec. (Gery) saw that as a real vacuum and wanted to fill that void,” Rossiter said.
“Our office is really excited about supporting him in it. He’s got a lot to do in terms of starting a brand-new community event from scratch,” Gery said. “We’re excited about it.”
When choosing where to have their first event, there was really only one choice: Weed Beach.
“It’s a favorite park, it’s waterfront,” Gery said.
Despite the enthusiasm for the project, there have been some challenges, such as finding volunteers and sponsors to sign on.
Rossiter said they are still looking for both, and any interested parties should contact Parks and Recreation.
Rossiter said the town is looking to expand to more events, and said the newly acquired Ox Ridge parcel could be the site of a fall festival, though no plans have been finalized.
“We hope this is the start of a number of events. We’re looking for opportunities that the community will be excited about,” Rossiter said.