Question #5 What is your favorite annual New Canaan event and what is it about that event that you love?
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 @ 10:28AM
Candidate for First Selectman
This is an easy choice for me. Although all of our annual events are terrific, my favorite is May Fair. I had the honor of co-chairing the event last year and it was a wonderful experience. It is so much more than just a 1 1/2 day event. More than 500 volunteers are responsible for producing May Fair. And the wonderful week spent in setting up the grounds and sorting the donations for the White Elephant are filled with fun and fellowship. During the actual Fair, the joy and excitement of the kids; the interactions with the shoppers waiting in line for the White Elephant, from daybreak; and the satisfaction of knowing that we are supporting community outreach, keeps us going.
Candidate for Town Treasurer
My favorite annual event is the Annual Appeal launch for the New Canaan Community Foundation, where I serve on the board. This year’s event was extra special as the Foundation turned 40. The event is the kick off every fall to raise funds from New Canaan residents to support area non-profit organizations in five fields: Human Services, Elderly ad Special Needs, Healthcare, Youth Programs and Arts & Culture. Every dollar collected goes out to these organizations in the same annual cycle. All administration costs are covered by the Foundation’s investment income.
Liz Gores Donovan
Candidate for Town Council
There are so many wonderful events in our town; we hope someday to try them all! So far my favorite has been the annual Rotary Lobsterfest. They do an amazing job, the food is delicious, the price reasonable and all for great local causes!??The question does make me think back to a favorite event of my youth: the annual New Canaan Mounted Troop Equestrian Circus! It was held every fall to benefit poor children in far-away lands, with acts like the March of the Wooden Soldiers, a Musical Drill Ride, a daredevil horse jumping act – over cars, burning logs, people seated at a picnic table – and a Grand Finale with the Junior Cavalry saving the day! See photos at https://www.newcanaanmountedtroop.org/our-history/. As a Trooper, I got to sell tickets, as well as to plan, practice and participate in many of the acts. The Circus was a great experience in organization and leadership for us teens. Phased out in the 70s, Troop has held a benefit Horse Show in its place each spring to support their vet fund, and other events during the year to support local charitable organization such as the Hole in the Wall Gang and 13 Hands Horse Rescue, with Cadets continuing to be involved in their planning, supporting and execution.
Candidate for Town Council
Definitely the 4th of July. It’s a wonderful town wide celebration of our nation’s birth. There’s good people, a great Town Band and spectacular fireworks to top it off. I love the lights and noise.??Going back to first annual celebration Steve Benko got a bunch of us volunteer firemen to help do the early morning set up and late night tear down. I think I’ve only missed working on one show in all the years since. Some things have changed. The park used be one big party from early afternoon with grilling out. The hot air balloons are not there any more but we still have a sign saying “No Hot Air Balloon Rides” stored away. The sky divers were a crowd pleaser but that’s not legal anymore. Now there is a bounce house for the little kids, more food vendors and glow necklaces. The folks on the 4th Committee deserve a big thank you from us all.