Music, Historical Reenactments and More at the Whipple City Festival
The Whipple City Festival in Greenwich, N.Y. kicks off on Friday June 13, at 6 p.m., with a parade themed ‘A Day at the Beach.’ It starts at the Route 29 Plaza, travels along Main Street to Hill Street and back to Main Street. The evening continues with the sounds of the Big Easy Revue, an area New Orleans swing calypso soul group, led by a Greenwich resident Matt Edwards.
Saturday starts bright and early with the running of the Whipple City 5K Race at 8:30 a.m. Great food will be available as well, including chicken barbecue, pork barbecue, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, cider donuts, macaroni and cheese, lemonade, fried specialties, ice cream and much more. The Adirondack Brewery will set up camp in Mowry Park.
Mowry Park will also host local craftspeople in the Artisan Market, and there will be bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, pony rides and petting zoo for the kids. Face painting will be happening at the town and village municipal buildings on Academy Street, and there will be free horse drawn wagon rides through the village.
As for music, Get Up Jack, a joyous retro-romp by performers John Haggerty, Mike DeAngelis, Scott Apicelli, Crick Diefendorf, Tom Pirozzi and Doug Johnson, will be performing from 1 to 4 p.m. From 7 to 10 p.m., Greenwich’s own East Bound Jesus will play their unique bluegrass and northern rock. The group includes local boys Adam Brockway, Dave Wright, Carl Anderson, Luke Anderson, Zack Infante and Dylan Robinson.
Just down the street in Dorr Park, four regiments will reenact four different periods in history:
The Second Continental Artillery Regiment is a group of re-enactors from the Revolutionary War. Cannon will be on display as well as firearms from that period. Musket firings will take place at different times during the day, and several campsites will be set for display with re-enactors in period dress.
The 125th New York Regiment Association will be representing the Civil War period. This living history group represents a typical military campsite of 1861 and is chartered with the New York State Education Department. Tents and campsites will be set up. This group will have musket firings during the festival and wooden muskets will be available for children to help the re-enactors do musket drills.
The 99th Infantry Division will be representing World War II. A field table, pup tents, an ammo box and WWII weapons will be on display. This year we are also adding WWI to our group of reenactors. They will have a table with memorabilia from that era.
Also in Dorr Park, will be the Greenwich town historian, the Willard Mountain Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Washington County Historical Society, with information booths and items for sale. There is still room for other historical organizations set up booths; email [email protected]
Community organizations and commercial vendors will have their displays at TD Bank on Main Street.
Plan to spend the day in downtown Greenwich, where there will be something for the whole family to enjoy. Visit greenwichchamber.org for all the details.