NEWINGTON â€“ Thereâ€™s going to be a Waterfall Festival this weekend.
As long as there arenâ€™t ongoing downpours, a surprise snowstorm or another emergency, Market Square is expected to transform into a pedestrian-only paradise this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Newington Police will close the street on both ends, so visitors can park in Constitution Square for the festivities.
The nineteenth annual event will feature live entertainment, childrenâ€™s activities, artists, crafters and vendors, a farmerâ€™s market and as always, the Artistâ€™s Chalk Walk.
Creative types of all ages are encouraged to participate in this friendly competition, decorating the pavement with their talent in chalk.
â€śWe already have people signed up but walk-ins are welcome,â€ť Waterfall Festival chairwoman Theresa Reynolds said.
Kids, teens and adults will be judged for their creations in pre-marked squares on the street. By the dayâ€™s end, more than a dozen lucky artists will be awarded ribbons or prizes for their work.
Gift cards to Jerryâ€™s Artarama are the prize.
TimberGyms of Newington will also have a special â€śkid zoneâ€ť set up for youth to play in.
Reynolds couldnâ€™t recall exactly how many years sheâ€™s been involved with the festival, but credited the entire committee with getting a head start on the planning all the way back in March.
â€śEverybody has their own job to do and everybody does their job so well that it really runs smoothly now,â€ť she explained. â€śEvery year we end up with good vendors and a good turnout.â€ť
She handles the vendor portion of the event. This year about 40 are expected to take part, including a cookie dough chef, a photographer and for the second year in a row, the popular Child ID Program. This organization offers families the opportunity to have a free kit made with their childâ€™s photo and fingerprints, in case they ever go missing.
Proceeds from the festival are donated to a local group or good cause. This year, that cause is the non-profit Newington Community Television.
The old Newington Volunteer Fire Department firehouse on Main St. will be open to families for free tours during the event, to be held in rain or shine.
â€śUnless we get a monsoon,â€ť Reynolds clarified.
She encouraged visitors to grab a bite to eat at one of the local establishments along Market Square, which will be open during the festival.
Dillyâ€™s CafĂ©, Newington Pizza, Steveâ€™s Place and Sophiaâ€™s Restaurant will all have specials on their menus that day.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go:
WHAT: The 19th annual Newington Waterfall Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Market Square
HOW: Admission is free
10 a.m. Tangâ€™s Taekwondo
11 a.m. The Sweetest Key
12 p.m. Newington Dance Academy
1 p.m. Emily Hope
2 p.m. Backstage Academy
3 p.m. Whenever For The Record
The Chalk Walk
Children - Ages 8 to 10
Juniors - Ages 11 to 14
Adults - Age 15 and up
All will be judged and ribbons awarded. The Adults and Juniors also will receive gift cards from Jerryâ€™s Artarama.
Contact Ben Jordan at 860-978-2949 or Pat Tanger at 860-666-5026