|When something is a hit, a sequel is apt to follow. That’s the thinking behind Hollywood blockbusters, but also behind the Greenwich Town Party.
After close to 4,000 people attended last year’s inaugural celebration, which featured food, entertainment and music for an all-day extravaganza that won raves from the town, the party is on again this May. On May 26, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the second Greenwich Town Party is slated to be held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets are expected to go on sale March 15. Major musical acts should be announced by next week, but organizers are remaining tight-lipped in the meantime.
The party, which is the brainchild of town resident Ray Dalio, was designed to become an annual event and last year’s success made a follow-up almost a certainty. The goal, according to Town Party organizers, was to create a community event that would bring people from all over town together for a celebration of all things Greenwich. Last year organizers compared it to traditional block parties they grew up with here in town except on a grander scale.
Though the party is on town park land and is being done with full town cooperation, this is not a town of Greenwich production. Like last year it is being planned entirely by town residents and town money is not being used for it.
First Selectman Peter Tesei offered his endorsement for the party’s return at last week's board of Selectmen meeting. Mr. Tesei thanked the organizers for their efforts last year and all they were doing to turn it into an annual event. After conferring with town Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Siciliano, Mr. Tesei confirmed that after last year’s sell-out of more than 3,500 tickets, plans are ongoing to be able to increase the capacity to 5,000 people.
“It was a very popular event last year and ended up being a terrific celebration of the entire community,” Mr. Tesei said.
Last year’s inaugural Greenwich Town Party drew residents young and old to the all-day event. Local restaurants were on hand to sell their wares as well as participate in cooking competitions. The featured acts included famed musicians Buddy Guy, Little Feat and The Temptations along with local acts including Freddy and the Yetis.
More information and pictures from last year’s event are online at greenwichtownparty.com. The website includes information about advance ticket sales as well as volunteer opportunities. Registering at the site will also give residents a chance to purchase tickets before everyone else.