RCA Summer Highlights
The RCA and the Rowayton Historical Society teamed up again to make the 2016 Trash Bash a tremendous success, with many Rowaytonites pitching in to help keep our town beautiful – and clean! On April 22, Rowaytonites came out in full force once again to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up our beautiful town in the annual Trash Bash. Kids and adults alike spread out all over town to collect trash using our biodegradeable trash bags and gloves! Thank you to everyone who came out and got a little dirt on their hands!
Weekend of Laughter,
The RCA’s Comedy Night fundraiser was another weekend to remember, as both Friday and Saturday nights shows (May 20 & 21) were a resounding success. Rowayton residents and neighbors packed their picnics to enjoy an evening under the tent at the Community Center for laughter and dancing.
Each night, guests experienced a night of original wit and humor thanks to a total of eight professional stand-up comedians from New York City. After the show, the dance floor opened to tunes selected by one of New York City’s elite DJs.
We would like to thank the many volunteers for their help and the support of each guest that attended. Comedy Night is the RCA’s most popular and successful event and the proceeds help the RCA fulfill its mission to enrich the lives of its residents by providing cultural programs, educational scholarships and supporting community initiatives. Mark calendar for next year’s show on May 19 and 20, 2018.
Parade Marched On
Our town came out to celebrate at the annual Memorial Day Parade. Everyone picked their favorite spot along Rowayton Avenue or McKinley Street and cheered for our veterans, Brien McMahon and Roton School marching bands, our commissioners, volunteer firefighters, Little Leaguers, Scouts and all the many other enthusiastic marchers (even four-footed ones!).
After the parade, all gathered at Veterans’ Cannon to honor those who died in their service to our country. And then most strolled on over to the Fire House for hot dogs and soda, hosted by our local firefighters and their families and then on to The Rowayton Arts Center’s Annual Art Show and over to enjoy some of the famous homemade strawberry shortcake, made by Rowayton Methodist parishioners. This event is truly New England and Rowayton at its finest. It’s always the perfect kick-off to summer!
What a great day to be a Father (or anyone else) in Rowayton for this year’s RCA Father’s Day Fun Run held on Sunday, June 18. The weather was a bit muggy and humid, but the faithful runners show up for a spirited run through our beautiful community.
The open age groups (16-44) were won by Wendy Scola of Ansonia and Joshua Gottfried of Hartford on the short course (2.2 miles). The long course race was won by Shanna Miller of Hartford and Greg Stern of Mamaroneck. Fastest times overall were posted by 13-year old Carl Cubarrubia on the short course and 50-year old Ed Banks on the long course! Congratulations! All other finishers’ places and times can be seen here:
Cinema on the Sound
was a success under the stars!
Thanks to the support of our amazing community, Cinema on the Sound’s sophomore season was an enormous success. The RCA and Rowayton Library showcased La La Land, Hidden Figures and Lion, while we took up residence in Pinckney Park. We were very fortunate to have generous sponsors in Brown Thayer and Shedd Insurance as well as The Darien Butcher Shop who helped to make these events possible. Darien Butcher also served up some great food for each movie which we hope to continue to build on next year as these events gain popularity. The crowds were great and the feedback was even better. We think it’s safe to say this will be a mainstay in our town for years to come. Thanks again for all of your support. We look forward to next summer’s star-filled nights together!
All Fired Up at the
Rowayton Civic Association’s
July 4 Fireworks
Yet another great Rowayton 4th of July celebration with Atlas Pyrovision putting on a truly stunning show. It was an epic day at Bayley Beach, with beautiful weather all day and 3 great bands providing 6 hours of live music! After the Spadtastics played the last chords of Neil Young’s “Rocking in the Free World,” one of the largest fireworks crowds in recent memory was treated to a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner from Alexander Markov’s electric violin, which was a perfect transition to the spectacular 30-minute show from the Atlas barge. Many viewers commented that it was the best fireworks show they have seen in years!
It was truly Rowayton at its best. In the words of RCA president Andy Meyerson, “the beach was packed and everybody had a smile on their face!”Rowayton’s fireworks are in a large part funded by monetary and truly generous contributions from local organizations. The show could not happen without the following organizations’ annual support: the Commissioners of the 6th Taxing District, Roton Point Association, Wee Burn Country Club, The Tokeneke Club, Rowayton Beach Association, Pine Point Association, Bell Island Improvement Association and Rowayton Yacht Club. The RCA would also like to thank the following people and organizations for their help in making the 2017 fireworks a success: Ed Carlson, Rowayton Fire Marshall; Rowayton Fire Chief Todd DeKlyn; the Rowayton Volunteer Fire Department; the RCA Summer Music team; the Norwalk Police Department; Norwalk Hospital EMTs; the Noroton Marine Fire Department, and key personnel at Bayley Beach including Don Wilson, and Sue and Melissa Bucciarelli.