PLYMOUTH â€“ Following the success and popularity of last yearâ€™s 225th Anniversary Celebration, the block party will return to downtown this Oct. 1 and continue on as an annual event.
â€śIt was so popular, we decided to do it againâ€ť, said Chalaine Kilduff of the eventâ€™s organizing committee.
This year, the block party will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Terryville. There will be entertainment and attractions at multiple spots in the area.
At the Terryville Congregational Church, at 233 Main St., there will be local bands, childrenâ€™s activities, live animal demonstrations, crafters, balloon animals, face painting, mini-pumpkin painting, food vendors, and a stilt-walker.
â€śThe church will have Down Home Frolic, a fiddle and banjo band that plays folk music, and The Remnants, which plays a lot of popular covers,â€ť said Jerry Milne, one of the event organizers.
Across the street, the Terryville Library will have displays of Plymouthâ€™s history and the legendary Old Leatherman. There will also be re-enactors of Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers. Milne said the Civil War re-enactors are from the CT Heavy Artillery Group.
â€śThey will be talking about the weapons and equipment used by Civil War soldiers and what life was like for them,â€ť he said. â€śThey will also be talking about Dorence Atwater.â€ť
Atwater, whom Milne said is â€śPlymouthâ€™s Civil War heroâ€ť enlisted in the Union army at age 16 in 1861 and was captured in 1863 and taken to the prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Ga. There, he kept a list of 13,000 Union soldiers who died in captivity. After the war, he and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton used this list to identify the soldiersâ€™ graves.
The Lock Museum at 230 Main St. will have an open house, and is sponsoring scavenger hunts both inside the Museum and in downtown.
At the Eli Terry, Jr. Middle School at 21 North Main Street, there will be axe throwing, a crafts fair, and live music.
North Main Street will be closed between Main Street and Baldwin Park Lane for food trucks and a display of antique fire trucks from the 1930s.
Milne encouraged people to come down and have fun at the block party.
â€śCome and see what our town has to offer,â€ť he said. â€śThereâ€™s a lot of neat stuff going on.â€ť
Mayor Joe Kilduff said that he is excited to see the block party return. He added that the block party is not a town sponsored event and will come at no cost to town residents. It is organized entirely by the committee who put together the 225th anniversary block party.
â€śIâ€™m very much looking forward to it,â€ť he said. â€śI hope thereâ€™s a good turnout; last time we had almost all in-town residents, which was great to see. It was an event that really brought the community together.â€ť
Block Party sponsors include the Rotary Club, Thomaston Savings Bank, All Green Hydroseed, and the Plymouth Police Department
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.