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    (9/12/2007) (NEW HAVEN)—The New Haven Office of Cultural Affairs will begin a pilot initiative to sponsor neighborhood-based and community-organized events throughout the City. The Chatham Square Neighborhood Association will be the first community group to participate in this project. The Association will present “Summer Festival 2007” on Saturday September 15th, 2007 in Chatham Square Park located at the intersection of Clinton and Chatham Streets in Fair Haven.

    The second annual all-day event will kick-off with a neighborhood tag sale at 9am leading into children’s activities beginning at 2pm. A concert will take place at 5pm and will culminate with a showing of the movie “Happy Feet” at 8:30pm. Other highlights include food vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides, books from New Haven Reads, and salsa lessons, free for the whole family.

    The day will begin with plenty of great buys at the tag sale, while volunteers clean and decorate the park for the afternoon festivities. Children are encouraged to participate from 2 to 4pm with plenty of free activities including Uncle Chip’s entertainment with games and music, model car and boat woodcraft, story telling, and light refreshments.

    The public is invited to enjoy a tour of the neighborhood by horse-drawn carriage with stops including the Mary Wade Home for the Elderly and the Quinnipiac Terrace housing development. Families are welcome to bring a picnic meal or to select from a number of vendors that will be selling food in the park.

    Beginning at 5pm local favorites will perform including: “Richard and The Underlings” from Guilford, Rafael Ramos’ band featuring Afro-Caribbean music and “Critical Jam” playing covers of all of your favorites. Between sets Rumberos salsa studio will be playing salsa music and giving introductory salsa lessons.

    The evening will close with a viewing of “Happy Feet,” the Disney family film about a tap-dancing penguin, which will be shown with Spanish sub-titles. All of the events throughout the day will be introduced in both English and Spanish.

    The Office of Cultural Affairs, a sponsor of the Summer Festival, is promoting this event as a soft-launch for a series of neighborhood events throughout New Haven next summer. Interested community groups should contact Brian Hornby at 946-2896 or email bhornby@newhavenct.net. Other sponsors for this event include: the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven; Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees; New Haven Livable Cities Initiative; City of New Haven; New Haven Reads, the Mary Wade Home and the Friends of Chatham Square Park.

    For more information on this event please contact: Brian Hornby, Program Officer at 946-2896 or bhornby@newhavenct.net.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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