RCA Summer Highlights
Rowayton Trash Bash Cleaned Up
The RCA and 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 23, participants cleaned everywhere from Rowayton School Pond and Bayley Beach all the way to Wilson Avenue and Martin Luther King Blvd! Thank you to the local organizations who formed Trash Teams – the Fire Department, Gardners Club, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Rowayton Basketball and Rowayton Tennis Association to name just a few. And a special thanks to our High School “Ambassadors” who organized the teams and assigned locations. Lastly, thank you to Michael Diamond and his son Leo for lending his pickup and hauling the bounty at the end of the day!
Comedy Night Becomes Comedy Weekend
The RCA’s Comedy Night fundraiser should now be called “Comedy Weekend” as both Friday and Saturday night’s 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’s guest 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 your calendar for next year’s show on May 19 and 20.
The Memorial Day Parade Marched On
On May 29, just after the RCA Memorial Day Parade had marched through town, Kerry Kelly of Florida and his sister Kim Kelly of North Carolina presented the wreath in honor of their father Howard Kelly, who passed in February of this year. Strong ties to Rowayton, where their parents grew up and grandparents, aunts and uncles lived, brought them back to share memories of years past. Owen Cottle, 92, who also grew up here, read portions of a letter Howard’s brother wrote of his experience as a POW. We were blessed with a gorgeous weather and those who return to share a poignant event in their lives and history of Rowayton. Thanks to the RCA board and RCA volunteers who make this the honored iconic event possible.
RCA’s Rowayton Fun Run
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 19. The weather was perfect for a run – sunny and warm, not hot or humid. It helped to bring out what might have been a record number of runners to enjoy a spirited run through our beautiful community.
The Premier 16-44 Age Groups were won by Jena Hines and Ajax Diamandis for the short course (2.2 miles) and by Amanda Duggins and Reyes Moreno for the long course (4.4 miles). Congratulations! All other finishers’ places and times can be seen here.
As always, it was not just the race results but the taking part in one of the yearly RCA events that makes Rowayton a special place for all ages. We want to thank all our many volunteers who helped check runners and a special thank you to the Rowayton Fire Department and the Sixth Taxing District Commissioners.
Cinema on the Sound was a success under the stars
This summer’s first attempt at Cinema on the Sound, put on by the partnership of the RCA and Rowayton Library, was met with overwhelming success. All three movies… Brooklyn, Guardians of the Galaxy and Zootopia attracted great crowds of all ages. Thank you to everyone in the community for coming out and making these evenings such wonderful events! We welcome any suggestions/comments as we continue to build on this momentum in the years to come. We’d like to thank everyone who helped us to bring this to life from our sponsors to our volunteers. Special thanks to Rowayton Market and Valencia Luncheria for their support. We look forward to many more star filled nights together.
All Fired Up at the RCA’s July 4 Fireworks
Yet another great Rowayton 4th of July celebration with Atlas Pyrovision putting on a truly stunning show. The on-shore wind provided a little more of an up close view than years past and even a few souvenirs floating from the sky. Rowayton’s fireworks are in a large part funded by monetary and truly generous contributions from local organizations. We absolutely couldn’t do it 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 2016 fireworks a success: Ed Carlson, Rowayton Fire Marshall; Rowayton Fire Chief Todd DeKlyn; the Rowayton Volunteer Fire Department; Andy Meyerson and Jeff Buda who organize the RCA’s fabulous Summer Music Festival; the Norwalk Police Department; Norwalk Hospital EMTs; the Noroton Marine Fire Department, Maggie Lederer and Gerard Broussard who volunteered and helped with parking, and key personnel at Bayley Beach including Don Wilson, and Sue and Melissa Bucciarelli.