Don't miss Newington's Waterfall Festival this Saturday!

Published on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:07
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – If the town didn’t take pride in having one of the smallest natural waterfalls, it might just celebrate the pipestave at its annual fall festival.

Newington’s history is marked by both these things, but the waterfall reigned supreme when it came to naming this particular event. In the 1800s the town was said to be the area’s premier manufacturer of pipestaves, the strips of wood or metal forming the sides of a whiskey barrel. However, Mill Pond Falls is another prized local feature.

So became the Newington Waterfall Festival, celebrating its 18th year next Saturday, Sept. 15. Residents of all ages are invited to flock downtown between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for art, food and music.

“It’s a nice, free day out for the family,” said Waterfall Festival Committee Chairperson Theresa Reynolds, who has been involved with the festival for nearly a decade.

Admission, as she noted, is free to all, since the occasion shuts down an entire street. Market Square will be blocked to traffic on both ends, from Main Street to Constance Leigh Drive, so attendees can feel free to walk around safely and enjoy a variety of activities.

Perhaps the most anticipated of these is the Chalk Walk, an art competition that leaves the street covered in glorious images for days afterwards.

Entrants in a junior division (ages 11-14) pay $10 to fill 4’ x 4’ squares of pavement with their chalk art. Children ages 8-10 will be assigned 3’ x 3’ squares for $5 and artists ages 15 and older get 6’ x 6’ squares for $20.

A local Subway Restaurant is offering discount $5 meal vouchers for all artists, redeemable for a six-inch sandwich and water bottles. Kids will also receive goody bags.

A panel of three judges compares works by their creativity, composition, color, value, effective use of the medium and overall impact. Winning juniors and adults receive gift cards to Jerry’s Artarama and kid winners are awarded ribbons. Register with Pat Tanger at or 860-666-5026.

New this year parents can take advantage of the Child ID Program, offering free digital photos and fingerprints.

More than 50 vendors are expected to line the street. That includes the Newington Rotary Club, which will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs.

Local restaurants are even expected to offer ‘Waterfall’ specials that day.

“We really try to promote the businesses along the street,” Reynolds said. “Newington Pizza, Steve’s Place and others will have specials on their menus.”

Children’s activities take place beneath a large yellow tent and families can purchase $5 wristbands for their kids to play on TimberGyms’ bounce house.

Entertainment is scheduled to take place all day long, featuring dancers, an a cappella group, a guitarist and others.

The planning committee typically awards a local charity cause proceeds from the annual event. This year, members have selected The Lucy Robbins Welles Library.

People often ask if the festival will be postponed due to weather. The answer is usually no, unless rain is expected to be torrential and drench the entire day.

“One year it rained early in the morning and the wet concrete actually made the Chalk Walk drawings even better,” Reynolds remembered. “It was really cool.”

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or

If you go:

WHAT: The 18th annual Newington Waterfall Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Market Square


Renewal by Anderson

Newington Memorial Funeral Home

GFWC Newington Women’s Club

Country Cottage Creations

Newington Democratic Town Committee

US Taekwondo

Hartford Vet

Newington Student Assistance Fund

American Legion Post 117

Cedar Mountain Church/LifeWay Church

Spring Brook Ice & Fuel

Newington Gospel Hall

Picture this Productions

Star Shein Insurance

JC Art Corner

Connecticut Humane Society

NHS Performing Arts Booster

Hartford Healthcare Federal credit union

Modell’s Sporting Goods

Karmas Closet

Ferrari’s Appliance

Newington Chamber

Friends of Lucy Robbins Wells Library

TDG Financial

Paparazzi Jewelry

SDS Dragon Eyes

Connecticut Home Solutions

Newington Town Crier/New Britain Herald

Gary Byron 2018

Hair on the Square

Boy Scout Troop 347

The Goddard School

Newington Republican Town Committee

Newington Rotary

Katlyn O’hara Blackwell

Beaver Brook Animal Hospital

Newington Dance Center

Francesco Solo Guitar

Newington Senior center

Beaverbrook Animal Hospital


Newington Police

Human Services

The Chapel

N E Novelty Company

Backstage Academy


2018 Performers

10 a.m. Francesco (solo guitar)

11 a.m. Newington Dance Center (dance group)

12 p.m. For The Record (modern rock band)

1 p.m. Yang’s Taekwondo

2 p.m. Backstage Academy (dance group)

3 p.m. The Sweetest Key (female a cappella group)

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:07. Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:09.