Plymouth seeking community input on how to make downtown festival as fun as possible

Published on Monday, 26 July 2021 12:27


PLYMOUTH – The town’s 225th Anniversary Celebration, postponed last year due to the pandemic, has been scheduled as a downtown festival and organizers are seeking the community’s input for making it as fun as possible.

Jerry Milne, who serves on the 225th Anniversary Committee, said the celebration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16. Between now and then, the committee will be having several meetings and giving the public the opportunity to provide them with suggestions.

“We’re in the planning stages,” Milne said. “It’s going to be like a street fair with live music and possibly a crafts fair. We’re looking into getting jugglers and circus performers and we’ve got the feelers out for musicians. People are looking forward to getting back outdoors. Connecticut has been very good about getting us back up and running after the pandemic and is one of the safest places to be in the country.”

There will also be a self-guided walking tour with a guide to Terryville brochure. This will include a scavenger hunt with games and prizes.

“People will be looking for date stones on historic buildings all around town to solve a puzzle,” Milne said. “It should take about a half-hour.”

The Lock Museum will also be open that day, with an additional scavenger hunt available inside the museum. Terryville Library and Terryville Congregational Church will also have children’s activities.

Leading up to the festival, Milne said, the Plymouth Historical Society will have a series of six lectures at Plymouth Congregational Church on the history of the town.

“One will be about clock-making and lock-making, another will be about historic Main Street, and another will be telling tall tales about interesting characters that have lived in town over the years,” Milne said.

Also, in October, Milne plans to bring back the “Tale of Two Cemeteries” lantern tours at Hillside Cemetery and Terryville Cemetery. Participants will follow along with flashlights and stop at “mysterious gravestones” to learn interesting facts about the town’s history.

Those with suggestions for the 225th Anniversary Committee are asked to call Anita Hamzy at 860-402-7419.

“If anyone has any ideas and ways which we can implement them, don’t hesitate to reach out,” Milne said.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Monday, 26 July 2021 12:27. Updated: Monday, 26 July 2021 12:30.