Waterfall Festival Saturday has something for everyone

Published on Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:23
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – There’s going to be a Waterfall Festival this weekend.

As long as there aren’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, children’s activities, artists, crafters and vendors, a farmer’s market and as always, the Artist’s Chalk Walk.

Creative types of all ages are encouraged to participate in this friendly competition, decorating the pavement with their talent in chalk.

“We already have people signed up but walk-ins are welcome,” 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 day’s end, more than a dozen lucky artists will be awarded ribbons or prizes for their work.

Gift cards to Jerry’s Artarama are the prize.

TimberGyms of Newington will also have a special “kid zone” set up for youth to play in.

Reynolds couldn’t recall exactly how many years she’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.

“Everybody has their own job to do and everybody does their job so well that it really runs smoothly now,” she explained. “Every year we end up with good vendors and a good turnout.”

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 child’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.

“Unless we get a monsoon,” 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.

Dilly’s Café, Newington Pizza, Steve’s Place and Sophia’s Restaurant will all have specials on their menus that day.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or edrzewiecki@centralctcommunications.com.

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. Tang’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 Jerry’s Artarama.

Contact Ben Jordan at 860-978-2949 or Pat Tanger at 860-666-5026

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:23. Updated: Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:26.