to all RCA Supporters!
Thank you, dear Rowayton friends and neighbors! We are most grateful to you for helping us reach out 2016 fundraising goal. Your generosity last year which made it possible for us to give funding grants to Rowayton Elementary, Roton Middle, Brien McMahon, Rowayton Little League, the Rowayton Library, Rowayton Fire Department, Shakespeare on the Sound and more. We also purchased and installed six AEDs around Rowayton, in coordination with Hands for Life organizers Kat Curtin and Barb Yallop. And thanks, too, to so many of you who donated clothing during our “Bundle Up Rowayton” clothing drive. It was hugely successful, allowing us to deliver more than 100 bags of clothing to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.
This year you can again look forward to another great fun-filled year with more than 18 RCA-hosted events including: the Easter Egg Hunt, Memorial Day Parade, Rowayton’s July 4th Fireworks, the 10-week Summer Music Festival, “Cinema on the Sound” Movie Night, Father’s Day Fun Run, Halloween, “Light Up” Rowayton Holiday event, Santa Run, Nativity Pageant and more.
And be sure to mark your calendars for this year’s 2-night Comedy Night event on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, the River Ramble on Saturday, July 8, and Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7.
For 79 years, the RCA has remained “Committed to Community” and the all-volunteer RCA board continues to rely on your generosity as well as the dedication and commitment of so many of you who devote your time and energy. With your support we can continue to make sure that our little Rowayton community thrives and that our schools and non-profits receive much needed support. Again, a big THANK YOU from the RCA board! We look forward to seeing you at this year’s events.
Thank You for Donating to the RCA’s
Second Annual “Bundle Up Rowayton” Clothing Drive
Thank you to everyone who braved the second annual “Bundle Up Rowayton” snow storm to donate to the winter clothing drive! Even those that took off to ski the fresh powder arranged for their donations to be dropped off with Paul Curtin, Bundle Up organizer. Your generosity was outstanding and we collected more than 100 industrial-sized bags of coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, socks and boots! The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk was overwhelmed and so very thankful! We should all continue to be proud of this endeavor. Thanks also to everyone who volunteered to collect and deliver the clothing!
Thank you from Oktoberfest
On October 7, Munich made a return visit to the Rowayton Community Center for the fifth Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser. Guests arrived in their lederhosen and their dirndls for a festive evening of German food, music, dancing and bier. Everyone received a custom RCA stein to enjoy their drink of choice that night.
Despite the weather, the event kicked off with the traditional stroll through town. Once back to the Community Center Tent, a cannon marked the ceremonial tapping of the kegs and the party under the tent got underway. “Ein Prosit” was sung many, many times. There was plenty of competition for the coveted men’s “yellow shirt” and women’s “pink shirt.” The Feats of Strength competition demonstrated that youth doesn’t guarantee you are the strongest man in the game.
The event evolved into dance party with the amazing music spun by one of the best DJs around. We would like to thank everyone for attending and making this event an RCA tradition that will surely continue.
Thank you from the Rowayton Nativity Pageant
Thank you to the many members of our community who joined us in Pinkney Park for the 53rd production of one of Fairfield County’s most unique and longstanding traditions, Rowayton’s nativity pageant, Come to the Light. A special thank you to our volunteers and participants; including the set up crews, the sound/light crew, our angels and shepherds, Mary and Joseph, the United Church choir, and of course our outstanding Moses. Many others dedicate their time to make the pageant happen and we thank you all. Consider getting involved by helping or participating this year. Contact Laura Czegledi for more information. Save the date for this year’s pageant, Saturday December 9, 2017 (rain date Sunday December 10) to be part of this local tradition and…Come to the Light!